Recently, I took a weekend trip to Dallas, Texas. Dallas has a lot to offer with delicious local restaurants (featuring great BBQ or seafood), history, interactive museums, and unique monuments. Even with terrible weather, I had a great time exploring the city and wanted to share some of Dallas’ City Highlights!
The Bishop Arts District is an up-and-coming neighborhood located southwest of downtown Dallas. Boutiques,local restaurants, cafes, art galleries, hair salons, etc. fill the quaint, picturesque lighted streets.
BBQ: Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ– can’t go to Texas and skip the BBQ. Lockhart’s is known for great meat that doesn’t need any sauce. Expect a line and no vegetarian options.
Dallas Farmer’s Market
If you’re looking for some local food and unique souvenirs from Dallas, the Dallas Farmer’s Market is open 7 days a week and offers restaurants and local shops. If your group can’t agree on what to eat, it’s a great choice because you can order at one of the restaurants and bring your food to one of the tables in the center of the Farmer’s Market- like an upscale food court. In addition, a lot of the shops have unique souvenirs from Dallas.
Sixth Floor Museum and Book Depository
In addition to having some great food, Dallas has a lot of history. The Sixth Floor Museum and Book Depository is where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have shot John F. Kennedy. With the price of admission, you can take a self-guided audio tour that gives background on Kennedy’s presidency, American culture in the 1960’s, the assassination, and conspiracy theories.
Know before you go: The Sixth Floor Museum has a discounted admission price for college students and educators.
Located in the heart of the city, Pioneer Plaza may contain my favorite sculpture in any major city. Pioneer Plaza contains a life size replica of a cattle drive. Here’s my Running of the Bulls photo :
Know before you go: If you are using GPS, you may notice that Pioneer Plaza and the Dallas Farmer’s Market are within a mile of each other-an easy distance to walk. GPS directions will take you down a few sketchy streets that you may not want to travel by yourself.
If you are traveling with kids, the Perot museum has a lot of interactive activities to keep little ones entertained. Because we were in Dallas on a rainy weekend, the museum was packed with families everywhere. Although I enjoyed the museum as an adult, I also got frustrated with kids butting in front of me at interactive exhibits.
Because the London Eye is so popular, many cities have added giant Ferris wheels- or Eye’s- to give views of the city skylines. Using the literal definition of an eye, Dallas has a giant eyeball for photo ops instead of a Ferris wheel.
Thanks-Giving Square is a public-private partnership between the city of Dallas and the Thanks-Giving Foundation. The park includes a garden, non-denominational chapel, and a section of a Dallas’ Pedestrian Network.
Klyde Warren Park
This park has a cool playground and beautiful grounds. In addition, food Trucks line up on the adjacent street, so it makes an ideal picnic spot to spend some time on a sunny day.
Have any suggestions for a weekend in Dallas? Share them in the comments!