There is so much to do in the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) area that you could stay busy for months. While it’s true many of the attractions here can add up quickly, you don’t have to break the bank to have a great time in DFW. Take it from us, Marty and I were born and raised in the DFW metroplex, so we know how to have fun without spending a ton of money. That’s exactly why we developed this list of 50 Free Things to do in Dallas-Ft. Worth!
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50 Free Things to do in Dallas-Ft. Worth
1. Klyde Warren Park
Located in the Dallas Arts District and downtown, Klyde Warren Park is a little oasis in a big city. This isn’t your ordinary park though and hence the reason it had to be on a list of free things to do in Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is built over a freeway and is packed with things to do. You can enjoy free wifi, a dog park, food trucks, live music, exercise classes, chess, and more!
2. McKinney Avenue Trolley
Take a ride in a vintage streetcar through Uptown Dallas for free! The trolley operates 365 days a year and is a great way to hit the many shops, restaurants, and bars in this trendy neighborhood.
3. Trinity River Audubon Center
Located just south of downtown Dallas, is the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States. What was once an illegal dump site has been repurposed and cleaned up. Today you will enjoy a 130-acre sanctuary. Encompassing miles and miles of trails and beautiful natural green space, this is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while. While there is normally an admission fee, you can visit for free on the third Thursday of each month from 9 am-4 pm.
You will find this outdoor museum in the Dallas Arts District. Sprawled over 2 acres, the Nasher houses a great collection of contemporary and modern art sculptures. This beautifully designed museum features rotating and special exhibits throughout the year. The Nasher also hosts special events that include twilight strolls, musicians, and guest speakers. Normally there is a small entry fee, but you can visit for free the first Saturday of each month!
Everything is bigger in Texas, so of course, Texas would house one of the largest art museums in America. And what a bonus that general admission is free every day! The gallery boasts a global collection that consists of over 22,000 works of art encompassing over 5,000 years of history.
This beautiful collection of art is dedicated to the art of Japan, China, India, and Southeast Asia. Also located in the beautiful Dallas Arts District, this collection originated from Trammell and Margaret Crow as a gift to their children, and the visitors of Dallas. The museum is small, housing just over 500 pieces, but the pieces are beautiful and world class.
Makeup lovers and female entrepreneurs take note. You can tour the Mary Kay museum for free! Celebrating the legacy of one of Dallas’ most loved female entrepreneurs, the Mary Kay Museum is located in the headquarters of the Mary Kay Company. The museum has a theatre where you can hear Mary Kay give a motivational pep talk, while the displays encompass four decades of her legacy.
Whether you want to grab your running shoes or a picnic, White Rock Lake and Park is a great setting to do either! This park encompasses over 1,000 acres just north of downtown Dallas. On the property, you will find a museum, dog park, hiking trails, picnic areas and boat ramps.
9. Deep Ellum
Deep Ellum is the place to go for a trendy, hip neighborhood in Dallas. The neighborhood is comprised of arts and entertainment venues. Enjoy a walk through Deep Ellum and catch the live music blaring out of the door of the many clubs and bars. Be sure and take plenty of pictures of the great graffiti around the neighborhood as well.
10. JFK Memorial Plaza
The JFK Memorial Plaza is a monument to honor President John F. Kennedy as this was the spot of his assassination. The monument stands 30-foot high and 50-foot wide and is said to resemble an ancient tomb. The monument is free to visit and is open 24-hours a day. Definitely a piece of American history.
Another trendy Dallas neighborhood, The Bishop Arts District is home to over 60 boutiques, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Marty and I love coming to Bishop Arts to just walk around. There seems to always be something going on!
Head north of Dallas to the suburb of Frisco, and you will find the cutest little heritage center. The Frisco Heritage Center is a village comprised of an old church, some old houses, and a replica of the Frisco Railway Depot, all of which have been lovingly restored. You can rent the area for special events, or you can visit for free the third Sunday of each month.
13. Meadows Museum
You will find the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The Meadows has an extensive collection of Spanish art. Here you can also find works by Picasso, Goya, and Rodin. The museum usually charges an admission fee, but you can visit for free Thursdays after 5 p.m.
