While you’re not exactly rich -- unless you’re Mark Cuban (wait, Mark, are you reading this? Can we be on Shark Tank?), that doesn’t mean you should be confined to your couch because you’re low on funds for food, entertainment, or (gasp) beer. Here’s how to tour around Dallas on the cheap, with itineraries for all levels of meagerness.
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FREE THINGS TO DO
Fill up on local delights and take home some fresh-off-the-truck fruits and veggies in one stop.
Unleash the Tony winner that lives deep inside of you at this non-profit arts center.
The owners aren’t too shabby themselves, so kill two birds with one stone.
Don’t worry, they don’t care about your age in real life.
One of the most bizarre and interesting artifacts that the city has to offer, and it’s free!
$5 THINGS TO DO
Student admission to this internationally renowned modern art collection is under $5, and just $10 for non-students.
Five bucks to get in, but if you want to play for the big money you’ll need to bring a little more.
Some of the best drinks in all of Dallas for under $5, that’s a no brainer.
Bike, walk, or jog Katy Trail. It’s a great way to get outdoors, and there are some excellent stops you can make along the way.
Fruity or creamy, doesn’t matter, just pick your favorite, and then take in the scene at Lower Greenville.
Because Dallas isn’t all concrete and cocktails.
When the world offers you an amazing burger for a few bucks, you grab your wallet, pay the world, and say thank you.
Free music and great people, what else do you need?
A truffle and a tour sound like a nice combination.
Grab a pint and enjoy the view from the patio at LUCK.
Sample one or two of our amazing street tacos
Tacos, usually clocking in around $1.50-$2, are pretty affordable from one of our many spots. Whether it’s Fuel City, Taqueria El Si Hay, El Come Taco, or Cesar’s Tacos, there’s no way to do it wrong.
$10 THINGS TO DO
Sometimes you just need to listen to the silence and lock into your artsy side.
You and three of your friends can get a ticket to a game, a Dr Pepper, and a hot dog for $11 each, so what’s stopping you?
$10 gets you all the Galaga, Mortal Kombat, and Ms. Pac-Man your little heart and thumbs desire
Shakespeare in the Bar sells out super-fast each time, so get connected with The Wild Detectives to call dibs on your $7 tickets.
Everyone wants to feel like a kid again from time to time. Here’s your chance to make that happen.
Drink beer, tour a brewery
There is no shortage of great local beer in DFW, and pretty much all of it can be enjoyed for $10 or less. The hardest question will not be whether to tour a brewery, but rather, which one?
For only nine modern dollars, you can visit a village complete with costumed actors and time period-appropriate buildings from the 19th century.
Just like Madonna, half-price whiskey needs no real introduction.
We all need to get away sometimes and enjoy the great outdoors. This is a nice escape without having to venture too far out of the confines of the city.
An old idea, but an entirely new thing to our generation, drive-ins are making a comeback, and it’s a whole new way to experience a movie.
Everyone likes to go fast, Ricky Bobby even said so, so make sure to check out SpeedZone and let out your inner race car driver.
A must visit for history buffs, Lee Harvey Oswald once sat in the seats, and it's still eerie.
Sort of a Dallas resident checklist item, swimming at the FOE pool is a must-do at least once while you’re living in the city.
Even without wintry weather, you can ice skate at the Galleria. It makes for a great escape from the heat when it’s 105 degrees out, as well.
$15 THINGS TO DO
Get an ab workout at a comedy show
Dallas has no shortage of comedy clubs, and you can get your laughs at many of them on the cheap. Make sure to check out Hyena’s, Addison Improv, and Dallas Comedy House.
It’s not really how Dallas was or is, but it’s a weird little piece of Dallas history. If nothing else, it’s a nice quirky way to spend a few hours.
There’s a dance called the Texas two-step, so it’s sort of a must. Plus, Billy Bob’s is iconic, so if you’re going to two-step, it might as well be there.
White Rock Lake is nice to look at, but it’s even better when you're in it. Rent a kayak and see it from a different point of view.
$20 THINGS TO DO
A Bloody Mary (or mimosa) served in a Mason jar garnished with everything from a slider to a fruit salad to tater tots for $20. It will cure what ails you.
Topgolf is popping up all over the country and for good reason. It’s a lot of fun, and for $20 you can post up on a bay for an hour, though your wait might be a LOT longer than that.
For $20, you can find well-preserved treasures from yesteryear at the new East Dallas collector’s hotspot.
Eating great BBQ is a good thing -- getting UNLIMITED BBQ is even better. This is some of the best BBQ around and the only one where you can eat until you hate yourself.
Are all shows under $20? Unfortunately not. But there are a lot that fall into that category, and it’s a fun venue that showcases a lot of local and national talent.
Clichéd, maybe? However, it’s an amazing view and something everyone should partake in at least once.
“You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” It’s not a proud moment in Dallas history, but it is part of our story nonetheless.
You can get your food and then all the activities are free. You can use the putting green, play ping pong, read a book; it’s up to you, but it makes for a great day in Dallas.
Loved by kids and adults alike, the Perot Museum is a utopia of coolness and has something interesting around every corner.
Guys, his net worth is slipping; he needs us! Right... just kidding about that, but the stadium is really impressive, and you get to see the locker rooms, go on the field, and hear all of the crazy stats about the stadium.
Our culture is obsessed with fish and sharks. They get their own week on TV. So, why not see the real deal? It’s not as comfortable as your couch, but it’s way better than your HD TV.
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