Sunday, June 2, 2013

101 Things to do in Dallas, Tx

1. practice your swing at the batting cages at Sportsplex at Valley View

2. Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park Dallas offers "five high intensity thrill attractions" such as Bungee Jumping or Nothin' but Net a 16 story free fall.

3. Eat your dinner while being entertained at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

4. Practice your swing at Top Golf which turns a traditional driving range into a new game like darts where your goal is to get closest to the target.

5. Burn off some energy at Cosmic Jump Trampoline Entertainment Center

6. Visit SpeedZone and race the dragsters with ones suitable for younger and older children play mini bowling, arcade games or mini putt.

7. There are thousands of animals to see at the Dallas Zoo including numerous endangered species and guests have the opportunity to feed the giraffes.
8. Visit Children's Aquarium at Fair Park - a small but entertaining aquarium

9. Visit Thanksgiving Square and admire the beautiful stained glass in the glory window and check out the small exhibit area.

10. Listen to a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

11. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum which documents the life, times and assignation of JFK.

12. Trinity River Audubon Center - go for a hike in this 6000 acre hardwood forest and experience hands on exhibits including a Children's Discovery garden.

13. watch a movie at the Dallas Angelika Film Center, the Texas Theatre or Magnolia Theatre

14. go shopping at the Central Market

15. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum shows you about his personal character and challenges he faced during his presidency through videos and interactive displays.

16. go bowling at 300 Dallas, USA Bowl or Bowl & Barrell

17. Admire more than 300 20th century sculptures at Nasher Sculpture Center

18. go for a walk, play Frisbee or have a picnic at Klyde Warren Park or let the kids play on the playground equipment. Also check out the Reading and Games Room sponsored by the Dallas Morning News where you can check out books or board games for free. Or they have fooseball or ping pong tables also available for use for free.

19. Visit the Dallas Museum of Art features more than 22,000 modern and ancient works of art from around the world

20. Play mini putt at one of the 3 courses at Adventure Landing or play laser tag or ride the go karts

21. go to Kiest Park with 16 tennis courts, softball fields, soccer complex and volleyball courts or take the kids to Kiest Park Fantasy Landing, a large nautical themed playground equipment complete with a lighthouse

22. Watch a production at the Dallas Children's Museum

23. Check out the State Fair of Texas held at the Fair Park in Dallas which runs from late September to late October and features more than 70 amusement park rides and numerous other exhibits

24. Don't miss the annual wine and food festivals including: Taste of Dallas held in July at the Fair Par, Greek Food Festival Dallas (September) or the Wine and Food Festival - 5 days in April

25. Buy some local produce or handmade goods at the Dallas Farmer's Market open 7 days a week from 8 am to 6pm

26. the Interurban Railway Museum

27. Visit the Frontiers of Flight Museum which display model airplanes and memorabilia from the 1920's up to today.

28. Dallas Heritage Village is a museum with 38 restored historic buildings including a bank and a schoolhouse. Operates seasonally. Take a tour of the Millermore Mansion built in 1861 by William Miller, this Greek residence was donated to the city of Dallas and is now located at Old City Park.

Millermore House

29. watch a production at the Winspear Opera House

30.  go shopping at the NorthPark Center with something for everyone with over 235 retail stores, restaurants and department stores.

31. Visit the Dallas Holocaust Museum

32. go jogging or hiking at Turtle Creek Leisure Trail

33. Take a look at the luscious gardens or butterfly house found at Texas Discovery Gardens

34. Watch a Dallas Stars or Dallas Mavericks game.

35. watch a concert at the American Airlines Center - check for upcoming events

36. Visit the Dallas Firefighters Museum

37. go ice skating at the Dr. Pepper Star Center

38. check out one of the numerous conventions held in Dallas including the Salute to Supernatural convention and Dallas Comic Con.

39. Visit the African American Museum

40. go golfing at Bear Creek Golf Club, Tension Highlands or Royal Oaks Country Club

41. Visit Fountain Place with 172 small water fountains

42. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens with over 60 acres of beautifully manicured lawns and gardens featuring seasonal flowers. Seasonal outdoor festivals and concerts are held at the arboretum

43. go swimming at one of the 17 public pools around Dallas including Everglade Pool, Bonnieview Pool or Fretz Swimming Pool

44. Visit the Crow Collection of Asian Art - a small free museum located in downtown Dallas with a rotating collection of Asian art.

45. American Museum of the Miniature Arts

46. go to an annual music festival including Vans Warped Music Tour held in August or the H2O Music Festival

47. go walking or biking at White Rock Lake or have a picnic or rent a boat

48. Visit the Museum of Biblical Art  which gives insights into bible interpretation through various mediums and features a collection of rare bibles.

49. go shopping at the historic Highland Park Village shopping centre

50. Halloween Events: Visit the Slaughter House Haunted House, the Boneyard Haunted House - the largest haunted house in the world, Dallas Scaregrounds, Pumpkin Festival or Hangman's House of Horrors

51. learn about the history of Dallas in the Old Red Museum

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photo by Joe Mabel

52. Visit the Texas Museum of Automotive History

53. Attend the "Fair Park Fourth" with numerous family activities and a large fireworks show.

54. Visit the Museum of Geometric and MADI art

55. Learn how to fly a plane at Slipstream Aviation

56. Christmas Events: watch the Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade, Fair Park Holiday features a Santa's Workshop and a holiday market, or the Trains at NorthPark exhibit.

