Arts & Culture

The Dallas Summer Bucket List

How to make the most out of your summer.

David C Justin
Posted on Jul 21, 2020

Believe it or not, there are some Dallas-area residents that have never really explored the city. You might even be one of them, but no judgment here! With normal summer travel plans on hold, now is the perfect time to rediscover your city. So grab a bottle of hand sanitizer and use this list to check off some of these must-do summer bucket list items with a few of your favorite people. Remember to practice social distancing and wear a mask while you're out and about!

1. Visit Deep Ellum
The eclectic and hip neighborhood offers a great space to safely explore – while practicing social distancing, of course! Take some pics with the many murals throughout every block, shop for local treats, and grab a bite to eat on a patio. The neighborhood is a hotspot for great food, so you can't go wrong with Terry Black's Barbecue, Tex-Mex at Vidorra, or Cajun food at Bucky Moonshine's.

2. Experience Wildlife
The Dallas World Aquarium is a hidden gem and has recently (safely) re-opened its doors! The aquarium offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most amazing and exotic animals on the planet.

3. Try the Margarita Mile
If you haven't heard, Dallas is the Official Home of the Frozen Margarita, and we have a curated list of local restaurants and bars that excel at making their own unique version of the tasty beverage. To make the most of your adventure, download the Margarita Mile app and explore the different top shelf variations by ordering to-go cocktails or dining in. Try the Loca Rita at The Tipsy Alchemist, the Rimy Rita at The Rustic or the Liquid Nitrogen Margarita at Beto & Son. Check individual restaurants hours and dining options before heading out! 

4. Explore the Dallas Arts District
The cultural hub of the city, the Dallas Arts District is home to some of the most important artistic venues in the country. Although many arts venues and museums are currently closed, you can still enjoy a day of serenity with a walk through the District, with stops at Klyde Warren Park and grabbing a bite to eat at the daily food trucks.

5. Support a Dallas Brewery
If margaritas aren't your thing, Dallas is also home to some of best breweries in the state. Peticolas Brewery and Trinity Cider are currently offering takeout, so you can grab your favorite beers and ciders to-go! If you're looking for some fun (cider and arcades involved), venture to Bishop Cidercade for arcade games and 25 plus drinks on tap. Masks are required and they're abiding by all CDC guidelines for a clean and safe experience.