1. Invest in the Local Culture of Deep Ellum
Do you like great live shows by local musicians? What about galleries hosted by local artists? Have you ever been in an area of a city and thought to yourself “man, I wish that some of the best pizza, pho, coffee, sushi, burgers, and breweries were all within walking distance of me?” Then look no further, Deep Ellum is the place you want to be.
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2. Catch up with The City’s Elevated Hipsters in Lower Greenville
My personal recommendation as a local? Grabbing the city’s best gelato at Botolino Gelato Artigianale makes the trip to Lower Greenville worth it in and of itself. Combine that with some of the best health-food markets and casual dining in the Dallas Metroplex, and you’ve got yourself a must-visit area.
3. Grab Some Artisan Guacamole for the Hotel Room at the Dallas Farmer’s Market
The Dallas Farmer’s Market is criminally underrated. The amount of organic, artisanal quality goods you can find here is sinful, and it’s home to one of Dallas’ best clean-eating restaurants, The Mud Hen. Plus, it’s delightfully close to the next suggestion on this list.
4. Check out the Dallas Museum of Art
As someone with an art degree, the Dallas Museum of Art (or DMA for short) is a must see. This wonderful museum has works spanning every major movement of art, and more impressively, has a wonderful diversity of artistic cultures represented throughout the museum. Plus, it’s right next to a wonderful park in Klyde Warren Park, some of the best food trucks in Dallas, and several other amazing art museums such as the Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. What’s not to love?
5. Speaking of Museums, Check out the Perot!
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Do you like science? Shiny rocks? Making golf-balls bounce around with your brain waves? Those are just a few of the things you can do at the wonderful Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Not only is it a great place to bring kids if you have them, but it’s also a great place to feel like a kid again yourself.
6. Okay, so You Want to Party? Check out Uptown Dallas
Uptown Dallas has one of the best nightlife scenes in the entire city. If you want to get out an experience some of the best clubs and bars the city has to offer, here’s where you want to go. Nursing a hangover the next morning? Come back for some of the best brunch spots in the metroplex.
7. See a show at American Airlines Center
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The American Airlines Center is a phenomenal venue, and has (in my experience) phenomenal seats and acoustics. It’s a major stop for most musicians visiting the area, so check their schedule and see if anyone you like is playing!
8. Explore the Dallas Zoo
Who doesn’t love a good zoo? See some animals. Feel happy.
9. Experience the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
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Whether your trip to Dallas is nearing an end or is just beginning, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are a must-see. Filled with a wonderful variety of flora across a wide array of min-ecosystems, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are guaranteed to impress even the most botanical of visitors. Add in the sublime ponds and parks that litter the area, and you’ve got yourself one of the best places in Dallas to relax and enjoy nature.
10. Spend some cash at the Galleria
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Now that you’ve centered yourself in the Zen of the Botanical Gardens, it’s time to engage in some capitalism. Run yourself into debt at the Dallas Galleria, home to any store you can possibly think of, as well as some great restaurants and an ice-skating rink. Where better to grab a souvenir on your way out?
Did you find this list helpful? Is there a dreadful omittance? Let me know in the comments below!