Texas, United States
Oil barons and TV cowboys come and go, but Dallas just keeps getting bigger: another live music venue opens in historic Deep Ellum, another mansion goes up in North Dallas, another Art Deco landmark gets restored in Fair Park or Oak Cliff, another green business launches in Victory Park, and another trail winds along the Trinity River past Calatrava's elegant Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
Getting Around Dallas
The easiest way to get around Dallas is by car. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Rail http://www.dart.org serves Dallas/Fort Worth directly through its Orange Line from the Belt Line Station. Fare is $2.50 for two hours or $5 for the day. Once downtown, ride McKinney Avenue's nostalgic trolley between Dallas' Arts District and the McKinney Avenue Uptown neighborhood. Trolley service runs 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. City parking garage rates are $1/hour and are enforced between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Weekends and after 5 p.m. on Weekdays, parking is a $2 flat rate.
Nearby Airports
  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport-DFW
  • Love Field-DAL
Airport Taxis
  • $45 (from Dallas/Forth Worth)
  • $20 (from Love Field)
Things to Do and See in Dallas
Baylor/MeadowsVictory ParkNortheast DallasDeep EllumFair ParkDesign DistrictOld East DallasSouth DallasNorthwest DallasOak CliffOak LawnNorth DallasKnox-Henderson
Anchored by Baylor Medical Center, Baylor/Meadows is a distinctive East Dallas neighborhood. Founded to provide rent-free space for nonprofit organizations, the Wilson Historic District covers 22 acres of restored homes plus new construction. The Latino Cultural Center was designed by world-renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta and presents outstanding multidisciplinary contributions by Latino artists within a vibrant setting. The Swiss Avenue Historic District along the eponymous boulevard in Munger Place is an architectural showcase of individually designed homes covering multiple eras and styles, with several blocks listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Wilson Blocks (2800 and 2900) are named for famed architect Frederick Wilson. During the winter holidays, enjoy a drive or a leisurely walk past Christmas lights displays.
Uptown used to be outside the city's borders and was the place to send people who weren't welcome. It was the site of Dallas' Freedman's Town, a neighborhood for former slaves, and Little Mexico, the city's oldest barrio. Today Uptown is an upscale neighborhood with burgeoning residential developments and nightlife. For trendy retail and dining, visit the West Village shopping center. Take a free tour on the vintage streetcars of the McKinney Avenue Trolley, or stroll through the beautifully landscaped Klyde Warren Park. This 5.2-acre deck park spans a section of the Woodall Rogers Freeway, seamlessly connecting Uptown to the Arts District. West of Uptown, Victory Park sits over a reclaimed brownfield site and now boasts one of the greenest developments in the United States. With over 70 acres of upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment choices, the vibrant neighborhood also houses the American Airlines Center, a premier sports and performance venue.
Northeast Dallas includes the Lakewood and Lake Highlands areas, quiet neighborhoods of cozy cottages and impressive mansions surrounded by recreational opportunities. Amid landscaped boulevards and historical charm is an eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. The area borders the north and west coasts of White Rock Lake, popular with cyclists, sailors, and anglers. Bring a picnic to enjoy the oasis. On the southeast shore of the lake, visit the Dallas Arboretum and tour their extensive botanical gardens, splendid in any season but most spectacular in the spring.
A former Freedman's Town (historic slave neighborhood) based around Elm Street, this diverse enclave of arts and music just east of downtown is a world of music and history. The area referred to as Deep Elm (affectionately pronounced "Deep Ellum") was a premier jazz and blues hotspot of the 1920s and '30s, and today provides a range of music experiences. Enjoy avante-garde shops, art galleries, and singular restaurants in this upbeat neighborhood, or explore streets and structures decorated with Deep Ellum's signature murals.
Dive into 277 acres of museums and performance venues. The site of the Texas State Fair since 1886, Fair Park hosts the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the United States. Most of the original buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition have been restored as superb examples of the period. Take in a game or performance at The Cotton Bowl, stroll through landscaped paths, or take a Swan Boat on the Leonhardt Lagoon, or enjoy educational family fun at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science and the Children's Aquarium at Fair Park.
