Things to do in Dallas


The historic West End is Dallas’ premier entertainment district in the heart of Downtown. The area is home to 25+ restaurants and bars offering highly acclaimed eats & drinks from award winning steaks & seafood to fine Mexican cuisine to world famous chicken salad sandwiches, the West End has it all.

Intermixed among the restaurants and bars are the Dallas World Aquarium, Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas Holocaust Museum, The “Old Red” Museum, Dallas Segway Tours, horse drawn carriage rides, internationally renowned Mambo Café and House of Blues.

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The West End is experiencing a re-birth and time has brought the West End back to the forefront of local entertainment destinations for both North Texans and visitors alike with increase in the number of public events in the area and a campaign to bring more conventions to Dallas.

The 55-acre West End Historic District is the center of tourist activity, featuring the Sixth Floor Museum and Wild Bill’s Western Store.

Take a carriage ride thru the area or check out the many historical sites within walking distance. Stand on the Grassy Knoll. Visit the Sixth Floor Museum.

Stop by “Old Red”, the famous courthouse that is home to the Dallas Tourist Information Center.

Attractions in Dallas

Cathedral Guadalupe Church
Founded as a parish in 1869, the present Cathedral building was designed by Victorian Gothic architect, Nicholas J. Clayton and completed in 1902.
(214) 871-1362
Downtown > Central Business District
2215 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly Dallas Nature Center)
Cedar Ridge Preserve is comprised of 640 acres of preserved wilderness, including native-plant nurseries and seven miles of hiking trails. Picnic area and visitor center on premises.
(972) 293-5150
South Dallas > Other South Dallas
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75249

Central Library (J. Erik Jonsson)
Dallas’ largest library with 8 floors offers a comprehensive array of informational documents. Stop in and see the art gallery and the actual Declaration of Independence.
(214) 670-1400
Downtown > Other Downtown
1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Chamonix II Dallas, LTD
Sail on Chamonix II, a maxi catamaran, and drown your urban sorrows while refreshing your soul on Lake Lewisville. Enjoy the sunset while partying with your friends and associates on this luxury catamaran.
(972) 400-1878
Outlying Cities > Lewisville
P.O. Box 670588, Dallas, TX 75367

City Hall Plaza
City Hall Plaza
500 Marilla Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Cotton Bowl at Fair Park
Located in Fair Park, the Cotton Bowl is home to the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, as well as the annual Texas-OU football game.
(214) 670-8400
Downtown > Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75210

Cowboys Red River
Cowboys has two convenient locations that offer an old west setting, featuring live country music by big name entertainment and Texas’ largest dance floor. Available for corporate functions, receptions, and private parties.
North Dallas > I-35 Corridor
10310 Technology Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75220

Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art contains more than 700 scrolls, paintings, objects of metal and stone, and large architectural pieces from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. Over 300 works are on display in the galleries including precious jade ornaments, Japanese scrolls, and an 18th century sandstone facade.
(214) 979-6430
Downtown > Central Business District
2010 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Cuba Libre Cafe
Cuba Libre features “Pan Latin” cuisine drawing from the exciting sweet-hot contrasts of Caribbean cuisine combined with a bold, distinctively Latin-American style. Cuba Libre is available for events for up to 100 guests as well as restaurant buyouts for up to 200 guests.
(214) 827-2820
North Dallas > Other North Dallas
2822 North Henderson Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

Curtain Club
State of the art sound and great live music located in the heart of Deep Ellum!
(214) 760-9785
2800 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park, The
Electric eels, moon jellyfish, endangered green sea turtles and a giant alligator snapping turtle are just a few of the 5,000 aquatic animals featured from around the world. The Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit showcases fish of the Amazon River. Scheduled shark and other fish feedings.
(214) 670-8443
Downtown > Fair Park
1300 Robert B. Cullum Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75210

Dallas Arboretum
This 66-acre arboretum and botanical garden showcases perennial fragrant gardens, towering trees, and lush lawns. Wheelchair accessible.
(214) 515-6500
Northeast Dallas > Other Northeast Dallas
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218

Dallas Children’s Museum
The Dallas Children’s Museum encourages exploration and discovery with hands-on exhibits for children ages 2 through 10 and their families.
(972) 386-6555
Far North Dallas > Other Far North Dallas
308 Valley View Center, Dallas, TX 75240

Dallas City Hall
Designed by internationally renowned architect, I.M. Pei, this building is the hub of city government and services hosts numerous festivals and special events at its broad plaza.
(214) 670-3011
Downtown > Central Business District
1500 Marilla Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Dallas Shopping

NOEL Christmas Store
Tree trimming with a twist. Find an extensive selection of specialty ornaments, collectibles and gifts, including Christopher Radko ornaments.
(972) 991-8481
Far North Dallas > Coit Road Area
401 Preston Valley Shopping Center, Dallas, TX 75230

Neiman Marcus
The flagship Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas has set the standard for fashion and elegance since its grand opening in the early 1900’s.
(214) 741-6911
Downtown > Central Business District
1618 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201

