Top Things to Do In Dallas, Texas

It seems that Dallas is doing its part in living up to the claim that everything is bigger in Texas. But in Dallas, the venues and entertainment possibilities are not only limited to the large. They're more interesting, rewarding and simply more fun than those offered by many cities of comparable size. The city was always fun to visit, but it seems to have taken everything up a notch. This is likely due to the increased number of people who are looking to make the Dallas Fort Worth area their new home.  Whatever the reason, now is the time to visit the city. The only challenge is that with so many attractions how does one choose which to enjoy. Here are some of the top things to do in the Dallas that draw people from near and far.

Reunion Tower sits at the top of things to do in Dallas

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Top Things to Do Indoors in Dallas

Historic Things To Do

No trip to Dallas would be complete without delving into the events of Friday, 22 November 1963.  John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated. The Sixth Floor Museum (which was the Texas School Book Depository in 1963) provides a fascinating insight into the life and times and the assassination of the President. It makes available 40,000 artifacts in a number of exhibits.  Above all visitors have the opportunity to stand at the window where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shot heard around the world.

Historic Things To Do

For those who want to get a bird's eye view of the city, there is no better viewpoint than from the GeO-Deck, 470 feet up near the top of the 561 ft Reunion Tower. It is more than just an observation deck. It plays host to a myriad of seasonal activities and is home to the revolving Cloud 9 restaurant and bar. Don't miss out on the 'Toasts on Top' event where the city's best bartenders show off their skills.

Adventurous Things to Do

Those who want to explore the many attractions of the city should take advantage of the opportunity to travel in old-school style on the McKinney Avenue trolley. The trolley runs along the vibrant McKinney Avenue (Uptown) and the downtown Arts District. It's the perfect way to immerse yourself in two of the city's most interesting and entertaining areas.


Top Things to Do Outdoors in Dallas

Things to Adventure

But there's no reason to stick to indoor venues while exploring Dallas. The 5.2-acre Klyde Warren Park is a relatively new addition to the city (built in 2012) - and has become a favorite spot for both locals and visitors. The park connects the uptown and downtown arts districts and has a host of features that make it perfect for a family visit while exploring the nearby attractions. There's a great playground for the younger members of the family, regular live concerts and many fee activities such as chess, yoga classes, table tennis and in winter, ice skating.

Things to Shop For

There's also no reason to head to a claustrophobic air-conditioned mall if you want to engage in a little retail therapy while in Dallas. Highland Park Village holds the distinction of being the first outdoor mall in the United States. It's definitely the place to explore the styles provided by the most prominent fashion houses in the world.  Likewise, you can take in a show at the Village Theatre. There is also no shortage of dining opportunities in the village. Try Bistro 31 for a world-class menu that offers tastes of Spain, France and Italy. After that, head to Cafe Pacific, which has been providing exceptional dining in Dallas for around 40 years. If you're feeling indulgent try the Petrossian Royal Ossetra Caviar served with Blinis.  Similarly, you can go carnivorous with the top-shelf Prime Beef which arrives slathered in Cognac Sauce.


Top Things to Eat and Drink in Dallas

Things to Eat

But there are many other excellent dining choices outside Highland Park Dallas. Try Deli News for a New York-style deli experience (the pastrami-based Reuben sandwich is impressive, to say the least). If you are visiting Dallas and do not try what could be the city's signature dish - Chile con queso and chips you are doing yourself a disservice. Head to Mia's Tex-Mex or Matt's Rancho Martinez and indulge in a classic thing to do in  Dallas.

Things to Drink

Those in search of liquid refreshments or adult beverages in Dallas will not be disappointed. the city has a number of great bars. Midnight Rambler in the basement is a cozy location that serves up some of the best cocktails in the city (and a great Cuban Sandwich). Take a seat on a damask sofa at Atlas, to enjoy a gothic vibe and ornate chandeliers. Order a classic Pisco Sour, sit back and relax.


Top Things to Do in Nature In Dallas

Leisurely Things To Do

Work off those calories with a visit to the 600-acre Cedar Ridge Preserve. Only 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, transport to one of the most unspoiled natural attractions in Texas. There are 9 miles of walking trails with something for everyone, from the beginner to those who are on the hunt for a more challenging day walking experience. Similarly, it has wonderful picnic spots and a butterfly garden that mesmerize young members of the family.

Things to Explore

Another great outdoor choice is the Trinity River Audubon Center which can be found slap bang in the middle of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest. It is surrounded by 4 miles of trails - which makes it ideal for those who want to spend a short time exploring before heading back into Dallas to enjoy the wonders of its more urban offerings. The trails overlook the Trinity River and span some fascinating wetlands.


Are There Other Things to Do in Dallas

These top things to do only scratch the surface of what Dallas has to offer. If you are in the city, take some time to explore, because it is a decision that you will not regret.