Top 10 Things to do in Dallas

If you live in the Dallas area or are just visiting for the weekend, we suggest you check out some of our favorite places to go and things to do!

1. Cafe Momentum

Restaurant and culinary training facility in Downtown Dallas. Cafe Momentum provides a positive environment to at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities by teaching them intensive culinary skills, job and life-skill training, and continued mentorship and support. It is so awesome to see how they are transforming young people's lives while enjoying a delicious gourmet meal. Their motto is "eat. drink. change lives."

2. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Arboretum features 66 acres of blooming flower beds, lush trees, and manicured lawns. You can spend hours upon hours just walking around the arboretum (especially if the weather is nice) but don't forget to bring a picnic lunch! There are also amazing seasonal exhibits that you won't want to miss!

3. Perot Museum of Nature & Science

The Perot is enjoyable for all ages. There is an IMAX theater, a one-acre science park with giant leap frogs, water features, and musical instruments, and 11 permanent exhibit halls (Moody Family Children's Museum, Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall, Discovering Life Hall, Being Human Hall, Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall, The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall, Tom Hunt Energy Hall, Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, Expanding Universe Hall, T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, and Rose Hall of Birds).

4. Belmont Hotel

The Belmont is a hip boutique hotel that first opened in 1947 and then was restored and reopened in 2005. It has wonderful views of Downtown Dallas, a fun bar & patio, and an amazing restaurant, Smoke, next door.

5. Klyde Warren Park

A 5.2-acre green space/public park over Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Downtown Dallas. There is a children's park with water features, games area with ping pong tables, dog park, walking trails, a performance pavilion for live music and concerts, two delicious restaurants (Savor and Relish), and food trucks!

6. Bishop Arts District

The home to over 60 independent boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, bars, and art galleries. If you like art, music, shopping, and good food, then this is the place for you! You will want to go when it isn't raining so that you can walk around and get the full feel of Bishop Arts!

7. The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

226,000 square foot building located on a 15-acre urban park on the east side of the SMU campus and includes presidential archives of the Bush Administration, a museum with permanent and traveling exhibits, and a full-scale replica of the oval office. The library also has the largest electronic records collection out of all of the presidential libraries.

8. Northpark Center

Dallas is obviously known for shopping, so you're going to want to check out this large enclosed shopping mall that has over 235 stores and restaurants. It is ranked number 19 for one of the largest malls in the United States, so there is something for everyone. It is also known for its art museum feel inside of a shopping center.

9. White Rock Lake

You can spend the day biking, running or walking the nine-mile trail, fishing, rowing, or playing with your dog at the dog park. You won't want to miss the amazing sunset views of the city though....they are breathtaking.

10. Maple and Motor

A no frills, order at the counter diner with the best burgers, onion rings, and jolly rancher flavored iced tea. They get people in and out pretty quickly so don't get scared away by the long line...it is totally worth the wait!

We hope you love all of these places just as much as we do :)

(all pictures are from google)

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