Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas/Ft. Worth is no exception. There are so many awesome things to do in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Whether you are coming to visit, or want to be a tourist in your own town, I bet this list has something for you. Let’s get started with our list of 101 Things to do in Dallas/Ft. Worth.
If you’re looking for ideas for date night in Dallas, we have you covered for that as well!
If you are looking to get a little further out of the city, then be sure and check out all of the incredible day trips from Dallas as well.
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Things to do In Dallas
- Visit the Sixth Floor Museum– It’s full of history and well worth a visit, especially if you purchase a Dallas CityPass, as the museum is one of the sights that is included.
- Dealey Plaza- Located just outside of The Sixth Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza is the location of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Consider taking the JFK Assassination and Museum Tour for a first-hand experience from a local guide. This is a must for history buffs.
- Walk the beautiful gardens of the Dallas Arboretum. Choose admission to the Arboretum or the George W. Bush Library as part of your Dallas CityPass.
- While at the Arboretum, partake in afternoon tea at the historic DeGoyler House.
- Get hands on with exhibits at The Perot Museum. Your Dallas CityPass includes admission to The Perot and is a great way to save money if you are visiting several attractions in Dallas.
- You will find way more than books at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Inside you will find a full-size replica of the Oval Office, the original White House Situation Room, and the “Nation Under Attack” exhibit displaying items from the September 11th terroristic attacks. You can choose the George W. Bush Library or The Dallas Arboretum as part of your Dallas CityPass.
- The Dallas Museum of Art. I told you everything is bigger in Texas, and this museum lives up to that motto. With over 159,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United States.
- Get your mind blown at the Museum of Illusion. Ok, not literally, but this is a really fun museum to go to with your loved ones. You can spend the afternoon learning all about illusions and taking some fabulous pictures like we did. Head to our Instagram page to check these out.
- Learn the history and culture of Dallas at The Old Red Museum.
- Take a step back into a historical village at the Dallas Heritage Village.
- See a performance at the Music Hall at Fair Park.
- Be surrounded by sharks and walk through a tropical rainforest at The Dallas World Aquarium.
- Grab lunch and some fresh produce from The Dallas Farmers Market.
- Take a Historic Dallas Segway Tour.
- A trip to the Reunion Tower Observation Deck gives you an amazing view of the city and is included in your Dallas CityPass.
- Enjoy the 5.2-acre public park that is over a freeway! Yes, that is correct, Klyde Warren Park is located over Woodall Rogers Freeway!
- Enjoy breathtaking view and tons of walking/jogging trails at White Rock Lake.
- Visit the West End Historic District.
- If you’re in Dallas in September/October, you have to visit The Texas State Fair. See BigTex and indulge in all things fried!
- Take a free ride on The McKinney Avenue Trolley.
- Experience the history and stories of aviation at The Frontier of Flight Museum.
- Visit The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park.
- Spoil yourself with a unique shopping experience at The Galleria Mall.
- Catch a sporting event or concert at The American Airlines Center.
- Participate in a Dallas Wine Tasting Tour.
- Experience beautiful Asian art at The Crow Collection of Asian Art.
- Roam through an outdoor museum at The Nasher Sculpture Center.
- Dedicated to the remembrance of World War II, the Dallas Holocaust Museum is a world class exhibit.
- Feed the giraffes at the Dallas Zoo. You can choose zoo admission or The Sixth Floor Museum with your Dallas CityPass.
- Explore Texas Discovery Gardens located inside Fair Park.
- Visit The Trinity River Audubon Center located just outside of downtown Dallas.
- Throw popcorn at the performers at The Pocket Sandwich Theatre!
- Enjoy a romantic dinner at The French Room.
- Take a Best Tacos and Margaritas Tour.
- Experience jousting, romance, and medieval food at Medieval Times.
- Put on your boots and two-step the night away at Gilley’s Dallas.
- Explore the eclectic neighborhood bars, restaurants, and club in Deep Ellum.
- Have some extreme family fun at Zero Gravity thrill park.
- Tour Mary Kay Cosmetic Company.
- Do a food tour of The Bishop Arts District. Read all about our experience on this awesome tour in our post, Eating Our Way Through The Bishop Arts District.
Things to do in Fort Worth
- Although their permanent collection is small, less than 350 pieces, the permanent collection is FREE at the Kimbell Art Museum, and it is compromised of distinguished pieces.
- Find rare photos, interactive exhibits, and theatre presentations at the National Cowgirl Museum.
- Rodeo and Cowboy fans will love the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
- Adults and kids will love the world class Fort Worth Zoo.
- Spend a fun evening watching a live performance at Circle Theatre in Sundance Square.
- Enjoy an oasis of water in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth at The Fort Worth Water Gardens.
- Visit Sundance Square for great shops, restaurants, and tons of nightlife.
- Get hands on at The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
- Watch a show in the amazing Omni Theatre located at The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
- See how money is made by touring the Fort Worth Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
- Find vintage planes at the Vintage Flying Museum.
- Do some start searching at The Noble Planetarium.
- Watch a cattle drive, ride a mechanical bull, and visit some great bars in The Fort Worth Stockyards.
- Take a kayak or canoe down The Trinity River.
- Watch a performance at Casa Manana Theatre.
- Tour the Budweiser Brewery.
- Get lost in the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze.
- Enjoy nature and get in some exercise on the miles and miles of Trinity Trails.
- Visit the Amon Carter Museum.
- Experience living history at Fort Worth’s Log Cabin Village.
