If you’re looking for the 10 best things to do in Dallas TX and places to visit in town, you’re in luck. This bustling Texas city features an array of fun options. As the home of the State Fair — one of Texas’ most important events of the year — Dallas offers up an array of fried food, rides, attractions, and fun. Outside of that beloved occasion, the city also plays home to cultural hotspots like the Sixth Floor Museum, which explores JFK’s assassination, along with scenic destinations, such as the elevated Katy Trail. Check out our top 10 picks for more on some of the 10 best things to do in Dallas and places to visit the next time you’re in the area.
Perhaps the city’s most epic event, and a source of pride for the entire region, is the state fair. Students get days off from school and people come from far and wide to enjoy weeks of fried food, rides, and good ol’ Texan fun. Grab yourself some fried Oreos, cookie fries (half-cookie, half French fry), and some corn dogs, then try to keep these treats down as you take in an array of carnival-style rides.
This 66-acre botanical garden puts many similar landmarks to shame, and Dallas residents are rightly proud of this scenic gem. Stroll past a seemingly endless variety of flowers and trees, with an added bonus of serene water views to take in.
Find out about the life, legacy and assassination of President John F. Kennedy at the Sixth Floor Museum, which overlooks the spot where Oswald shot JFK. Here, you can learn about the logistics —and the controversy — over his murder and the very building that Oswald used as a vantage point to make the fatal shot.
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park isn’t your typical Six Flags experience. Instead of roller coasters, you’ll enjoy more adrenaline-packed activities like bungee jumping and a 16-foot-tall free fall here.
Sure to be on any list of the 10 best things to do in Dallas TX is a walk or run along the Katy Trail — Dallas’ former railroad track-turned-path. This calm and elevated path is great for a jog or bike ride, and is not only perfect for a scenic, above-grounds look at the city, but is also revitalizing the neighborhoods in its 3.5-mile wake.
Make sure to check out the Fort Worth Stock Yards for an old Texas tradition: The cattle drive, where cows are ceremoniously marched down the streets twice a day. Make sure you catch one of these shows (at 11:30AM and 4PM daily) to participate in this most venerated of Dallas traditions.
Pair a visit to the Stock Yards with some time at Sundance Square. This 35-block district used to be frequented by cowboys, who were enticed by the saloons, dance halls, and gambling parlors. Enjoy the historic area’s buzz and grab some authentic Texas gear (cowboy boots and a hat), or swing by to have a drink and relax. We recommend staying until dark to enjoy the picturesque fountain in all its lit-up glory.
If you want to add some culture and history to your trip, pay a visit to this museum. Housed in a beautiful brick building, you can learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about the city of Dallas here, and pick up some fun facts you can use to impress your friends back home.
Topgolf is so much more than a golfing venue. It’s an entertainment complex where beginners (or experts) can hone their golf skills with lessons, play mini golf, and swing by a variety of fun restaurants.
Since 2012, Dallas Bites has offered an array of exciting food-related tours, so you can get to know the city through your taste buds. From a tacos and margaritas tour to “Dallas by Chocolate” options, visitors and locals alike can enjoy fun, educational, and mouth-watering tours led by people who love to eat just as much as you do.
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Freelance writer Lauren Paley is an avid writer and traveler. She has lived in Morocco, France, Tel Aviv and Prague, and has traveled to over 25 countries. Her interests include banh mi sandwiches, Boo the dog, trying (and failing) at languages, and outdoor movie theaters.