Long layover in Dallas? Here’s what you can do in the city.

How to spend a long layover in Dallas, Texas.

How to spend a long layover in Dallas

Dallas/Fort Worth is American Airlines’ hub for the South. As the airline’s primary getaway to Mexico and secondary to Latin America (their primary getaway to LatAm is Miami), millions of people pass through here every year. Thus, many passengers end up with a long layover in Dallas.

These ideas on how to make the most of your long layover in the Big D are based on the different DART stops of the Orange Line from DFW.

How to get to Downtown Dallas from DFW and Love Field airports

Take the DART Rail Orange Line from DFW Airport Station, located at Terminal A, Lower Level Curb, Entry A-10. Trains run daily from 3:50 a.m. to 1:19 a.m.

If you fly, say, Southwest or Alaska, chances are you’ll land in Love Field Airport. Follow the signs to Ground Transportation and take the Love Link 524 bus to Inwood/Love Field Sation. The bus ride is free of charge. Then, take the Orange line to any of the stations listed below.

Fares

You can buy your tickets at any Ticket Vending Machine located on the platforms. You can pay cash or credit card. A single fare is $3.00 and a day pass, $6.00

Here’s what to see and do around each DART station during your layover in Dallas.

Victory Station

Location: West side of the American Airlines Center (2525 Victory Ave.)

How to spend a long layover in Dallas

From Instagram-worthy photos at the Sweet Tooth Hotel to delicious pizza and drinks, there are a lot of options to enjoy yourself. Click here for ideas on what to do in Victory Park.

West End Station

Location: Pacific Avenue, between Market & Lamar streets.

Take a stroll around the Historic West End District. See how the old red brick warehouses were converted into offices, bars, restaurants and shops.

Dallas Holocaust Museum The new venue opens on 18th September, 2019. The museum has three permanent exhibitions: the Holocaust/Shoah wing, the Human Rights wing, and the Pivot to America wing. Bear in mind that, although the museum is open seven days a week, it is not recommended for children under twelve-years-of age due to the nature of the exhibitions. I must admit I had a lump in my throat throughout my visit.

How to spend a long layover in Dallas

Dallas World Aquarium Here’s something for the whole family to enjoy. The aquarium is divided into five areas that represent five ecosystems: Mundo Maya, Orinoco, Aquarium, South Africa, and Borneo. It opens daily but is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.

Old Red Courthouse (site of the Dallas CVB Tourist Information Center) The Old Red covers the history of Dallas from prehistory until today. You’ll find objects that scream “Dallas!” like JR Ewing’s Stetson hat, which actor Larry Hagman donated. Or less savoury ones like Clyde Barrow’s gun (he of Bonnie and Clyde fame).

How to spend a long layover in Dallas

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza This museum is dedicated to the memory , legacy, and assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It’s located in the Texas School Book Depository building, from which Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have shot the president.

The John F. Kennedy Memorial You’ll find it behind the Old Red. Cross Main St. and have a look at the replica of John Neely Bryan’s cabin. He was the first Dallas’ settler.

Dealey Plaza is sometimes called the birthplace of Dallas, since this is where the first home was built. Dealey Plaza also encompasses the infamous Grassy Knoll, where JFK assassination took place.

Akard Station

Location: Pacific Avenue, between Akard and Field Streets 

This is the Main Street District. Stroll up and down Main Street. Look out for stunning and slightly disturbing Eye sculpture, you can’t miss it! Here’s a self-guided walk of the architecture of downtown Dallas.

If the weather doesn’t want to cooperate, go to the Neiman Marcus flagship store on Main and Ervay. Shop or browse luxury goods and have lunch at the famed Zodiac Room.

Built in 1910-12, The Adolphus was Dallas’ first grand hotel. I love stopping by the lobby bar for a drink, it’s so luxurious.

Pegasus Plaza, on the corner of Akard and Main, is a pleasant shaded plaza to sit and watch the world go by.

There are various bars and restaurants. I like Wild Salsa and The Woolworth.

St. Paul Station 

Location: Bryan Street, between St. Paul and Harwood streets

Thanks-Giving Square is one of the few green spaces in downtown Dallas. The spiral shrine is a distinctive feature of the city. Read more about Thanksgiving Square here.

A relatively recent addition to downtown Dallas, Main Street Garden Park includes a café and shaded structure, a splash fountain, a playground, a dog run, and a concert green.

How to spend a long layover in Dallas
Elm St.