Housing one of the largest permanent collections of American Art, the Amon Carter won’t disappoint art lovers. We love to go for the photography collection. With over 30,000 photographic prints, The Amon Carter is a shutterbug’s delight
15. Botanic Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
A conservationist will love the BRIT, Tarrant County’s first USGBC LEED Platinum-rated building. You can explore the BRIT to learn about conservation and reusing natural resources. Be sure and visit the first Saturday of the month when the BRIT hosts a great outdoor farmer’s market.
Show me the money! Well, that’s exactly what they will do at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth. This site is where over half of the nation’s currency is made. You can tour the facility absolutely free of charge. Take the self-guided tour and see interact with displays and exhibits all while seeing the beautiful currency being produced before your eyes.
One of the best free things to do in Fort Worth is to visit the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. Roam the 109 acres of The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens to see over 2,500 species of plants. Kids will enjoy the boardwalk where they can interact with whisper phones and learn all about the vegetation and animals surrounding them. Adults will appreciate the beautiful rose garden and outdoor sculptures.
18. Trinity Trails
Fort Worth definitely is not short on walking trails, and some of the favorites are the Trinity Trails. These trails that follow the Trinity River and its tributaries offer a variety of outdoor activities. There are picnic areas, boat launches for canoes and kayaks, equestrian trails, and even a slalom water-ski course.
I mean, where else can you see a cattle drive headed down the middle of the street in a major city? Twice a day you can witness this event in The Ft. Worth Stockyards. Texas cowboys lead their herd of longhorns down Exchange Avenue every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
20. Ft. Worth Water Gardens
Located on the southern end of downtown Ft. Worth, the Ft. Worth water gardens is a little oasis in the city. Venture down the main waterfall area, and you will find yourself surrounded by water. In other parts of the garden, you will find a meditation pool and several fountain pools all surrounded by beautiful oak trees. Check out this article for more information on the Fort Worth Water Gardens.
21. Ft. Worth Cultural District
A few miles west of downtown lies the Ft. Worth Cultural District. This neighborhood hosts great museums in a beautiful park-like setting. Here you will find the Amon Carter, Will Rogers Memorial Center, the BRIT, and the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens to name a few. Trinity Park, located across the street from the Botanical Gardens, is a great way to spend the afternoon outdoors. Go and explore this great neighborhood. You will be surprised all that it houses.
22. Heritage Trails
This walk through downtown Ft. Worth showcases the people and events that shaped Ft. Worth. Visit historical landmarks throughout the downtown area to learn all about Ft. Worth’s history. Download the interactive map and get to exploring.
23. JFK Tribute-Ft. Worth
Come and visit the tribute to John F. Kennedy while you’re in downtown as well. This historical location is where JFK spoke to a crowd of people outside the Hotel Texas (now the Ft. Worth Hilton) on a rainy day just before his death in Dallas. Today, there is a gorgeous bronze statue honoring the former President that is surrounded by photographic displays and quotes.
24. Sundance Square
Sundance Square is the perfect area to explore day or night. This 35-block area located in downtown is full of boutique shops, great restaurants and bars, art galleries, and live performance venues. After shopping the day away, relax in Sundance Square Plaza enjoying the fountains before heading to catch a play or comedy show.
The Kimbell is a world-renowned art museum located in the heart of the Cultural District in Ft. Worth. Home to work of renowned artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Michelangelo, the Kimbell will fascinate any art lover. Be sure and admire the unique architecture of the building itself while visiting. While some exhibits have an entry fee, the general exhibits can be viewed for free anytime.
Located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the Livestock Exchange Building has over 100 years of history. Once known as the “Wall Street of the West”, the exchange building is where cattle traders would come to do business. Today, the majority of the building is office space, but there is an area devoted to the North Fort Worth Historical Society Museum that is worth a visit.
Put your boots on and head to the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas. Try your luck on the mechanical bull or dance the night away while listening to live music. Billy Bob’s is a legend and a must do while visiting Fort Worth. Take note, because this is a concert venue there is a charge if a concert is scheduled, but you can visit Billy Bob’s for free during the day most of the time.
On the beautiful campus of Texas Christian University, you can get up close and personal with space! The Monnig Meteorite Gallery houses over 3,000 meteorites, many of which are on display for you to see.
Located in Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson Museum is the place to go if you want to see 19th-century art about Western America. Visit the museum anytime during business hours for free, or stop by for a guided tour on Tuesday or Saturday.
