Things to Do – Yes, there is more than football!
Dallas, Texas inspires BIG ideas and larger than life experiences. The city offers the best shopping in the Southwest, a thriving culinary scene, over 70,000 hotel rooms, more than 200 golf courses and impressive arts districts. The Dallas metropolitan area is also home to 6 major professional sports leagues, including our legendary Dallas Cowboys!
Ideas for First Timers:
- Downtown attractions: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, Pioneer Plaza, The Eye at the Joule
- Exceptional shopping at NorthPark Center, Dallas Galleria Mall or Highland Park Village
- Dallas Arts District and Perot Museum of Nature and Science
- Horseback riding at the Texas Horse Park
- Southfork Ranch
Ideas for Repeat Visitors:
- AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, or a Dallas Mavericks (NBA) or Dallas Stars (NHL) game at the American Airlines Center
- Outlet mall shopping (Grand Prairie, Allen or Grapevine)
- The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
- The George W. Bush Presidential Library
- Culinary or Brewery Tours
Downtown’s Dealey Plaza, The Sixth Floor Museum, JFK Memorial and the Old Red Courthouse: Learn about the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy and see the infamous Grassy Knoll. Explore the history of Dallas at the Old Red Courthouse and Founder’s Plaza, then go to the West End district to shop authentic Western wear. Also visit the Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas City Hall.
The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower: The newly renovated Observation Deck at Reunion Tower is a sight for sore-eyes—and that’s before visitors see the 360-degree, breathtaking view of the Dallas skyline. Its highlights include a 30-panel digital information system with interactive features and zoom options, live cameras and the Cloud Nine café.
The Dallas Arts District: The largest urban arts district in the country includes the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art and more. Docent-led architecture tours are available featuring Pritzker Prize-winning structures. Catch a Broadway show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center or see the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The 5.2-acre urban deck park, Klyde Warren Park, offers lush green space with food trucks, lawn games, an outdoor library, concert stage, kid’s playground, a dog park and more.
Southfork Ranch: One of our most visited attractions, Southfork Ranch is the setting of the famous TV drama, “Dallas.” Visit the Ewing Mansion, take a guided tour of the property and see the “Legends” exhibit with memorabilia like the gun that shot J.R. and Lucy’s wedding dress. Family-friendly horseback trail rides are also offered.
Family-friendly fun at Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Children’s Aquarium, the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas Arboretum: See spectacular gem specimens and dinosaur fossils at the Perot Museum, feed giraffes and take a monorail tour at the Dallas Zoo, romp through the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, and touch live sting-rays at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and much more!
Shopping: The flagship Neiman Marcus, Highland Park Village, NorthPark Center, Galleria Dallas, outlet shopping and more! From high-end designer boutiques and discount outlet shopping, to vintage finds and world-renowned shopping centers, Dallas is where Southwest fashion begins! See the flagship Neiman Marcus, Highland Park Village—the first planned shopping center in the country, premier shopping centers and deep-discounted clothing at Allen Premium Outlets, Grapevine Mills and Paragon Outlets in Grand Prairie.
Sports, sports, sports! When it comes to cheering our favorite teams, Dallas does it best! Catch a football game with the Dallas Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium, or watch MLB’s Texas Rangers knock it out of the park. Head to the American Airlines Center for a Dallas Mavericks basketball game, or a hockey game with the Dallas Stars. And we can’t leave out a rousing soccer game with FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium.
Entertainment and Nightlife: With 14 entertainment districts, Dallas will keep visitors busy. The nightlife is vibrant—giving anyone with any lifestyle and budget a myriad of options for a good time. While in town, grab a drink in neighborhoods including Uptown, Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, Downtown, Knox/Henderson, Lower Greenville and more.