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Top 10 Things To Do in Dallas, Texas (From a Local!)

January 10, 2024

If you're looking for the best things to do in Dallas, you're in the right place!

I lived in Dallas, Texas home for over four years and it's a city with SO much to do. Whether you love art, tacos or are looking for a taste of western culture, you'll find something to love about the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) metroplex.

During your trip to Dallas, I encourage you to explore beyond the sports stadiums and tourist attractions and allow yourself to wander around the neighborhoods that make Dallas truly special.

These are the top things that I recommend doing during your time in DFW. If you're ready for more details to plan your Dallas vacation, I have detailed itineraries that cover four days in Dallas and two days in Dallas which include hidden gems, delicious food and more.

2024 Update: Dallas is directly in the path of total eclipse occurring on April 8th, 2024! Check out the Visit Dallas website for a list of viewing events around the city.

The exterior of Truck Yard, a popular bar in Dallas.
Truck Yard

The Top 10 Things To Do in Dallas, Texas

These fun things to do in Dallas, Texas are great for couples and make for a fun weekend adventure.

1. Bishop Arts District

Stroll around Bishop Arts - a beautiful Dallas neighborhood that is home to over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, bars and galleries. Savor a slice of pie from Emporium Pies, find a unique gift at Bishop Street Market and sip a cocktail from the trendy Botanist as you explore this unique Dallas neighborhood.

2. Dallas Farmers Market

The Dallas Farmers Market has a rich history and is full of amazing vendors. There is both a permanent indoor space and a weekends-only outdoor space with booths. Visit for fresh produce, a delicious meal or to shop for gifts.

3. The Dallas Arboretum

Get lost in 66 acres of gardens full of beautiful landscape, waterfalls, and sculptures. During the fall, you’ll find an incredible pumpkin display, while in the spring you’ll be surrounded by flowers in bloom. Also be sure to catch a glimpse of the beautiful White Rock Lake. This is one of the most popular things to do in Dallas for good reason.

4. Enjoy an Outdoor Patio

Dallas has a lot of great outdoor bars and restaurants to hang out in. Check out the iconic Truck Yard for unique car part decor and food trucks, the Katy Trail Ice House to drink next to a popular trail or The Rustic for frozen margaritas and live music.

5. Klyde Warren Park

This urban park in downtown Dallas is a great example of rethinking an urban area to create a community space for many types of activities. The park includes food trucks, a dog park, ping pong, board games, a book exchange and a stage for live events.

6. Explore Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum was formerly a warehouse district that is now known for its nightlife, music and art scene. Shop for vintage clothing and decor at Flea Style, enjoy a beer at the Deep Ellum Brewing Company, search for the incredible murals in the area and spend an evening bar hopping between rooftops.

7. Eat Tex Mex

Eat some famously delicious Tex Mex at a mom and pop location like Pepe’s & Mito’s or Mia’s, or at a popular Dallas chain like Meso Maya or Mesero. Enjoy a refreshing margarita with your meal!

8. Fort Worth Stockyards

Travel about 45 minutes west of Dallas to visit the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Here you’ll find an assortment of western saloons and shops, a cattle drive and you can even attend a rodeo!

9. Dallas Museum of Art

Located right next to Klyde Warren Park, the DMA is full of beautiful galleries that are mostly free to visit. Some exciting rotating exhibits have been here, like an incredible Dior exhibit or a mirrored room full of pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama. Next door, it's also worth a visit to the Nasher Sculpture Center.

10. Experience a Dallas outdoor mall

Drive slightly north of Dallas to visit Legacy West or the Frisco Star. Both are impressive outdoor shopping areas with lots of restaurants. The food hall at Legacy West has a brewery, a stage for live music and movies and a large variety of food.

The lawn area and a shaded area with picnic tables in Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park

A Few More Things To Do in Dallas, Texas

If you need more ideas, here is a quick list of more things to do in Dallas!

  • Visit the Sixth Floor Museum
  • Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Library

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