The Design District sits in the Stemmons Corridor just southwest of Oak Lawn, with internationally significant Dallas Market Center to the north. The rough-around-the-edges area has been gentrifying around the 8-acre Decorative Center Dallas complex, transforming a relatively unknown neighborhood into an up-and-coming destination for restaurants and entertainment. The Trinity River Project extends from Oak Cliff into the Design District, creating numerous trails and green spaces along the river for inner city recreation and relaxation. You can't miss the striking silhouette of Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by star architect Santiago Calatrava, with its magnificent arch and long spans reaching across the river from West Dallas toward downtown.
An established region dating back to the early 1880's, Old East Dallas represents a diverse and changing demographic of spirited, individual neighborhoods. Greenville Avenue, a major thoroughfare, draws an energetic crowd to a plethora of shops, restaurants, and clubs surrounded by charming residential areas. Lower Greenville, south of Mockingbird Lane, serves as the main bohemian drag, where a festive nightlife reigns.
The South Dallas area stretches from the historic Cedars neighborhood just outside of Downtown to Fair Park. Find interesting galleries and restaurants in Cedars, plus the Gilley's Dallas entertainment complex. Just across I-30 from Farmers Market in Downtown, the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park provides a taste of early North Texas life with a fascinating tour of restored Victorian homes and structures.
With residential areas, remodeled shopping centers and the region's large manufacturing plants, the Love Field and Northwest Dallas neighborhoods offer lower cost accommodations and easy access to both DFW and Love Field airports. Check out some popular gay entertainment destinations off the beaten path below Love Field airport, between Oak Lawn and the Stemmons Corridor.
The site of city founder John Neely Bryan's first settlement, Oak Cliff is one of Dallas' more established neighborhoods. Massive oak trees, hilly terrain and panoramic views of the Dallas skyline enhance Oak Cliff's beauty, and the location is convenient to Downtown, DFW Airport and Arlington attractions, plus The Dallas Zoo in Southwest Dallas. The Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff has attracted artists, restaurateurs, and boutique shop owners to this dynamic, creative mecca. Many of the area's 1920s architecture has been stunningly restored. Have lunch in a quaint bistro and hunt for the perfect souvenir in this unique Dallas enclave.
Home to the famous Dallas Theater Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Oak Lawn offers a luxuriant stretch of green along the winding course of Turtle Creek and surrounding parkland. Drawing many residents from the artistic community and its patrons, the neighborhood supports a buzzing nightlife.
North Dallas supports a range of lifestyles, in communities set among rolling hills and tree-lined streets. Local NorthPark Center is one of country's the busiest malls, a light-filled structure that also showcases displays of major artists' works. Relax for the day with plenty of upscale retail and dining choices. Drive through Preston Hollow to appreciate the wide lawns, artistic landscaping, and palatial homes of the wealthiest neighborhood in Dallas.
The trendy neighborhood of Knox-Henderson has experienced an upscale urban transformation. In addition to easy access to adjacent Highland Park and Uptown, the area has its own hip shopping, dining and nightclubs along Knox Street. You'll also discover antique galleries, consignment shops and handmade jewelry stores, plus other unique finds. Here, you can access one of the main entrances to the Katy Trail and enjoy the peaceful serenity of Turtle Creek.
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Pecan Lodge
Inside the Dallas Farmers Market is arguably Dallas' finest barbecue joint. Don't miss the juicy pulled pork, crusty, smoky brisket and that fabulous mac and cheese.
Cane Rosso
The finest of Dallas' Verace Pizza Napoletana joints, Cane Rosso also boasts one of the city's best dog-friendly patios. Italian Master Pizzaiolo Dino Santonicola recently joined their staff, and we expect big things.
Pepe's & Mito's Mexican Cafe
This long-standing Deep Ellum Tex-Mex institution continues to pack in crowds nightly for home-style dishes like albondigas, combo plates and enchiladas.
A minimalist shrine to fresh, impeccable Japanese food, Tei-An is perfect for a fancy dinner or a casual lunch of ramen.