Everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, and Dallas really takes this notion to heart. Whether you head to the city for food, history, or art, the local options are sure to make you wide-eyed. Dallas is a star, with loads to offer any discerning visitor. Things to do in Dallas range from picking gourds at the Dallas Arboretum to cheering on the Dallas Cowboys™ at nearby AT&T Stadium. Quite simply, tourist attractions in Dallas can fit any travel itinerary—especially one that calls for barbeque.…
Top 27 Things to do in Dallas, Texas
Meet your instructor on the grounds of Lone Star Park for a quick safety orientation, and then take a seat in a sporty BMW 328 coupe as you head out onto the course. Your instructor leads you through a series of cones laid out on the track, and then it's your turn to take the wheel and try out the maneuver yourself. With 6 runs to perfect your technique, see how fast you can go while staying on course the whole time.
Next, it's time to try a J-turn. After your guide demonstrates the move, take the wheel and put the pedal to the metal to charge across the track. At your instructor's command, pull the car's modified hydraulic handbrake and make a hard turn to skid around in a perfect letter J. The last move you learn has you slam the car into reverse, whip around into a quick 180-degree turn, and then speed off in the classic getaway move.
With expert guidance through each of your 18 runs, this course makes you a better driver while giving you an absolutely exhilarating ride. Once your practice rounds are over, show off your new skills in a fun competition with your fellow drivers as you see what you and your stunt car can do. Read More close
Arrive at a closed, private course and meet your friendly instructor, who explains the ins and outs of your stunt car during a safety orientation. Hop into the passenger's seat and let him demonstrate your first move in a lightning-fast BMW 328 IS. After watching the pro execute the maneuver, change seats and get ready to try it on your own.
Buckle up and put the pedal to the metal as you accelerate down the track. At your instructor's command, pull the handbrake and turn the wheel to complete a skidding J-turn just like you see in the movies. Practice your new skill up to 6 times before moving on to the classic Reverse 180. Rocket down the track backward and spin the wheel, whipping the car around 180 degrees before you speed off like a getaway driver making an escape.
Encouraging instruction and plenty of opportunity to practice lets you become comfortable executing your 2 new driving maneuvers. At the end of your high-speed excursion, pose for a photo next to your sweet ride and pick up your certificate of completion to show off to friends back home. Read More close
Named "Best Country Night Club" 10 times by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, Billy Bob’s Texas lives up to its name as "The World’s Largest Honky Tonk. " Embrace your inner cowboy at this legendary venue featuring more than 100,000 square feet (9,290 sq m) of entertainment space. Enjoy a delicious Texas dinner, and then grab a drink at your choice of over 30 bar stations.
This country club has hosted some of the biggest country music singers from Garth Brooks to Willie Nelson. Walk by and admire the country memorabilia or take a photo next to one of the 60 guitars signed by country's biggest stars. Dance on a Texas-size dance floor, hear live music, see a bull riding show, or head to the arcade room—there is no shortage of activities and entertainment.
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Explore 5 floors and 11 permanent exhibit halls of natural history and science. Immerse yourself with an inspiring living science lesson. Race against a virtual T. rex, do battle in a remote-control robot arena, or watch a thrilling documentary in the cutting-edge 3-D theater.
Reunion Tower Geo-Deck
Take in panoramic views from atop of the Reunion Tower Geo-Deck. From 470 feet (143 m) up, enjoy bird's-eye views of lively Dallas during the day or at night. Try out high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touchscreens, and telescopes that let you see for miles in any direction.
Visit Texas' largest zoo, with over 106 acres (43 ha) to explore. Take a safari tour where you can feed giraffes and watch elephants and other animals interact in a natural savanna setting. Plus, meet the only koalas in Texas.
Sixth Floor Museum
Learn about the life of President John F. Kennedy, his presidency, and his tragic death in Dallas. You have the opportunity to see historic television and radio broadcasts, films, photographs, and artifacts about his life and the aftermath of his assassination.
George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum
Visit this state-of-the-art interactive museum that features unique insights into George W. Bush's presidential history.
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
Escape into an urban oasis that is located only minutes from downtown Dallas. See the manicured gardens, waterfalls, terraced walkways, and panoramic views over the parks. Read More close
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Begin the game at Klyde Warren Park in the Dallas Arts District. A virtual team of bumbling scientists is standing by with a map of outbreaks that are ravaging Downtown Dallas. With the map loaded to your smartphone, hustle with your team to a variety of sites within a 3-block radius, exploring Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Art Museum, Meyerson Symphony Hall, Belo Mansion, the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and the Crow Collection of Art.
