Klyde Warren Park in Dallas

Klyde Warren Park is a must-visit in Dallas. (©Jason Janik)

Essential Things to Do in Dallas

By Lindsey Wilson on 06/04/15, updated 05/25/17
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There are a few iconic places each Dallas visitor must see. If you're looking for a quick way to score tickets to the city's top destinations, CityPASS offers admission at the most popular attractions at a reduced rate, rolled into one ticket price. From museums chronicling the city's past to modern buildings and parks, classic TV show settings to recognizable landmarks, be sure to stop by these spots while you're in town.

The displays change with the seasons, ranging from an avalanche of pumpkins in the fall to blooming topiaries in the spring, so don't think the Arboretum is simply a summer destination.

Dallas Arts District

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Attractions

Dallas Arts District

You can see renowned buildings while walking around the largest urban arts district in the nation, but it's what's happening inside those buildings that's truly amazing. Theater, art, music—some of the country's best is happening right here.

It's both sobering and fascinating to tour the Texas School Book Depository, from which Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The museum offers an incredibly well-rounded collection of artifacts, oral histories, videos and photos.

Reunion Tower

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Activities, Attractions

Reunion Tower

Get a dizzying view of Dallas (and even parts of Fort Worth) from this observation deck, set more than 500 feet in the air.

Southfork Ranch

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Attractions

Southfork Ranch

Consider yourself one of the Ewing family from the famed TV show "Dallas" as you tour one of the most famous homes in pop culture history. There are exhibits set up throughout the house with memorabilia from the show.

Klyde Warren Park

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Attractions

Klyde Warren Park

Who would have guessed that one of the most beautiful and relaxing spots in Dallas is on top of a freeway? This park has been wildly successful in the handful of years it's been open, and serves as a welcome gathering place in the midst of the bustle of downtown.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Attractions

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Feel like a kid again as you rediscover the wonder of science through interactive displays and exhibits at this seriously cool-looking museum.

George W. Bush Presidential Center

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Attractions

George W. Bush Presidential Center

Besides serving as a snapshot of the world as it was when George W. Bush was president, this museum and its collection lets visitors get a sense of what it feels like to be Commander in Chief through the Decision Points Theater and a scale replica of the Oval Office.

AT&T Stadium

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Attractions, Entertainment

AT&T Stadium

Catch concerts, Dallas Cowboys games and tours of "Jerry Jones World"(or what some refer to as the 'Death Star') during your visit, not to mention the Texas-sized high-definition screen—one of the largest in the world.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

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Attractions

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Known for its impressive architectural design and world-renowned permanent collection, the Modern also hosts special events (many of which are free) in addition to lunch at its picturesque cafe.

Sundance Square

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Attractions

Sundance Square

A bustling, modern area of downtown, Sundance Square is the home of many of Fort Worth's favorite local restaurants, including Bird Café and Little Red Wasp, among others.

Fort Worth Stockyards

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Nightlife

Fort Worth Stockyards

Go back in time to an Old West setting at the Stockyards, a signature Cowtown attraction boasting daily cattle drives, endless retailers of western wear, plus saloons and steakhouses galore.

Map of Essential Things to Do in Dallas