39 things to do during your summer getaway to Dallas

Make the most of your Dallas adventure

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 By Diana Alvarez

It's officially Summer! Even though most people kick off their summer on Memorial Day weekend, June 21st marks the beginning of the sunny season. Dallas has everything you need to keep you entertained all summer long, from museums to arts and culture to outdoor adventures and more.


  1. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum. The museum chronicles the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy and is home to more than 50,000 items related to the President.
  2. See Portraits of Courage at the George W. Bush Presidential Museum. The exhibit consists of 66 portraits painted by President Bush himself, depicting members of the United States military who have served our nation since 9/11.
  3. Explore the Dallas Arts District in Downtown Dallas, the largest of its kind in the nation.
  4. Drop by the Dallas Museum of Art during the last weeks of Mexico: 1900-1950. The exhibit's stay at the DMA is the only U.S. stop of the collection.
  5. Stroll through Klyde Warren Park on a sunny afternoon. Food trucks line up daily and there's always something fun on the schedule, like salsa dancing, yoga classes and children's activities.  
  6. See a summer show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure is showing June 29-August 6 and Finding Neverland takes the stage July 11-23.
  7. Venture off to the eclectic neighborhood of Deep Ellum and find your new favorite murals to take your selfie.
  8. Pick up a Dallas CityPASS and visit four of the most popular attractions in Dallas.
  9. Go 470 feet in the air at Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. The deck's interactive system lets you explore landmarks around the city and there's view finders around the outdoor walkway.
  10. Explore the Perot Museum of Nature and Science to see life-size dinosaurs, learn about the human body and check out the children's museum. The children's museum is specifically designed for kiddos ages five and younger and there's plenty of space for parents to grab a seat and take in the fun.
  11. Jam out to tunes by a local DJ during brunch at Mercat Bistro.
  12. Head to South Dallas and explore the Dallas Zoo.  Take a ride on the monorail to see African habitats, feed the giraffes and check out the new hippo outpost and check out Safari Nights for live music from local artists and tribute bands and see interactive wildlife shows.
  13. See the Dallas Wings in action. There's ten home games through September so check them out, and the September 3 game is Fan Appreciation Day!
  14. Don't miss the Moving Cities Dallas exhibit at NorthPark Center. The exhibit showcases photography from the short film and will be at NorthPark through Labor Day.
  15. Get your hips moving with salsa and bachata dancing on the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge.
  16. Take a blanket for an outdoor movie at West Village every third Wednesday of the month.
  17. Enjoy nature at the Rory Meyer's Children's Garden at the Dallas Arboretum.
  18. Go for Summer at the Arboretum features tons of activities like Family Fun Fridays that includes live music, face painting and a petting zoo, every Friday until July 28. And stay late for Garden Games to enjoy the garden after dark, live music and food trucks.
  19. Spend some time on White Rock Lake for kayaking, canoeing or fishing. And pack a picnic and take a walk on the trails.
  20. Trek out to the Trinity River and and spend the day horseback riding at Texas Horse Park or hiking at the Trinity River Audubon Center.
  21. Head to the Ron Kirk bridge on the 4th for Red White & Boom on the Bridge.  
  22. See a concert at the American Airlines Center. The summer lineup includes Kendrick Lamar, Neil Diamond and Shawn Mendes.
  23. Head to the ballpark and see the Texas Rangers in action.
  24. Check out the Outlaw Music Festival with Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and more at the Starplex Pavilion.  
  25. Watch a highly-competitive 3-on-3 game at the BIG3 at the American Airlines Center, featuring some of the biggest names in the NBA.
  26. Celebrate Bastille Day in Dallas at Bastille on Bishop with French food and wine.  
  27. See some of the best anime films at the Studio Ghibli Festival.
  28. Compete in the Dallas Bake Off in Fair Park. Celebrity chefs will be in attendance with Kate Weiser and Bronwen Weber, and competition categories include cakes, pies, macaroons and more.
  29. Hear classical music at Basically Beethoven. The performance combines the top students in Dallas with professional musicians for a great concert every Sunday in July.  
  30. Catch a soccer match at the CONCAOCAF Gold Cup at Toyota Stadium.  
  31. Check out some classic and Lowrider cars at the Kustoms Car Show in Fair Park.
  32. See the Broadway show The BodyGuard at Music Hall at Fair Park.
  33. Shop for your next boat at the Summer Boat Expo at Dallas Market Hall that will feature  more than 450 boat and watercraft models.
  34. Enjoy the last days of summer with August dollar days at the Dallas Arboretum for $1 admission to the gardens.
  35. Watch the solar eclipse at the watch party at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.
  36. Get your groove on at the Riverfront Jazz Festival at Texas Horse Park.  
  37. See the Advocare Classic football game between Michigan and Florida at AT&T Stadium.
  38. Enjoy the ballet performances of Ballet Hispanico, a mix of Latin dance with contemporary techniques.   
  39. Make plans to come back in late September for the State Fair of Texas!

Want even more?  See our top picks for things to do this weekend or see our list of kids activities and events.

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