From thrifty twenty-somethings (like me) to frugal budding families, don’t worry about a thing. We’ve got you covered with these free DFW cultural hotspots. Can you say ‘cha-ching’?
The Dallas Museum of Art (AKA, the DMA) is smack dab in the middle of Dallas — the perfect location for more exploring after enjoying the museum. With plenty of permanent (and free) exhibits to explore, you can easily spend hours wandering the halls, transporting yourself from one era to the next.
With a vast assortment of historic relics, the Courthouse on the Square in Denton dives into the unique heritage and community that constructs what we know as Denton County. You can even tour the clocktower for a one-of-a-kind view of the Historic Denton Square. Don’t miss their 40th anniversary celebration on March 30, where they’ll unveil their new exhibit, 40 for 40: Forty Artifacts for Forty Years.
Step back in time to the founding and establishment of Ellis County by wandering around this Waxahachie gem. Not to be overlooked, the historic building is home to portraits of the past and present. Better yet, the museum is housed in Waxahachie’s Visitor Center — so you can get a dose of history and tips on the cool new places to visit around town.
For those looking for a major dose of art and design inspo, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has free admission on Fridays. The museum is chock-full of post-World War II art and is centrally located in the cultural district of Cowtown. Also free in Fort Worth: Kimbell Art Museum + Amon Carter Museum.
PARKS & OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Seeking a sense of serenity outside of the city without leaving its limits? With walking trails and plenty of pull-offs, Grapevine’s Botanical Gardens make for a tranquil and relaxing escape. If you’re in the mood to explore even more, hop over to Nash Farm for a free self-guided tour of the historic Grapevine landmark (built in 1869) — It’s right next door.
Fort Worth flaunts the setting that every American associates with Texas — a cow town. Daily, the stockyards host a parade of longhorns along the main street with plenty of other farmyard activities to stumble upon, like the Cowtown Cattlemen Maze. Enter the labyrinth for $6 (half off on Tuesdays), or kick back at the observation deck and watch as maze-goers hunt for the exit.