Looking for activities to do in Dallas but don’t want to spend a ton of money?  Check out these budget-friendly Dallas treasures!  Whether you want to explore your artistic side, experience the great outdoors, or learn about the history of this great city, Dallas has something for everyone!

  1. Dallas Museum of Art:  The DMA’s collection of art includes more than 24,000 pieces of art from all over the world, spanning thousands of years.  You’ll find American art, African art, Mediterranean art, as well as many other collections.  The museum host many special events throughout the year, offering something for all ages.  Located at 1717 N. Harwood.
  2. Klyde Warren Park: Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2 acre urban oasis built right on top of Woodall Rodgers Freeway.  You’ll find plenty of daily activities ranging from yoga to concerts to book readings being offered or you can just hang out and enjoy the views of downtown Dallas.  Children will enjoy the children’s play area while adults can enjoy checking out a book or magazine and relaxing.  Located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
  3. White Rock LakeWhite Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre located about 5 miles northeast of downtown.  Runners, walker and bikers enjoy the 9.33 miles of paved trail around the lake while others enjoy the dog park, kayak rentals, or picnic areas.  There are many special events and activities at White Rock throughout the year.
  4. JFK Memorial and Dealey PlazaDealey Plaza is the public park that was made famous by the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963.  Dealey Plaza, including it’s grassy knoll, is a popular tourist attraction located directly across from the Sixth Floor Museum.  You’ll often find conspiracy theorists making their own observations about the area.  Further down Main Street is the JFK Memorial, a simple and touching monument honoring the fallen President of the United States.  Located at 411 Elm Street and 646 Main Street.
  5. Cedar Ridge PreserveNot far from downtown is a beautiful nature preserve, a perfect location for hikers wanting to enjoy nature.  You’ll find 9 miles of hilly trails over 600 acres along with beautiful views of nearby Joe Pool Lake.  The park hosts several activities for families throughout the year.  Located at 7171 Mountain Creek Parkway.
  6. Deep Ellum Art:  Deep Ellum is an art lover’s paradise.  You’ll experience street art, public art displays and plenty of creativity.  There is a huge community wide mural project, the fabulous Traveling Man sculptures, and a thriving gallery scene all within a short walking distance.  Located at 2830 Commerce Street.
  7. Pioneer Plaza Cattle DriveThe Pioneer Plaza cattle drive commemorates the early years of the settlers that arrived in Dallas.  This 4.2 acre area contains a re-creation of a cattle drive in bronze with longhorn steers being driven by Texas cowboys on horses.  Surrounded by native plants and trees and a flowing stream, you’ll be taken back in time to the early days of the city.  Located at 1428 Young Street.
  8. M-Line Trolley:  Think you can only find trolleys in San Francisco?  Dallas is home to the M Line Trolley, offering riders a glimpse into the past.  Hope on a restored vintage trolley and explore the Uptown area of Dallas.  Look for one of the 38 M Line signs to catch a trolley anywhere in Uptown.
  9. Dallas Farmers Market:  Browse the many sheds full of fruit and vegetable vendors selling locally grown product.  You’ll find rows and rows of natural meats, cheeses, eggs, and artisan foods right in the heart of downtown Dallas.  Located at 1010 South Pearl Expressway.
  10. The Sculpture Garden at Crow Collection of Asian Art:  Venture down to the art district and you’ll discover the Sculpture Garden at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.  The museum contains several collections of famous artists that explore the extensive history of Asia.  Located at 2010 Flora Street.

What’s your favorite free activity in Dallas?  Tell us in the comments below!