Do you have a trip to Dallas coming up? What should you do when you’re there? Read on to learn about unique things to do in Dallas.
Dallas gets 25-million-plus visitors each year, whether traveling for vacation or business, reaching 27.2 million in 2017 and climbing. And with about 1.3 million people living there, that’s a lot of people looking for fun things to do in Dallas other than BBQ and Cowboys in their free time!
Whether you live in Dallas or are on vacation or business, you might be wondering how to avoid the crowds and find the other fun and engaging things to do in Dallas off the beaten tourist and football path.
To help you find the fun, we’ve put together a list of five unique things to enjoy, whether it be in downtown Dallas, East Dallas, uptown or just outside the city.
1. Historic M-Line Trolley Streetcar
A great way to take in the city and a bit of nostalgia all at once is on the M-Line Trolley Streetcar. It’s free and will take you from trendy Uptown Dallas, with its cafes, bistros, galleries and shops, to the Dallas Arts District, which is downtown.
The original streetcars first ran in Dallas in the late 1800s through the 1930s. The line was then started up again in the ’80s. They even found some of the original rails up near the Uptown McKinney station.
2. White Rock Lake by Bike or Paddle Boat
Rent a bike and cycle round this 1,015-acre lake about five miles north of downtown Dallas or rent a paddle boat. There’re also hiking and picnic areas.
Be sure to look out for the Lady of the Lake or Dallas lore. Who? She’s the ghost of a Dallas girl who drowned in the lake and is looking to go home, not knowing that she’s a ghost!
3. Breakout Games Adrenaline Rush and Mind Bender
Is your interest peaked by the mystery of the Lady of the Lake? Feeling the Sherlock Holmes itch? Head over to Dallas’s hidden-gem Breakout Escape Room to get in on the action.
Solve mysteries, crack codes, solve puzzles, follow clues and get out of that room! When it comes to things to do in Dallas this week or any time, this is not your average, ho-hum activity.
It’s 60 minutes of escape adrenaline!
4. Dallas Skyline Bridge View With Trinity Groves Delights
Take a walk across Trinity River on cable-stayed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, a gorgeous masterpiece with cable arches and a Texas and U.S. flag that’s becoming a symbol of Dallas. Stop in the middle for photos of the Dallas skyline and then head over to Trinity Grove, a grub hub in the downtown business district with everything from tapas to vegan and seafood.
And if you momentarily can’t stand being unique and need to veer from your off-the-beaten-path schedule of things to do in Texas, they have BBQ too. Shh! Fabulous Texas drinks abound to complement, including an inventive assortment of margaritas and tequila drinks, or you can simply sip elegantly upon an aromatic glass of red wine (good for your health, too!).
5. Urban Street Art in Deep Ellum
Stroll the streets of this East Dallas music and arts district just shy of downtown and enjoy the murals painted on historic buildings by local artists as well as those from around the country and globe.
Part of a local arts project, you’re sure to get cultured and plenty of social media photo ops.
Things to Do in Dallas: Lasso Up Like a Cowboy and Wrangle Yourself a Good Time
Chances are you love the BBQ and Cowboys too, and that’s alright. But now you can boast a bigger list of things to do in Dallas, Texas, because when in Texas, do as the Texans do and make it big fun!
Plan on taking the family? Check out our tips on how to keep the kids happy while galloping around the urban Texas range.