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Unmissable: The 12 must-see, must-do attractions that define Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas, that dazzling metropolis blending Texas style with modern sophistication, beckons with an array of must-do attractions. From its verdant gardens to its soaring towers, Dallas is a city that effortlessly combines luxury and leisure.

 

At Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, we appreciate the finer things in life — and, so, we present a curated list of Dallas’ top attractions. Each destination promises a memorable experience — so go forth and explore, knowing that the best of Dallas awaits.

 

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical GardenDallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

A verdant oasis on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden spans 66 acres of stunning flora and carefully curated gardens. Whether you’re wandering through the lush landscapes or attending one of their seasonal festivals, the Arboretum offers a tranquil retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. dallasarboretum.org

 

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey PlazaThe Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Delve into a poignant chapter of American history at The Sixth Floor Museum. Located in the former Texas School Book Depository, it meticulously chronicles the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. A visit here is both a somber reflection and a testament to resilience, capturing a moment that changed a nation. jfk.org

 

Dallas Museum of ArtDallas Museum of Art

A cornerstone of the Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art boasts a collection of 25,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history, from ancient artifacts to contemporary masterpieces. Wander through its grand galleries and discover works by luminaries such as Vincent Van Gogh and Mark Rothko, all while basking in the museum’s sleek, modernist design. dma.org

 

People at Klyde Warren ParkKlyde Warren Park

An urban green space that’s as innovative as it is inviting, Klyde Warren Park is a deck park that spans Woodall Rodgers Freeway, connecting Uptown to the downtown Arts District. This dynamic park is perfect for a leisurely stroll, a gourmet food truck meal or a lively game of pétanque. It’s a wildly popular community hub where citizens come together from all over. klydewarrenpark.org

 

Storefronts at Highland Park VillageHighland Park Village

Indulge in a shopping experience like no other at Highland Park Village, the country’s first shopping center. This upscale enclave — opened in 1931 and a masterpiece of Mediterranean Spanish architecture — is home to a curated selection of high-end boutiques such as Chanel, Hermès, Valentino, Dior and Tom Ford, alongside exquisite dining options. It is retail therapy at its most refined. hpvillage.com

 

American Airlines CenterAmerican Airlines Center

For sports enthusiasts and concertgoers, the American Airlines Center is the ultimate venue. Home to the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, this state-of-the-art arena also hosts top-tier concerts and events. Catching a game or a show here is an electrifying, urban experience that pulses with the energy of Dallas. americanairlinescenter.com

 

Outdoor seating at Bishop Arts DistrictBishop Arts District

Venture into the eclectic Bishop Arts District, a charming 1920s neighborhood bursting with independent boutiques, art galleries and eateries. It’s a bohemian paradise where you can savor gourmet bites, discover unique treasures and soak up the vibrant, creative atmosphere. bishopartsdistrict.com

 

Reunion TowerReunion Tower

For panoramic views that will take your breath away, a ride to the top of Reunion Tower is a must. Its distinctive geodesic dome — the icon of the Dallas skyline that pulsates with dynamic light shows — offers a 360-degree perspective of Dallas and far beyond. Dine on steaks, seafood or Sunday brunch at Crown Block, the rotating restaurant atop the tower, or simply marvel at the cityscape from the GeO-Deck, the observation deck almost 50 stories in the sky. It’s an experience that truly elevates your sense of place. reuniontower.com

 

Giraffes at Dallas ZooDallas Zoo

Spanning 106 acres, the Dallas Zoo is the largest and oldest zoo in Texas and a perfect escape for families and friends. With more than 2,000 animals today and immersive exhibits such as the Giants of the Savanna with its zebras, giraffes and elephants, it offers an engaging and educational adventure that delights visitors of every age. dallaszoo.com

 

AT&T StadiumAT&T Stadium

Less than 20 easy miles from downtown Dallas, AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, is an architectural marvel, a sports mecca and a venue for stellar contemporary art. Take a VIP tour to explore the art installations and marvel at the engineering prowess of the edgy arena — built for a reported $1.3 billion — or experience the electrifying atmosphere during a game. With its retractable roof, seating for up to 100,000 and two of the largest high-definition video screens in the world, it’s a testament to Dallas’ passion for excellence and all things over the top. attstadium.com

 

NorthPark CenterNorthPark Center

Arguably the most unique mix of shopping, art and architecture in the United States, NorthPark Center is part mall and part museum. It is known as much for its superb modernist design and world-class contemporary art as it is for its shops — more than 200, including Neiman Marcus, Balenciaga, Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Don’t miss a Dallas phenomenon: excited kids running and climbing up the sides of the flared, tiled planters outside Neiman Marcus, only to turn around and slide right back down, giggling and shrieking. northparkcenter.com

 

Southfork RanchSouthfork Ranch

“The world’s most famous ranch,” they say — and for good reason. The fictional home of the fictional main family of the most watched TV series in the world, the sprawling Southfork and its iconic, columned house draws visitors and natives to this day. From 1978 to 1991, Dallas, the show, thrilled a worldwide audience with its drama, wealth and boldness. This is the emblem of it all, open for tours, trail rides and special events. southforkranch.com

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