How to Spend a Day in Dallas
Whether you're here for a few hours, half a day or a full 24 hours, Dallas offers something unique and special for everyone to enjoy.
Plus, with a Dallas CityPASS, get deals on BIG adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences in Dallas. Getting around is easy, too, with options like the trolleys in Uptown and DART's extensive light rail system and bus lines.
2 HOURS IN DALLAS
You may have limited time, but there are still sights to see on short notice. Here are a few spots to visit when you only have a couple of hours to spare.
FOR A NEW PERSPECTIVE:
The Reunion Tower GeO-Deck offers one of the best views of Dallas. With telescopes and high-definition cameras, the GeO-Deck provides a breathtaking, 360-degree view of Downtown Dallas and its surrounding neighborhoods from 470 feet in the air. Plus, with its numerous interactive exhibits, you can learn about Dallas's hidden gems, historic landmarks and hotspots.
FOR THE HISTORY BUFF:
Don't miss one of Dallas' most iconic attractions, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Packed with historical artifacts, the museum chronicles the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy through pictures, films and documents.
FOR THE PERFECT PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
Head over to Pioneer Plaza, located in the heart of Downtown and within walking distance of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. With its iconic bronze longhorn sculptures, the plaza is a must-see. Not only is Pioneer Plaza easy to navigate, but it's a great photo opportunity. For a different picturesque moment, pose at one (or more) of the many colorful murals in Deep Ellum. From a mural featuring basketball star Dirk Nowitzki to the vibrant Visit Dallas mural, there are plenty of displays in the area for a unique-to-Dallas picture.
HALF A DAY IN DALLAS
There is plenty to see and do in Dallas for half a day. Try these places for a thrilling and exciting time in the city.
FOR AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE:
Get some fresh air at Klyde Warren Park. The deck park, which links Uptown and Downtown, offers several exercise classes and activities. The park conveniently provides several eating options with several food trucks nearby and a full-service local restaurant, Mi Cocina. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is another perfect opportunity to get outdoors and is a CityPASS attraction. The 66-acre garden displays beautiful flowers year-round, offers gardening and cooking classes and has seasonal festivities and events.
FOR THE FOODIE:
Dallas' food scene is immense and doesn't disappoint the palate. Explore the Dallas Farmers Market in Downtown Dallas for fresh foods and diverse flavors. With options like Italian sandwiches, traditional Indian cuisine, Caribbean food, authentic Mexican street tacos and more, the Market has something for every taste. If you're looking for authentic Texas barbeque, head over to Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum or The Slow Bone in the Design District. If you're looking for truly unique eats, explore Trinity Groves. The vibrant dining district offers anything from vegan eateries to Chinese and Latin cuisine. Just make sure to save room for dessert at Cake Bar.
FOR THE ARTS-LOVER:
Spanning 19 blocks in Downtown, the Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the United States. View the artwork at the Dallas Museum of Art or step into the Nasher Sculpture Center to see remarkable pieces by world-famous artists like Picasso and Edward Hopper. You can also attend a play or show at any of the acclaimed venues at the AT&T Performing Arts Center or listen to the city's beloved Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
FULL DAY IN DALLAS
Dallas has a lot of enjoyable activities. In fact, you may not be able to schedule it all. However, it's worth checking out these attractions if you have a full day to spend in the city.
FOR A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY:
With interactive exhibits galore, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has plenty to keep you busy and entertained. Race against an Olympic athlete, explore the Expanding Universe Hall or see what it feels like to experience an earthquake. Use a CityPASS and see all the exciting exhibits in the five-floor museum at a discounted rate. Another engaging activity is the Dallas Zoo, another CityPASS attraction. With two thousand animals to observe, the Dallas Zoo is the largest zoo in Texas. Feed a giraffe, tour the 160-acre zoo, and marvel at the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit.
FOR THE SHOPAHOLIC:
For an only-in-Dallas shopping experience, visit Highland Park Village. This historic landmark is known for its beautiful architecture and features some of the top luxury designer brands. It's an excellent spot for high-end retail relaxation for locals and visitors alike. Alternatively, NorthPark Center houses a collection of more than 200 retail favorites, trendsetting boutiques and exceptional restaurants. The mall provides the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment experience. In addition to the shopping, NorthPark Center displays an impressive array of internationally acclaimed artwork for shoppers to view and a beautiful courtyard for a little fresh air. If you're looking for unique pieces, ride the Dallas Streetcar to the Bishop Arts District. The district is home to more than 60 one-of-a-kind boutiques, restaurants, art galleries and an excellent spot for unique finds.
FOR A WESTERN-HERITAGE FEEL:
If you're looking for an authentic Texan experience, venture to Texas Horse Park, just minutes from Downtown. Ride horseback through the Great Trinity Forest and take in the beautiful pastoral setting. There are trails for all skill levels and ages to enjoy.
Meetings & Events
Dallas has all you need: great air connections, venues with ample meeting space for conventions and conferences, and hotel capacity for any size event. It's the perfect meeting city - use our interactive search to drill down to your perfect venue.