Dallas is home to the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks. And with dozens of museums, restaurants, performing arts centers and a great park right in the middle of it all, it’s easy to spend an entire day in the Arts District.
WAKE UP WELL RESTED
Roll out of bed at the HALL Arts Hotel, the Arts District’s latest, elevated luxury hotel experience. Wake up in modern sophisticated suites with diverse art pieces arranged throughout the property for viewing. Bring your four-legged friend to experience the VIP treatment with walking services, bedding and toys included with your stay.
START WITH BREAKFAST
Located in One Arts Plaza, Yolk takes a fresh and creative approach to breakfast and lunch in an urban, upscale setting. Go for the cinnamon roll French toast or the breakfast mac & cheese to get you fueled and ready for the day.
VISIT THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
Holding more than 22,000 works that span 5,000 years of history, the DMA is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country and welcomes more than 650,000 visitors annually. Enjoy its diverse spectrum of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, literary events and presentations. Best part of it all – general admission to the museum is always free!
HAVE A FOOD TRUCK LUNCH
Head to the food trucks lined along the south end of Klyde Warren Park for an al fresco lunch. The trucks are there daily (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and provide casual cuisine like pizza, BBQ and Italian (options can vary – check their schedule!) The spacious park also offers free daily programming ranging from yoga and book signings to outdoor concerts and films.
TOUR THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER
The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. The 55,000-square-foot space is enclosed by a glass façade, providing continuous views from the street, through the building and across the length of the 1.4-acre outdoor gallery and garden.
EXPLORE THE TRAMMELL & MARGARET CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART
Opening its doors in 1998 as a permanent museum in the Arts District, The Trammell Crow Center exhibits works of art from Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia that date from 3500 B.C. to the early 20th century. The Crow Collection always has free admission and offers visitors a peaceful world of beauty and spirituality in the heart of the city.
SAVOR THE FLAVOR
Make a stop at Tortaco, an authentic, flavorful Tex-Mex restaurant, located for a mid-day snack after a morning of touring. Perfectly created by dedicated chefs, enjoy fresh ingredients and deep smoked meats in a warm taco or torta. This rugged dive is the perfect place to grab a quick bite and enjoy the sights of downtown.
CATCH A LATE-NIGHT PERFORMANCE
No matter when you’re visiting, there’s likely a show taking place in the Arts District, from musicals and theater to live performances and more. Listen to the stunning sounds presented at the Meyerson Symphony Center showcasing pieces by classics like Beethoven and Mozart, as well as original scores by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
If theater and dance is more your speed, head to AT&T Performing Arts Center to see the latest Broadway show or ballet performance Dallas has to offer. ATTPAC also brings comedy, music and opera to its indoor and outdoor stages year-round.