Once you unravel the wanderlust in you, it’s no more about going in the right direction. You find something worthwhile anywhere you go.
This is exactly what happened with me when I decided to travel across the States. Despite my well organized ‘top places to see in US’ list, I got ahead of myself to experience some more. My Dallas sojourn was one such unplanned, spontaneous decision that got me so much more than ever expected!
Aside from being a leading corporate destination, the heart of the ‘cowboy country’ offers vast culture and art to explore. The downtown district is all for fun things, serving as the Central Business District with countless shopping areas and eateries along with many art and cultural attractions. The East is dense with nightclubs and bars, with Uptown Dallas being a favorite among chic boutique lovers.
So let’s check out the Top Things to do in Dallas:
Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
The little ones will have some fun at the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden while you grab a bite at the Garden Café. Although no active sports are permitted (so as to keep the well manicured grounds intact), you can always have a nice family day out.
Know everything about Kennedy here at the Sixth Floor Museum
This informative tourist spot lets you take a good peak inside John F. Kennedy’s legacy, early life, presidential policies and shocking assassination. You get a self guided audio tour all along, while you stand at that eerie, corner window where the shots were fired.
Traverse the Dallas Museum of Art
Housing 23,000 works of art belonging to varied cultures, Dallas Museum of Art showcases the works of Picasso, Gauguin, Monet and many more. Roman, Greek, African, Asian, European and of course American- you will find a pinch of every part of the world here.
Take your kids to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
This 5 storey spire hosting 11 permanent exhibits is every avid kid’s favorite. It provides such amazing hands-on learning experiences with contempo videos and 3D animations. The life-like simulations are highly approachable for the kids, as are the interactive kiosks. The star attraction is a 35-feet Malawisaurus fossil along with a series of robots.
Explore the Arts District
This 19-blocks expanse fraught with museums, theaters and eateries offers you an elaborated walking tour. There is a Performing Arts Center, a drum shaped Winspear Opera House and a lot more. Choose the spots you are interested in after a cursory look. Don’t forget to refuel yourself from the Food Truck Court on your way.
Visit the Dallas Zoo
The largest zoo of Texas is home to the most giant creatures of Savanna and more than 2,000 animals! I was thrilled by the Koala Walkabout and Wonders of the Wild specifically. The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park is no less fascinating.
Time to go wild in the West
They do things big in Texas; and Dallas takes it way too seriously. Talk about the Cowboy country and not see one of those bona fide Stetsons, Bola ties or Cowhide Boots would be unfair. Find your way to the Wild Bill’s Western Store to get yourself a custom-made pair of cowboy shoes. You’d be the lucky customer (like Bon Jovi and Mick Jagger) to be offered their Shiner Bock Beer while shopping!
Head on to the Nasher
The Nasher Sculpture Center hosts one of the most amazing contemporary art collections of today. This lush property is situated in the heart of the Art District, but the sura is such that you’d feel like a world away! You can enjoy live music or may be an outdoor movie screening in the warmer months, with the Nasher Bar at your service 24/7.
Try your hands on Texas Two-step
Hitting Dallas and not trying their classical moves would be an incomplete journey. You can locate vibrant nightspots almost anywhere in the city. For instance, head on to the Round up Saloon to get the hang of Line Dancing, or try the Cowboys Dancehall if you are total newbie. But if you have two left feet and don’t wanna get embarrassed, just listen to some amazing live country music at The Rustic.
Ride on the McKinney Trolley
Apart from big cowboy hats and gaudy shoes, Dallas showcases this authentic big trolley too, the one that tumbles up and down the Uptown area. Don’t miss a quirky food and bar crawl with this free service. There’s So and So’s decadent blueberry pancakes with lemon curd, The Standard Pour’s barrel aged cocktails and of course, The Trophy Room’s pompous mechanical bull, sitting right in the middle.
