Spring break is around the corner but you don’t have to pack up to get away. If you’re looking for relaxation or to get invigorated, there is plenty to do in and around Dallas. Take a week and get to know this city again.
1. What was suppose to be a portable ski chalet is a still-standing, rusty home of the future. Built in the 1960s, the Futuro House is worth of exploring where it currently resides in a field 30 minutes outside of Dallas. Just think of all the photos you can take!
2. If you’ve got a few hours, take DART, Dallas’s rail line downtown to see the Traveling Man. This three part sculpture series made of solid steel is iconic of Deep Ellum’s vibrant art community.
3. Tucked away at Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas is Adrian E. Flatt’s hand collection, worthy of applause. See over 100 bronze-casted hands, many of which belong to former presidents, baseball players and even astronauts.
4. Get inspired to take a bite out of life. Check out the Shark Feedings at The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. Every Sunday afternoon, you can look nature in the eye and work up a hunger for your next meal.
5. This Uptown Dallas custard shop is both charming and sweet. Order up a bowl of your favorite flavor and spend a few hours people watch at Wild About Harry’s.
6. Catch a flick at Texas Theatre. This isn’t your regular movie-watching experience, after all it’s the theatre where Harvey Oswald was captured after assassinating President Kennedy. Features coming up include Oscar-nominated documentaries and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
7. No matter which side of politics you lean towards, pay a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University. There you can try out the Grip-o-Meter, a device that measures your handshake capabilities as well as make your own campaign posters.
8. In landlocked Dallas, your best escape is to the shorelines of White Rock Lake. Grab an oar and a kayak and feel the spray of the water on your back. What are you waiting for?
9. Make your way to In Sync Exotics, the non-profit wild cat sanctuary just outside of Dallas. See rescued lions, tigers and bobcats—oh my!
10. Culture on the cheap is easy with a trip to the free Dallas Museum of Art. Take the kids during the day but book a babysitter for one of their monthly Late Night events—completely with live rock bands, it’s the place to be.
11. Grab an apron and practice your knife skills. Central Market’s Cooking School is a great way to learn some new cooking techniques and have some fun.
12. On a warm day, cruise the Nasher Sculpture Center and check out their latest exhibitions. Currently you can lose yourself in the fog machine-pavilion created by Ann Veronica Janssens, called Blue, Red, and Yellow.
13. Easily the most recognizable landmark in Dallas, Reunion Tower also has a few pretty good eateries. The Five Sixty restaurant has 360 views of the city and an excellent happy hour menu. See you there at sunset.
14. Dallas’s biggest claim to fame is the infamous assassination of President Kennedy. It took me years of living in the area to make it to the Sixth Floor Museum but it’s a must-see.
15. Located in Oak Cliff, the popular independent bookstore Wild Detectives is always bustling with activity. Stop in almost any night and see a music show, a poetry reading or a screening.
16. Make like a tourist and book a stay at the Joule, a neo-Gothic designed hotel from the 1920s. There’s plenty to do onsite, explore the hotel’s extensive art collection or take a dip in the heated pool (it’s gorgeous!). Personally I could spend a week flipping through books in their Taschen Library.
17. Recently revitalized, the Bishop Arts District requires a day or two to explore. Pop in and out of art galleries, local shops and farm to table restaurants.
18. Keller’s Drive In is the old-school flashback you’ve been craving. Order up some greasy burgers and milkshakes and enjoy the southern hospitality this dive has served Dallas for over 65 years.
19. The Perot Museum is a staple for many Dallas residents. They’ve got plenty of programs for children of all ages but the Social Science series is perfect for young professionals. It’s the ideal combination of cocktails, experiments, discussions and performances.
20. If you’ve never been to Canton’s First Mondays Trade Days, it’s time. Sure, it requires a bit of planning and driving but First Mondays is a flea market extravaganza. Check out antique and vintage dealers, used goods for in and out of the home and crafts by local makers.
21. Get dinner and entertainment at Pocket Sandwich Theater. The last of it’s kind, this theater is a tribute to local playwrights and the area’s strong patron base.
22. Challenge yourself while on vacation to try new foods. Browse the selection at Dallas Farmer’s Market and create one of those luxurious three-hour meals. Don’t forget to pick up a few bottles of locally-sourced wine!
23. Looking for a perfect way to pass an afternoon? Make a date at the Truck Yard. Located on Lower Greenville, this is basically an adult playground with a treehouse that serves cocktails, a flatbed truck stage for live music and a variety of food trucks that pull up on any given day.