Dallas, Texas is a metropolitan city in the north of the state that offers the perfect blend of the contemporary and the cultural. The city has a huge art and music scene, but is also a place of historical significance, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on a visit here in 1963, putting Dallas in the international spotlight.

    Those fascinated by Dallas’ history will find plenty to do here, as will anyone with a love of sports and the arts. Quirky, vibrant and trendy are just some of the words regularly used to describe the city, so if that sounds like somewhere you’d like to explore further, take a look at our top things to do in Dallas in a day.


    Bishop Arts District

    Dallas’ most independent neighbourhood

    Just a short distance southwest of Downtown Dallas is the trendy shopping and entertainment neighbourhood of Bishop Arts District. Take a walk around the area, admiring the colourful street art and bohemian vibe, while browsing all the unique fashion boutiques and independent shops, such as Opportunity Market.

    There are loads of great places to eat and drink here too, with an emphasis on delicious farm-to-plate dining. Stop by for a quick bite to eat at the Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ or the Dallas Grilled Cheese Co, then soak up the atmosphere while enjoying a drink at one of the relaxing bars. Have your phone at the ready, as you’ll find countless Instagram opportunities in Bishop Art District.


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    John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

    A place of reflection and remembrance

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    Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza is an artistic monument, offering a place for reflection and remembrance. A fitting place to begin your time in Dallas, the large, roofless square room was dedicated to the 35th president on 24th June 1970.

    The 30-ft-high and 50-ft-wide white granite structure features only 3 words, ‘John Fitzgerald Kennedy’, painted in gold. It’s found just a block away from Dealey Plaza, where the president was assassinated in 1963.

    Location: Scottsdale John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, 646 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA


    The Sixth Floor Museum

    Above the world-renowned Dealey Plaza

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    Head to Dallas’ historic Dealey Plaza, the site of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and make your way up to The Sixth Floor Museum. The museum is found inside the former Texas School Book Depository, from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that would take the life of the 35th president.

    The life and legacy of JFK and the full breakdown of the fateful day of 22nd November 1963 are now documented inside the museum, including a sniper’s perch and Oswald’s wedding ring. Stand inside the exact window that he fired from and use an audio guide to make the most of your experience.

    Location: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm (Mondays from 12 pm)

    Phone: +1 214-747-6660


    Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

    One of the top botanical gardens in America

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    Enjoy some respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy city streets and while away your time in the breathtaking Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The 66 acres of beautiful green space are nestled on the banks of White Rock Lake and are nationally acclaimed as one of the best botanical gardens in the country.

    Wander among arty sculptures and blankets of brightly-coloured flowers, blossoming all year round. If you’re in Dallas during the summer, regular outdoor concerts take place here on Thursday evenings.

    Location: The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 214-515-6615


    Six Flags Over Texas

    White-knuckle rides and non-stop fun

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    For the ultimate adrenaline rush, travel 20 minutes out of Downtown Dallas and experience the rides, shows and attractions at Six Flags Over Texas. Known as the Thrill Capital of Texas, the theme park is home to over 100 rides, including 14 world-class roller coasters.

    Thrill-seekers will love riding the twisted tracks of Titan and the mammoth New Texas Giant, but there’s plenty for kids and families to enjoy, too. They say everything’s bigger in Texas and it’s certainly true at Six Flags. Watch out for the world’s largest loop coaster, Lone Star Revolution.

    Location: Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76010, USA

    Open: Hours vary according to season

    Phone: +1 817-640-8900


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    AT&T Stadium

    Home of the Dallas Cowboys

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    It might not be the largest stadium in America, but the AT&T Stadium at Arlington is certainly one of the most impressive. Nicknamed ‘Jerry’s World’ after the Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, the stadium seats over 85,000 fans and is known for its spaceship-like innovative design.

    By all means, try and catch a game there if the dates fall right for your visit. But if not, treat yourself to a VIP guided tour behind the scenes, where you’ll get to see everything from the 58 pieces of contemporary art featured all around the stadium, to the post-game interview room and even the locker room of the Cowboys themselves.

    Location: AT&T Stadium, 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011, USA

    Open: Hours vary according to season and events

    Phone: +1 817-892-4000


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    Reunion Tower

    Take in the sights of the city from up high

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    You can’t possibly head to Dallas without taking a trip up Reunion Tower and being rewarded with the breathtaking sight of the city from 470 feet up.

    From the tower’s GeO-Deck, you’re treated to 360-degree panoramic views of the Dallas skyline and there’s no better time of day to see this than in the beautifully glowing light of sunset. Make the most of the high-definition zoom cameras and interactive touch screens and feel the breeze in your hair out on the observation deck. Check what’s on before you go, as they often hold events at the top, such as Sunset Sky High Yoga.

    Location: Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207, USA

    Open: Hours vary according to season and events

    Phone: +1 214-712-7040


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    Stone Street Gardens

    A charming strip of restaurants in the heart of Downtown

    Stone Street Gardens goes against the grain of Downtown Dallas, with its charming red brick architecture and bright bursts of greenery. It’s a welcome escape among the looming buildings and concrete as far as the eye can see, and offers a great choice of eating establishments, with seating spilling out onto the cobbled pedestrian alleyway running between Elm Street and Main Street. Take your pick from a choice of different cuisines available, from Campisi’s Restaurant and Iron Cactus, to the Chop House Burger and Dallas Fish Market.

    Location: Stone Street Gardens, 1520 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA


    Deep Ellum entertainment district

    A sure-fire way to end the night on a high

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    Deep Elm, Deep Ellum… Whatever you call it, your experience here will be an eclectic night full of bustling bars and some of the best live music in the city. The streets are lined with vibrant art and the area is home to unique art galleries, as well as more than 30 live music venues.

    Fill your night with rooftop bars, traditional speakeasies, piano bars and salsa clubs. But, of course, be sure to catch some live jazz and blues while you’re there. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the area was originally called Deep Elm, but after years of mispronunciation, it became better known as Deep Ellum.

    Sadie Geoghegan-Dann | Contributing Writer

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