Downtown Dallas: A Cultural Mecca for Visitors and Locals Alike

They say that everything is bigger and better in Texas and that couldn't be more true than in Downtown Dallas, where you can find some of the biggest and best attractions in the country.

First up is the Dallas Arts District– spanning 68 acres on the northern edge of Downtown Dallas. In addition to world-class performing arts venues, you'll find the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Situated across from the district is the award-winning Klyde Warren Park, a 5-acre urban oasis perched atop a sunken freeway. And at the opposite end of the park is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, an architectural gem featuring five floors of mind-blowing exhibit halls.

Or course, a visit to Dallas isn't complete without a trip up to Reunion Tower's GeO-Deck for a birds-eye view of the skyline that USA Today 10Best named the best in the world.

Need more ideas of what to see and do in downtown Dallas? Then keep reading, we're sure there's something on this 10best list to please every type of visitor.

Dallas Farmers Market
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Tucked in on the east side of downtown, the Dallas Farmers Market (founded in 1941) is widely recognized as one of largest markets in the state, especially now after experiencing a recent makeover. Not only will you find over 153 vendor stalls...  Read More

Dallas World Aquarium
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Nestled inside a massive refurbished warehouse in Dallas' Historic West End District, this privately-owned aquatic wonderland is home to countless varieties of marine life (many of which are endangered) from all over the world. In addition to...  Read More

Crow Collection of Asian Art
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This stunning museum in Dallas' Arts District contains a carefully curated collection of over 600 master works hailing from Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. Most of the pieces come from the private collection of local real estate...  Read More

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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Whether you're a history buff or a conspiracy theorist, you'll find the Sixth Floor Museum an interesting source of information about the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The museum's exhibits contain over 45,000 items...  Read More

Nasher Sculpture Center
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Located next to the Dallas Museum of Art, this outstanding 55,000-square-foot facility, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, showcases the private sculpture collection of real estate developer Raymond Nasher and his wife Nancy. The...  Read More

Dallas Museum of Art
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The sprawling 370,000-square-foot Dallas Museum of Art, designed by New York architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, offers one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the nation. Its permanent holdings, dating back from the third...  Read More

Reunion Tower
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When you think of Dallas, the first image that comes to mind is Reunion Tower-- which has graced the city's skyline with its flickering orb since 1978. The tower is not only the city's most iconic landmark, it's also one of the most visited....  Read More

Dallas Arts District
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Downtown Big D has been enjoying a renaissance recently and much of the success can be largely contributed to its ever-burgeoning arts district. Spanning 68-acres and 19 contiguous blocks, the District is considered to be the largest urban...  Read More

Perot Museum of Nature and  Science
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Whether you're a science buff or just have a curious mind, the world-class Perot Museum offers a treasure trove of goodies that are certain to fascinate visitors of any age. Opened in 2012, this stunning 180,000-square-foot architectural gem,...  Read More

Klyde Warren Park
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Perched atop a sunken freeway, this nationally acclaimed 5-acre oasis is just one of the examples of what makes Dallas' downtown area so dynamic. The park was opened in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene