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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Dallas


The bright red drum-shaped Margot & Bill Winspear opera house and the steely, space age Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre call out Dallas’ shiny new AT&T Performing Arts Center, a $354-million complex that opened to much fanfare in 2009. Located in the heart of the city’s arts district, the multi-venue center hosts performers like Al Pacino, Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, and the Dallas Opera.

2403 Flora St., TX, 214-880-0202, www.attpac.org
Tags: nightlife | theater | things to do | performing arts

Catch a Game at Cowboys Stadium

With the world’s largest HDTV video screen (complete with 30 million bulbs), seating for up to 100,000 people, and the largest retractable end zone doors in the world, Jerry Jones’ glittering temple to football is a certifiable stunner. Ticket prices and availability can waffle from year to year; although scalpers are plentiful, a safer last-minute option is the standing-room-only tickets in the upper decks, known as “Party Passes,” that sell for a wallet-friendly $29.

900 E Randol Mill Rd., TX, 817-892-5000, stadium.dallascowboys.com
Tags: things to do | sports

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Browse at least 569 ancient and contemporary pieces from China, Japan, India, and Southeastern Asia at this small museum that Trammell and Margaret Crow opened in the heart of the Dallas Arts District in 1998. Admission to the center is free, and complimentary guided tours are offered twice weekly, on Thursdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 1pm.

2010 Flora St., TX, 214-979-6430, www.crowcollection.com
Tags: art | things to do | museum

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Beautiful gardens play host to year-round events and seasonal concerts; the immaculate grounds make a splendid backdrop for afternoon tea.

8525 Garland Rd., TX, 214-515-6500, www.dallasarboretum.org
Tags: things to do | gardens | performing arts

Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art anchors the city’s arts district, the country’s largest contiguous urban neighborhood of its kind. Don’t miss the Wendy and Emery Reves exhibit, part of which recreates the Mediterranean villa where Coco Chanel once lived, with many of the iconic fashion designer’s original furniture and décor on display. Then break with a glass of wine or a light lunch at the Atrium Café, situated by the main entrance beneath the airy, open Harmon Atrium.

1717 North Harwood St., TX, 214-922-1200, www.dallasmuseumofart.org
Tags: smart splurge | art | things to do | architecture

Dallas World Aquarium

Home to thousands of species of marine life and a walk-through tunnel, this isn’t just an aquarium. Exhibits also include “Mundo Maya,” taking guests from the ocean to the rainforest.

1801 North Griffin St., TX, 214-720-2224, www.dwazoo.com
Tags: family | things to do | aquarium

Fair Park

A center of entertainment and culture, and site of the gargantuan State Fair of Texas, Fair Park offers everything from sporting events and concerts to crafts and museums.

1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., TX, 214-670-8400, www.fairpark.org
Tags: shopping | art | things to do | spectator sport

Flagship Neiman Marcus

Less glossy than its shopping mall counterparts, Neiman Marcus nonetheless maintains its flagship perch, opened in 1914, on Main Street (the very first store, which opened seven years earlier, burned down in a fire in 1913). Although the neighborhood’s glamour has faded since its turn-of-the-20th-century heyday, the downtown location is still worth a visit for nostalgia’s sake – as well as for the sixth-floor bar and restaurant, The Zodiac, which draws a lively post-work crowd.

1618 Main St., TX, 214-741-6911, www.neimanmarcus.com
Tags: shopping | historic | things to do | jewelry | clothing | accessories | shoes | department store

Highland Park Village

Dallas’s reputation as a retail therapy mecca stems at least partially from Highland Park Village, an outdoor mall that was the country’s first planned, organized shopping center when it was built in 1931. The complex – now designated a National Historic Landmark – consists of Spanish Mission-style buildings housing high-end storefronts like Carolina Herrera, Escada, and Chanel.  

47 Highland Park Village, TX, 214-443-9898, www.hpvillage.com
Tags: shopping | boutique | things to do | history | designer

Mockingbird Station

Visit this distinctive shopping experience with plans to stay all day; an avant-garde cinema, modern boutiques, and innovative dining make it a must-see.

5307 E. Mockingbird Ln., TX, 214-452-7180, www.mockingbirdstation.com
Tags: shopping | boutique | things to do | shopping mall | walking district

Nasher Sculpture Center

Raymond D. and Patsy Nasher, two of Dallas’ chief patrons of the arts, commissioned this Renzo Piano-designed center in 1997 from their personal collection, which includes works from Joan Miró, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alexander Calder. Although the inside collection is worth exploring, the highlight of the space is the tranquil, outdoor garden, where three fountains, an outdoor café, and cedar elm trees beckon contemplation.

2001 Flora St., TX, 214-242-5100, www.nashersculpturecenter.org
Tags: art | things to do | museum | sculpture

North Park Center

Fashion addicts who collect clothes and shoes like artwork should hoof it in their heels to North Park Center, a 2.4-million-square-foot mall that displays museum-quality art installations alongside its Louboutins. Founded by Raymond D. Nasher – who also founded the Nasher Sculpture Center – the collection has rotating works by acclaimed artists like Andy Warhol, Joel Shapiro, and Jonathan Borofsky. Thoughtful mall amenities such as free coat checks and stroller rentals bolster the art-gazing and shopping experience.

8687 North Central Expressway, TX, 214-361-6345, www.northparkcenter.com
Tags: shopping | art | things to do | shopping mall

Tenison Highlands

Gorgeous 18-hole golf course located ten minutes outside Dallas. Great for a casual game with friends, this professional course also offers lessons.

3501 Samuell Blvd., TX, 214-670-1402, www.tenisonpark.com
Tags: senior | golf | smart splurge | things to do

The Sixth Floor Museum

Located in the building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shot that killed President John Kennedy; this engaging museum contains historical artifacts related to the assassination.

411 Elm St., TX, 214-747-6660, www.jfk.org
Tags: family | things to do | history | museum

Tour Cowboys Stadium

Cowboys Stadium is one of the few sports arenas where the sheer scale of its art collection makes a nongame-day tour worthwhile. In addition to the stadium’s massive HD screen, visitors can peruse the 21 pieces of site-specific art splashed above concession stands and swooping over entranceways, including an installation by Olafur Eliasson, famed for his 2008 New York City Waterfalls installation.

900 E. Randol Mill Rd., Texas, 817-892-5000, stadium.dallascowboys.com
Tags: arts and culture | things to do | sports

Victory Park

Proximity to Dallas’ Uptown, Downtown, Arts District, and Turtle Creek neighborhoods distinguish this $3-billion entertainment development of restaurants, shops, and lounges. Although some residences line the small neighborhood, the complex best serves as a dining destination when performers take the stage at the nearby American Airlines center.

The intersection of Interstate 35, North Dallas Tollway, and the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, TX, www.victorypark.com
Tags: nightlife | shopping | things to do | outdoors | park

White Rock Lake Park

This popular recreation area is also the largest park in Dallas. Lots of hiking and biking as well as fishing piers and picnic areas make this a safe-bet for families.

1152 N Buckner Blvd., TX, 972-622-7283, www.whiterocklake.org
Tags: family | hiking | biking | things to do

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