At each outbreak site, answer bizarre challenge questions as a team, on topics as varied as Vanilla Ice, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, corporate logos, Barney the Dinosaur, color blindness, and local ghosts. If you get a question right, you save lives. If you get it wrong, people die. Pay attention as the story unfolds and the epidemic takes on a life of its own. Read More close
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Your package includes a convenient map to guide you to each of the shopping centers and instructs you where to pick up your savings cards. Once you have finished your shopping spree, have a drink at Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s biggest honky-tonk. Your Shop-Hop package includes free admission Sunday – Thursday. Billy Bob’s Texas is the best in western entertainment with mechanical bull riding, live country music, and signature Texas cuisine.
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Don't wait for a seat—with priority access, you can zip past the crowds and cozy up to your table in no time. As you wait for your cheeseburger, pasta, grilled chicken sandwich, or salad, listen to the music playing over the speakers and peruse the wide variety of rock 'n' roll memorabilia.
After dessert, take another look around. View classic items on display, like the furry Bolin Explorer guitars used by ZZ Top in their "Legs" music video, red suede shoes worn by Buddy Holly, and an iconic red bandanna donated by Willie Nelson.
Sample menu includes:
- Hard Rock Cheeseburger or Bacon cheeseburger with seasoned fries
- Honey mustard grilled chicken sandwich with seasoned fries
- Fire-roasted tomato pasta with fresh herbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic toast
- Barbecue pulled pork sandwich with marinated slaw and seasoned fries
- Chicken Caesar salad tossed with grilled chicken and parmesan cheese
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Start in the middle of downtown, where you meet your trip leader and get a quick lesson on basic Segway operation. When you’re comfortable with the controls, tighten your helmet and zoom off toward the shady trees and wide-open lawns of Dealey Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s tragic assassination.
Roll quietly through the plaza, spend a moment of reflection at the nearby JFK Memorial, and gaze at the façade of the Sixth Floor Museum, where artifacts and exhibits chronicle the fateful events of November 22, 1963.
Move on to the site of the former Dallas County Courthouse. Built in 1892, this eclectic edifice is now known as the Old Red Museum, named after the red sandstone used in its castle-like towers. Examples of more modern architecture are just a glide away at Victory Park, where high-end shops, restaurants, and gleaming glass buildings surround the American Airlines Center, home to the Dallas Mavericks.
Head past the Convention Center and admire the spiraling façade of the chapel in Thanksgiving Park before wrapping up your tour at Pioneer Plaza. Adorned with life-size statues of stampeding cattle and driving ranchers, the park’s incredible installations pay tribute to Texas’ cowboy past. Read More close
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Meet up with your guide at the marina and get situated with the equipment, strapping into the flyboard and listening as your guide explains how the technology works. As your guide drives beside you in a jet ski, the flyboard propels itself upward using water sprayed out of high-pressure nozzles that are powered by the jet ski's engine. All you need to do is tilt, lean, and trust your balance, and you can be soaring through the sky and plunging beneath the water's surface at super speed in no time.
No experience is necessary to flyboard, and learning the basics just takes 20 minutes or so. Once you've got the hang of things, you can let a friend or family member take a turn as you watch, or ask your guide to help you master more complicated tricks and maneuvers. Spin, dive, and feel the exhilarating rush of flight against the backdrop of this manmade lake's sparkling waters. Read More close
Strap on your helmet and get a quick lesson from your trip leader before heading downtown to your first stop. At Dealey Plaza, explore the manicured lawns that surround the site where John F. Kennedy was tragically assassinated. Find the Texas School Depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald took his fateful shot, and pause for a moment to reflect at the nearby JFK Memorial.
Roll to the east and the beautiful grounds of Pioneer Plaza, where life-size bronze statues of longhorn cattle pay tribute to the area’s extensive ranching heritage. The waterfall-bordered courtyards of Thanks-Giving Square are the perfect place to bust out a few final spins and tight turns on your 2-wheeled ride. Before you return to your starting point, take a look at the unique architecture of the Chapel of Thanksgiving and snap a few photos of its spiraling edifice. Read More close
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Arrive at iFLY and get geared up, stepping into your flight suit, strapping on your helmet, and adjusting your protective goggles to fit. An experienced and accredited instructor leads you in an introductory training session so you can get the most out of your adventure, and then it’s time to step into the flight chamber.
The instructor accompanies you inside so they can offer tips and pointers as you fly, and you’re lifted off your feet as the chamber fills with rushing wind. Hover above the ground, spin through the air, and feel the thrill before touching back down on solid ground, catching your breath, and doing it all over again. Read More close
Meet up with your guide in Las Colinas, whose hip shops and trendy restaurants beckon Irving residents and visitors to enjoy a night out on the town. Find a seat on your comfortable vessel for the evening and let your captain and guide set a course for the calm waters of Lake Carolyn. While you cruise, tuck into indulgent desserts like rich and creamy cheesecake or carefully layered chocolate trifle.
