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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 top-notch museums, these budget-friendly things to do in Dallas are fun, educational, and won’t break the bank.
What Is It? Explore one of Dallas’ incredible green spaces for a couple of hours of budget-friendly fun.
Why Do It? 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.
Good to Know: Klyde Warren Park even hosts free events for kids from storytelling to yoga.
What Is It? This free Dallas attraction, known as Pioneer Plaza, is actually a life-sized sculpture of a cattle drive.
Why Do It? 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.
Good to Know: Since it’s 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.
What Is It? The McKinney Avenue Trolley, referred to as the M Line, gives free rides into Uptown.
Why Do It? This vintage streetcar is a fun experience, and its 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.
Good to Know: The trolley runs seven days a week, every single day of the year.
What Is It? The Dallas Farmers Market is unlike other farmers’ markets; it’s actually one of the largest city markets of its kind in the nation.
Why Do It? 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.
Good to Know: For those not wanting to spend much money, simply take in the sights and munch on free samples.
What Is It? History buffs on a budget need to visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial.
Why Do It? 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.
Good to Know: The memorial has now become an iconic part of Dallas’ urban space.
What Is It? Music lovers looking for a free show should check out the event schedule at Good Records.
Why Do It? 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.
Good to Know: 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.