1. Visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
With rotating special exhibits, fossils from all over Texas and the world, and plenty of hands-on activities for children and adults alike you can easily lose half your day here. The Perot Museum is a beautiful addition to the Dallas skyline that welcomes its first visitors at its current location in 2012.
The museum contains six floors of enthralling exhibits from the production of oil in Texas to robotic experiments you can interact with. On it’s the first day over 6,000 people visited, and it seems like it has barely slowed down in the years since. This is a must do, especially if you have young children!
2. Take a stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake the Dallas Arboretum is the perfect place to enjoy the usually beautiful weather of Dallas. Boasting 66 beautiful acres there is plenty of room to find a great view to enjoy a picnic and bottle of wine.
The arboretum is home to many special exhibits and annual events. In the spring drop by to enjoy ‘Dallas Blooms’ which has been running for over 30 years and features more than half a million spring blooming bulbs. In the fall take a stroll through grounds transformed by over 60,000 pumpkins and gourds including the pumpkin village for ‘Autumn at the Arboretum.’
3. Enjoy a cold one at Deep Ellum Brewery
One of the best known Brewery’s in Dallas, Deep Ellum Brewery is located in the funky arts neighborhood, Deep Ellum. Every Saturday they open their doors for a quasi-brewery door, serve beer, food and have live music in their patio area. Try out their beer all over Dallas, but if you have a free Saturday afternoon, this is a great experience.
4. Get your culture on at the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the affluent Arts District of Dallas this museum has been home to great pieces of art since the 1980s. The building was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, a much-honored American architect and the area around it has developed as it’s drawn more traffic.
The museum holds over 24,000 objects and often hosts special and limited exhibits. Within the last few years, the main museum collection became free to the general public. So get to Dallas and take in some Renoirs, Rodins, and Monets.
5. Fill up on food trucks at Kylde Warren Park
Directly across from the art museum is Kyle Warren Park build over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in 2012. This park is open to the public but operated by the privately run Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. This is a unique urban green space that connected the Arts District to other neighborhoods.
The best part? They built in an area along the side of the three-block park specifically for food trucks. There is a rotating selection of trucks there daily providing everything from lobster rolls to ice cream. Check out the park website for a list of upcoming food trucks.
6. Take a walk through history at the Sixth Floor Museum
The most famous historical event to take place in Dallas is surely the JFK assassination on November 22, 1963. Visit Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas and see the JFK tribute, the X that marks the spot, and walk on the famous grass knoll.
After that make your way to the sixth-floor museum which is housed in the old Texas School Book Depository. This is where Lee Harvey Oswald shot from, and it now houses a museum that covers the life, presidency, and death of JFK.
7. Enjoy a margarita as only Texas makes it
Visit Mariano’s Hacienda, the home of the original frozen margarita machine. Over 40 years ago a young restaurateur, Mariano Martinez helped revolutionize the tex-mex market by introducing the world to the first frozen margarita machine. Facing a difficult, time-consuming task of keeping up with customer’s orders he was inspired by a slushy machine at a local 7-11 and quickly got to work.
His original machine is now hosted in the National Museum of American History, but you can still go to his restaurant on Skillman and enjoy an icy cold, perfectly consistent margarita today.
Where to Stay in Dallas, Texas
Best Budget Hotel in Dallas, Texas –
Homewood Hilton Dallas Arlington S features free WiFi throughout the property. A flat-screen TV is available.
AT&T Stadium is 8 km from Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas Arlington South, while Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is 8 km away. The nearest airport is Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, 25 km from the property.
Best Mid-Range Hotel in Dallas, Texas –
Situated in the Uptown Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek area of Dallas, Texas city center, this hotel offers comfortable guestrooms, first-rate services and a gourmet, on-site restaurant.
The guestrooms and suites at the Melrose Warwick boast a variety of contemporary amenities for a comfortable stay. After a busy day, guests can relax while watching a paid film with a beverage from the in-room refreshment center or meal from the hotel’s 24-hour room service.
Best Luxury Hotel in Dallas, Texas –
Featuring a spectacular 18-hole golf course, which plays host to the AT&T Byron Nelson Championship, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas boasts 3 swimming pools and an array of activities for children and families to participate in.
Decorated with luxurious furnishings, the contemporary rooms at this Dallas resort offer private balconies and stunning views. The spacious rooms come with a flat-screen cable TV and private bathroom. Private villa rooms with a fireplace and view of the golf course are also available. Kids For All Seasons, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas’ complimentary program for all children, offers activities such as dodgeball, swimming, yoga and crafts. During your holiday, you can spend quality family time in the family swimming pool, game room or at the playground. Couples will appreciate the art museum tours and stargazing opportunities.
AT&T Stadium is 25.7 km from this resort. The Dallas Museum of Art can be reached in 22 minutes’ drive. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is 12.9 km away.
About the Writer
Jenna is a midwestern currently living in Dallas, Texas and taking any chance she can to explore DFW, Texas, the country and the world. When she can’t escape she lives vicariously through history and fiction books and plans her future trips. She documents her adventures at .