The Majestic Theatre dates from 1920 and it’s as magnificent as it was when built.

Pearl/Arts District Station

Location: Bryan Street, east of Pearl Street

The Dallas Arts District is my absolute favourite place in Dallas. I love to stroll along Flora Street, enjoying the architecture and the art. Look out for the HALL Texas Sculpture Walk, the art is amazing.

If you need more green during your layover in Dallas, head to Klyde Warren Park. The park straddles a motorway and connects two previously divided bits of the city. You can read the papers, play board games, sit and enjoy the views, or grab a table at Savor or Relish, both located in the park.

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One Arts Plaza and the Dallas Museum of Art bookend Flora Street. At One Arts Plaza, you’ll find art, leisure and dining options.

Plaza of the Americas Food Court is a hidden urban garden and food court.

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Museums in Dallas, from high art to the quirky

Museums in Dallas: a brief guide of the museums that the Big D has to offer, from high art to science to the quirky. Visit all of them!

From makeup to samurai armour and sculpture, there is a museum for every interest. The Big D has a wide range of cultural offerings and certainly no shortage of museums. Let’s have a look at the museums in Dallas.

Art museums in Dallas

Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is a visitor-friendly, LEED-certified art museum in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Its collection comprises over 24,000 objects covering 5,000 years of human culture. Islamic art; art from the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Latin America, and Europe; decorative arts and design; and contemporary art are all represented here. The DMA also holds special exhibitions and art programmes. The DMA closes on Mondays, and general admission is free.

Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum is part of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) since 1965. The core collection was donated by Algur H. Meadows, an oil financier and philanthropist. It consists of Spanish art from the Renaissance to 20th century artists. Big names include Murillo, Velazquez, Goya, Miró, and Juan Gris, to name a few. There are temporary exhibitions as well. Closed on Mondays. Admission is $12. The Meadows is located on the edge of the SMU campus on Bishop Boulevard.

Nasher Sculpture Center

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If you like modern and contemporary sculpture, you must visit the Nasher Sculpture Center. The collection includes artwork from renowned artists like Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, or Auguste Rodin. My favourite thing to do is to spend a quiet time in the gardens . Not only are they beautiful, they provide a wonderful setting for some monumental sculptures. The building is also a work of art designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. Closed on Mondays. Admission $10 (there are concessions).

Museum of Biblical Art

As its name implies, the Museum of Biblical Art exhibits Biblical-themed art. The art is not all Christian though, the museum also houses the National Center for Jewish Art. There are big names too, like Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. Access to the Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden is free. Standard admission is $12. The museum opens Wednesday to Sunday. It’s located behind NorthPark Center on Park Lane.

African-American Museum of Fair Park

According to their website, the collection of the African American Museumranges from inspiring Folk Art to centuries-old masterpieces and including African art, black renaissance paintings, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art .” One of the current exhibitions provides an insight into a once thriving community in what is now Uptown, and which was called Freedman’s Town. The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays. General admission is $10

Crow Museum of Asian Art

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The Crow Museum of Asian Art developed from the private collection of Margaret and Trammell Crow. The museum underwent a massive renovation in time for its 20th anniversary. The permanent collection comprises artwork from Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam , from ancient to modern times. The Crow Foundation donated works of art to the University of Texas and they’re going to open a second museum at the UT Dallas campus in Richardson, TX

History museums

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture

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Also known as the Old Red for short, this museum covers the cultural, political, economic and social history of Dallas County. The permanent collection spans the first settlement, the later economic boom, the interwar period (with objects like Clyde Barrow’s gun), the postwar years to the present. Difficult subjects like racial segregation are also addressed. Opens daily.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Preserving the memory and legacy of President John F. Kennedy is the main goal of The Sixth Floor Museum. The collections include photos, film footage, posters, and documents of the Kennedy years and his assassination on 22 November, 1963. The museum is located on the 6th and 7th floors of the former Texas School Book Depository building, where Lee Harvey Oswald was said to shoot JFK from. It overlooks the Grassy Knoll. Open daily. General admission is $18.

Dallas Heritage Village

The Heritage Village is a fun activity for kids and adults. It’s an open-air museum that depicts life in North Texas between 1840 and 1910. The buildings are original and most have been moved here from their original locations. On display are tools and implements for all the of activities carried out in the area: dentist and doctor practice, blacksmithing, woodworking, etc. Buildings include a log cabin, a school, a saloon, to name a few. Closed on Mondays, and the months of January and August.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Also located inside the SMU campus, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museumserves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. ” Among the artefacts included in the collection are a length of twisted steel from the Twin Towers and presents from visiting dignitaries. Here’s the account of my visit to the Bush Library.

