150 Fun Things to Do in Dallas

Everything in Texas is bigger they say, and the amount of incredibly fun things to do in Dallas is no exception. It’s the 4th largest metro area in the nation and is home to mouth watering food, historical attractions, and no shortage of sports and entertainment. Here’s 150 of our top picks for your next weekend trip into town:

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Botanical Gardens

See what’s in bloom at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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Sixth Floor Museum

Learn about the life and legacy of JFK at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Have a night filled with music at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

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George W. Bush Presidential Library

View a full-sized replica of the Oval Office at George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Be an explorer at Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Klyde Warren Park

Grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks parked at Klyde Warren Park

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Dallas Museum of Art

Look at over 23,000 works of art at the Dallas Museum of Art

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Dallas World Aquarium

Enjoy life under the sea at the Dallas World Aquarium

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White Rock Lake Park

Walk, run or bike at White Rock Lake Park

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Dealey Plaza

Stand at the infamous Grassy Knoll at Dealey Plaza

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Reunion Tower

Get great views of downtown Dallas at Reunion Tower

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Nasher Sculpture Center

Admire works by artists like Picasso and Matisse at the Nasher Sculpture Center

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Southern Methodist University campus

Take a stroll at the Southern Methodist University campus

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Pioneer Plaza

Wander aimlessly at Pioneer Plaza

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Northpark Center

Go window shopping at NorthPark Center

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Dallas Zoo

Feed the giraffes at the Dallas Zoo

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American Airlines Center

Catch the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center

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Dallas Stars

Get tickets to see the Dallas Stars on ice

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Segway Ride

Hop on the Segway and glide through the city

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Bishop Arts District

Check out the local shops in Bishop Arts District

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Katy Trail

Jog for miles and miles on Katy Trail

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Katy Trail Ice House

Stop by for happy hour at Katy Trail Ice House

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Winspear Opera House

Watch a world-class performance at Winspear Opera House

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Galleria Dallas

Shop ’til you drop at the Galleria Dallas

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JFK Memorial

Stop by and Visit the JFK Memorial

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Frontiers of Flight Museum

Learn about the history of aviation at the Frontiers of Flight Museum

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Fair Park

See 1930s Art Deco architecture at Fair Park

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Old Red Museum

Know more about the history of the Big D at the Old Red Museum

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Meadows Museum

View an exhibit at the Meadows Museum

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Dallas Arts District

Walk around Dallas Arts District

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Contemporary at the Museum of Biblical Art

View art and artifacts from Ancient to Contemporary at the Museum of Biblical Art

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Children’s Aquarium

Meet sea creatures from all over the world at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

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Deep Ellum

Experience the sights and sounds of Deep Ellum

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Take a tour of Deep Ellum Brewing Company and taste their freshest craft brews

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The Kessler

Catch your favorite musical act at the Kessler

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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Take a picture of the iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

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Angelika Film Center

Relax and see a movie at Angelika Film Center

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Magnolia Theatre

Watch the latest flicks at the Magnolia Theatre

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Texas Theatre

Grab a popcorn and watch a movie at the Texas Theatre

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Avenue Trolley

Go sightseeing aboard the McKinney Avenue Trolley

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West End Historic District

Ride a horse drawn carriage at West End Historic District

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Majestic Theater

Get tickets to see a show at the Majestic Theater

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Granada Theater

See a rockin’ show at the Granada Theater

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Dallas Convention Center

Find out what’s happening next at the Dallas Convention Center

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Half Price Books

Go book hunting at Half Price Books

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Wild Bill’s Western Store

Buy a new pair of boots at Wild Bill’s Western Store

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Central Market

See the freshest produce at Central Market

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Texas Discovery Gardens

Look at the beautiful butterflies at Texas Discovery Gardens

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Fountain Place

Take a romantic stroll at Fountain Place

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Trinity River Audubon Center

Go bird watching at Trinity River Audubon Center

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Cedar Ridge Preserve

Be one with nature at Cedar Ridge Preserve

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Mckinney Avenue

Check out the bars and restaurants along McKinney Avenue

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Saturday Night

See and be seen at Greenville Avenue on a Saturday night

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Old Monk

Have drinks with friends at the Old Monk

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Grapevine Bar

Unwind after a long day at the Grapevine Bar

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Flying Saucer

Test your trivia knowledge at Flying Saucer on Tuesday nights

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Idle Rich Pub

Taste authentic Irish grub at the Idle Rich Pub

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Dallas Farmers Market

Satisfy your food cravings at the Dallas Farmers Market

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Times Ten Cellars

Share a bottle of wine from Times Ten Cellars

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Wyly Theater

Watch an amazing performance at the Wyly Theater

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Swiss Avenue Historic District

Take a look at the beautiful homes at Swiss Avenue Historic District

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Thanks-Giving Square’s Fare

Join the festivities at Thanks-Giving Square’s Fare in the Square

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Dragon Park

Find a quiet spot to read a book at Dragon Park

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Cotton Bowl

Watch an exciting game at the Cotton Bowl

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Museum of Geometric

Discover unique artwork at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

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Inwood Theater and Lounge

Watch an indie film or a cult classic at the Inwood Theater and Lounge

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Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum

View the awesome Samurai Collection at the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum

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House of Blues

Come and see your favorite band perform at the House of Blues

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West Village

Find the best eats at West Village

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Hall of State at Fair Park

Check out the exhibit at the Hall of State at Fair Park

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Big D

Spot the Pegasus in the Big D

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Turtle Creek Park

Have a picnic at Turtle Creek Park

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Community Beer Company Brewery