Splurge your pocket out
Shopping is like a local sport in Dallas. It houses the first ever outdoor shopping center built in the States- The Highland Park Village. Don’t miss out on the North Park Center, a funky citadel that hosts hundreds of stores and gorgeous water features in an expansive garden area. To invest in some independent local boutiques, swing by the Biishop Arts District. The place offers many cool cafes, restros and art exhibits besides an offbeat wardrobe.
Attend a Wedding at the Ewings’ Ranch
This is like the White House of the west of DC. The much known Ewing Family series (now dysfunctional) popularized this Southfork Ranch which now holds the crown of being a premier events venue. You can attend one of the organized weddings, holiday parties, reunions, concerts or corporate events. And of you are invited for none, join their guided tour to explore their house and nearby museum.
Try some pit-smoked food at the Pecan Lodge
Dallas gives tough competition to Kansas City and Carolinas when it comes to BBQ entrée. And Pecan Lodge makes sure this accolade doesn’t fade away. The place unparalleled offers pit-smoked food, with handmade jalapeno sausage and southwestern seasoned Beef brisket stealing the show. Try their sea-salt crusted sweet potato garnished with barbacoa and chipotle cream- it’s out of the world!
Attend a Cool Thursday Concert
Except in winters, the http://www.dallasarboretum.org/ showcases these ‘Cool Thursday Concerts’ on the shore of White Rock Lake. The concerts pay tribute to the 70s and 80s bands along with a wide range of other musical genres.
Hit the Greenville for a crazy night out
This segment of Dallas was infamous for a lot of reasons in the past. But the last few years have seen it transform from a criminal ground to the perfect night out spot. Talk about a midnight snack with your girl after you catch a movie. The Blind Butcher is an offbeat pub-style restaurant where your meat is prepped right in front of you. Bring the night to a sweet ending with a mouthwatering dessert at Steel City Pops.
You wouldn’t wanna miss the Best Tacos in Town
Texans are all for Tacos in Breakfast. And the dish is served so wonderfully by so many vendors, that it’s downright impossible to decide which one is better. Try some Picadillo tacos at Fuel city or the spicy potato, egg and cheese tacos at Rusty Tacos. Tacos Y Mas is another prominent taco joint that has 5 restaurants across Dallas.
Unwind the Katy Trail
This 3.5 mile trail sprawls through some of major parks and unifies Dallas’s central districts such as Highland Park, Uptown, West End and Mockingbird. You will come across plenteous localites- joggers, walkers, cyclists, skaters and dog walkers.
Relish a Midnight Meal with your partner
Nothing works better than Gemma for a romantic meal with your date. The food preparation is class apart and the best part; it’s open till 1 am! Try their Beef Tartare, Veal cheeks and fried olives.
Touch down in the Jerry world
This one’s Sports Stadium taken to the next level. AT&T Stadium (nicknamed as Jerry World) is world famous for its cutting-edge architecture. Take a guided tour to peep into the Dallas Cowboys locker room.
Attend a Burlesque Show
Head on to the Lakewood Theater to be left slack-jawed.
Engage in local taste at the Farmers’ Market
This humongous Public Market offers you food samples enough to cook one whole meal!
Find peace with free-spirited Yogis
Get a picture with the Dallas Skyline
The W, Whiskey Bar, Bryan Street Tavern and The Belmont are a few beside some other hidden treasures that grant you the best views of the city’s skyline.
Go up with the Reunion Tower
Also known as the Big Ball, this tower offers you a view 500 feet above the ground!
Know other World traveler
If you are there in Dallas on a Tuesday night, the back porch of Amsterdam Bar is waiting for you with other fellow wanderlusts.
Try some Ice Skating
Galleria in the main town offers an amazing experience to ice skaters, both veterans and amateurs.
Hike along the Trinity River
The latest Trinity River Audubon Center offers many outdoor adventure activities like hiking, camping, fishing, Nature photography, etc.
The list is endless and the time of travel is limited. But make sure you make the most of this vacation of yours.