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Best things to do in Dallas

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Park
“Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre public park in Downtown Dallas, Texas. Feel free to explore Downtown Dallas and of course don't miss the free Trolley ride.”
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Art Museum
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“The Dallas Museum of Art is an art museum located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, along Woodall Rodgers Freeway between St. Paul and Harwood. In 1984, the museum moved from its previous location in Fair Park to the Arts District.”
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Science Museum
“Super interactive science museum that's great for all ages. The "Art of the Brick" LEGO exhibit is a must-see! ”
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Botanical Garden
“This is a little bit of a drive. 40 minutes. It’s so beautiful. They change the theme every season. It’s just so pretty. Pack a lunch, you can take wine, and go to the arboretum for a pick if. Or pick up tacos at Torchys tacos on the way! Yum. ”
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Basketball Stadium
“American Airlines Center is a multi-purpose arena, located in the Victory Park neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas. The arena serves as the home to the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League”
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Doctor's Office
“Want to shop like (and with) the well to do? NorthPark is a beautiful shopping center (i.e. mall) situated directly on the expressway. Great shopping, even better people-watching.”
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History Museum
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“Come see the exact location JFK's assassination took place, and stand where the fires were shot from. JFK fans and historic nerds will love this narrated tour. ”
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Natural Feature
“Biking, walking, and running trails surround this gorgeous lake, and you can even rent kayaks and go for a paddle! For a fee, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a must-see near the lake as well! ”
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Aquarium
“This aquarium feels more like a walk through the rain forest with birds and monkeys flying above you and sloths being fed out in the open. Best aquarium ever! ”
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Scenic Viewpoint
“For incredible, panoramic views of the Dallas skyline, check out Reunion Tower! There's also a restaurant here by Wolfgang Puck! ”
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Bookshop
“Within Deep Ellum's .5 square miles, discover the arts, music, history, dining, shops, and more that have enlivened and continually attracted entrepreneurs and small business owners to the neighborhood since 1873. Spend your days exploring Deep Ellum's: 100+ Murals 60+ Restaurants 50+ Bars 25 + Live Music, Arts & Entertainment venues 30 + Shops & Galleries 5 Craft Breweries and distilleries ”
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Shopping Centre
“Huge mall with everything you could want/need! The mall has a ice rink inside the middle of it. ”
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Neighbourhood
“The Bishop Arts District, located 10 minutes south of downtown– is one of Dallas' most charming neighborhoods– filled with an eclectic mix of trendy eateries, bars, shops, art galleries and performance venues. Along with shopping and nightlife, the area plays host to countless family-friendly events, wine walks and street fairs. See & Do Not only can you eat, drink and shop in the Bishop Arts District, you can also enjoy a night on the town without breaking the bank. For performing arts and musical venues, head over to the Kessler Theater and The Bishop Arts Theatre Center. Then there's The Texas Theatre screening everything from indie films to cult classics, plus it has an awesome prohibition-style bar. Regardless of what you fancy, these places offer something for everyone. Eat The Bishop Arts Historic District is one of Dallas' hottest dining destinations filled with chef-driven eateries, eclectic bistros and casual cafes. Within just a four block area you can nosh on everything from rustic Italian cooking at Lucia and farm-to-table fare at Bolsa to imaginative Japanese cuisine at ZEN Sushi and authentic Cuban sandwiches at C. Señor. And the best part is that this vibrant foodie haven offers something for every taste and price point. In the past 10 years, the area has welcomed in some of the most notable restaurants in the city, including Lucia, a tiny chef-driven trattoria that draws Italian food-lovers from all over Dallas and beyond. Another culinary gem is Bolsa, a cozy restaurant known for its stellar wine list and delectable farm-to-table cuisine. If you're looking for a taste of the south, you'll find it at Hattie's, a charming American restaurant serving sophisticated Lowcountry cooking. Here's where to find the best shrimp and grits this side of the Carolinas. Or perhaps the eclectic comfort food menu at Oddfellows will tempt your tummy. How about deviled eggs with candied bacon or banana cream pie French toast? And we'd be remiss not to mention the epic barbecue at Lockhart Smokehouse. Locals are pretty obsessed with the way they do brisket there. Pizza is always something you can count finding, but not many places make it as thin and flavorful as Eno's Pizza Tavern. Then there's Boulevardier, a laid back bistro serving some of the best Gallic fare in the city. Dishes like steak and frites, bouillabaisse and charcuterie have area Francophiles saying, oui oui. If that's not enough to tantalize your taste buds, keep reading. There's plenty of options on this list to satisfy every type of gourmand. 