Things to do in Dallas, TX

Get Your Bearings in Dallas

By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Expert

See & Do

Things to See

Dallas offers visitors and residents PLENTY of things to do, no matter what your taste or budget. Check out all the great museums in the downtown area or catch a professional sports game at the American Airlines Center or Cowboys Stadium. If you're visiting Big D during the pleasant autumn or spring seasons, head on over to one of many great parks and gardens. Traveling with kids? Take them to one of Dallas' fun amusement parks!

Hot Tips:

Check out the visitor's bureau calendar of upcoming events.

Where to Stay

Dallas' best hotels are found in the vibrant downtown and uptown areas, near the Woodall Rogers Freeway. From any of the hotels, visitors can walk to nearby restaurants, shopping, businesses and nightlife hot spots. This area also has ample parking choices, a free trolley and one of the city's main public transportation (DART) stations.  Besides this part of town, there are a wide variety of airport hotels and motels conveniently near Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport.


Book downtown hotels ASAP.

Hot Tips:

Check out the different properties' websites to get last-minute deals and specials.

What to Eat

Dallas has a ton of great restaurants - from upscale spots that feature award-winning chefs to casual places that serve Texan cuisine. Some of the most popular types of cuisine in Dallas are Tex-Mex, steak and barbecue, but visitors will also be pleasantly surprised to find several types of Asian restaurants (Thai, sushi, Vietnamese, Indian), Italian restaurants, French restaurants, Spanish tapas joints and much more.


The most popular restaurants are packed on the weekend evenings, so be sure to get a reservation.

Be Sure to Sample:

Margaritas and brisket.

Places to Party

If you're in the mood to mingle with the beautiful people, Dallas has got you covered. From trendy dance clubs to ultra-cool lounges, Dallas features a wide variety of popular watering holes. Want to check out the cowboy lifestyle? Dallas has tons of country and western bars perfect for sipping on a cold beer and kicking up your heels.


Don't leave valuables in your car and park in a lighted area.

Where to Shop

Shopping is more like a national pastime in Dallas, so if you're in need of some serious retail therapy, you're in the right city. Home to more shopping centers and districts per capita than any city in the United States, Dallas offers an unparalleled shopping landscape. Visit one of many popular shopping malls, or head on over to Highland Park Village for some luxury boutiques. If you want to find a good bargain, the Shops at Park Lane offer quality goods at discount prices.

Best Local Souvenir:

Cowboy boots, sportswear and art.



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Dallas is known for...

Five of Dallas's most unique features and characteristics.

1. Business:

With its ideal location in the center of the U.S., as well as Texan tax breaks, Dallas is one of the leading corporate destinations in the country. There are 24 Fortune 500 companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, among them ExxonMobil, AT&T, Fluor, and Commercial Metals. The Dallas Convention Center is one of the mostly expansive and highly-trafficked facilities of its kind in the world because of the city's popularity as a business destination.

2. Steak:

And other foods. But mostly, steak. No where in Texas is the Lone Star State's historic link to cattle ranches more deliciously evident than in Dallas. In fact, some of the country's most highly-ranked and regarded steakhouses can be found here, the most prominent of which may well be Bob's Steak and Chop House, which was ranked first by the USDA Prime Steakhouses chart in 2011. Choose between old-school traditional steakhouses, or modern, chic versions.

3. Shopping:

If you're in need of some serious retail therapy, Dallas should be your number one destination. Home to more shopping centers and districts per capita than any city in the United States, Dallas offers an unparalleled shopping landscape. The NorthPark Center and Galleria Dallas are the two titans among the city's many malls and districts, though Highland Park Village is gargantuan by any other standard, and offers a certain charm as the world's second planned shopping center and a registered historical landmark.

4. Sports:

Dallas is enshrined in the elite pantheon of US cities that are home to four teams from each major sports (the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, the MLB's Texas Rangers, the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and the NHL's Dallas Stars.) Dallas is also the only city in America to have hosted the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the NBA Finals all within the same year. A trip to Cowboys stadium in nearby Arlington is a must-do for any traveler in Dallas.

5. Arts:

It may come as a surprise that a beacon of culture and high culture can be found so near the heart of what some might call "cowboy country," but Dallas claims that accolade. Visit the Arts District in the northern sector of Dallas's downtown where you'll find the Dallas Museum of Art, the Mortan H. Meyerson Symphony Center, and the impressive Nasher Sculpture Center. There's also the nearby AT&T Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater and the Winspear Opera House.