VIDEO: Five Things to Do in Dallas

Staying true to its nickname, the Big D, Dallas attractions are bigger and bolder than most. Take, for example, local barbecue. Dallas' favorite chef, Scott Gottlich, thinks Pecan Lodge’s brisket and beef ribs are worth the wait in line.

Once you’ve filled up, it’s time to explore the largest arts district in the country. You won’t have any trouble finding what to do in Dallas in this neighborhood, which spans 19 contiguous blocks over 66 acres. We recommend the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art.

Dallas is rich in American history, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a powerful time capsule, documenting the assassination of John F. Kennedy. More modern presidencies (specifically, George W. Bush) are featured at the namesake Presidential Library and Museum, where guests can also linger at the September 11 tribute.

Fun things to do in Dallas, loved by locals and visitors alike, also include a shopping spree on Main Street (home to the Neiman Marcus flagship), Highland Park Village, or NorthPark Center. Time your trip to Dallas right and catch a Dallas Cowboys game at their home stadium in Arlington. Even when they’re not playing, Dallas’ football fanaticism can be enjoyed at any one of the local sports bars.

Summers in Dallas can be balmy at best—temperatures have skyrocketed to 113 degrees—but for the rest of the year, Dallas boasts warm, mild weather. Come in spring for the impressive wildflower blooms or fall, when the evenings are cool and the famous State Fair of Texas (with its iconic 52-foot-tall cowboy, Big Tex, and even taller Ferris wheel) comes to town.

When the weather is pleasant and sunny, join residents in Klyde Warren Park for food trucks, outdoor exercise classes, and live music, or take a kayak tour around White Rock Lake.

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