NorthPark Center
Dallas/Ft. Worth’s premier shopping center features world class stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Foley’s, Dillard’s, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, Faconnable, Nambe, Anthropologie, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, PF Chang’s China Bistro and Maggiano’s Little Italy and more. Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am -9pm and Sunday 12pm – 6pm.
(214) 361-6345
North Dallas > NorthPark Area
1030 NorthPark Center, Dallas, TX 75225

Preston Royal Village
Preston Royal Village has provided a premier shopping experience for residents of North Dallas since 1958. Centrally located in Dallas and nestled in the Preston Hollow neighborhood, one of the city’s preferred addresses, Preston Royal Village offers a unique mix of nearly 70 shops and services.
(214) 559-2740
North Dallas
NE & NW Corners of Royal Lane, Dallas, TX 75230

Shop Across Texas
The shopper’s resource guide for Dallas and the entire state of Texas.
(214) 373-3244
North Dallas > Park Cities
5944 Luther Lane, Dallas, TX 75225

Splendor In The Grass
(214) 824-2777
East Dallas
1900 Abrams Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75214

Studio 2600
(214) 855-9197
2600 Hibernia @ Routh, Dallas, TX 75204

Tax-Free Shopping
Take a break from state and local sales tax in Dallas August 17-19 during Texas’ annual Tax-Free holiday. Enjoy a three-day weekend filled with back-to-school bargains as retailers throughout the city prepare for this wonderful shopping extravaganza
Retail Stores, Dallas, TX 75201

TaxFree Shopping Ltd.
Texas Sales Tax Refunds to International Visitors and US Citizens Shopping in Texas. Some restrictions apply for further information please call us or go to our web site:
(214) 368-9067
North Dallas > NorthPark Area
1030 NorthPark Center, Dallas, TX 75225

Ticketmaster is the world’s leading automated ticketing services company, selling more than 60 million tickets a year.
(214) 373-8000
North Dallas > Upper Greenville
4849 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

Dining in Dallas

French Room at Adolphus Hotel, The
Recently named one of America’s Top Tables by Gourmet Magazine, The French Room reigns supreme in Dallas for food, service, and atmosphere; it has no equal.
(214) 742-8200
Downtown > Central Business District
1321 Commerce, Dallas, TX 75202

Inventive Tex-Asian cuisine by award winning Chef Blaine Staniford. Standouts include Braised Brisket Potstickers, Szechwan Shrimp and Grits and creative sushi rolls such as the Fuse Roll with fresh snow crab and salmon wrapped in cucumber.
(214) 742-3873
Downtown > Central Business District
1512 Commerce, Dallas, TX 75201

Hector’s on Henderson
This Four Star restaurant prides itself on great food and service in a casual, sophisticated setting.
(214) 821-0432
North Dallas
2929 N Henderson Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Hibiscus is a pacific-influenced chophouse and grill featuring food and service of uncompromising quality in a warm and energetic milieu. Hibiscus offers one private dining room which can accommodate private dinners with up to 65 guests or reception style for 75 guests.
(214) 827-2927
North Dallas
2927 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX 75206

Hoffbrau Steaks – West End
A Texas tradition! In addition to steaks, chicken, sandwiches and salads … we handcraft a variety of award-winning beers! Great lunch special and party facilities.
(214) 742-4663
Downtown > West End
311 North Market Street, Dallas, TX 75202

III Forks
(972) 267-1776
17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75287

India Palace Restaurant
Start a new holiday tradition by adding an exotic touch to your celebration with authentic Indian cuisine from the India Palace Restaurant and Bar.
(972) 392-0190
Far North Dallas > Galleria Area
12817 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230

A modern restaurant and lounge that features contemporary Asian Cuisine and world class Sushi.
(214) 871-8883
Downtown > Uptown
2400 Victory Park Lane, Dallas, TX 75219

Kirby’s Steakhouse – Greenville
Established in 1954, Kirby’s is Dallas’ original steakhouse. Serving the finest Steaks, Prime Rib and Lobster. Voted Dallas’ Best Steak by the Dallas Observer.
(214) 821-2122
North Dallas > Upper Greenville
3525 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206

Kona Grill – Dallas
Kona Grill, located in NorthPark Center near Nordstrom’s is an American grill featuring comfort food favorites and award-winning sushi. A diverse menu includes everything from steak and sushi to five-spice ribs and pizza. Happy hour 3-7pm, Mon-Fri and Reverse happy hour 9-11pm Mon-Sat featuring half-price appetizers and specialty drinks.
(214) 369-7600
North Dallas > NorthPark Area
8687 N Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75225

Getting Around Dallas

M-Line Trolley Service
The historic M-Line Streetcar is FREE!

The M-Line Streetcar offers you a ride down McKinney Avenue, within walking distance of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Whether you’re eating lunch, shopping, browsing art or making a bus or rail connection, the M-Line takes you there!

M-Line service operates 7 days a week every 15 minutes during peak and lunch hours, every half hour off-peak hours and weekends between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 12:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

To connect to DART Rail, buy a DART Day Pass for $3.00 from the Ticket Vending Machine at any station.

For schedule information and trip planning, contact DART or MATA.

Remember to stop, look and listen around DART trains, buses and all M-Line vehicles.