57. Visit the Monning Meteorite Gallery with over 1450 meteorites on display

58. you can see the largest model train at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas

59. take a ride on a vintage trolleycar

60. cool off at Bahama Beach waterpark

61. go indoor rock climbing at Summit Climbing Gym

62. go rollerskating at Super Skate Dallas

63. go antiquing at Forestwood Mall or Lula Bs Antique Mall

64. Visit the Dallas World Aquarium which has a rainforest exhibit with birds and sloths and various marine life including penguins, sharks, jelly fish and lots more.

65. The DeGoyler Estate on White Rock Lake

66.  'til midnight at the Dasher is a free concert held the third Friday of every month

67. visit the gravesites of Bonnie and Clyde

68. Eat at Wolfgang Pucks located in the reunion tower while admiring the panoramic view of Dallas skyline.

69. polish your cooking skills at Central Market Cooking School

70. Visit the Meadows Museum of Arts which features Spanish art from the mid 1500s to the 18th century.

71. Watch a performance at the Pocket Sandwich theatre - where guests are encouraged to throw popcorn if not enjoying the show.

72. Visit the J. Erik Jonsson Central Public Library with a copy of the Independence of Declaration from 1776 and an extensive genealogy department.

73. Listen to a concert at the House of Blues Dallas

74. Watch a production at the Music Hall at Fair Park

75. Enjoy dinner and a show at The Murder Mystery Company - Eddie Deens Ranch.

76. Relax or take a stroll at Lee Park

77. take an arts class at E Gallery Studios,  Kittrell Riffkind Art Glass or Creative Arts Center

78. Check out some other museums in Dallas including: The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum : The Samurai Collection - this free museum is located above St. Ann Restaurant and Bar, National Scouting Museum or the Eight Track Museum.

79. Visit the Hall of State and the exhibits of Texas history

80. Tietze Park has softball fields, a basketball court, tennis courts, playground equipment, lots of open area and a swimming pool

81. Watch a comedy at the Dallas Comedy House which sometimes offers free Improv classes.

82. go for a picnic or a jog at the Bachman Lake Park

83. go hiking or bird watching at the Old Fish Hatchery Nature Area a bird sanctuary

84. Visit the John Neely Bryan Cabin

85. Visit the Perot Museum of Nature & Science with eleven permanent exhibits including Discovery Life, Being Human and Expanding Earth or enjoy a 3D movie in the theatre.

Expanding Universe Hall

86. Visit the Texas Home and Garden Show - late February early March

87. go horseback riding with Widowmaker Trail Rides

88. Take a Mary Kay Cosmetics factory tour to see how lipstick and other makeup is made.

89. Take a guided tour of the South Park Ranch made famous by the original series "Dallas"

90. create a mosaic work of art at Smashing Times

91. take a fitness class - get one free zumba class at Z Gals or try a Telos Group Fitness class for free at Telos Fitness Center

92. Check out a show or convention at the Dallas Convention Center

93. Visit the Women's Museum

94.  Get lost in a book at Barnes and Nobels

95. watch a monster truck rally or x-treme sports event at Reunion Arena

96. Check out Pioneer Plaza with a number of life like bronze horses and cattle statues

97. Texas Theatre where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested after shooting JFK.

98. The Stanley Marcus House

99. The Pleasant Oaks Park has an outdoor swimming pool open during the summer, tennis courts, picnic areas a playground and playing fields.

100. Attend the Dallas Art Fair with over 80 artists - in April

101. Watch a production at one of the numerous theatres including Dallas Theatre Center, Majestic Theatre, AT & T Performing Arts Center, Granada Theatre, Inwood Theatre and Lounge, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas City Performance Hall, Kessler Theatre, Theatre Three Inc. or Sara Ellen and Samuel Weisfield Centre

102. Play some games at Chuck E Cheese or Dave & Busters or let the kids work off some energy at Pump it Up an inflatable play center.


  1. Hi there :) Thank you for sharing this post. to know more about things to do in Dallas, click here

  2. Thanks for such an interesting article here. I was searching for something like that for quite a long time and at last I have found it here.

  3. Wow, I am completely mesmerised by these pictures.

  4. South Fork Ranch. Not park.

  5. or go to Trinity River Kayak to go kayaking down the Trinity River!

  6. Too bad you can't watch the Dallas Cowboys or the Texas Rangers in Dallas (like the list claims) both of those you have to go to Arlington for! Oh, and Boo at the Zoo is at the Fort Worth Zoo, not Dallas and Joe Pool Lake is in Grand Prairie. You seem to be a little loose in your definition of "Dallas" - like most people from Dallas. Would have been nice to see more unique items to do in Dallas (not Pump it Up, Dave & Busters, Chuck E Cheese). Some awesome stuff, but not all of it is unique to Dallas or even in Dallas!

    1. Thanks for the corrections (and suggestions) I updated the list. Was there anything specific you (or anyone else) thinks should be included please let me know. Thanks!

  7. Also, Reunion Arena was torn down about 10 years ago but going to the top of Reunion Tower to look around is cool

  8. Most visitors I take to Half Price Books - the flagship store on NW Highway, It's a GREAT place to find all kinds of books and gifts! Also Sam Moon jewelry is a HUGE treat for most gals of all ages!

  9. The American Girl store at the Galleria should be on the list. Also, shopping in the Design District and having lunch at one of the numerous food trucks.

  10. Visit Bishop art district in Oak Cliff

  11. assassination i think not assagination

  12. Also, it's South FORK Ranch, and that's in Murphy Texas, roughly 30-45 minutes away from Dallas.


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