Things to Do in Dallas

Arts & Culture

  • SMU Campus:
    • Meadows Museum: the most comprehensive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain
    • George W. Bush Presidential Center: including the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Bush Institute.  The center serves as “a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy.”
  • Dallas Arts District: the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, encompassing museums, performing arts, and educational organizations.
    • Dallas Museum of Art: Features more than 23,000 works of art and spans 5,000 years of history. Admission to the Museum is free (additional costs for special exhibitions).
    • Nasher Sculpture Center: Home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world, featuring more than 300 masterpieces and showcasing an impressive sculpture garden.
    • Crow Collection of Asian Art: Dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. Admission to the Museum is free.
    • AT & T Performing Arts Center: Encompassing 10 acres, the center presents a variety of arts and cultural performances throughout the year.
    • Dallas Theater Center: One of the leading regional theaters in the country, the DTC performs to audiences of more than 90,000 people annually.
    • Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Opening its doors in 2012, and filled with interactive components, it has fast become one of the favorite attractions in Dallas.
  • Dallas Design District: an eclectic combination of interior design showrooms, art galleries, and other exhibition spaces.


  • State Fair of Texas: held annually at historic Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the nation, as well as one of the largest. 
  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: located within the former Texas School Book Depository building, chronicles the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
  • Dallas Zoo: The first zoo in the southwest, it is now home to more than 2000 animals.




  • Wilson Block Historic District:
    22 acres of turn-of-the-century Victorian houses and new, compatible buildings – the largest collection of late nineteenth-century houses in Dallas is recognized as a City of Dallas Landmark District and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 
  • Dallas Center for Architecture Walking Tours:
    DCFA architecture walking tours are led by trained tour guides and explore the architectural detail of Dallas buildings well as the institutions, individuals and visionaries who helped shaped the city.  Several tours are available.
  • M-Line Trolley:
    Restored vintage trolleys provide safe, clean, reliable, and convenient public transportation free of charge in Dallas' vibrant Uptown Neighborhood.
  • AT & T Stadium (home to the Dallas Cowboys):
    In addition to the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT & T stadium is the world's largest domed structure, an art museum, and a classroom. Tours will appeal to people of all interests and ages and are available daily.


  • The Katy Trail: built on an old railroad line, a jogging, walking, inline skating, and bicycling path that runs from the SMU campus through the Uptown and Oak Lawn areas of Dallas.
  • White Rock Lake: A 1015 acre city lake that offers a variety of activity options.
  • Klyde Warren Park: a 5.2-acre deck park an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public.
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