The Ten Best Attractions You Will Only See In Big D

It's not difficult to see why Dallas is often referred to as Big D: It's a big sprawling metropolis filled with big attractions that you won't find anywhere else.

For starters, Dallas has a burgeoning art scene and a prime example of this lies within the Dallas Arts District, the largest entertainment district of its kind in the nation. Here you'll find a world-class collection of museums and performance spaces as well as one of the nation's coolest urban parks. Not to mention, the district is home to one of the world's largest collections of Pritzker Prize-winning buildings in one contiguous location.

Speaking of architectural treasures, Dallas also has Fair Park, where you can find one of the country's largest collections of Art Deco exhibition buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial and World's Fair. As well as spectacular architecture, Fair Park offers terrific museums and performance venues too, plus it's the site of one of the country's largest state fairs.

Of course, not many cities can boast having a library fitting enough for a president. Here in Dallas, you'll find the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, honoring the 43rd president of the United States. Nor will you find an iconic landmark like Reunion Tower– or for that matter, another Southfork Ranch.

And though Dallas is much more cosmopolitan than cowboy, you'll still be able to encounter some of the area's western roots in places like the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, where 10-gallon Stetsons and cowboy boots will always be in style.

Read on to find more places to check off your bucket list. And while you're moseying around town, consider purchasing a Dallas CityPASS to score incredible savings on admission to many of the attractions featured here.   

Southfork Ranch
Photo courtesy of Southfork Ranch Facebook page

For fans of the TV show Dallas, no visit to the area is complete without making a pilgrimage to this iconic ranch located 25 miles north in the Dallas suburb of Parker. Sure, J.R. is gone and the series is no longer being filmed, but Southfork...  Read More

Reunion Tower
Photo courtesy of Andrew Bordwin

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 Heritage Village at Old City Park
Photo courtesy of John Lehman

This living history village, located in one of the city's oldest parks on the southeastern edge of downtown-- allows visitors to experience what life was like in North Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The village is comprised of...  Read More

Mesquite Championship Rodeo
Photo courtesy of Mesquite Championship Rodeo Facebook page

Looking for the quintessential Texas experience? Then head to the official Rodeo Capital of Texas in Mesquite (14 miles east of Dallas) – where you can witness the thrills and spills of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo every Friday and Saturday...  Read More

Fair Park
Photo courtesy of City of Dallas Instagram

They say everything is bigger and better in Texas, and the State Fair of Texas-- going strong since 1886-- is no exception. Held for three weeks every fall, the fair (drawing in more than three million attendees each year) not only is one of the...  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

Perot Museum of Nature and  Science
Photo courtesy of Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Dallas CVB

Nestled along the shores of White Rock Lake, this oasis of horticultural magnificence is arguably one of the most enchanting as well as most visited botanical gardens in the country, welcoming nearly a million visitors to its grounds each year....  Read More

George W. Bush Presidential Center
Photo courtesy of George W. Bush Presidential Center Facebook page

There are only thirteen (soon to be fourteen) presidential libraries scattered across the United States and Texas is fortunate enough to be home to three of them, one of which is the 226,000-square-foot George W. Bush Presidential Library and...  Read More

Dallas Arts District
Photo courtesy of Dallas Arts District

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


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