From Lake Carolyn, head down Mandalay Canal to pass quietly under narrow foot bridges, scope out burbling water features, and get a taste Old World Italy in the heart of Texas before you drift back to your starting point and part ways with your guide. Read More close
Meet up with your guide amid the trendy shops and hip restaurants of Las Colinas, where you can board your electric boat and start your cruise. Grab a seat in the spacious interior of a boat designed by Lear, the same company responsible for the famous jet, and let your guide set a course to scope out the perimeter of Lake Carolyn.
Admire reflections of downtown Irving in the calm water, snap photos along the way, and then head to Mandalay Canal for a trip down this charming waterway. Pass under narrow footbridges, check out the Mandalay Canal Waterfall, and then return to your starting point to continue exploring Las Colinas and Irving on your own. Read More close
Meet up with your guide at one of the lake's marinas to take part in a brief orientation about the operation of your jet ski for the day. Whether you're headed out with a guide to scope out the area's quiet corners and notable sights with a guide or going out on your own with a friend, with a few riding pointers to rely on, you're sure to have a spectacular time on this manmade gem along the winding bends of the Brazos River.
Between high-speed runs and wake-spitting spins, blast around the lake on your exhilarating craft. Take breaks out on the water to soak up some rays, or head to the banks to relax on the beach, and don't forget to grab a few photos on your ride before you close out your rental or tour. Read More close
Dive into hands-on activities for visitors of all ages including a DUPLO® play area with softer bricks for the youngest builders in your family. Check out a miniature replica of Dallas/Fort Worth, built with more than a million LEGO® bricks, and follow Professor Brick-a-Brack on the LEGO® Factory Tour to watch real bricks being made.
On the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, test your skills with a laser-zapper as you vanquish skeletons and trolls from your chariot. Then on Merlin's Apprentice Ride, find spells and pedal as high as Merlin. Pick up the latest skills from the LEGO® Master Builder Academy's workshops and test your creations on the speed ramps and earthquake tables at the LEGO® Racers exhibit.
Time your racecar on the speed track in the LEGO® Racers: Build & Test zone. Then grab a seat and a pair of 3-D glasses to experience the wind, rain, and lighting effects in the 4-D Cinema as your favorite LEGO® characters come to life before your very eyes. Read More close
The good King Don Carlos and his enchanting daughter, Princess Catalina, invite you to become part of their court for the evening. The pageantry of the knights is on full display as they thunder into the arena atop mighty steeds. Cheer as your knight engages in jousting and other manner of combat and the royal falconer thrills you with the feats of his magnificent birds of prey.
As the tale unfolds, you're presented with a banquet of savory fare to sate your appetite. Your meal includes select non-alcoholic beverages; or you may order from the full service bar before, during, and after the show. After dinner, be sure to browse the castle’s Hall of Arms to discover fascinating Medieval artifacts.
Sample Bill of Fare
- Oven-roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, spare rib, and a castle pastry
- Hummus and warm pita bread, carrot and celery sticks, 3-bean stew with fire-roasted tomato and brown rice, and fresh fruit or Italian ice (based on availability) Read More close
Situated in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, The Modern’s 5 modular, 2-story pavilions appear to float on the water. Discover more than 3,000 significant works of modern and contemporary art from around the world. Artists featured include Anselm Kiefer, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, Richard Serra, Andre Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.
The building, designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, is a masterpiece in itself. Take time to gaze into the reflecting pond as you enjoy lunch in Café Modern’s elliptical dining room or shop for gifts at The Modern Shop.
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The 55,000-square foot center is a work of art in its own right, designed by Renzo Piano, world-renowned architect and winner of the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture. Stroll through the expansive 1. 4-acre sculpture garden created by Piano in collaboration with landscape architect Peter Walker. Take in the beautiful landscape and contemporary sculptures in this unique garden.
Discover within the galleries the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, which includes masterpieces by Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Hepworth, Kelly, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, and Serra.
The Nasher Sculpture Center presents rotating exhibitions of works, special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections, and hosts special events, activities, and lectures throughout the year.
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Meet your trip leader and map out your day’s itinerary while you get a brief lesson on how to operate your curious contraption. Consider a day exploring the town’s beautiful parks with visits to places like Pioneer Plaza, where life-like bronze statues recreate a scene from Texas’ proud cattle ranching heritage.
If architecture is what you’re after, request to roll by the fascinating Chapel of Thanksgiving and its spiraling edifice. Or, explore a bit of history with a stop at Dealey Plaza—where President Kennedy was tragically shot—and a solemn moment of reflection at the John F. Kennedy Memorial.
For those that simply want to practice riding, there are plenty of opportunities to test out your skills, turning, spinning, and accelerating around famous sites and landmarks. No matter what your interests are, your experienced guide can help you decide on the perfect route through Dallas’ dynamic downtown. Read More close
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Ride an elevator to the top of the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, an observation deck that combines a 360-degree view of Dallas using both indoor and outdoor viewing areas, in concert with interactive touchscreens, called the Halo, to help you identify every point of interest. Discover hidden gems, historic landmarks, museums, and even parks using the touch screens, and then walk around the outside to hunt through the city's visual spectacle with one of the telescopes.
Capture amazing photos of Dallas, and get your photo taken and customized to feature a background of your choice. It's the perfect way to commemorate your visit to Reunion Tower—marveling at the view and also expanding your conception of Dallas. Read More close
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Begin your day with a quick lesson on the basic operation of your ride. Learn out how to make tight turns, quick starts, and dizzying spins before heading into the city center.
Arrive to your first stop near the beautiful fountain and giant flags outside City Hall. The edifice’s sharp, geometric lines offer an intriguing contrast to the surrounding area. Test your riding skills in the courtyard out front and look for the perfect spot for a photograph.
Continue to the solemn JFK Memorial and spend a moment reflecting on the president’s legacy as you wander between bold white walls that border a low granite platform bearing his name. Hear about the assassination that took his life in nearby Dealey Plaza before cruising to see the expansive Convention Center.
Wrap up your 2-wheeled excursion with a visit to Pioneer Plaza’s incredible collection of statues. Cast in bronze, trotting longhorn cattle and dramatic ranchers are arranged to create a life-like scene that pays tribute to Texas’ proud history. It’s the perfect place to grab a few last-minute photos before you hop back on your Segway to finish out your tour. Read More close
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Explore the only place in Grand Prairie that has two-headed animals and decorated Tibetan skulls. Here you learn about Ripley’s fascinating history, how of these oddities were brought together, and Wayne Harbor, the infamous man who endlessly tried to disprove Ripley’s oddity claims.
Admire the array of fascinating relics and “tricks of nature,” including the African Fertility Statues, Scimshaw Giant Sea Turtle Shell, and elongated Peruvian skull. Throughout the 12 unique galleries you find one-of-a-kind exhibits, interactive displays, illusions, and much more. Ripley's offers tons of family entertainment that's sure to delight all ages. Read More close
Meet 2 green sea turtles and an endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle in the turtle rescue center. Then walk through the spectacular ocean tunnel and marvel at the creatures swimming overhead. To get any closer you would have to get wet.
As you explore the aquarium—featuring stunning jellyfish, blacktip reef sharks, clownfish, and cownose rays—get a close-up look at a giant Pacific octopus, a master of disguise, playfully swimming while a clownfish hides in a sea anemone, its home. Stop by marine experts' daily presentations and feedings or feel a starfish, sea urchin, shark pup, or horseshoe crab at the interactive touch pool. Read More close
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The Arts District is home to an oasis of artistic expression located in the heart of the big city. Your journey starts at the massive Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, home to the 4,535-pipe Lay Family Concert Organ and the Eugene McDermott Concert Hall. This amazing work of architecture was designed by I. M. Pei and opened in 1989.
Using your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device, follow clues and answer questions along the route. Next, check out Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, a marvel of Gothic revival architecture built in the 19th century and home to one of the largest Catholic church memberships in the country.
Complete challenges, take hints, and earn points as you wander through the Arts District, known for creativity and innovation. Stroll through Klyde Warren Park, stretching 3 city blocks and offering a mix of spaces including a great lawn, restaurant, performance pavilion, dog park, and botanical garden. Read More close
Dallas is a city where modern cowboys walk the street and history is delivered in a Texas-sized helping. Begin your scavenger hunt downtown and journey to historical Union Station, Thanks-Giving Square, Pioneer Plaza, and the site of a famous cattle drive. Using your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device, discover clues and solve questions along the way.
Next, check out the Dallas County Courthouse, also known as the Old Red Courthouse. Built in 1892 with vibrant red sandstone with marble accents, the site is now the Old Red Museum, showcasing the city's colorful history. Complete challenges, take hints, and earn points as you meander through Dallas.
Visit the site of the notorious Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed President John F. Kennedy and take a trip up to the Sixth Floor Museum where a gallery pays tribute to JFK. Follow directions as you make your way around Dallas, famous for its cowboys and unique history, and perhaps learn something new as your adventure wraps up. Read More close
There's nothing quite like a luxurious spa treatment to take you from tired and stressed to radiant and centered. With the Spafinder gift card, you can check in at salons, spas, gyms, or therapeutic centers that cover everything from facials and haircuts to Pilates and chiropractic work. Unwind and get glowing with a beautifying, de-stressing service at an elegant day spa, or find a fitness studio and work it out in a toning Barre class or a calorie-busting boot camp.
Your gift card never expires, and can be used on a wide range of treatments, classes, services, and products, whether you're in the market for a new yoga mat or wanting to touch up your hair color before a big event. Treat yourself to wellness—your body and mind will thank you. Read More close
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