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is moving to a new, purpose-built premises in September ’19. The museum “is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.” The new museum will have three wings. The Holocaust-Shoah wing tells the story of the Jewish people in Europe between 1933 and 1945. The Human Rights wing shows hoe human rights have progressed since 1945. The Pivot to America wing explores national ideals.

Aviation museums

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is located in the Addison regional airport area. The aircraft collection covers both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and some civilian aircraft. There;s also armoured vehicles. Read about my visit to the museum here.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Love Field Airport (DAL) is also home to the Frontiers of Flight Museum. This museum covers the history of aviation from its very beginnings to the Space Age. I also visited this museum and you can read the review here.

Science museums

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Where can you learn about the human body, feel plate tectonics shake under your feet, and see dinosaurs? At the Perot Museum. There are hands-on experiments for kids, gems and minerals exhibitions, people will learn about the science behind sports, engineering and maths experiences like building a robot. Opens Daily. General admission ranges from $13 to $20.

Fun museums in Dallas

Mary Kay Museum

The Mary Kay Museum is located inside the Mary Kay World Headquarters in Addison. It’s a tribute to the founder of the namesake cosmetics empire. The collection tells the story of the company is organised by decades from the 1960s to the present. It’s open from Monday to Friday during business hours. 16251 Dallas Parkway, Addison.

Samurai Collection

Located on the second floor of the Saint Ann Building, the Samurai Collection was created in 2012. It consists of the private collection of samurai armour and artefacts of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. The permanent collection includes suits of armour, helmets, masks, horse armour, and weaponry. Admission is free. Closed on Mondays.

Haas Moto Museum and Sculpture Gallery

In the heart of the Design District, there’s a small motorcycling museum called Haas Moto Museum and Sculpture Gallery. The collection comprises about 200 motorcycles from 1901 to this day, including some prototypes. Petrol heads will be delighted! Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-4pm.

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What to do in Victory Park Dallas

How to visit Victory Park, Dallas’ newest neighbourhood. What to do, what to see, where to eat. #Dallas #travel #traveltips #Texas

Victory Park is a relatively new master-planned development in Dallas, and one I didn’t know very well. It’s worth adding it to the list of things to do in Dallas.

A few years ago, real estate developers came up with a plan to build a neighborhood from scratch. This plan encompassed premium apartment buildings, office buildings, hotels, and shops. The heart of the development was the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, as well as a concert venue.

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The original project did not come to fruition, with the exception of the American Airlines Center. It became a big sports and concert venue. Another real estate company came along and took over the project, and gave the area a new lease on life.

Location

Victory Park calls itself an “urban lifestyle destination“. And I think that they delivered on that promise: there a lot of things to do and has a great location. Victory Park is surrounded by the Woodall Rodgers freeway and I-35E, which is key is a city that is as spread out as Dallas, on one side, and the Historic West End District on the other. Victory Park is also very close to downtown 

Public transport

As a visitor, you’re probably more interested in South Victory, since the rest of the neighborhood is more residential. As well as highway access, South Victory is served by public transport, which is worth gold in Dallas. Victory Station is served by the TRE-Trinity Railway Express, which connects Dallas with Fort Worth, the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Orange and Green lines. Victory Park is included in the McKinney Avenue Trolley route, that old trolley that is a tourist attraction in itself.

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Things to do in Victory Park Dallas

Stroll around! Walk up North Houston Street and down Victory Park Lane. Enjoy the only green area. Take your picture outside the American Airlines Center. Rent electric scooters for $1/hour.

Much music

House of Blues has a venue in Dallas. There are concerts almost every day. Local, national, and international bands play all kinds of music, from jazz to blues to hip hop. Sundays are different. The serve brunch to the beat of live Gospel music. I’ve never eaten at the restaurant, but I have used the bar(s) before and during concerts.

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***PERMANENTLY CLOSED*** Hard Rock Café Dallas has loads of memorabilia from famous artists. There’s a hand-written letter from George Harriosn, Willie Nelson’s bandana, and a suit that belonged to Roy Orbison, among other objects.

