The State Fair of Texas has it all -- a huge, multi-storey mascot named Big Tex, delicious fried food, giant pigs, and acres upon acres of events and rides and concerts and attractions. It's the largest state fair in the country and visitors from all over flock to it to experience a month-long distillation of Texas in its biggest, boldest, truest, and most diverse form. It runs from late September through October, and if you go, plan to spend at least a little bit of cash. Be sure to check out our full guide to the State Fair of Texas before you go.
Klyde Warren Park
This 5.2-acre public park sits over a major freeway -- yes, you read that correctly. If you’re from New York, this is basically Dallas’ version of the High Line. There’s always something to do here. Check out one of the several food trucks lined up along the street, grab a book from the library, or just soak in the sun. If you plan ahead, take a look at the things going on this weekend to see if there are any special events happening there beyond the usual dancing, yoga or workout classes you'll find.
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
If you’re dying to get the perfect picture of the Dallas skyline, this is where you need to go. The bridge’s steel arches also make for some great photos. When you’re done, walk to Trinity Groves for some great food.
Whatever your favorite type of food is, you can probably find it at Trinity Groves. Mexican, Asian, Italian, barbecue, vegan, seafood, Mediterranean, tapas? It’s all there in our downtown business district's restaurant hub. Make a night out of it by having an appetizer at Tapas Castile, dinner at Souk Mediterranean Bistro & Bar, and dessert someplace else like Saint Rocco’s New York Italian -- with drinks along the way, of course.
Dallas Museum of Art
Across the street from Klyde Warren Park, you’ll find the Dallas Museum of Art. General admission here is free, but the special exhibits will cost you. While you roam the halls of the museum, you’ll feel like you’re traveling the globe as it takes you across continents and time periods.
Dallas law requires that all residents of Dallas must see Dallas from the observation deck of Reunion Tower at least once in their lives. That’s not actually true, but it might as well be. The view from up there is incredible, and if you go on a clear day, you can see the city for miles.