They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and the city of Dallas is no exception to that rule.
It is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Since it is such a major city, there is an abundance of things to do in Dallas. Of all the things you could possibly do, there are ten things you would be foolish to skip out on while you are there.
1.) Explore the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
You can easily lose yourself in the lush gardens that cover 66 acres along the shore of White Rock Lake at the botanical gardens.
The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens draws crowds year round to enjoy the plant-life displayed in the different gardens. Visitors can also enjoy festivals and concerts on the lawn during different seasons.
There is a variety of dining options within the arboretum from quick snacks at one of the cafes to formal dining at the restaurant inside the historic DeGolyer House. Visitors also have the option to order their food to go and picnic on the grounds, or visitors can choose to embrace the south’s charm at seated tea.
Tickets can be purchased for $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gardens. By purchasing a cityPASS, you can visit the arboretum and three other attractions, which will be mentioned below, for a discounted price. You can learn more about the Dallas cityPASS online or as you read on.
2.) Zip around on a Segway Tour
Segway tours are an excellent way to see a city without having to walk miles upon miles. Dallas happens to have a few different tour companies from which to choose.
You can choose which company and tour will provide the best experience for you as they vary in routes, lengths, and prices. No matter which option you select, you are sure to have fun as you zoom around on the unique methods of transportation.
Some of the tours may require reservations, so you should be sure to plan ahead if you are interested in this amusing experience.
3.) Immerse yourself in the Dallas World Aquarium
Get up close and personal with a variety of animal species in the Dallas World Aquarium.
The aquarium features five main exhibits with different themes including the aquarium and a South Africa exhibit. To get the most out of your visit, you can enjoy animal feedings and talks that occur every half hour throughout the day. The aquarium also features three restaurants to dine in during your visit.
Adults can enjoy the aquarium for $20.95, and children ages 2-12 can be admitted for $14.95. It is open from 10 am-5 pm daily.
4.) Visit the Sixth Floor Museum
History lovers will especially enjoy a trip to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which is dedicated to President
John F. Kennedy.
The museum is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building, which is where Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed the president on November 22, 1963. The museum features exhibits covering the life, death, and legacy of JFK. A unique feature of the museum is a webcam that displays a live view from the sniper spot. The museum serves as a respectful reminder of a day that shocked millions as well as an honorable tribute to an iconic president.
The Sixth Floor Museum offers admission to adults for $16 and to children ages 6-18 to $13, or you could visit the museum as one of the attractions included on the cityPASS.
5.) Enjoy Stunning Views of Dallas from the Reunion Tower
You can look upon the city of Dallas from a special perspective that can only be seen from the Reunion Tower.
One of the most well-recognized landmarks in Dallas is the Reunion tower, which reaches a height of 561 feet. The observation tower, sometimes called “the ball” because of its spherical shape, provides visitors with incredible
360-degree views of the city.
After taking in the views, visitors can continue their experience at one of the two restaurants and a giftshop. In the evenings, you can even catch a light show as it is one of the spectacular things to do in Dallas.
Guests can choose from a variety of ticket options that include general admission, trolley tours, cityPASS, or day and night passes.
6.) Take a trip to the Dallas Zoo
If you have a free day while you’re in Dallas, you should check out the animals at the Dallas Zoo.
The zoo covers 106 acres, which makes it the largest zoo in Texas. It also takes the title for the oldest zoo in Texas as it was established in 1888. The zoo provides a home to over 400 species represented by over 2,000 animals. Children and adults will be sure to enjoy the large zoo, and its history. Children will especially enjoy the zoo’s popular children’s area.
If you are planning on making a trip to the Dallas Zoo, you can purchase tickets for adults for $15 and for children for $12. The zoo is also included in the cityPASS, so you can use that for discounted admission.
7.) Shop until You Drop at NorthPark Center
You should have no problem finding a store you like at the NorthPark Center.
The large shopping center features over 230 stores and restaurants in an upscale setting. It has been ranked as the nineteenth largest mall in the United States, and it was the first to be featured on the world-famous, high-fashion periodical, Vogue Magazine. Even if you’re not looking to shop, you can still appreciate the art that has been integrated throughout the mall to compliment the award-winning architecture.
Your trip to the mall could be completely free or you could splurge in Gucci, Louis Vuitton, or Versace to name a few of the high-end designers in the shopping center.
8.) Stroll through Klyde Warren Park
A little piece of green, known as Klyde Warren Park, provides a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
If you’re just looking to take a walk while you’re enjoying downtown or the Dallas Arts District, Klyde Warren Park is a great 5 acre park near the two areas. If you prefer to do something else, there is no shortage of activity going on in the park as there are daily events scheduled.
The park is great for children as it has a special children’s park with a child-sized amphitheatre and a storytelling tree. If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, you can head to the Savor Restaurant in the park or try out one of the food trucks on Saturdays.
You can enjoy all of the free entertainment and sense of community all year long any time of day making it the perfect thing to do if you have a little free time while you are downtown.
9.) Tour the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Regardless of your political opinions, you may enjoy the second largest presidential library, which is only second to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum stores and provides visitors with a glimpse at archive’s from Bush’s presidency. One of the more popular attributes of the museum is the Oval Office, which was made to be an exact replica, where you can step into the shoes of the president of the United States. There is also a special exhibit dedicated to September 11, 2001, one of the most infamous days of Bush’s presidency and world history.
If you would like to visit the library and museum, you can purchase tickets in person, online, or by phone.
There are several discount options, which you may learn more about on the website, or you can purchase a standard adult ticket for $16. This is also one of the attraction options included in the cityPASS.
10.) Check out the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Lovers of history, nature, and science will surely enjoy the natural history and science museum in Dallas.
The building and landscape alone are worth the trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and science. The exhibits inside are just an excellent addition of family fun. You can spend as much or as little time as you like going through the eleven exhibit halls.
Children and adults will have fun exploring the five floors holding a variety of interactive features such as 3D simulations, interactive kiosks, educational games, and hands-on activities. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is one of the other attractions included in the aforementioned cityPASS.
If you are planning on spending several days in Dallas, and you would like to go visit many of these places, you might find that it would be wise to invest in the booklet that offers up to 40% in savings on regular combined admissions to several of the attractions listed above. The booklet allows you to choose four of the six attractions to visit and it is valid for nine days after the first voucher is used.
The cityPASS would be a great way to save money while you check out several of the most popular things to do in Dallas.
Whether you are a local looking for something to do for a few hours or you are a tourist spending several days in Dallas, there are plenty of things for you to do and see.
The things listed above are just a few of the most popular things you can check out to make your trip more memorable.