24 hours in the Dallas Arts District

Dallas is home to the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks. And with dozens of museums, restaurants, performing arts centers and a great park right in the middle of it all, it's easy to spend an entire day in the Arts District.  

Start with breakfast

1 hour | Directions

Located in One Arts Plaza, Yolk takes a fresh and creative approach to breakfast and lunch in an urban, upscale setting. Go for the cinnamon roll French toast or the breakfast mac & cheese to get you fueled and ready for the day.

Visit the Dallas Museum of Art

2.5 hours | Directions

Holding more than 22,000 works that span 5,000 years of history, the DMA is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country and welcomes more than 650,000 visitors annually. Enjoy its diverse spectrum of exhibitions, lectures, concerts, literary events and presentations. Best part of it all – general admission to the museum is always free!

Have a food truck lunch

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Head to the food trucks lined along the south end of Klyde Warren Park for an al fresco lunch. The trucks are there daily (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and provide casual cuisine like pizza, BBQ and Italian (options can vary – check their schedule!) The spacious park also offers free daily programming ranging from yoga and book signings to outdoor concerts and films.

Tour the Nasher Sculpture Center

1.5 hours | Directions

The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. The 55,000-square-foot space is enclosed by a glass façade, providing continuous views from the street, through the building and across the length of the 1.4-acre outdoor gallery and garden.

Explore the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art

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Opening its doors in 1998 as a permanent museum in the Arts District, The Trammell Crow Center exhibits works of art from Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia that date from 3500 B.C. to the early 20th century. The Crow Collection always has free admission and offers visitors a peaceful world of beauty and spirituality in the heart of the city.

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Enjoy a pre-show dinner

1.5 hours | Directions

Flora Street Café, a restaurant concept by celebrated Chef Stephan Pyles, brings elevated Texas cuisine in an intimate dining experience. The restaurant features sophisticated dishes, an extensive list of Texas wines, as well as a pre-theater dinner menu that changes seasonally.

Catch a late-night performance

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No matter when you're visiting, there's likely a show taking place in the Arts District, from musicals and theater to live performances and more. Listen to the stunning sounds presented at the Meyerson Symphony Center showcasing pieces by classics like Beethoven and Mozart, as well as original scores by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

If theater and dance is more your speed, head to AT&T Performing Arts Center to see the latest Broadway show or ballet performance Dallas has to offer. ATTPAC also brings comedy, music and opera to its indoor and outdoor stages year-round.

Need A Ride?

Check the schedule for Dallas’ light rail system DART, D-Link (DART’s free bus service) and the free M-Line Trolley for convenient rides through the Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas. After 6 pm, call or text Efrogs, a free golf-cart rideshare program that gets you going without the hassle of a car.

Grab after-show drinks

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Cap off the night with a cocktail or two at Savor, located in Klyde Warren Park. This restaurant offers new American dishes, classic cocktails and desserts in sleek surroundings with floor-to-ceiling windows. It's the perfect place to sip wine on tap and watch the park buzzing with activity.

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