Where to eat

There are many good places to eat in Victory Park, just as there are in Dallas. I can recommend Mesero‘s queso as an appetizer, washed down with a Paloma cocktail (tequila and grapefruit juice). Also, the pizza at
Olivella’s is very good. I had white pizza (no tomato sace, two kinds of mozzarella and spinach) and I loved it. Café Victoria is very pretty, and
Cook Hall, inside the W Hotel, is a fun gastropub. Billy Can Can serves modern Texas food. Dibs on Victory has a large patio overlooking Victory Plaza.

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Dick’s Last Resort, hosed in a red brick industrial-looking building, is famous because the waiters play pranks on customers. I heard the food is not that great but it’s worth visiting for the pranks. Unfortunately, it closed in November 2019.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science is Dallas’ most modern museum. I do recommend it if you visit Dallas with kids. Children learn by doing, touching, and playing anything from how the human body works, to new technologies, or natural resources. My favourite room is, of course, the dinosaurs and early mammals. Science is not my thing, although the earthquake simulator is a ton of fun!

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For the ‘gram

Instagrammers will find heaven on earth at Sweet Tooth Hotel. It isn;t a hotel but a place for art installations and art pop-ups. Tickets to this world of fantasy sell out fast, so keep an eye on installaitons dates.

Where can I park?

There isn’t really a lot of street parking available, but there are many parking garages. The hourly fee is $5. However, if you eat at any loca restaurant, remmeber to validate your ticket to park for free for two hours.

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Day trips from Dallas you can’t miss

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Get away from the big city and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature and small towns. Here are a few ideas for day trips from Dallas that fit the bill

Granbury: things to do

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Granbury is 70 miles west of Dallas, a straight shoot down I-30 and US-377.

Walk around the Historic Granbury Square.

Visit the Hood County Courthouse, a three-storey limestone building from 1890/1.

Browse antiques and unique gifts in the many stores that surround the square and that are housed in appealing historic buildings.  

Stop for refreshments or a meal at one of the cafes and restaurants that line the square.

Ride the Granbury Trolley for free on Fridays and Saturdays.

Get a glimpse of the frontier days at the 1914 Granbury Historic Railroad Depot (109 Ewell St.).

Attend wine tastings and other events at D’Vine Wine.

Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs (literally!) at Dinosaur Valley State Park, a 30-minute drive towards Glen Rose.

Fort Worth: things to do

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Hit Sundance Square for shopping and food, as well as relaxation under the giant umbrellas. Kids can play in the Jetted Fountain in warm weather.

Explore the whimsical water features of the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

Visit the museums of the Cultural District, like the Kimbell Art Museum or the National Cowgirl Museum.

Go shopping in Crockett Row at West 7th, a five-block pedestrian-friendly “village”.

See real cowhands drive longhorn cattle twice every day at the Stockyards National Historic District.

Experience the Old West at the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the Stockyards Museum and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.  

Dance to live music, see some bull riding, and take two-step and line dancing lessons at Billy Bob’s honky tonk.

West: things to do

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Not to be confused with West Texas, the town of West is located 1 hour and 10 minutes south of Dallas on I-35 and is known as the Czech Heritage Capital of Texas and official home of the kolache.

Many Czech families settled here, and their descendants still live here.

Visit the Czech bakeries in downtown West, like the Czech Stop, the Little Czech Bakery or Slovacek’s and stock up on sweet and savory kolaches. Or enjoy some very good Central European food for lunch.

The KATY railroad used to run through West. The depot is now the local museum.

Labor Day Weekend is taken up by Westfest, a celebration of the Czech heritage.

Jefferson: things to see and do

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Jefferson, a pre-Civil War town, is 166 miles east of Dallas in the heart of the Piney Woods.

Take a tour of the bayou or of Caddo Lake.

Visit the 19th century churches.

 Look down at the original brick streets.

Shop, shop, shop! Visit the different antique stores and malls. Go back in time at the Jefferson General Store.

If you’re making a weekend out of it, stay at one of the cute Victorian B&Bs. The Excelsior House Hotel is the oldest hotel in Texas still in business.

Walk around, take in the Victorian and Antebellum atmosphere.

McKinney: things to see and do

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Take a stroll around the Historic District. McKinney was founded in 1848, which make sit one of the oldest downtown districts in Texas.

Browse and shop of antiques and unique objects in stores that surround the square.

After you shop, stop by one of the cafes and restaurants for refreshments.

Visit Chestnut Square Historic Village. The six historic homes, schoolroom and church show how people lived in Colin County from 1854-1940.

