Top 10 Free Things to Do: Dallas on a Dime

Whoever said, "The best things in life are free," must of been thinking of Dallas! Big D has a wide variety of wonderful attractions that are perfect for the entire family, and they don't cost a penny. From scenic outdoor parks to art museums, Dallas features a ton of free places that are ideal for any travel itinerary. In the mood to take in some works of art? Head on over to the Dallas Art Museum on the first Tuesday of the month for free admission, or go to the Crow Collection of Asian Art or NorthPark Center for free admission any day of the month. More of a history buff? The John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza in Downtown Dallas is always free.

If you're looking for fun places to take the kids and don't want to strain your wallet, take them to Klyde Warren Park, Dallas' newest park that's located on a deck above Woodall Rogers Freeway between Downtown and Uptown. This beautiful green space has a wide variety of organized events and activities that are great for the whole family. Other great free parks and trails include White Rock Lake Park and the Katy Trail, both of which are perfect for an afternoon picnic. Check out the rest of our list to find other great free Dallas attractions.

White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake Park
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Priceless memories don't cost a dime at breathtaking White Rock Lake Park, one of Dallas's most beloved free attractions. Visitors can spend the afternoon biking, walking or running the scenic nine-mile trail, rowing across the shimmering...  Read More

NorthPark Center
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It doesn't cost a penny to window shop at Dallas' most exclusive shopping mall! In addition to top-notch stores and delectable eateries, NorthPark also boasts an incredible collection of world-class art, with past exhibit pieces by Andy Warhol,...  Read More

Visitors seeking a Dallas experience that is both free and unique are always grateful to discover Thanks-Giving Square, a peaceful complex dedicated to the concept of thanksgiving as it is expressed around the world. Every year, thousands of...  Read More

Trinity River Audubon Center
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Located on the banks of the Trinity River, the Trinity River Audubon Center gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore miles of trails filled with local birds, wildlife and vegetation, like pecan, black willow and cottonwood trees....  Read More

Oil and cattle made Dallas what it is today, and the sculpture that distinguishes this plaza celebrates the city's history. Located adjacent to Dallas Convention Center, Pioneer Plaza measures 4.2 acres and features a world-renowned bronze. The...  Read More

Crow Collection of Asian Art
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Travel the globe for free at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where more 500 pieces of work, dating from 3500 BC to the early 20th century, serve as portals into the captivating Eastern cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Lovely...  Read More

First Tuesdays at Dallas Museum of Art

What could be more thrilling than wandering from Monets to Mondrians in the open, airy galleries at the Dallas Museum of Art? That's right - wandering for free! The first Tuesday of every month, patrons can visit this spectacular museum at no...  Read More

Originally dedicated as a tribute to a John F. Kennedy in 1970, the JFK Memorial Plaza has become an integral part of Dallas' urban landscape and cultural heritage. Designed by American architect Phillip Johnson, the memorial is located one...  Read More

Meet Rosie, Matilda, Petunia, Miss Daisy and the friendly Green Dragon, all beautifully restored vintage trolley cars rambling along the city's original trolley tracks through vibrant historic Uptown. Whether you're heading to lunch, indulging...  Read More

Klyde Warren Park
Photo courtesy of Klyde Warren Park Facebook

Located between Downtown and Uptown, the innovative Klyde Warren Park above Woodall Rogers Freeway opened in October 2012. This new green space in Dallas features a wide variety of activities and features, including a dog park, children's...  Read More


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Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years.

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