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Top Activities in Dallas

A Guide to What to Do

We’re happy to help you find Dallas activities perfect for your visit, from museums and local attractions to the gorgeous outdoor activities Dallas has to offer.

The Gaston boutique hotel is near Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville, Knox/Henderson, and Uptown. Dallas’s entertainment districts include a thriving arts scene — with eclectic artwork, street murals, and quirky art galleries — as well as being home to many live music venues. Our neighborhood has something for everyone who enjoys art, culture, and an active nightlife scene.

To find out which area restaurants local foodies love, head over to our top Dallas restaurant recommendations.

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX 75218
Phone: (214) 515-6615

Distance: 4 miles
The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is nestled just minutes from The Gaston and downtown on the shore of White Rock Lake, it features 66 acres with 11 lush display gardens that offer seasonal color all year long. Home of Dallas Blooms Spring, the Southwest’s largest outdoor floral festival during April and May. This tranquil oasis offers visitors an escape from the city with places for quiet contemplation.

Dallas Reunion Tower

Dallas Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower
300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207
Phone: (214) 712-7040

Distance: 3.5 miles
Reunion Tower is a large observation tower in Dallas, Texas, and one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. The trademark skyline-changer is 561 ft (about 180 stories) and looks over downtown Dallas. It was built with two purposes – to provide great views from a mile away but also act as an iconic symbol for the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex located around it that includes all sorts of amenities like restaurants, ballrooms, etc.

Dallas Cattle Drive Statues

Dallas Cattle Drive Statues

Dallas Cattle Drive Sculptures
Corner of Griffin and Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 953-1184

Distance: 2.6 miles
Pioneer Plaza was dedicated to the city of Dallas in 1995 by the Texas Trees Foundation. Dallas was founded by pioneer settlers and the recreation of a cattle drive in bronze with full-sized brass longhorn steers along with three cowboys is a much-loved feature of this downtown park. Each piece was the creation of artist Robert Summers. The park represents the largest public open space in the business district and includes a waterfall, native plant, and man-made cliffs.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

JFK (purchase tickets ahead online)
411 Elm Street Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 747-6660

Distance: 3 miles
The Sixth Floor Museum is a memorial museum that was created by the people of Dallas, Texas to honor and remember John F. Kennedy’s life after his death in 1963. It is located on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository (now the Dallas County Administration Building) overlooking Dealey Plaza at Elm St., just across from Houston Street where JFK delivered what would be one of his last speeches before he was assassinated. 

The George W Bush Presidential Library

The George W Bush Presidential Library

George W Bush Library
2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: (214) 200-4300
(temporarily closed)

Distance: 4.5 miles
The George W. Bush Presidential Center features both the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute, Visitors will learn about America’s 43rd president and the events that shaped his life, from childhood to the presidency. The George W. Bush Library & Museum features many interesting displays including replicas of the President’s office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during his administration – complete with exact copies of some furniture (like chairs!)- alongside more solemn items like pieces from Ground Zero after 9/11.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science

Perot Museum of Nature & Science

Perot Museum.org
2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 428-5555

Distance: 3 miles
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a museum for the whole family, where science can be explored by children as well as adults. The Victory Park campus features hands-on exhibits in geology, physics, astronomy, biology, and earth sciences. A great experience for both adults and kids.

Dallas World Aquarium Entrance

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Zoo
1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: (214) 720-2224

Distance: 3 miles
Located in an old warehouse in the East Dallas area, the Dallas World Aquarium is filled with a variety of birds, sloths, and other animals. Expect to see Toucans flying around, giant otters, manatees, and a number of endangered species. The Aquarium is part of a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the world for endangered species.

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park.org
2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 428-5555

Distance: 2.4 miles
The park is constructed above a section of below-grade Woodall Rodgers Freeway, for three blocks between Pearl Street and St. Paul Street. It connects the Dallas Arts District to other areas while also serving as an active gathering space in Downtown Dallas that can be enjoyed by residents or visitors alike! Connecting these two districts together was one goal behind its design from The Office of James Burnett Landscape Architecture Firm – who wanted it to provide ample opportunity for public interaction through both passive and interactive spaces.

White Rock Lake in Dallas, TX

White Rock Lake Park

Dallas Parks
8100 Doran Circle, Dallas, TX 75238
Phone: 214-670-8740

Distance: 6 miles
Larger than Central Park in NY White Rock Lake Park has to be one of the most used parks in the Dallas area. It is the location of many fundraising runs, events, and gatherings.

This 1,015-acre park is the prime spot for running, hiking, birdwatching, fishing, and people-watching.

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Wow! We had the best time! My sister and brother-in-law recently stayed here, and it came with high recommendations. They did not steer us wrong. From the booking process all the way to the check-out- everything was perfect. 12/10 would recommend to anyone for a short stay, long stay, wedding venue, and everything in between!
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