Take the kids to the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Visit the Pecan Grove Historic Cemetery, established in 1870, and head to the oldest section. You’ll see Civil War-era monuments and historic Texas figures.

Denison: things to see and do

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Founded in 1872 near the MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) railway, Denison was an important commercial center in the West.

80 miles north of Downtown Dallas on US-75.

Visit the Katy Depot, former Missouri-Kansas & Texas Railroad station, at one end of the historic downtown.

Shop for antiques, browse art in the artists’ studios, take a stroll along the historic downtown.

Visit Lake Texoma, the 12th largest lake in the US.

Visit the Eisenhower Birthplace Historic State Site and learn about his early life.

Denton: things to see and do

Denton is 40 miles northwest of Downtown Dallas along I-35E.

Take a self-guideddriving tour of North Texas horse country.

Take time to peek into the quaint little shops around the square. The imposing 1896 courthouse is a museum too.

Denton is a food lover’s paradise with lots of dining options. My favourite is Hanna’s on the Square.

Visit the Women Air force Service Pilots (WASP) Collection at Texas Woman’s University.

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The Neiman Marcus Flagship Store in Dallas

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Neiman Marcus is a prestigious specialty store founded in Dallas in 1907. Nowadays, it’s synonymous with luxury and deep pockets. The building where the Neiman Marcus flagship store is housed is a beautiful construction in the Renaissance Revival style. It sits on the corner of Main and Ervay Streets in Downtown Dallas.

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The Neiman Marcus flagship store provides the quintessential Dallas shopping experience. Tasteful displays, graceful shop assistants, exquisite collections, and personal shoppers: everything you need to feel special. I’ve visited the store a few times, and every time I was treated politely. Not one assistant ever looked down on me because I wasn’t dressed in Gucci or Prada. It’s for a reason that Neiman Marcus is known for its impeccable customer service.

Their Christmas windows displays are legendary. The whole of Dallas looks forward to them. They’re the centerpiece of holiday celebrations in the city. One of my friends told me that she looked forward to the annual Christmas Book and that she bought a crystal tree ornament for each of her daughters every year. Other friends told me that, when they were little, going to Neiman Marcus in their Sunday best was a treat.

A short video in Spanish (sorry!) shot inside the store.

The Zodiac is an elegant lunch restaurant on Level 6. This is where la crème de la crème has met for the last 50 years. The reservation list reads like the Social Register of Dallas.

In 1907, Herbert Marcus Sr, his sister Carrie Marcus Neiman and her husband A.L. Neiman founded a luxury retail store at Elm and Murphy streets. They tried to stand out from the other department stores with high-quality garments and excellent customer service. They built a good reputation slowly and steadily.

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After the store burned down, Neiman Marcus moved to the current building in 1913. The store attracted a wealthy clientele. The cotton “aristocracy” of East and North Texas came into town to shop at the Neiman Marcus flagship store. The discovery of oil in East Texas in the 1930s produced a new set of millionaires, who weren’t hit hard by the Great Depression and, therefore, spent freely in clothes and accessories.

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Neiman Marcus kept expanding. Nowadays, the group comprises the Bergdorf Goodman, Cusp, Neiman Marcus, and Neiman Marcus Last Call brands. The company’s headquarters are in the Renaissance Tower in Dallas (1201 Elm St.).

The flagship store’s building, in red brick and white stone, opened in 1914 with only four floors. The company added an extension on Ervay towards Commerce Street in 1927. The design was inspired by the Renaissance Revival style, based on 15th and 16th centuries European architecture. The 1950s saw further additions, which more than doubled the size of the original building. The last expansion, two more floors, took place in 1983.

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The Eye

There are a lot of things to do in Downtown Dallas around the store. Walk up Main Street towards Main Street Gardens. Walk back down again and admire one of my favourite pieces of urban art, The Eye sculpture. Admire the architecture.  Have a cocktail at The Woolworth. Explore the art collection at The Joule hotel and then have a meal at Americano.

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What to do in the Dallas West End

The redbrick warehouses of the Dallas West End Historic District are now restaurants, shops, and businesses. This is the birthplace of Dallas and a great place to visit.

To walk around the Dallas West End is like going back to the golden era of the railways and industry. The red brick buildings lend the area an intresting Victorian industrial air.

After suffering economic decline, these factories and warehouses became restaurants, stores, and offices. As a result, the area also became attractive to tourists.