Hanging out in the Stockyards is sure to make you feel like a modern-day cowboy. The Stockyards offers many restaurants and clubs, as well as some great shopping. You will see the original brick walkways and the tried and true wooden corrals. Spend some time exploring the cattle pens before boot scootin’ in Billy Bob’s.
While exploring the Stockyards, you will probably notice bronze markers outlining the achievements of different individuals. This is the Texas Trail Hall of Fame. Celebrating Texas heritage, this is a great way to learn about the western culture that helped shape this area.
Hop on the vintage-looking Molly the Trolley for easy transport around downtown Fort Worth. Molly travels between Sundance Square and the Convention Center for quick access to the places you want to visit, and it’s free! Molly runs 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rotating exhibits are a key feature of the William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery, which has been a staple of the local art scene for over 40 years. The gallery features artists working with all types of media including photography, prints, ceramics, mixed-media, paper, and others. Take note that the gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday.
While there is normally an entrance fee for the Modern Art Museum, you can visit for free on Sundays, and half-price on Wednesdays! The Modern houses over 3,000 pieces of art including paintings, sculptures, videos, and photographs representing all major movements. Modern art lovers will have a great time here!
35. Cowtown Opry
Every Sunday at 2 p.m., you can head down to the Livestock Exchange Building in the Stockyards for a free concert put on by The Cowtown Opry.
Check out one of the art exhibits at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. After the exhibits, the art is usually available for purchase. You never know, you might find a favorite piece to take home with you!
37. Hike to Airfield Falls
Find your way to Tarrant County’s only natural waterfall, Airfield Falls. The trailhead is located adjacent to the Pumphey Drive entrance to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base.
Located between Dallas and Fort Worth in the city of Arlington, you will find the 1,300-acre recreation area known as River Legacy Park. The park is home to 8 miles of paved hike and bike trails as well as a 10-mile mountain bike trail. You will also find picnic areas, a playground, restrooms and a canoe launch area.
39. Lake Worth Castle
Yes, you read that correctly, there is a castle in Fort Worth, well just north of Ft. Worth, in Lake Worth. You can’t go inside the castle as it is privately owned, but you can drive by and see it. Surround by mystery and intrigue, the castle is said to be haunted. Locals swear that they have seen a figure of a woman all dressed in white running from the castle and into the lake. Maybe you will catch a glimpse of her on your drive by.
40. Benbrook Lake
One of the lakes in the area, Lake Benbrook, is a quiet little lake where you can enjoy some rest and relaxation while in the DFW area. Located southwest of Ft. Worth, Benbrook Lake is available to enjoy some fishing, camping, boating, or hiking.
In the middle of downtown Arlington, you will find Levitt Pavillion. Enjoy free music here over 50 days of the year. Their concerts include music from all genres. You can enjoy jazz, country, or hip-hop, just to name a few. Visit their website for a complete calendar.
Also in Arlington, be sure and connect to a little bit of Arlington history by visiting the Fielder House. Here you will find historic exhibits encompassing the city of Arlington.
The Southwest Nature Preserve is a 58-acre natural preserve in southwest Arlington. There are three ponds that allow catch and release fishing, an outdoor seating area, and of course tons of nature trails.
44. Roanoke Skate Park
Skateboarders will love a visit to the world-class skate park located in Roanoke, TX. Whether you are practicing your ollie or learning to skate the rails, you will have a great time at Roanoke Skate Park.
45. Trader’s Village
If you like flea markets, then you have to visit the Texas-size flea market of Trader’s Village in Grand Prairie. Trader’s Village has tons of vendors selling everything from furniture to car accessories. Kids will enjoy the carnival-style rides available at Trader’s Village.
Eat, drink, and play at Fort Worth’s Barcadia. On Monday and Tuesday nights, you get free arcade play! Grab a drink and meet some of your friends at Barcadia to show them your awesome gaming skills.
The Gallery at UTA is located in the fine arts building of The University of Texas at Arlington. The Gallery focuses on providing young artists with an area to promote their art. They offer a number of exhibits throughout the year showcasing all different medias.
48. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge
Enjoy one of the largest city-owned refuge sites in the United States. The Fort Worth Nature Center covers over 3,600 acres of natural preserve. You will find tons of hiking trails as well as several educational opportunities here.
Home to monthly exhibits showcasing local artists, Artspace 111 is a trendy space open for your viewing pleasure.
Live music and vendors abound at Friday on the Green. This free outdoor concert celebrates local bands of the DFW area. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show!
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