Visiting Big D

Dallas-Texas

I recently had the chance to visit Texas for the first time. I have to say, it was not at all what I expected. Yes, there was some great BBQ, and a lot of people wear Cowboys jerseys (can’t fault them for loving football), but there was a lot more to the “Big D” than that.

Visit Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park—perched on top of a freeway—has free wifi, so you can spend the whole day playing or working online if you want to. If you’re looking for something more active, bring your dog for the special pet-friendly area. You can also try out the food trucks or the gastropub or check out the live music. Truly a great place to be on a beautiful day in Texas.

Check out the Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is one of the coolest places to visit in Dallas. This is nothing like the typical garden you might expect. There are intricate displays, beautiful topiaries, and grand displays that change based on the season. From marigolds in the fall to tulips in the spring, it’s really an amazing place.

Stroll the Bishop Arts District
The Bishop Arts District is a great neighborhood to explore. This fun area has more than 60 restaurants, shops, and bars. There’s great pizza, fancy Bloody Marys, murals, and cool shops. We love the cider shop! It’s a great place to walk around for a few hours.

Texas State Fair

Visit a Museum
The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the country’s best art museum, and it’s free. With over 23,000 works spanning 5,000 years of human history, the DMA has a great permanent collection as well as excellent rotating exhibits. For something more hands-on, check out the interactive exhibits at the Perot Museum.

Check out the Fort Worth Stockyards
The Fort Worth Stockyards is an historic district with lots of great restaurants and shops. You can also visit the Stockyards Museum and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Make sure not to miss the twice-daily cattle drives down main street.

See Dallas from Above
Reunion Tower provides beautiful views of the city below. Check out the GeO-Deck on the observation level where you can gaze out at the skyline and even learn about Reunion Tower itself.

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