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6 Things To Do That’ll Make You Fall In Love With Dallas

Dallas may not be the first place you think of visiting in the US, but in my opinion, it’s always the cities and towns you least expect to blow you away that really do. Dallas is definitely a special town. Located in the north of Texas, Dallas is one of the biggest cities in the state and the main economic and cultural hub of the region. There are a plethora of activities for you to indulge in. While more glitzy and more glamorous than Fort Worth to the west, Dallas is a proper big city. From great restaurants to fun activities to interesting culture, Dallas is waiting to be explored by those that are looking for something different. So start saying “Y’all” and get ready for a big, warm Texas welcome. Here are the 6 best things to do in Dallas:

1. Deep Ellum

 

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The former industrial neighborhood close to downtown Dallas is booming these days. Previously known as Deep Elm, residents called it Deep Ellum with their southern twang and eventually the name stuck. It’s been compared to Dallas’ answer to Brooklyn, but with a special Texas flare. It’s filled with unique bars and delicious restaurants. The amount of diversity in this regard is surprising. In terms of food, there are a few must-try places. I’d recommend checking out Monkey King Noodle Company. The restaurant was started after a chef took a trip to Taiwan and fell in love with the food. The dumplings alone are worth the trip. The best part is that the food is made from scratch and you can even watch them make the noodles through the window, which is a nice touch. If that’s not what you’re looking for, you can always make your way over to Main Street and try some Texas barbecue at Pecan Lodge. This is a great option since you absolutely cannot come to Texas and NOT have barbecue. I’m pretty sure it’s against the law…Regardless, order the slow-cooked brisket and beef ribs. You can thank me with a drink. Speaking of where to drink, Deep Ellum is filled with watering holes. If the weather is beautiful, head to Harlowe MXM’s rooftop and take in a beautiful view of Dallas’ skyline. If interesting cocktails are what you are looking for, head to Hide for their fascinating flavor combinations. Grapefruit and Pisco? Sure, why not!

2. Walk Around White Rock Lake

 

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A fun fact about Texas is that there is only one real lake in the state and it borders Louisiana. The rest are all man-made including White Rock Lake. Nevertheless, it’s worth walking around especially near sunset when the sun reflects onto the water. The Dallas Botanical Gardens are right next to the lake and make for a beautiful walk. Spread out over 70 acres, the Botanical Gardens have special shows for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The area is perfect for a picnic or a first date if you meet someone special during your time in the city. The area is crowded on the weekends so aim to head to White Rock Lake during the week so you have the whole place to yourself.

3. Go To The Top Of Reunion Tower

 

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Drive anywhere in Dallas and you’ll immediately see the free-standing structure with the ball at the top. It’s hard to miss and the 560-foot tower is a Dallas icon. At the top of the tower, is an observation deck, which offers a view of the entire city below you. They’ve recently added a virtual reality 360° view of the city. Also, if you’re feeling adventurous and want to enjoy a nice meal, there is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant at the top of the tower. It’s considered one of the nicest restaurants in Dallas, but the view makes the food taste that much better.

4. Dealey Plaza

 

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For foreigners, John F. Kennedy (Also known as JFK) may not mean much to you, but to Americans, he was adored. Unfortunately, he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. The exact same spot on the 6th floor of the Dealey Plaza where Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president is where the museum stands today. The museum tells the story of JFK’s life and the events leading up to his death. On the street, the museum placed a marking where JFK was when he was shot. It’s a fascinating look into a turning point in American history and the museum is well curated. Oddly enough, there is even a webcam set up so you can see exactly what Lee Harvey Oswald saw on that fateful day in November 1963. This is definitely one of the best things to do in Dallas for history buffs.

5. Dallas Museum Of Art

 

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It’s time to get culture, y’all! One of the best things to do in Dallas if you’re an art lover, the Dallas Museum of Art (also known as the DMA for short), is another museum also worth checking out. The best part about the museum is that general admission is free, but if you want to see special expositions, you’ll have to pay a bit more. It’s a great option for those that just want to stroll around a bit or want to get in a bit of culture when it’s raining out. If you happen to be more of a night owl, the museum hosts free jazz nights once a month with food and drinks to purchase. You can even make a day out of visiting the museum by having a picnic in Klyde Warren Park directly across the street.

6. Catch A Mavericks Game

 

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In Texas, sports are a big part of the culture. In fact, I’m pretty sure football is a religion. Regardless, seeing a professional game is a must when visiting. I enjoy watching basketball the most so I recommend trying to catch a Mavericks game. The tickets are reasonably priced and the arena is located right downtown. The best part is that the atmosphere around the stadium before the game even starts is lively and is a great place to meet locals. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Be sure to buy a jersey and take a bunch of selfies to say you got the full Texas experience.

There we have it! Know of any other amazing things to do in Dallas? Comment below. But more importantly, what are you waiting for?

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