- Take in modern art and architecture at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
- Learn how alcohol is made with Texas rainwater at Trinity River Distillery.
- Get up close with a buffalo herd and a prairie dog colony while exploring the countless trails at The Fort Worth Nature Center.
- See a live performance at beautiful Bass Hall.
- See over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants on the 109-acres of The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.
- Grab a drink and enjoy some live music at the historic White Elephant Saloon.
- Head to Billy Bob’s to dance the night away or ride a mechanical bull in a true Texas honky-tonk.
- Enjoy a bakery tour at Mrs. Baird’s Bakery.
Things to do in the Suburbs of Dallas/Fort Worth
- Museum of the American Railroad– Head just north of Dallas, and you will find the Museum of the American Railroad. Housing a collection of historic trains and rail equipment, this museum appeals to all train lovers.
- Cavanaugh Flight Museum– In Addison, you will find this a great little aviation museum. That not only has display items but also prides themselves on vintage aircraft restoration and maintenance.
- Tour AT&T Stadium (aka Cowboys’ Stadium).
- Visit the iconic Southfork Ranch.
- Visit one of the three largest planetariums in Texas, The UTA Planetarium.
- Experience the odd and unusual at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
- Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie will have you betting on the horses!
- Step back in time and take a ride on The Grapevine Vintage Railroad, especially on one of their theme rides!
- Watch a race at Texas Motor Speedway, or better yet, get behind the wheel yourself with one of these tours: Ride Along in a Dragster, or a Side by Side Camaro Competition, Drive a Dragster.
- Drive through the exotic animals at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center.
- Compare your foot to that of a real dinosaur at Dinosaur Valley State Park.
- Have lunch with the bears at Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch.
- See rays, sharks seahorses and more at SeaLife Aquarium in Grapevine.
- Gaze at the stars at The UNT Sky Theatre.
- Six Flags Over Texas is a guaranteed thrill for coaster enthusiasts.
- In the hot summer months, cool off at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
- Take a gondola cruise in the canals of Las Colinas.
- Take in a live performance at the historic Granbury Opera House.
- Visit one of DFW’s many lakes: Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake Granbury, Grapevine Lake, Lake Lewisville, Lake Worth, Benbrook Lake, or Lake Ray Roberts just to name a few.
- Hawaiian Falls is a great way to cool off in the Texas heat.
- Go ice skating at The Dr. Pepper Star Center or at Ice at The Parks Mall.
- Have some fun at Sandy Lake Amusement Park.
- Visit Globe Life Park to watch The Texas Rangers play ball!
- Catch a RoughRiders game at The Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
- Learn how to live like a pioneer at Nash Farm in Grapevine.
- Visit one of many North Texas Wineries.
- Ride horses at Benbrook Stables.
- At The Irving Arts Center, you can enjoy live performances and art exhibits.
- History comes to life at Chestnut Square in McKinney.
- Learn all about the Texas environment and see Texas wildlife at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center.
- Check out The River Legacy Living Science Center before exploring the acres of River Legacy Park in Arlington.
- Visit Trader’s Village in Grand Prairie.
- Listen to live music at the Grapevine Opry.
- Shop til you drop at First Monday Trade Days in Canton.
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Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight:
We love using CheapOAir, Kayak, and Kiwi to search for the best flight prices. We love using these search engines because they search the web for airlines worldwide to ensure you get the best deal! In addition to flights, you can also find great hotel prices on Kayak and Kiwi.
Book Your Vacation Package:
If you want to book an entire vacation package, we suggest using Expedia. We love how easy Expedia is to use, and we always find good deals on entire vacation packages on their site.
Another great site for vacation packages is BookVIP. BookVIP offers super cheap vacation packages to incredible destinations. You are sure to save money using their site!
For full guided vacations, including hotels, some meals, transportation, and guides, then we book with Trafalgar. Trafalgar is a trusted tour company that will meet all your needs while ensuring a great experience.
Trip.com allows you to book flights, hotels, train tickets, rental cars, airport transfers, tours, and more all on one site. Owned by the parent company that also owns Skyscanner, this is a trusted resource for travel booking and a great “one-stop shop.”
Book Your Accommodations:
We always begin our search by checking out honest reviews on TripAdvisor hotels. This allows us to narrow our search for specific properties once we are ready to book. Of course, you can also book directly on the TripAdvisor site!
There are several accommodation sites that we like to use. One of our favorites is Booking.com because it offers a wide variety of hotels and guesthouses at a good price.
Another “go-to” hotel booking site for us is Hotels.com. We love their loyalty program that allows you to earn free nights, and their “secret prices” for members are fabulous deals!
If you want a luxurious all-inclusive vacation, consider checking out the Sandals/Beaches properties. Sandals properties are for couples only and Beaches are for families. We have visited Sandals in the past and absolutely love the attention to detail and the service they provide.
Tour Companies We Trust:
We love taking guided tours when visiting new places. Our go-to tour companies are Viator.com and Get Your Guide. Both of these companies have been in business for years and provide excellent customer service. You can trust booking tours from their sites for sure!
CityPass is a great way to save money when visiting large cities. CityPass allows you to get free admission to major attractions once you buy their pass. The savings add up quickly with this pass, often saving 50% with combined admissions.
Another great pass to save money in larger cities is the Sightseeing Pass. This pass allows you to save valuable time and money by combining admissions to major attractions. They also have a handy app that keeps everything you need at your fingertips.
Looking to Save Time and Money?
Check out our resource page for all of our favorite vendors. These companies help us to save time and money on our travels!
About The Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.