Fun Things To Do In Dallas

Big Tex in Dallas Fair Park

Big Tex in Dallas Fair Park

Dallas, Texas can be a wonderful and exciting place to visit. No matter whether you are staying here for business, a romantic getaway, or a family vacation, there are a ton of fun things to do in Dallas. You will have almost limitless options for things to do in Dallas, Texas, and the choice depends solely on the type of activity or activities that interest you.

No trip to Dallas can be complete without a trip to Fair Park, an almost 300 acre educational and recreational complex. While at Fair Park, you can visit one  of nine different museums, six performance venues and facilities, and even take a ride on the Texas Star, a 65 foot tall Ferris Wheel that is considered the largest in North America. Fair Park has been home to the Texas State Fair since 1886, and has the highest attendance of any fair in the United States. The Texas State Fair last for 24 days from the end of September until October. Fair Park is also home to many other annual events and activities, and there is almost sure to be something going on during your stay in Dallas that is worth checking out.

Things to Do in Dallas- Cultural Activities and Events

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

For those who are into more cultural events and the arts, Dallas still has plenty to offer. A quick trip to the Arts District, just north of downtown, will open up a whole world of possibilities. The Dallas Museum of Art is an award winning art museum, which is home to art exhibitions spanning almost the whole of humanity. In the Arts District, you can also take in a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center, or you can watch either the Dallas Opera or the Texas Ballet Theater at Winspear Opera House, part of the AT&T Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

Dallas is also home to many other concerts from both local and world famous bands, and you will find a huge number of bars and concert venues offering a widely varied, nightly selection of bands and musicians to choose from.

Things to Do in Dallas- Sporting Events

Dallas, Texas is home to five major professional sports teams, so there is no end to the things for sports fans to do. No matter what time of the year you are visiting, you should be able to catch at least one of the teams in action.

You can’t mention Dallas sporting events without talking about the Dallas Cowboys, often referred to as “America’s Team.”  The Cowboys are considered to be the second most valuable sports franchise in the world, and when in Dallas, you definitely shouldn’t pass up the chance to take in a game at the aptly named Cowboys Stadium. Although the Cowboys actually play their home games in nearby Arlington, Texas, it is only a short drive from Dallas, and is one thing to do in Dallas that you shouldn’t miss.

Dallas Mavericks Inside Stadium

Dallas Mavericks Inside Stadium

Dallas is also home to the Dallas Mavericks, and their rich and at times eccentric owner Mark Cuban. You can catch a Maverick’s home game at American Airlines Arena, located in Victory Park, very near to downtown Dallas. If you are lucky enough to watch the Mavericks in person, be sure to pay close attention to Dirk Nowitzki, their German all-star who recently led the Mavericks to their first ever NBA Championship in 2011.

In addition to the Cowboys and the Mavericks, Dallas is also home to the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League, the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball who are perennial contenders for the American League title, and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. The Rangers also play in Arlington at Rangers Ballpark, while the Dallas Stars share the American Airlines Arena with the Mavericks, and FC Dallas has its own purpose built soccer stadium in Dallas.

During the summer months you can also check out the Mesquite Pro Rodeo every Friday and Saturday night, which always offers up tons of thrills and excitement. No matter what type of sports fan you are, there are definitely a whole host of fun things to do in Dallas, and you’re sure to see some exciting action featuring some of the best teams in the United States.

Fun Family Things to Do in Dallas

If you will be staying in Dallas with the whole family, you have a whole another set of options for fun family things to do in Dallas. One thing that is definitely not to be missed is the Dallas World Aquarium. The Dallas World Aquarium is both an outstanding aquarium full of all types of sea creatures, as well as a zoo which focuses on housing threatened and endangered species. The lower level is the aquarium, which is home to many different and rare types of ocean life, while the upper level has been transformed into a replica of a real rain forest, and is home to hundreds of different types of plants, birds, and animals.

GiraffeStill, if you truly want a comprehensive zoo experience, then you also need to take your family to the Dallas Zoo (official Dallas Zoo site), located in Marsalis Park, just 3 miles south of downtown. The Dallas Zoo has been around since 1888, making it the oldest, as well as the largest zoo in Texas, and it is home to more than 2000 animals comprised of over 400 different species. Your family is sure to love it.

Another idea for fun family things to do in Dallas is to visit one of the several amusement and water parks that Dallas has to offer. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting than a trip to the zoo, then you could spend the day riding rides and rollercoaster at Six Flags Over Texas in nearby Arlington. You and your family are sure to have an unforgettable time at Six Flags or any of the other water and amusement parks in Dallas, and you might just decide to spend most of your time there.

No matter what you are looking for, Dallas is home to thousands of great possibilities, and you are sure to have no limit to the fun things to do in Dallas.

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Fisher served at the top of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 until March 2015 and as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001. He will serve on the AT&T’s (NYSE: T) Corporate Development and Finance Committee.

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Intuit laying off 5 percent of staff worldwide

Intuit Inc., which has a large presence in Plano, has laid off 399 employees across business globally, about 5 percent of its 8,000 person staff.

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