Dallas is famous for a lot of things. Sports fans will see the destination as home to the likes of the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Mavericks. Culture lovers will want to flock over for the brilliant arts, museum and entertainment scene. And foodies will adore the glitz and glam of the city’s delicious hangouts. Then there’s old skool Texas to explore: from the rodeos of Fort Worth to the Deep Ellum’s iconic drinking holes. Here are the five essential experiences to be had in The Big D.
Root on at Dallas’ Best Stadiums
If you’re traveling with a sports fan, then a game will definitely be in the cards. The giant AT&T stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys’ football games, while the American Airlines center is where to go for the Dallas Mavericks (basketball) and the Dallas Stars (hockey). Perhaps throwing it back to the rodeo is your idea of fun – head to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for an evening of riding, bucking, barrels and cowboy hats. The Kimpton Harper is close by if y’all end up staying late.
Dress to Impress Uptown
Uptown Dallas is known for its glamorous side, so don your Sunday best and mingle among housewives with the best hairdos in town. Start with a little retail therapy at Neiman Marcus, grab a quick lobster roll at Truluck’s (best washed down with champagne FYI) before a stroll around Victory Park, where we recommend looking out for Rob Wilsons famous mural over some baked treats from Eatzi’s.
Explore the Art Scene
The arts scene in Dallas is so big that there’s an entire arts district downtown. Here, you’ll find treasures like the Meyerson Symphony Center for incredible orchestra shows, the Dallas Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in America, and the Nasher Sculpture Center, beautifully extended out onto the garden. If you have time, it’s also worth checking out the Crow Collection, a wonderful display of Asian Art that’s free to enter Tuesday – Sunday.
Get funky in Deep Ellum
The Deep Ellum has fast become a hot zone for festivity; filled with jazz bars, dive bars, speakeasies, nightclubs, and the like. It’s the perfect place to loosen your shirt and let the good times roll. The Dallas Comedy Club is the place to see both local and national stand up work their belly roars, and surrounding that you’re in hipster bar central, so pick up some pals and do a crawl. Naturally, you’ll want to end up at the Deep End, aka the Kimpton Pittman’s glorious outdoor hangout, complete with pool and cheeky cocktails.
Have a photo shoot at the Dallas Arboretum
A short drive away is one of the prettiest gardens you’ll ever see, worth its weight in photos. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a giant 66-acre botanical garden in East Dallas, filled with manicured greens, ponds, sculptures, tea houses and much more. Come for the seasonal occasions such as fall, when the place is decked out in thousands of pumpkins; or Christmas, when extravagant holiday displays are put up.