Dallas is one of the most exciting cities in Texas and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. While there are lots of fun things to see and do in the city, if you just moved to Dallas, it may seem a bit overwhelming.
Not sure where to start? Here are six tips for when you first move to Dallas.
1. Visit the Dallas Arts District
Dallas is home to the nation's largest contiguous urban arts district. In addition to the Dallas Museum of Art, which offers free general admission, the 68-acre area is packed with sculptures, theaters, parks and restaurants for visitors and residents to explore. It's also full of activity. You can visit The Dallas Arts District website to see a schedule of upcoming festivals, exhibits and performances.
2. Enjoy the views at Reunion Tower
Still getting the lay of the land? Head over to Reunion Tower, also known as "The Ball." The 56-feet-tall observation tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Dallas. You'll be able to see 360-degree panoramic views of the city from the observation deck, and you can grab dinner or a drink in the tower's café or restaurant.
3. Take a stroll through a historic neighborhood
Dallas has several historic neighborhoods, including Highland Park, Swiss Avenue, Kessler Park, and Munger Place. Take a walk or drive through these neighborhoods to see timeless architecture including Spanish, Craftsman, Prairie, and Neo-Colonial style homes. Many of these neighborhoods are tree-lined and pedestrian-friendly, making them a great spot to jog or just stroll.
4. Get some exercise on a city trail
The Dallas area also offers several urban hiking and running trails you can use for no cost. For example, you can bike or jog on the Santa Fe Trail, a unique 5.3-mile linear park that was converted from an old railroad corridor. The trail connects to the longer Preston Ridge Trail that begins in far northern Dallas and extends almost all the way to downtown, for a total distance of more than 20 miles. Check out the website of volunteer group Friends of the Santa Fe Trail for upcoming events such as group bike rides or marathons.
5. Learn the history
Want to know more about the city you've moved to? The Hall of State, located in Fair Park, has more than 3 million historic documents and objects on display. The Hall of State is run by the Dallas Historical Society and offers free admission as well as guided tours, education programs, exhibitions, access to research materials, and workshops.
6. Go to a concert
If you're a music lover, few things are as exciting as seeing a live performance by your favorite musician or band. In Dallas, you can catch the biggest nationally-touring artists at the Dos Equis Pavilion, the 20,000-seat amphitheater located in the heart of Fair Park. The pavilion is the longest-running outdoor venue in the Dallas area and has hosted more than 600 concerts since opening in 1988.
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