Are you planning a trip to Dallas for a Cowboys’ game? If so, ‘Jerry’s World’ is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to attractions in D-Town! Dallas is a beautiful metropolitan city offering the best of all worlds: culture, history and tons of entertainment! Here are 5 things to do outside of watching ‘America’s favorite team’ when you’re in Dallas.
AT&T Stadium Tours
Via AT&T Stadium
If you’re heading to AT&T Stadium to watch the Dallas Cowboys in action, we highly recommend you take one (or all) of their stadium tours. As the world’s largest domed structure, you’ll quickly find out that this remarkable building is much more than a football stadium; it’s full of art, history and knowledge to be soaked in. There are three stadium tours for you to choose from: the art tour, the VIP guided tour and the self-guided tour.
If you enjoy art, especially contemporary art, then the art tour at AT&T Stadium is perfect for you. You’ll get to walk around this marvelous building and browse a fine selection of contemporary art that really amplifies the architecture of the stadium.
VIP Guided Tour
The VIP Guided Tour is the ultimate experience for sports fanatics. You’ll get to explore the Main Club, private suites, the print media press box, the Cotton Bowl office vestibule, and the Dr. Pepper Star Bar or the Ford Motor Company Fountain. To top it off, the tour ends with you getting to go on the field, a stop at the Miller Lite Club, the post-game interview room and then both the players and cheerleader’s locker rooms!
Similar to the VIP Guided Tour (although with less stops), the self-guided tour allows you access to the field, the Miller Lite Club, post-game interview room and the Cowboys and cheerleader’s locker rooms.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
You don’t need to be a nature or science wiz to enjoy the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Relatively new to Dallas (it opened in 2012), the Perot Museum is thought to be fascinating for people of all ages. The museum features an IMAX theater, 11 permanent exhibits, an outdoor plaza and science park. What makes the museum so great is that you’ll get to stimulate your brain and inspire your curiosity with hands on experiences!
Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the most captivating art museums across the nation. What makes the Nasher Sculpture Center so unique is that it includes both indoor and outdoor galleries, making the experience that much more enjoyable. You’ll be mesmerized and quite impressed with the collection of art that the Nasher Sculpture Center holds; with over 300 sculptures inside, and 25 scattered sculptures in the 1.4 acre garden surrounding the complex. You’ll even get to enjoy works of art by greats including Picasso and Matisse!
AT&T Arts Performance Center
The AT&T Arts Performance Center is one of the largest performing art centers ever built, second only to New York’s Lincoln Center. The AT&T Arts Performance Center offers visitors plenty of entertainment and recreation options: it features an opera house, a theater and an open performance space and park that’s perfect for picnics and other outdoor activities. Ticketed performances include Broadway, ballet, dance, opera and much more. They also host other events year-round, so be sure to check out the weekly events they have scheduled during your visit.
Dallas Food Tours
If you’re a food lover who’s looking to learn more about the history, architecture and traditions of the ‘Big D’ first hand, then the FTA Food Tours are the way to go! Accompanied by a knowledgeable and friendly local tour guide, you’ll get to experience Dallas from a local’s perspective all while enjoying authentic dishes from local eateries. With three food tours to choose from, there’s something sure to please everyone.
West Village Restaurant Hop
In comparison to the other two food tour options, the West Village Restaurant Hop is ideal for visitors who prefer minimal walking distances in between stops. You’ll get to experience what it feels like to be a West Village local and explore its unique shops and boutiques, but majority of your time will be spent inside of the restaurants, which is never a bad thing when you’re being served delicious food.
Uptown Foodie Walk
The Uptown Foodie Walk is an expanded version of the West Village Restaurant Hop. If you prefer a little more sight-seeing than sitting down, this food tour is the choice for you. The Uptown Foodie Walk is approximately one hour longer than the West Village Restaurant Hop and offers you the opportunity to learn about Uptown Dallas’ 125 year history, enjoy its shopping and dining district and explore cultural attractions that are best experienced on foot.
JFK Dine & Dealey
If you’re a history and architect enthusiast who also enjoys food, the JFK Dine & Dealey is a must. Narrated by a local Dallas historian, this tour is the ONLY walking tour of the JFK experience. You’ll experience a plethora of historic landmarks while soaking in a fascinating history lesson. Tour highlights include:
- JFK Memorial Plaza
- Old Red Courthouse
- Dealey Plaza
- Grassy Knoll assassination site
- Old Texas School Book Depository Building and Sniper Perch Window
- Dallas Skyline
- Views of Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
If you’re visiting Dallas with a group, you can also book your own private tour for a party of any size!