How to Take Over Dallas in 72 hours!

Hi Globetrotters !

As many of you know, I traveled to Downtown Dallas last weekend & it was AMAZING! I was there for 3 nights and 4 days and no way was it enough time to visit all the places I wanted which means I’ll definitely be back in Dallas again very soon. But I have to admit I had a jam packed weekend full of fun, more fun and even more fun!

I highlighted all the top “touristy” places you MUST experience if you’re already visiting Dallas soon or just looking for a fun mini getaway. This city is gorgeous and reminds me a lot of NYC but with less people.


PLACES TO VISIT

1)Reunion Tower:

Reunion View

This was my favorite sights of my trip. The Reunion Tower is an observation tower that looks over the city of Dallas. This 360 degree view is an unbelievable experience and super romantic. At the top of the reunion tower is a rotating restaurant called 560 by Wolfgang Puck which I highlighted under places to eat. Make sure to take the cowboy souvenir picture.

General admission tickets are $17 each & are valid for one time use. They also offer day & night tickets if you plan to visit once in the day and then once at night to experience the two different views. These tickets are $22. I know they offer discount prices if you go as a group of 15 people or more.

I was lucky enough to find a Groupon deal & only paid $25 for two tickets. Make sure to check out Groupon to see if they are offering any discounts before purchasing from the actual Reunion Tower site that I linked above.

2) Klyde Warren Park :

Fabulous park in Downtown Dallas. This park offers daily activities. Check the schedule on their website before you visit to see what activities you can fit into your itinerary. I know they offer yoga, Tai Chi, dancing, live music, and food truck days. Almost all of the activities are free. The day I visited, I was super unlucky because it was cold so all I did was grab some food from a Food Truck. (They have so many food trucks it’s hard to decide what to eat!)

3)AT&T Stadium Tour: This is home to the Dallas Cowboys but I strongly recommend you taking a tour even if you aren’t a sports fan. It’s located in Arlington which is about a 15-20 minute cab ride from Downtown Dallas. This was a must for my bf because he loves football and loves the Cowboy’s. This was a must for me because the technology, design and architect of the building is so beautiful. It is the largest stadium in the NFL & it is the stadium with the most TV’s in the world. The tour allowed us to check out the players and cheerleaders locker rooms and well as the viewing suite of owner, Jerry Jones. During the tour, you visit the private events room where people rent out to host parties and all events including weddings. The venue space is gorgeous and classy. Who would of thought of getting married at a football stadium right?

4)Deep Ellum:

A little area in Downtown that is full of the 42 murals project. If your a very cultured person or love art, music, and sports you need to take a ride to Deep Ellum. It was only a 20 minute walk from our hotel but we decided to call a Lyft because it was cold and you walk through some dead areas that I didn’t feel were too safe. The Lyft was worth it because it was only $6.00 and took us less than 10 minutes. Every single empty wall space is filled with beautiful artwork. Beside the art, there’s tons of cool restaurants, bars and stores. I highlighted places I ate in Deep Ellum under place to eat.  There always events taking place in Deep Ellum. When I visited there was a Mimosa Walk in honor of Valentine’s Day. Basically, I bought a ticket and received a free cute glass cup. I was then able to go to all participating stores and get my cup filled up for free. SO COOL! So, make sure you check if any events are going on in Deep Ellum.

5)Dallas Museum of Art:

Amazing museum! They had a large contemporary art exhibit and it was FREE!

6) Nasher Sculpture Center (Museum):

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I’m not really into sculpture art but this mesum changed that a bit. They have an outdoor sculpture garden that included work from Picasso. The staff here was so helpful and friendly. They did their best to give us background on the most famous pieces. The admission was $5 dollars for students and $10 for adults. Check out there site for more info!

7) Dallas Eye:

Dallas Eye

A free public statue in Downtown that is worth stopping by for photo ops.


PLACES TO EAT

1)560 by Wolfgang Puck:

This restaurant is located on the highest point of the Reunion Tower which is 560 ft above Dallas. The views are unbelievable & the restaurant rotates as you eat which is cool so you get a 360 view of the city- HOW ROMANTIC?

The food is delicious and there handcrafted cocktails are to die for! The pictures above are my favorite things which were the organic chicken dumplings and the scallops.  And make sure you order some dessert- you won’t regret it!

2) Pecan Lodge:

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The best BBQ I ever had! This is located in Deep Ellum. After a long day of exploring the murals and shops during my Mimosa Walk, I enjoyed the best BBQ dinner. This is one of the most popular BBQ spots. It was featured on the show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Be prepared to wait on line for at least 45 minutes. Make sure you get the pulled pork and banana pudding!

3) Tiff Treats:

Tiff Treats.jpgA delivery service bring you warm and soft cookies to any Dallas location. I ordered mine to my hotel.

4) Grayson Social:

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I was a little iffy about trying because the reviews were terrible but the photos of the food looked so freakin good. I disregarded the bad Yelp reviews and tried it since it was connected to my hotel. Happy I gave it a shot because it was YUMMY! They have all types of southern influenced breakfast dishes but I decided to stick to a basic breakfast that morning.

5) Wing Bucket:

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This wing bar offered a large variety of different flavored wings. There wings are also huge so think twice before ordering a large piece meal. They also offer frozen slush drinks with or without alcohol.


Overall, my trip was great. I didn’t want to leave Dallas at all and deff going back very soon! The only bad experience was the hotel. I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn of Downtown Dallas and I was astonished by how rude the staff was. The hotel was a 4 star rating which would make sense if we were talking about cleanliness and nice decor. The service deserves 1 star. I had the worst experience with checking in and checking out. I definitely will be staying somewhere else on my next visit.

Anyways…..

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about my trip or need any help or advice on planning. I’d love to help!

Don’t be shy & drop a line!

XOXO,

JAY

 

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