Things to do in Dallas

Must-see Dallas sights

A 195-mile (314km) drive along I-35 from Austin leads to Dallas, which, with 1.3 million residents, attracts visitors with its sky-high architecture and quality art collections.

  1. See the Dealey Plaza
  2. Visit the interesting Dallas Heritage Village
  3. Take a tour of the Dallas television set
  4. Head to the trendy Arts District in Dallas
  5. Enjoy a stroll in the impressive Klyde Warren Park
  6. See the dazzling Reunion Tower
  7. See John F. Kennedy’s Memorial Plaza

Dallas has a lot going for it. From moving historical landmarks to an incredible art scene and impressive museums on offer, Dallas may the alternative American destination you've always been looking for

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1. See the Dealey Plaza

The Dealey Plaza is where the assassination of John F. Kennedy occurred on 22nd November 1963. The Dealey Plaza hasn’t changed much since then. From 1993, it has been listed as a National Historic Landmark. It’s quite moving to peer up to the sixth floor window where Lee Harvey Oswald took his three shots. There is an X spot where John F. Kennedy was hit by the second bullet.

Best for: Moving historical sight

While you’re there: Head inside to the Sixth Floor Museum to learn about the assassination of John F. Kennedy and his life.

2. Visit the interesting Dallas Heritage Village

The pioneer era comes alive at Dallas Heritage Village. It’s one of the most interesting things to do in Dallas for sure. The spot preserves 38 historic structures in a living history museum. Inside, you’ll find the greatest collection of Victorian houses and Texan commercial buildings. These buildings arrived in Dallas’s first city park, after being relocated from North Central Texas. Take a wander through the grounds and take a historical look at what life was like 100 years ago in Texas.

Best for: A look back at Dallas

While you’re there: The Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus is home to the largest collection of Spanish art outside Spain.

3. Take a tour of the Dallas television set

What to do in Dallas? Head back to the 80s! The 80s TV show Dallas is set in this city in Texas - where else? The TV show followed a family’s lives on the Southfork Ranch Southfork Ranch and their oil empire. The glorious white mansion, sparkling pool, barn and surroundings of the show soon became a tourist hub. Follow in the footsteps of the Ewing family and feel you’re part of the gang. Looking for Dallas holidays? We recommend staying at Lorenzo Hotel for a cosy stay.

Best for: TV fans

While you’re there: The Rose Garden Gazebo isn’t too far for a peaceful afternoon stroll.

4. Head to the trendy Arts District in Dallas

There is plenty to see in the Arts District in Dallas. Wander around the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and in the west of the city you can enter the Dallas Museum of Art. Marvel at art pieces from the likes of legendary O’Keefe and the icon van Gogh. This is one the best museums in Dallas, and the whole country in fact. Enjoy going on a huge journey through around 5,000 years of art, from contemporary art to antiquities.

Best for: Creative types

While you’re there: Note that you can find ancient Mexican art and 1,700 year-old huge Buddhas at the Dallas Museum of Art too.

5. Enjoy a stroll in the impressive Klyde Warren Park

Make the most of the great outdoors in Dallas and head to Klyde Warren Park. The park has been greeting visitors since 2012. The space was named after Kelcy Warren - he donated a whopping $10 million for the development of the park. Find tree-lined promenades, a pretty botanical garden and a performance pavilion. There’s also a restaurant here so you can really make a day out of it here. There's also a dog park, so you and the kids can spot pups out on their walks too!

Best for: Green-fingered travellers

While you’re there: There is a children's park here too, so kids will enjoy having a play around.

6. See the dazzling Reunion Tower

One of the most interesting things in Dallas is the soaring Reunion Tower. A huge 171-metres high, the Reunion Tower (also known as The Ball) is a selection of shafts which is topped with a dome which is illuminated at nighttime - it’s illuminated by 259 LEDS to be exact! Take the ride up to the top and you’ll get a sprawling view of Dallas.

Best for: Incredible views

While you’re there: There are two rotating restaurants up at the top. Luxurious Five Sixty offers a tasty Asian-infused menu.

7. See John F. Kennedy’s Memorial Plaza

Head to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza for more history. Inaugurated in 1970, the monument was designed by Philip Johnson. The memorial consists of a square room. There’s no roof to the memorial and it’s all supposed to symbolise the freedom of John F. Kennedy’s spirit. The walls of the memorial are made up of 72 concrete columns which are all supported by two different legs. At night, the whole memorial looks like it’s hovering on the ground.

Best for: Touching memorials

While you’re there: Note that there is a gold carving of JFK’s name on the memorial which also catches the night light.

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