Dallas may have a reputation for glitz and glamour, but there’s plenty to experience without breaking the bank. Need more adventure? Book your CityPASS for discounted admission into some of Dallas’ most popular attractions, including the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and several others.
BREAKFAST AT CINDI’S
Start the day Downtown with breakfast at Cindi’s N.Y. Delicatessen and Bakery where breakfast is served all day! Splurge (in calories only) on the warm and buttery cheese Danish, or feast on your choice of pancakes, waffles or omelets – the options are endless here.
Wander over to the West End Historic District, stopping to take in the key sites related to President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 assassination. Just outside the former School Book Depository is the infamous ‘grassy knoll’ where an indelible mark was left on history. Nearby is the John F. Kennedy Memorial. Designed by family friend and renowned architect Phillip Johnson, the memorial is an open-roofed, concrete-walled monument symbolic of an open tomb.
WILD WINDOW SHOPPING
Stop in Wild Bill’s Western Store to see cowboy hats steamed for a perfect fit and browse Lone Star State souvenirs to take home.
LUNCH AT THE DALLAS FARMER’S MARKET
Stroll through the Dallas Farmers Market, and indoor and outdoor space for shopping and dining. Feast on pork-filled tamales at El Mero Mero, street tacos at La Ventana or, for something sweet, beignets from Cajun Tailgators. Then head outside to The Shed to shop for local and seasonal goods.
STEP BACK IN TIME
Don’t forget your selfie stick as you stand amongst the 49 massive bronze longhorn cattle sculptures at Pioneer Plaza, a site along the 1850s Shawnee Trail. Meander through time at Dallas Heritage Village and immerse yourself in history as you stop by the general store or visit a Civil War-era farm complete with livestock.
DINNER AT EL FENIX
Taste some authentic Tex-Mex at El Fenix, the oldest Mexican restaurant chain in the U.S. It’s especially unique to Dallas because this is the original location, so enjoy some steak fajitas and a margarita before calling it a night. Don’t miss $5.99 enchilada day every Wednesday!
TAKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Grab a table and peruse a periodical or board game from the kiosks at Dallas’ living room, Klyde Warren Park. The urban park is perched above an eight-lane highway, though you’d never guess it wandering through the playground or enjoying live music or yoga classes offered regularly.
BREAKFAST AT YOLK
Located in the Dallas Arts District, Yolk‘s menu features new and creative breakfasts options to leave your taste buds feeling happy. Go for something traditional or switch it up with the Loaded Baked Potato Cakes or Red Velvet French Toast.
19 BLOCKS OF CLASS
Enjoy the world-class architecture as you wander through the 19 blocks of the Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous arts district in the nation. The arts district is comprised of tons of museums, performing art venues and restaurants.
ART FOR EVERYONE
Next, step into the free Dallas Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the country! The museum has more than 24,000 works of art of all cultures and spans 5,000 years of history.
CONTEMPLATE THE FAR EAST
Transport yourself to the Far East at Crow Museum of Asian Art, also free, making time for the contemplative sculpture garden.
TROLLEY RIDE TO LUNCH
Hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley into Uptown and make a stop at Shake Shack for the Dallas-exclusive Link Burger. It’s made with jalapeno cheese sausage links from Pecan Lodge, one of Dallas’ best barbecue joints. From there, it’s an easy walk on tree-lined streets to Uptown’s numerous bars, shops and restaurants and you’ll quickly see why it’s one of Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods.
Walk off that burger and explore Uptown. Take a stroll on the Katy Trail (a converted railroad track that’s now the place for an early morning run or after-work job) for some fresh air, do a little shopping at West Village, and cool off with a drink at Mutt’s Cantina — a dog-friendly patio for both you and your pet to relax and enjoy — or The Rustic, a humming restaurant and patio with a large live-music stage and outdoor games to enjoy.
Catch the perfect view of the Dallas skyline at sunset while standing on the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, a footbridge located over the Trinity River. The bridge runs parallel to the majestic Margaret Hunt Hill bridge and is the ideal spot for a skyline selfie shot.
Wake up with sweet or savory treat at Hypnotic Donuts. The East Dallas breakfast spot is known for their creative donut concoctions as well as the melt-in-your-mouth chicken biscuits. Hungry families can be found lined up early almost every morning.
Burn off the donuts at the nation’s largest urban hardwood forest at the Trinity River Audubon Center. Escape from the city as you wander through more than four miles of easy hiking through forests, wetlands, restored Texas Blackland Prairie and the Trinity River.
PICNIC FROM A TACO WINDOW
Stop for lunch at Fuel City, a Downtown gas station that gets national attention for its taco window. Order three or four and enjoy your Styrofoam-boxed lunch at a picnic table outside. Don’t forget to grab a cup of creamy Mexican street-style corn from the cart outside.
Stop for a moment of reflection at Thanks-Giving Square, a quiet park in the heart of Downtown Dallas (and right off the DART light rail system line.) Step inside the Chapel of Thanksgiving, a small, spiral tower that features an enclave for prayer and an intricate, colorful stained glass window at the top of the spiral.