10 DALLAS GRILLED CHEESE CO. BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. Photo courtesy of Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. As you can guess, grilled cheese sandwiches are the main attraction at this cozy Bishop arts eatery. But, these aren't your usual cheddar slices on white bread variety (though they make those too). We're talking grilled sammies filled with everything from smoked gouda, cheddar and mac-n-cheese to brie, bacon and caramelized onions. There's even a grilled cheese sandwich (brioche with peanut butter, cream cheese, honey bananas, Nutella and marshmallows) on offer for dessert. And that's just the tip of what you'll find here. The rest of the menu features soups, salads and appetizers like bacon-pineapple lollipops and pretzel-coated mozzarella bites. To wash it all down, there's beers on tap, wine, specialty cocktails and decadent milkshakes. Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Dallas Grilled Cheese is the place to go if you are a fromage fanatic. Ilene's expert tip: Follow of Facebook to find out about special, limited-run sandwiches. Read more about Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. → 9 C. SEÑOR BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT C. Señor Photo courtesy of Hal Dantzler This red and white walk-up shack may not scream dining destination, but don't let that deter you from stopping by— this spot slings out what is arguably the most authentic Cuban sandwiches this side of Havana. Find Cubanos made with roasted mojo marinated pork shoulder; chorizo-beef burgers with spicy adobe ketchup as well as a few more sandwich surprises, plus tacos, frijoles, yucca fries, real cane sodas and café con leche. The kicker? Everything on the menu is priced under $10. Don't fancy eating on the run? No worries, there's seating available on the patio. Read more about C. Señor → 8 ODDFELLOWS BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT Oddfellows Photo courtesy of Oddfellows Facebook Sure, this hipster hangout cranks out killer burgers and sandwiches, but it's the all-day breakfast and brunch items that really draw a crowd. But be warned, you'll have a tough time deciding what to order. Go sweet and you'll be confronted with a choice between banana cream pie French toast with candied pecans or red velvet pancakes with whipped butter and maple syrup. Go savory-- and the choices get even harder. Will it be the duck chilaquiles with tortilla strips and fried eggs? Or perhaps the Angry Frito Pie (the crowd fave) with wild boar chorizo chili and all the fixings? Weekends can get busy, but a cup of Oddfellows' premium coffee (or a mint frosé) will make the wait more pleasurable. Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Oddfellows is notable for its all-day breakfasts and stellar coffee. Ilene's expert tip: Oddfellows offers happy hour from 3-5 p.m. daily. There's also a parking lot located next door. Read more about Oddfellows → 7 HATTIE'S BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT Hattie's Photo courtesy of Hattie's This Bishop Arts mainstay woos diners with its upscale ambiance, polished service and fancified Lowcountry cuisine showcasing the unique tastes of the Carolinas. Specialties include cornmeal wrapped fried oysters with smoked bacon, mac & cheese crusted filet of beef and a shrimp and grits dish with goat cheese that's pure southern glory. And it's all served in a lovely Lowcountry style setting where the high tin ceilings, black and white tiled floors and linen draped tables will make you feel as if you're dining in someone's elegant home. Pro tip: The banana almond bread pudding is pure nirvana. Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Hattie's is where you can have a delicious upscale meal for an affordable price. Ilene's expert tip: Stop in for Sunday brunch when you can special order Hattie's famous chicken and waffles. Just be sure to come early or reserve in advance to avoid a long wait. Read more about Hattie's → 6 ZEN SUSHI BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT ZEN Sushi Photo courtesy of Manny Rodriguez For those looking for something beyond a standard spicy salmon roll, this sleek sushi den will maki your day. Founded by longtime sushi chef Michelle Carpenter, the menu features a large selection of standard nigiri and sashimi, as well as slew of Michelle's original creations, ranging from inari sushi with fried eel and shiso to panko crusted eggplant medallions topped with tuna and avocado. There's also vegetarian sushi as well as non-raw dishes such as soy, brandy and honey glazed duck breast and miso-marinated chilean sea bass. And if you can swing it, the 10-course omakase is well worth the $120 per person price tag. Just be sure to reserve it at least 24 hours in advance. Don't skip the sake-seaweed steamed lobster app and don't leave before you've had the chocolate souffle. Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Zen is where to go for sushi that goes beyond the standard offerings. Ilene's expert tip: Zen Sushi offers a menu of discounted starters, sushi and rolls every Monday. 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Here pizza patrons can build their own or go with one of the combo pies loaded up with everything from heirloom spinach, mushroom and truffle oil to house-made sausage, calabrese salami, ham and local honey. Pizza isn't the only thing Eno's has going, there's a terrific lineup of appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches and craft beer too. Did we mention that there's also live music on Thursdays as well as the first Tuesdays of the month? Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: For stellar thin-crust pizzas and craft beer, Eno's is the place. Ilene's expert tip: Find discounted cocktails, beer, wine and snacks on offer during happy hour, Tues-Fri from 4-6:30 p.m.; Sat/Sun from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri/Sat from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Note that there is free parking available in Eno's private lot. Read more about ENO's Pizza Tavern → 4 LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT Lockhart Smokehouse Photo courtesy of Lockhart Smokehouse Named after the official barbecue capital of Texas, this popular Bishop Arts smokehouse serves what many locals consider is the closest thing you can get to authentic Central Texas-style barbecue. Which is no surprise since the co-owner, Jill Bergus, happens to be a member of the family who owns the legendary Kreuz Market in Lockhart. As with most Central Texas barbecue, the emphasis is on the meat rather than the sauce, and it's suffice to say that Lockhart's meats are flavorful enough to stand out on their own. The chicken is tender and moist, the ribs are smokey and sweet, and the same goes for the brisket, which is slow-smoked over post oak to perfection. And don't skip the sausages, they're brought in fresh from Kreuz Market. Not sure about what to get? No problem, just ask for a sample. Make sure to call before you come, the place shuts down as soon as it sells out. Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Lockhart Smokehouse is one of Dallas' best barbecue restaurants. Ilene's expert tip: Happy Hour drink specials are on offer from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Also note that Lockhart has another location in Plano. Read more about Lockhart Smokehouse → 3 BOLSA BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT Bolsa Photo courtesy of Bolsa This farmhouse-chic restaurant and bar is still as frenetically popular with local foodies as it was when it first opened in 2008. Of course, with its delicious, farm-to-table fare and laid-back atmosphere, it's easy to see why. The seasonal menu includes everything from top-notch starters like fried olives with whipped labneh, beer-steamed mussels with house-made chorizo and bleu cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates to artisanal flatbreads, burgers, steak, seafood and quail. The best deal can be had Monday through Thursday, where diners can opt for a four-course, prix-fixe menu for only $40. Cocktails here are a must and don't miss weekend brunch here either. Read more about Bolsa → 2 BOULEVARDIER BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT Boulevardier Photo courtesy of Boulevardier Solid French-inspired fare can be found at this rustic bistro which is located off the beaten path from the main Bishop Arts dining area. Beyond onion soup, beef tartar and steak frites, the menu also includes dishes such as crawfish beignets drizzled with smoked pimentón aioli, crisp lamb neck with saffron couscous and phenomenal burgers. You'll also want to save room for desserts like créme brulée, dark chocolate tart and bread pudding with huckleberry jam. Convivial dining areas, a wraparound bar, plus a stellar craft cocktail program and affordable wine list contribute to Boulevardier's "trés sympa" vibe. Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Boulevardier is an ideal option for a casual date or friendly get-together. Ilene's expert tip: Score $2 oysters, $5 classic cocktails and select wines during happy hour, offered weekdays from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Read more about Boulevardier → 1 LUCIA DALLAS BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT Lucia Dallas Photo courtesy of Evans Caglage If you ask any discerning foodie where the hottest restaurant in town is, they'll point you to this rustic, 36-seat trattoria. But be warned, the place is so popular that you must either book two months in advance or try your luck at scoring one of the counter seats saved for walk-ins. The focus is on Italian home cooking, with a rotating menu full of regional must-haves, ranging from house-cured meats and fresh crudo to handmade pastas, wild game and seafood. Expect to find selections like spaghetti with sea urchin butter and Wagyu beef with celery root and truffles. Be sure to order a few of the foie-gras-stuffed prunes to start and most definitely save room for dessert. Recommended for Bishop Arts District's Best Restaurants because: Lucia serves the most creative Italian food in the city. Ilene's expert tip: Be sure to follow on Facebook to find out if any last-minute tables become available. Also note, that there are 4 seats at the bar available for walk-ins. ”
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Zoo
“I love the Dallas Zoo. If you're visiting December through February, they have discounted tickets. Weather is often VERY nice that time of year. You can even take the DART down there and enjoy the ride!”
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Route
“The beautiful Katy Trail takes you through Uptown and is a great way to get some exercise in Dallas while visiting the city”
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American Restaurant
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“Down-home venue with locally sourced American eats, Texas brews & an outdoor patio with live music.”
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