Dallas – The Complete Activity Guide
Dallas, Texas, the city that brought us the ATM, elevator music and laser tag, is one of the most increasingly popular tourist destinations in the United States. With different claims to fame, the city has plenty of things to do to ensure you’ll never be bored.
Museums: One of the most infamous events in Dallas history was the assassination of JFK. During a parade, he was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was hiding on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building. That floor has now been remodeled into a museum and a memorial to JFK’s life, called the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum houses a variety of different planes that were used all throughout American history and even allows visitors to take a ride over the city in the same planes that were used in World War II. The Dallas Holocaust Museum strives to educate the public on what happened to the European Jewish population during World War II and encourage tolerance. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science has 11 permanent exhibits that aim to inspire people through science and discovery.
Food: Dallas is the city for those with large appetites. With more restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation, Dallas is known for its great barbecue, authentic Mexican and original Tex-Mex cuisine. You can thank Dallas for the frozen margarita machine, which revolutionized the way America’s favorite alcoholic beverage is served. Although the original machine is now at the Smithsonian, you can still check out the inventor’s restaurant and enjoy some tasty Tex-Mex at Mariano’s. Dallas is also home to the #1 steakhouse in the world, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, according to the USDA Prime Steakhouses chart. On top of all of that, Food Tours of America give tours all throughout the city, so if you’re in the mood for a little history along with a delicious meal, this is the way to go.
Attractions: Enjoy a view of the city like no other from the GeO-Deck of the Reunion Tower, where guests can participate in games, puzzles and lots of other interactive activities. Zero Gravity Amusement Park offers an extreme experience for thrill-seekers, including bungee jumping, the Skycoaster and the Texas Blastoff. If you’d rather hang out down on the ground, check out the shopping at Highland Park Village. With a variety of different designer stores, this is the place to go to complete every outfit. The Texas Theater, known for being the location of Lee Harvey Oswald’s capture, is a must-see Dallas landmark that still shows movies and hosts special events. Architecture buffs love the Kalita Humphreys Theater and the John A. Gillin House, both Frank Lloyd Wright originals, and Dallas fans flock to the Southfork Ranch to see the original house inhabited by the Ewing family. If you’ll be down in Dallas during the last couple days of September or the majority of October, stop by the State Fair of Texas. It’s Dallas’s signature event that offers plenty of deep-fried options, a ginormous Ferris wheel and the annual Texas-OU rivalry football game.
Sports: Sports fans will rejoice when they hear that a visit to Dallas could give them an opportunity to see six professional sports teams play. “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys play football at AT&T Stadium, where they are continuously financially the most valuable NFL team. Basketball fans can catch the men’s team, the Dallas Mavericks, play at American Airlines Center and the women’s team, the Dallas Wings, play at College Park Center. The Texas Rangers play baseball at Globe Life Park, and FC Dallas plays soccer at Toyota Stadium. Catch a hockey game at American Airlines Center, where the Dallas Stars play during their season.
Art: This Texas city is a hub for artists and art-lovers alike. The Dallas Arts District, the largest art district in the nation, offers galleries, music, restaurants and shopping. Located in that district is the Dallas Museum of Art, which houses over 24,000 incredible art pieces dating all the way back to 3 BC. Right across the street from that is the Nasher Sculpture Center, which is 2.4 acres of the Nasher family’s sculpture collection, featuring pieces by Matisse and Picasso, just to name a couple. Deep Ellum is a neighborhood in Dallas that is home to a variety of different music and entertainment venues. In the early 1920’s, this area was known for its contribution to blues and jazz music, and today, it is still known for being an area full of musical innovation.
Nature: If exploring the outdoors is your thing, Dallas is your place. Having parks was so important to the city that when they began to run out of room, they built one right on top of a freeway tunnel, which gave us Klyde Warren Park. There, you can work out, hang out or pig out at one of the various food trucks. Just a little north of Dallas, you’ll find White Rock Lake, which has a 9 mile hiking and biking trail, a dog park, a picnic area and, of course, a lake for plenty of different water activities. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is 66 acres of flowers and fountains with a to-die-for view of the downtown skyline, and the Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Zoo are home to a bunch of different species from all over the world.