1. THE STATLER
The Statler is a beautiful recently renovated hotel in downtown Dallas, full of amazing restaurants, bars and even a speakeasy all under one roof! Their rooftop pool and bar, Waterproof, is an absolute must-see. I like to go on Saturdays from 12 PM to 6 PM when the pool is free and open to the public. You can also visit at night and have a few drinks while enjoying the incredible views. Head down to Scout where you can bowl for just $30 per hour for 6 people (only $5 each).
You can catch a baseball game almost any day of the week at the Texas Rangers ballpark in Arlington. Even if you aren’t much of a baseball fan, there’s always such a fun energy at the stadium! They play a bunch of different songs that people sing along to during the entire game, and the food is . If you need a break from the game, you can go downstairs and participate in some fun contests to win t-shirts and other prizes. Better yet, you can get a ticket to the game for as low as $11 (depending on the day).
I love going to downtown Grapevine to walk around, have a glass of wine and enjoy the little shops. Grapevine is known for their annual wine festival, but you can visit and grab a glass of wine year round. There are so many wineries and tons of super cute vintage shops to check out while you stroll around downtown. Beat the summer heat with a delicious wine pop from Wine Fusion Winery, or pop in the Palace Theatre to catch a movie for just $6.
I finally got to ride the trolley in Dallas over the weekend and it was such a fun experience! Did I mention it is completely free to ride? The trolley goes around uptown and downtown and even stops at attractions like the American Airlines Center and Klyde Warren Park. It’s the perfect option when you want to avoid driving and soak in the amazing scenery.
I’ve lived in the DFW area for years, but I just recently discovered that the Water Gardens exist. This free masterpiece is a must see! It’s a nice oasis in the downtown area of Fort Worth, near the Convention Center. There are three different water features, including one where you can walk down into the middle of several waterfall walls and get some great photos!
I graduated from Texas Woman’s University, so I spent plenty of time “Dentoning” on the Square. The Square has so much personality and hidden gems. Beth Marie’s has the best old-fashioned ice cream with the most unique flavors. There are record stores, tons of murals, comic book stores and other fun vintage stores to walk through. The Denton Courthouse is also beautiful, and has a free museum inside! No matter where you walk into, you’ll either find some amazing food or a charming little shop.
The Reunion Tower is probably the most iconic building of the Dallas skyline. You definitely need to head up and check out the amazing views from the top of the tower! You can grab a bite to eat at Cloud Nine (talk about dinner with a view!) or visit the GeO-Deck to get a spectacular 360-degree look at the Dallas skyline. The GeO-deck even has some fun interactive smart screens that’ll show you some of Dallas’s top attractions. Tickets are a bit on the more expensive side ($17 per person), but trust me, it’s worth it!
I’m not much of a museum person, but this Fort Worth fave is one that I love to visit. I usually go at least every six months and am always amazed! There’s always new art and new exhibits to see. It isn’t your average museum with only paintings on the walls; there are many incredible sculptures and even some cool LED displays. Admission to the museum is free on Fridays and half off on Sundays. If you have more time, walk across the street to the Kimbell — they have a free permanent exhibit that includes Michaelangelo’s first known work.
I love going to Bishop Arts on a Sunday funday to brunch and explore. Here, you’ll find tons of boutiques and shops that you can’t find anywhere else. You never know what kind of quirky items you’ll find! It’s kind of like a real life Etsy shop. You can also grab a latte from one of the coffee shops (go to Wild Detectives, thank me later) or enjoy some delicious Cuban ice cream from Azucar.
10. TEXAS LIVE!
If there isn’t a baseball game going on at Globe Life Park, you can watch your favorite sports team play on multiple big screens at Texas Live! in Arlington. They have multiple restaurants and almost every kind of food you’d want to eat while cheering on your favorite team. Head upstairs for air hockey or skeeball at Sports & Social and even a mechanical bull at PBR Texas. Be sure to keep an eye on their calendar for free live music, parties and other fun events.