Dallas is a sprawling maze of exciting districts, museums, restaurants and more. Any visit to this incredible city is worth a little bit of research to ensure you see the very best on offer. Luckily for you, we’ve collated our top picks so you don’t have to work too hard. Get that pen and paper at the ready, here’s what we think you just have to see…
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
An iconic moment in the history of America, John F Kennedy’s assassination has inspired curiosity worldwide (as well as some pretty creepy conspiracy theories) for decades. Naturally then, it’s imperative you take some time out of your schedule to visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on Elm street. Here you’ll see an extensive range of artefacts, photos and films detailing his legacy, the days leading up to his assassination and the reverberate consequences of his death. A particular favourite of ours is the Sixth floor’s re-creation of the social and political context of the 1960s alongside chronicles of the assassination day, an exhibit that allows you to fully immerse yourself in this turbulent period of history. We can guarantee you’ll be taken on an insightful journey through the events and key political moments that defined John F Kennedy and thus The Sixth Floor Museum is an iconic and cultural must-see.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Some say sculpture is the pure art form; three-dimensional, realistic and a display of pure craftsmanship. Well, you can decide for yourself if you agree with this at the Nasher sculpture Center, a combined indoor and outdoor gallery dedicated to showcasing the endless possibilities of sculptural art. The park itself is a vast open space that creator and curator Raymond Nasher has fashioned from his vision of an outdoor museum free from the hush and camera restrictions of an indoor gallery. Nasher intentionally curated unobtrusive and beautiful sculptures that, when residing outdoors, blend with and enhance the beauty of nature without imposing on it (you’ll have to see it to believe it). It’s a unique and beautiful concept and has thus secured a firm place in our Top 5.
Dallas World Aquarium
Laying claim to its very own channel of fresh and salt water, the Dallas World Aquarium proudly showcases a unique collection of marine species that include some exciting creatures you’re likely not to have seen before. Take the Japanese Spider Crab for example, or how about the Ribbon Seadragons? Yep, it’s all new to us too. An educational and enlightening trip through here will leave even the likes of David Attenborough raising his eyebrows. This place doesn’t stop at the fish, however, and also houses an array of other fascinating creatures from monkeys to manatees, so you’ll have a great time spotting the different species in amongst this diverse collection of wildlife. A great day out for all the family.
DALLAS FARMERS MARKET
Texas really is a gourmet destination and the Dallas Farmers Market is the place to go to for a taste (quite literally) of true Texan cuisine. To make it even more tempting, most of the stalls let you sample their delicious produce before you buy, so you can enjoy a pick at the delights around you as you wander through the stalls and sheds. Be sure to grab the ‘Grow your own’ seed packets on offer and collect recipe cards of classic Dallas menus to ensure that the Texan tastes follow you home. Shed number 2 houses local meat and cheese producers all year round, and any one that wanders into this shed will not be able to resist sampling the award-winning BBQ & Southern food stand Pecan Lodge (voted second best BBQ joint in Dallas – is your mouth watering yet?). It’s easy to see why this is the largest public market of its kind in the country, bringing together dealers, farmers and foodies to trade, buy and talk food. Oh, and eat, of course.
DRAGON STREET DESIGN DISTRICT
A one-stop shop for the best in art and design, the infamous Dragon Street in Dallas’ design district is a hive of creativity and a must-see on any tour of this innovative city. Here you’ll find traditional, modern and quirky art forms residing in galleries and shops as the area strives to nurture and inspire creative minds. Keep an eye out for Laura Lee Clark’s Interior Design showroom where you’ll be treated to a view of stunning handcrafted furniture. Alternatively, head to the Samuel Lynne Gallery where world-renowned artists such as JD Miller and Tom Holland have works displayed. An absolute pleasure to explore, engage your creative flair on a street that thrives on forward-thinkers.