Dallas is the third largest city in Texas and the ninth largest in the country. With so many different people and cultures, there’s no shortage of things to do in Big D. Whether you’ve just moved into an apartment in Victory Park or a house in Pleasant Grove, here are some unique things to do in Dallas that locals love.
1. Shop for fresh produce and more at the local farmers market
It can be hard to find fresh produce in the middle of a sprawling metropolis. However, The Dallas Farmers Market gives downtown Dallas residents access to the freshest local fruits, vegetables, and more. Make a trip to the farmers market for a unique thing to do in Dallas, and get some grocery shopping done while you’re at it.
“The Dallas Farmers Market, comprised of the Market and the Shed, is a vibrant meeting of culinary treats, local goods, and the sophistication of downtown Dallas,” says local travel blogger Jasmine Salley of the Jasmine Alley blog. “While the Market, an indoor cluster of shops and restaurants, is open daily, to get the full Dallas Farmers Market experience, I recommend visiting on a weekend when The Shed is open. It’s an open-air market where local vendors sell various things, from produce and meals to clothing and candles. You can enjoy lunch, grab some groceries (we always end up leaving with some gluten-free cookies or a homemade hot sauce), sample some local treats, or just enjoy the fun ambiance – all with that gorgeous Dallas city skyline as a backdrop”
2. Learn the ins and outs of Dallas with a tour of the city
Dallas is full of hidden gems, and if you’re new to living in Dallas, you might not know where to begin. A city tour will allow you to discover other unique things to do and see in Dallas.
“Join us to discover Dallas’ rich culture, history & architecture,” says Emma Wilson of Best DFW Tours. “During our excursion, we explore the iconic sites and seldom-visited hidden gems that locals love. From history to mystery and architecture to art, this great city’s lesser-known sights and stories will capture your imagination and sometimes even your heart. Whether you have just one day and want to see the best of Dallas or are here for a while and want to experience the city, our Best of Dallas Tour has you covered.”
3. Spend a relaxing day at the nearby Fort Worth Water Gardens
One of the unique things about Dallas is its proximity to another major city. For those living in West Dallas, a relaxing day trip to Fort Worth is just a short drive away. One attraction you have to check out is the Fort Worth Water Garden.
“The water installations are a tranquil oasis within walking distance of downtown Fort Worth where there are charming eateries and shopping to boot,” says Dallas local Yasmein from the She’s Facing Freedom blog. “While there, you are soothed by waves, ripples, and cascading sounds of water that transport you to a locale much further than the short drive of Dallas. I was once again a senior in college studying abroad in Argentina, in awe of the beauty and power of the Iguazu Falls. That experience—much like the one at the Fort Worth Water Gardens—will always have a lasting impression on my heart and mind.”
4. Check out some unique art in Dallas
There are plenty of unique things to do and see in Dallas’ Design District. The area is home to numerous interior design showrooms, fine dining, and art galleries. Stop by to see what this vibrant Dallas neighborhood has to offer.
“One of my favorite spots to visit in Dallas is Pencil on Paper Gallery in the Design District,” says local photographer Shauna Benoit of K & S Photography. “They always have the most amazing art on the walls and welcome you with open arms. They have the most informative art talks and even have art classes you can take. It’s definitely my go-to place when I have a rare Saturday off.”
5. Center yourself with some outdoor yoga
Outdoor yoga is a great way to relieve stress, especially in a large city like Dallas. Fortunately, there are plenty of unique outdoor spaces to enjoy yoga and fresh air, including Klyde Warren Park in the Arts District.
“One unique activity to do in Dallas is morning yoga at Klyde Warren Park,” according to In-City Wheels, a Dallas bike tour company. “What makes this unique is you can take a free yoga class outdoors on greenspace on a bridge built on top of one of the busiest freeways in Dallas. It’s a favorite because there is just nothing like it.”
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