Take a tour of the Community Beer Company Brewery

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Tenison Highlands

Play a round of golf at Tenison Highlands

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Bachman Lake

Have a relaxing stroll along Bachman Lake

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Renaissance Tower

See the Renaissance Tower up close

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Dallas City Performance Hall

Watch a play or a concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall

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Bank of America Tower

Take a picture of the Bank of America Tower, the city’s tallest skyscraper

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Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Listen to an enchanting performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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Bath House Cultural Center

Watch a great performance at Bath House Cultural Center

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Oak Lawn

Check out the shops at Oak Lawn

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Gerald J. Ford Stadium

Cheer on the SMU Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium

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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Feast like a king at the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

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Trinity River

Go nature watching along the Trinity River

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Peticolas Brewery Tour

Bring home a pint glass from the Peticolas Brewery Tour

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Plaza of the Americas

Hang out at the Plaza of the Americas

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Lee Park

Spend a quiet afternoon at Lee Park

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Mokah Coffee Bar

Have a cup of java at Mokah Coffee Bar

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Main Street Garden Park

Take a stroll at Main Street Garden Park

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Sons of Hermann

Shoot some pool while drinking beer at Sons of Hermann

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John Neely Bryan’s cabin

Locate the replica of John Neely Bryan’s cabin in downtown Dallas

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Dallas Comedy House

Laugh out loud at the Dallas Comedy House

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White Rock Lake Spillway

See the water cascade at the White Rock Lake Spillway

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Dallas City Hall

Take a snap of Dallas City Hall

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Dallas Antique District

Find hidden treasures in Dallas Antique District

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Giant Eyeball

Spot the city’s “Giant Eyeball”

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Dick’s Classic Garage

Stop to look at the vintage cars at Dick’s Classic Garage

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Picasso at Pinot’s Palette

Channel your inner Picasso at Pinot’s Palette

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Latino Cultural Center

Learn more about Latino and Hispanic arts and culture at the Latino Cultural Center

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Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Attend the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

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Mardi Gras

Watch more than 28 bands perform at Mardi Gras Texas Style!

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North Texas Irish Festival

Listen to traditional Irish music at the North Texas Irish Festival

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Savor Gastropub

Make a dinner reservation at Savor Gastropub

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue

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Dallas Blooms Festival

Watch the flowers in full bloom at the Dallas Blooms Festival

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Travel back in time at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival

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Great Texas Balloon Race

Get tickets to see the Great Texas Balloon Race

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Dallas Pride Parade

See the colorful Dallas Pride Parade

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Oktoberfest in Addison

Celebrate an authentic Oktoberfest in Addison

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Historic Downtown Grapevine

Attend GrapeFest at the Historic Downtown Grapevine

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State Fair of Texas

Spot Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas

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State Fair

Enjoy the view while riding the Texas Star at the State Fair

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Pegasus Plaza

Go people watching at Pegasus Plaza

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DFW Airport’s

Watch the airplanes from DFW Airport’s observation area

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Lakeside Park

Look at the adorable Teddy Bear statues at Lakeside Park

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Las Colinas

View the beautiful Mustangs of Las Colinas

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Chase Tower

See the Dallas skyline from Chase Tower

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Fort Worth Stockyards

Hang out at Fort Worth Stockyards

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Taste of Dallas Festival

Check out the food trucks at the Taste of Dallas Festival

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Belo Mansion

Step inside the Belo Mansion

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Oak Cliff

See the local shops in Oak Cliff

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Barcadia

Have drinks while playing Jenga at Barcadia

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Neiman Marcus

Look at the magical window display at Neiman Marcus

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Dallas Cowboys

Get tickets to see the Dallas Cowboys in action at the AT&T Stadium

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Texas Rangers

Put on your favorite jersey and head out to see the Texas Rangers

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Adolphus Hotel

Check in at the Adolphus Hotel and find out if ghosts are real

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French Room

Experience superb fine dining at the French Room

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Truluck’s

Savor the freshest seafood at Truluck’s

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Pappadeaux

Have a taste of Southern comfort at Pappadeaux

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Pecan Lodge

Taste the best BBQ at Pecan Lodge

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Meddlesome Moth

Head to the bar for some late night drinks at the Meddlesome Moth

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Velvet Taco

Catch some late night dinner at Velvet Taco

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Cane Rosso

Find out if Cane Rosso has the best pizza in town

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Perry’s Steakhouse’s

Order Perry’s Steakhouse’s signature pork chop

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Hopdoddy’s Classic Burger

Bite into Hopdoddy’s Classic Burger

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Fearing’s

End a great meal with a dessert at Fearing’s

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Bob’s Steak and Chop House

Have dinner at Bob’s Steak and Chop House

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Oddfellows

Start your morning right with a cup of coffee at Oddfellows

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Harry’s frozen custard and hot dogs

Try Wild About Harry’s frozen custard and hot dogs

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Traveling Man

Spot the “Traveling Man” in Dallas

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Club Dada

Watch local bands perform at Club Dada

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Chinese Lantern Festival

Collect souvenirs from the Chinese Lantern Festival

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Dallas Zoo

Locate a 70 foot giraffe at the Dallas Zoo

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Gemma’s

Taste coastal Califonia fare at Gemma’s

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Eddie V’s

Enjoy live music while dining on fresh seafood at Eddie V’s

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Boulangerie

Grab yummy baked goods at Boulangerie

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Chubby’s

Have a filling breakfast at Chubby’s

So many things to do in Dallas and so little time to write about them! Hopefully we covered as many of the epic ones as we could, but just in case we missed a fan favorite, make sure you let us know. And while you’re making the trip through Texas, make sure to check out all of the exciting things to do in Austin and the awesome attractions in Houston!