The Best Things to Do in Dallas
The saying “everything’s bigger in Texas” is especially true in Dallas. The Big D, neighboring Fort Worth, and the surrounding Metroplex make up one of the most populated areas of the country, promising visitors much to see and do, no matter what time of year. Here are a few of our tips on how to do Dallas right.
Catch a game.
For sports fans, there’s never a dull moment in the DFW. The crack of the bat sounds all summer near Grand Prairie at Arlington’s Globe Life Park, where the Texas Rangers step up to the plate. And just across Johnson Creek, AT&T Stadium is home to “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys, during the NFL season each fall. Downtown, the Dallas Mavericks host high-flying NBA action at the American Airlines Center in the fall, sharing the arena with the Dallas Stars of the NHL in the fall and spring.
And don’t forget about collegiate sports. Sports programs at Dallas-area universities like Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Dallas promise a wide variety of athletic action all summer long.
See a show.
The American Airlines Center is also a go-to stop on many of the biggest concert tours each year, but maybe you’re in the mood for something a little more intimate. Club Dada and the Kessler Theatre are local-favorite places to catch bands on the rise, while fans of more established acts fill the House of Blues, the Granada Theater, and the 20,000-plus-capacity Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Kids are sure to get a kick out of Six Flags Over Texas and the nearby Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, and animal lovers of all ages flock to the Dallas Zoo, but sometimes all you need is a relaxing stroll. The landmark Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and the tree-canopied Katy Trail are great places to stretch your legs, and Dragon Park and Klyde Warren Park are other great places to spend a sunny day.
And there's always the Dallas Aboretum & Botanical Gardens – an absolute must for first-time visitors.
Cool off with a swim.
If the summer days get a bit steamy, cool off in one of the DFW area’s many swimming holes. The Knights of Columbus Outdoor Pool and Lake Grapevine are natural favorites, and the SMU Barr Pool is great for those who’d prefer a lifeguard and a little chlorine.
Grab a drink.
Dallasites are deft with a draft and serious about spirits, and visitors won’t have trouble finding numerous watering holes for proof. The Katy Trail Ice House is the quintessential Texas beer garden, and Greenville Avenue, in the historic Lower Greenville area near SMU, is a popular strip of bars, eateries, and boutiques.
Of course, for hop heads and barley bros, there’s Deep Ellum Brewing Company, purveyors of countless, top-quality year-round and seasonal brews – and some darn good bar food to boot.
The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
Grab a bite.
Still hungry? DFW is home to innumerable world-class dining options. From the Texas-sized steaks at Dakota’s to the sophistication of The French Room to the proudly Paleo HG Sply Co., there’s sure to be a little something for everyone. For a little Tex-Mex, try Avila’s or Mia's Tex-Mex Restaurant, both are longstanding Dallas staples.
Peer into the past.
Dallas’ nearly two-centuries-old history, and the history of the cultures predating the area’s modern incarnation, is on display throughout the Metroplex. The Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture, Founder’s Plaza, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Heritage Village, and the West End Historic District are good places to start.