As one of the largest cities in Texas, Dallas has plenty to see and do. Travelers of all types head to Dallas. And travelers on a budget can still have a great time exploring the free and cheap attractions this Texas city has to offer. From great parks to incredible shopping districts to topnotch museums, these budget-friendly things to do in Dallas are fun, educational and won’t break the bank.
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Explore Klyde Warren Park (Nearby Hotels)
Explore one of Dallas’ incredible green spaces for a couple hours of budget-friendly fun. Klyde Warren Park, located between downtown and uptown, is a perfect place to visit for an afternoon stroll or a picnic. Kids will enjoy the playground while adults may love the food trucks that visit the park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Klyde Warren Park even hosts free events for kids from storytelling to yoga. Head to the park every Thursday evening during the summer for live music under the Dallas stars.
Visit Pioneer Plaza (Nearby Hotels)
This free Dallas attraction, known as Pioneer Plaza, is actually a life-sized sculpture of a cattle drive. The bronze cattle sculpture has 49 steers and three cowboys on horseback, truly a unique site to see while visiting Dallas. This art installment is the only bronze replica of its kind as the steers even gallop over a hill and through a stream. Since its located by the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, those busy at the convention center find Pioneer Plaza as the perfect spot to take a break and snap some photos.
Ride the Mckinney Avenue Trolley (Nearby Hotels)
The McKinney Avenue Trolley, referred to as the M Line, gives free rides into Uptown. This vintage streetcar is a fun experience, and it’s free rides from downtown to uptown are perfect for travelers on a budget. Since the stops gain riders access to the Dallas Arts District, Uptown’s trendy shopping area, and Klyde Warren Park, the McKinney Avenue Trolley is a great budget-friendly transportation option in Dallas. The trolley runs seven days a week, every single day of the year.
Enjoy the Outdoors at White Rock Lake (Nearby Hotels)
For those wanting to explore Dallas’ outdoor recreation options, a visit to White Rock Lake Park is a must. This man-made lake, built in 1911, has a 9.3-mile path around it, making it a perfect spot to walk, run and bike. However enjoy this 1,015-acre lake by a paddleboard or canoe too. Since it’s located only five miles from downtown, it’s easily accessible for those staying in the city area.
Browse the Dallas Farmers Market (Nearby Hotels)
The Dallas Farmers Market is unlike other farmers markets; it’s actually one of the largest city markets of its kind in the nation. The farmers market is held in The Shed and is open Friday-Sunday, while The Market Building is open 7 days a week with local restaurants and shops. This is a great, budget-friendly spot to explore during lunchtime. Grab some street tacos, a sweet treat, fresh produce or handmade goods while browsing through the colorful and eclectic displays. For those not wanting to spend much money, simply take in the sights and munch on free samples.
Visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial (Nearby Hotels)
History buffs on a budget need to visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial. The memorial is actually located near Dealey Plaza, the spot where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The memorial plaza features a large, high open tomb and a structure made of 72 concrete columns. The memorial has now become an iconic part of Dallas’ urban space.
Go to the Dallas Museum of Art (Nearby Hotels)
Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free on the first Tuesday of every month, so don’t miss out on this large museum full of different types of unique art projects. Both adults and kids will enjoy visiting this museum as there is a kid’s club to keep the little ones occupied with programs like storytelling and arts and craft activities. The art here varies from classical paintings to modern art installations. There is sure to be a piece of art here to inspire all types of art lovers.
Discover Thanks-Giving Square (Nearby Hotels)
This unique square located in the middle of Dallas’ commercial district features a small park and chapel. Thanks-Giving Square was created to encourage the concept of thanksgiving. Therefore Thanks-Giving Square’s chapel sees a variety of travelers. For those seeking solace, peace and a place for reflection, a visit to this square and chapel is free.
Jam Out at Good Records (Nearby Hotels)
Music lovers looking for a free show should check out the event schedule at Good Records. This Dallas record shop is one of the most popular record stores in the city. There is not only an eclectic collection of vinyl records but also free live music concerts that regularly occur here. Even if you visit Good Records on a day where live music isn’t happening, it’s still a fun place to browse new music releases and old classics.
Window Shop in the Bishop Arts District (Nearby Hotels)
The Bishop Arts District, located in North Oak Cliff, is home to a unique mix of independently-owned shops, coffee houses, restaurants and art galleries. If you don’t have much money to spare for shopping, the Bishops Arts District is still a great place to window shop and snag a great cup of coffee.
Explore the Crow Collection of Asian Art (Nearby Hotels)
Admission is free at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, which features over 500 different pieces of art from Japan, China and southeast Asia. With two levels, the Crow Collection can easily fill a budget-friendly afternoon in Dallas. Don’t miss out on the outdoor sculpture display too. Art pieces here range from paintings to architecture to beautifully-carved Chinese jades. For a family-friendly event, head to this museum every first Saturday of the month to enjoy storytelling, arts and crafts, face painting and live performances.