Ten Fabulously Free Things to Do in the Dallas Area



Whoever said the best things in life are free must have been talking about Dallas, because the city has tons of things to do that will cost you literally nothing. And we’re not just talking about hanging out in the malls (though that’s fun too).

Did you know that you can soak up some of the area’s most amazing cultural offerings without spending a penny? For example, the Dallas Museum of Art boasts one of the largest and most impressive art collections in the nation and there’s never an admission charge to get in. Located around the corner is another free gem, the Crow Collection of Asian Art. And we’d be remiss to not mention the gloriously free Kimbell Art Museum, located in Dallas’ sister city, Fort Worth.  

How about free booze and food? If you time it right, you can score free guacamole, chips and mini-margaritas on any evening at the swanky Ritz-Carlton, Dallas hotel.

Oh, and that's not all, there are live music, stand-up comedy and a slew of other fun activities on offer as well. The cost? Absolutely nada. So, put away your credit cards and get ready to explore the 10Best free things to do in and around Big D.   



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Guacamologist Experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
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Normally anything associated with the Ritz isn't going to be free, however, the hotel's Guacamologist Experience is a fantastic exception to the rule. Just show up in the hotel lobby any evening at 6 p.m.— and you can score guacamole and chips,...  Read More


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Free Music at Adair's Saloon
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Sure, the drinks are cheap, and the burgers are legendary, but what lassos most folks into this Deep Ellum dive is its undeniably unpretentious vibe and weekly roundup of live music. And it's not just any live music– Adair's brings in the cream...  Read More


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Dallas Comedy House
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Dallas Comedy House is undoubtedly the city's go-to venue for the best improv, sketch comedy and stand-up. And for good reason. DCH hosts quality line-ups five nights a week, featuring mostly talent from its own top-notch comedy school. It's...  Read More


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You've heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Well, before this 120-acre nature preserve and environmental education center opened in 2008, the area was home to the largest illegal dumping site in the state. Nowadays, the...  Read More


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Bureau of Engraving and Printing
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You may know where the buck stops, but if you're wondering where it starts, then head over to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Western Currency Facility (AKA the Money Factory), located on the northern edge of Fort Worth. It is the only...  Read More


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Kimbell Art Museum
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If you thought Fort Worth was only about cowboy culture, you might be surprised to know that it has a world-class arts scene as well. For proof of this, you need to head over to the Cultural District, home to several prized cultural...  Read More


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The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection
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Talk about hidden gems. Tucked away above the Saint Ann Restaurant lies one of the largest and most complete assemblages of samurai armor in the world. The museum houses several hundred pieces of samurai art dating from the 10th through the 19th...  Read More


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


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Klyde Warren Park
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When it comes to free attractions, parks are always a good bet. But Klyde Warren Park isn't your typical run-of-the-mill park. Perched atop a sunken freeway, this nationally acclaimed 5-acre oasis is just one of the examples of what makes...  Read More


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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


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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

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