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Top Ten Things To See and Do In The Dallas Area

Dallas is loading with fun things to see and do. Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Dallas on any weekend or a Dallas vacation. Have fun.

  • Go Biking on the Katy Trail which extends 3.5 miles from Airline Road to the American Airlines Center. The path will eventually link the Mockingbird DART station to the West End. It will feature a 12-foot-wide concrete bike trail and an 8-foot-wide parallel, soft-surface running path around White Rock Lake. The Friends of the Katy Trail keep this safe and clean for all of us to enjoy. White Rock Lake is a unique town lake with biking and hiking trail around the entire lake. It also has designated bird watching areas and numerous picnic sights.
The path on Katy Trail
  • Enjoy the Lakes - Lake Grapevine offers camping, trails for biking, hiking and equestrian use, water recreation, picnic facilities, pavilions for large gatherings, hunting, and it is a popular sail boating and windsurfing lake. Or Lake Lewisville has many facilities for overnight camping and fishing. There are five marinas: Eagle Point Marina, Pier 121, Cottonwood Creek Marina, Dallas Cornthian Yacht Club, and Lakeview Marina, and two restaurant/bars: Sneaky Pete's and Charlie's. Ray Hubbard is excellent for fishing, boating, and is renowned for sailing. There are four marinas, three public boat ramps, a couple fun bars and restaurants, and a yacht club famous for sailing regattas. Check these links for fishing guides and boat rentals on these lakes.
Lake Grapevine
  • Camping at the Vineyards Campground & Cabins on Lake Grapevine is an outstanding campground and in a perfect location if you want to explore Grapevine or the Dallas Fort Worth area. They have cabins; tent sites; pull throughs; and a wide choice of sites on the water, in the trees, or on a bluff with a water view. Hickory Creek Park on Lake Lewisville is very clean and well-maintained Corp of Engineer park with good access to the water.
The Vineyards Campground
  • Visit the attractions in Dallas and the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. There are a variety of attractions and activities that simply can't be found elsewhere. From world-class zoos and museums to Texas-sized honky-tonks, the DFW area has it all. Don't forget the aquarium, Fair Park, Six Flags, Dallas Arboretum, the water parks, Dallas Arts District, and much more. Check this map for locations to all these fun activities.
Dallas Arboretum
  • Sporting Events - The Dallas area is the Southwest's only metro area to host teams from five major professional sports leagues. Its passion for sports runs wide and deep, extending to amateur, collegiate, recreational and spectator.The American Airlines Center hosts many sporting events like the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Sidekicks, and the Dallas Desperados. Or you might want to attend a Cowboys or Rangers game at the new stadium. You just couldn't stay in Dallas without attending the Mesquite Championship Rodeo at the ultra modern covered facility.
American Airlines Center
  • Enjoy the nightlife in the trendy and diverse areas such as Deep Elum, Lower Greenville Avenue, or Uptown. Dallas is actually a place where the nightlife scene is just about as hip as anywhere else in the country. Twenty-somethings and SMU students have their beer-slamming havens, thirty-somethings have plenty of wine and martini bars, and everyone who has an insatiable appetite for dancing has their pick from plenty of dance clubs that offer every type of music you can move your feet to.
Uptown
  • Shopping in Dallas with its moderate temperatures throughout the year, can offer shopping indoors and out as a fun activity to be enjoyed year-round. Dallas has elegant malls, vintage districts and high-end streets filled with hundreds of retailers. Areas like Knox-Henderson and the West Village are filled with savvy shopping options and ultrachic boutiques. Retro-lovers & people who are fans of antiquing can head to the West End, which features over 80 stores that reside in restored buildings and redbrick warehouses. Greeneville is filled to the brim with eclectic shops & amazing restaurants where shoppers can stop.
Shopping in Dallas
  • The Dallas restaurant scene offers a wide variety of cuisines. Make no mistake, though: sizzling steaks and tender beef brisket are what made the city famous. You can choose anywhere from the trendy warehouse district of the West End to the chic McKinney Avenue and Knox-Henderson areas are home to many of the city's best restaurants.
West End Restaurant
  • Kids Activities - the Medical Center of Dallas has one of the largest permanent two story train displays in the country. Kiest Park has Fantasy Landing, Dallas' first public playground for well and disabled children, a unique and special highlight of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. Through art projects, scavenger hunts, NasherKids Live! Performances and storytime, children learn and develop their creative skills at Nasher Sculpture Center.
Train Display at Dallas Medical Center
  • Dallas Farmers Market - Every day brings something new and different, from the first vegetables and fruits of a new season to special events, classes, festivals, and much more. Stay informed about special events at the Market, what's in season, and the latest tips about healthful eating. Open 7 days a week local farmers display and sell a mouth watering and eye-pleasing selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs and floral plants. A perfect open-air market to leisurely stroll, take in the colorful, and glorious sights.
Dallas Farmers Market
  • Go Golfing because Dallas and the Metroplex are home to over 100 golf courses and some of the best in Texas. You'll find some great municipal courses (like Grapevine or Cedar Crest) with very affordable rates and good conditions, some very challenging tracks like Woodbridge Golf Course, and some higher end courses with top notch service and near perfect conditions (The Tribute and Cowboys Golf Club for instance) and plenty of excellent private courses. Use this Dallas Golf Map to find a course and read our review of the course.
Cowboys Golf Club

Texas Outside's Top Ten Favorites In The Dallas Area

  • Love & War In Texas is an excellent country music venue with great food (a chicken fried chicken that's the best), good service, and one of the best margaritas
  • Lake Lewisville had good camping at Hickory Creek, a fun party cove, plenty of boat rentals, a good golf course and disc golf course that you can boat up to, and a couple fun bars and restaurants with live music.
  • Cedar Crest Golf Course is a favorite within the Dallas city limits and it has affordable rates, good conditions, and fun holes. In the nearby Dallas metroplex, Old American has to be one of the favorites.
  • Biking Around White Rock is a must - scenic, easy, paved, and good for kids but crowed on the weekends
  • Dallas World Aquarium is very well done and a fun place to spend some time
  • Reunion Tower soars 560 feet above Dallas and is the iconic signature of the downtown skyline, a good place to get a panoramic view of Dallas, and one of the best (and expensive) restaurants with a 360 degree panoramic view
  • Dallas Uptown Entertainment District is the more upscale place for a variety of fun - great restaurants, fun and lively bars, good shopping, and a trolley to take you around
  • The Vineyards Campground on Lake Grapevine is a favorite place to camp and explore the Dallas Fort Worth area
  • Poor David's Pub is one of the best places to enjoy a variety of live music
  • The Dallas Zoo is a great place to spend a few hours and it never gets old

"The Top Ten Attractions in Dallas according to Distinctly  Dallas are:"

  • AT&T STADIUM Take a tour of this $1.2 billion football palace to see the field, the Cowboys and Cowboys Cheerleaders locker rooms, postgame interview room and more. It is 3 million square feet, with a collection of world-class art. 1 Legends Way, Arlington. 1-800-745-3000
  • DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE AT OLD CITY PARK This park features a large collection of 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes, along with historic commercial buildings. One of the houses, Millermore, is reported to be haunted, and docents will happily tell you all about the resident ghost. 1515 S. Harwood St. 214-421-5141
  • GEO-DECK AT REUNION TOWER Atop that big ball at the west end of downtown, you'll get a bird's-eye view, 470 feet above the ground, of downtown and farther. You'll get a great view of the Trinity River and its spectacular white Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava. The circular deck has inside and outside viewing areas. 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. Call 214-712-7040 or visit their website info@reuniontower.com.
  • GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL CENTER The museum at this venue offers a fascinating look at the eight years when the 43rd president was in office, including an especially poignant section on 9/11. There's also a good deal of unexpected humor with a video of a presidential impersonator trying to teach Bush to say "nuclear proliferation". You can ger your picture taken in the replica of the Oval Office. 2943 SMU Blvd University Park. 214-200-4300
  • KLYDE WARREN PARK This park has been a great success a year after the opening of the 5.2-acre park. The $110 million park offers games (pingpong tables and equipment on-site), a reading area with magazines and books, a dog park, a special kids' area and tons of activities and performances by local musical, theater and dance troupes. 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. 214-716-4500.
  • NORTHPARK CENTER No place on Earth has a classier mall, thanks to developer Raymond Nasher . Where else can you shop at Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, Valentino or Burberry, and stroll hallways featuring artworks by the likes of Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Jonathan Borofsky and many other. northparkcenter.com.
  • OLD RED MUSEUM OF DALLAS COUNTY HISTORY & CULTURE Inside the 1892 Richardsonian Romanesque courthouse building, just a block from The Sixth Floor Museum, this venue is a treasure-trove of things you never knew about Dallas. Did you know that the following were invented here: the integrated circuit, Liquid Paper, the Slurpee, the Fletcher's corny dog and the Hams (our first pro baseball team, in 1888). Exhibits take visitors from prehistory to the present. There's a small section devoted to the Kennedy assassination, including Jack Ruby's prison doodle from 1965. 100 S. Houston St., Dallas. 214-745-1100
  • PIONEER PLAZA This 4-acre swath of green space has a waterfall, man-made cliffs and the herd of nearly 50 1,200-pound bronze steers, horses and cowboys, created by artist Robert Summers of Glen Rose. It's the ultimate Dallas photo op, and while you're there, you'll also learn about the 19th-century cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail. Take time to also visit adjacent Pioneer Cemetery, and check out the 60-foot-tall Confederate Memorial and the gravesites of many of Dallas' founding mothers and fathers. Young and Griffin streets, downtown Dallas
  • SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA The venue's permanent exhibit on the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy occupies the sixth floor of the 1901 former Texas School Book Depository. Curators have taken a just-the-facts approach to the assassination, neither trumpeting nor dismissing conspiracy theories (forensics have made it a near certainty that Lee Harvey Oswald did, at the very least, fire three shots from the sixth floor). 411 Elm St. at Houston St., downtown Dallas. 214-747-6660
  • SOUTHFORK RANCH This is Dallas' version of Graceland, the house you simply must visit. The TV show Dallas shoots some of its scenes on this real-life ranch. Tours take you through a Dallas museum, two gift shops and the ranch house, home to fictional Ewings for 35 years. 3700 Hogge Road, Parker. 972-442-7800

South Fork Ranch

Klyde Warren Park

White Rock Lake