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Josh from New Orleans asked

Top 5 things not to miss in Dallas?

I will be visiting Dallas soon and would like to pack in as much as we can into our trip. If you had to pick 5 must do things, what would they be? Open to it all-- museums, parks, food, activities, etc. 

Dallas (Texas)

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Raine from Dallas

Just 5? That's hard but I'll try my best :)

1. Museums- I love the Dallas Museum of Art. You can easily spend half a day (or more!) in here. They have a really good cafe too if you get hungry. I love it because the art collection is so broad, really reflecting on different cultures and the different periods of art. Be sure to walk around the corner from the museum to the Nasher Sculpture Center for more great and interesting pieces. 

2. Events- Mesquite Championship Rodeo is right outside of Dallas and so much fun! Every Friday and Saturday, head over for some bull riding and barrel racing. This place is great for kids too, they have a mechanical bull too! 

3. Outdoors- White Rock Lake Park is beautiful and relaxing to just walk around. They have really great biking trails if you want to rent a bike and go for a ride or if you're into fishing, it's a popular spot to fish. You can even pack a picnic and enjoy lunch (or dinner) with a view. There's a great view of DT Dallas from the park.  

4. City attractions- Dallas Heritage Village is a really great place to see a little Dallas culture. You get to experience Dallas how it was in the 19th and early 20th century. Really fun and educational. I've lived here my whole life and still enjoy walking through there. 

5. Where do I even begin? There are some great restaurants in Dallas but I'll tell you my favorites. Mi Cocina is by far the best TexMex in Dallas (we looooove our tex mex). I judge a restaurants on their chips and salsa and theirs is SO good. Not to mention the service is always great here and it isn't pricey. Go for the enchiladas. For BBQ, go to Mac's Bar-B-Que. A popular spot but well worth the wait. By far the best ribs i've ever had in my life here. For a more upscale spot, Abacus Restaurant is pretty upscale, pricier, but good food with a great ambiance. Their drink menu is notable too. 

Have fun in Dallas! 

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dallas Museum of Art (attraction)
  2. Nasher Sculpture Center (attraction)
  3. Mesquite Championship Rodeo (attraction)
  4. White Rock Lake Park (attraction)
  5. Dallas Heritage Village (attraction)
  6. Mi Cocina (restaurant)
  7. Mac's Bar-B-Que (restaurant)
  8. Abacus Restaurant (restaurant)
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Omar from Richardson

Musems:  Don't miss Perot Museum of Nature and ScienceThe Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is an obvious one; also Dallas Museum of Art and The Nasher Sculpture Center Store  are well worth visits.

Parks:  Dallas Arboretum & Botanical GardenKlyde Warren Park (while you're visiting museums), White Rock Lake are all worth a visit

Food:  Ok, so everyone wants BBQ when they come to Texas.  BBQ is not Dallas' specialty, but there are a couple of world class joints.  The #1 BBQ joint (and probably 2 or 3 in the state) is Pecan Lodge; but Lockhart Smokehouse is noteworthy, too.  Both are in trendy, up and coming/gentrifying areas; but Pecan Lodge, at least, started life as a food truck; grew into a shed in the Dallas Farmers Market; before moving into it's current, sprawling location.

Dallas' real food specialty, believe it or not, is burgers.  There are some great burgers in Dallas.  For the truly adventurous, head down to Wingfield's Breakfast & Burger - this is STRICTLY takeout.  There's always a line and they close when they run out of fresh meat.  Don't bother getting veggies on these burgers - it's all about the meat (both beef and bacon) and the grill (I swear, you can taste the Carter Administration on anything that comes off that surface).  It's in a poor neighborhood and there's nothing physically attractive about the location - it's a trailer; but I've known people to visit Dallas solely to get one of these burgers.  If you want something with more ambiance, The Grape Restaurant serves award winning burgers.

There's tons of more upmarket options, but those are easy enough to find by just having a look at  You can also find some of my notes in various restaurants here:

Just some seed ideas.

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I was going to answer this question but it would look almost identical to this answer! I would add to explore the Bishop Arts District (whee Lockhart is) - the wild detectives is a very cool cafe, bar, bookstore that often has live music. I'd also recommend Cane Rosso, in Deep Ellum - the pizza at this cool restaurant is truly special - as authentic as I've tasted outside of Naples. Enjoy!

Hey Roni! You still should :) I'd love to see your take on it as well, we would really appreciate it!
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Christine from Austin (Texas)

You can’t come to Dallas and not see the The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza/Dallas County Administration Bldg. Such an amazing and interesting part our history.

Take a tour of the Community Beer Company and end the day by throwing back a cold one!

Go to the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art and check out the incredible modern art. Love this place

Check out the Bishop Arts District for great strolling, shopping and eating. Has a wonderful village-y feel to it. Have dinner at a place called Bocce Italian Kitchen which has amazing Italian food—BYOB, though so be prepared. The Rosewood Crescent Hotelis a great place to stay near the area.

Walk through Klyde Warren Park. Lovely place to sit on a bench and people watch. Not to mention some great food trucks that come by. 

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