Let’s say you’re spending a morning or afternoon in downtown Dallas. You’ve already mapped out the perfect spot to eat — and if you haven’t, check out this list of 20 great restaurants in and around downtown Dallas. Now, you’re ready to take a walk and take in the sights.
Here are the most important landmarks in downtown Dallas:
1. AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER The arena is home to the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars and plenty of big concerts. AT&T Plaza on the south side of the venue features big screens. 2500 Victory Ave. americanairlinescenter.com.
2. PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE The $185 million museum boasts a high level of interactivity: On every floor, in every hall — even in the lobby — visitors get the chance to make their museum experience unique, whether it’s through designing their own birds, creating colors, building robotic vehicles or trying experiments in the Bio Lab. 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org.
3. DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART General admission is free at this museum, which features a global collection made up of more than 22,000 works. If you have a little one in tow, be sure to visit the Center for Creative Connections, which includes kid-friendly attractions and chances to create your own masterpieces. 1717 N. Harwood St. dma.org.
4. NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER The museum is home to the sculpture collection of the late Patsy and Raymond Nasher, who also financed the more than $70 million needed to build it. At the center, which was designed by Renzo Piano, don’t miss spending time in the lovely garden. 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org.
5. KLYDE WARREN PARK This charming 5.2-acre park is within easy walking distance of the Dallas Arts District and tends to be bustling with activity. Attractions include a dog park, a play area for kids, food trucks, fitness programs and more. 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Go to klydewarrenpark.org for a calendar of events.
6. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER The world-class concert hall, designed by I.M. Pei, is where the Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays. 2301 Flora St. dallassymphony.com.
7. WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE The Foster + Partners building, with its sunshades and red-glass “drum,” hosts a wide variety of performances, from Dallas Opera productions to touring Broadway favorites. The reflecting pool outside makes for cool photo ops. 2403 Flora St. attpac.org.
8. ONE ARTS PLAZA Eateries at this development include Teiichi Sakurai’s critically acclaimed Japanese restaurant Tei-An, breakfast-and-lunch spot Yolk and Jorge’s Tex-Mex Cafe. 1722 Routh St. oneartsplaza.com.
9. WYLY THEATRE The building, designed by architects Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus, is notable for the look of its outer aluminum tubes and the infinite configurations that are possible for performances inside. 2400 Flora St. attpac.org.
10. CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART The permanent set of galleries focuses on the arts and cultures of Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. 2010 Flora St. crowcollection.org.