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Where to eat BBQ in Dallas

5 places to eat BBQ in Dallas: the tenderest brisket, pork and beef ribs, sausage and sides like potato salad, slaw, baked beans #dallas #BBQ #travel

There are many places to eat BBQ in Dallas, probably so many that choosing one can be difficult. Worry not! I put together a list of BBQ restaurants in different neighbourhoods to help you decide Oak Lawn, Design District, Bishop Arts District, Deep Ellum, and West Dallas.

Pecan Lodge (Deep Ellum)

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Pecan Lodge does counter service, so get there veeeery early -11 am or earlier at weekends- if you want to avoid long waits. Anyway, the food is worth it. Their brisket, pork and beef ribs, sausages are delicious, as are the sides. 

Slow Bone (Design District)

Slow Bone is a   no-frills BBQ restaurant where the food is the real star. I was pleasantly surprised by their Brussels sprouts casserole. They also serve fried chicken. Look at this brisket, for Pete’s sake!  

18th and Vine (Oak Lawn)

18th and Vine serves Kansas City-style BBQ in an upscale setting. What’s different about Kansas BBQ? The tomato-based sauce. Mind you, everything else here is good! I really liked the renovated old house. The traditional Southern porch is nice in the spring and warm winter days. 

Lockhart Smokehouse (Bishop Arts District)

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You can see the smokers lovingly cradling that Central-Texas BBQ at Lockhart Smokehouse. You order at the counter and bring your meat wrapped in butcher paper to your table. As in most BBQ places, you pick up your condiments, bread, or beans from a condiment station. You can also sit at the bar.

Smoke (West Dallas)

Smoke’s BBQ is excellent, but don’t you dare miss the bacon smoked in-house! It’s superb. If you fancy something sweet, try their key lime pie. The meringue is a mile high! (figuratively speaking, of course). 

Do you have a favourite place for BBQ in Dallas? Mention it in the comments section. 

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Basic guide to the Dallas Design District

The Dallas Design District is an artsy, trendy pocket neighbourhood that developed slowly over the years. Trammell Crow, a local businessman, built the postwar warehouses we see today. He also brought the shopping center idea to Dallas in 1953 when he built the Decorative Center. Those one-storey former factories now house art galleries, high-end furniture stores, luxury antique shops. The Dallas Design District is the place to go to admire luxurious European design, linger over a cup of coffee, or enjoy a pint or three of craft beer.

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This guide to the Dallas Design District will help you navigate this trendy area, which is constantly evolving.

Is the Dallas Design District pedestrian friendly?

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In my opinion, pedestrians can walk along Oak Lawn and Hi Line Drive and window-shop with no problem. The thing is, the art galleries, antique stores, and the like are spread out, so if you’re going to visit a few, then driving is advisable.

The Decorative Center Dallas (1617 Hi Line Drive) offers gorgeous landscaping and artwork to walk around. The arcade that connects the storefronts offer shelter from the sun too.

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Have empty walls to decorate? Visit local art galleries

Dallas Contemporary is located in a spacious former warehouse at 161 Glass St. Its cool, ample rooms exhibit works from contemporary artists. It feels like a museum but it’s not one in the traditional sense.  It’s one of my favourites.

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Across the street from Dallas Contemporary is the PDNB (Photographs Do Not Bend) Gallery, at 154 Glass St. I adore the name!

The Haas Moto Museum, the private collection of a local businessman, is not conventional art unless you consider motorbikes as works of art. Let me tell you, some of these beauties belong in an art museum!

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This map shows all the art galleries of the Dallas Design District.

Quench that thirst at these craft breweries

Texas Ale Project (1001 N. Riverfront Blvd) offers free tours every Saturday. Their T.A.P. room is open Thursday s to Sundays.

Community Beer (1530 Inspiration Drive, next to the Dallas Mavericks offices) also offers tours every Saturday. Their taproom opened Wednesdays to Sundays. Look out for the events they organise or participate in.

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Peticolas Brewing Company (1301 Pace St) also offers tours. According to their website, “the cost is $10, which includes the tour, a branded glass, and 3 beer tokens redeemable to beer.” They also have a taproom.

Noble Rey Brewing Co. (2636 Farrington St) offers tours and a taproom where to enjoy their brews.

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Let’s go antiquing!

With so many antique shops, it would be almost impossible to list them. You’ll find anything you can imagine, from classic European art to mid-century modern American furniture. Lula B’s is, perhaps, the best known antique mall in Dallas.

Where to eat and drink?

The Dallas Design District has everything from fine dining to trendy coffee shops. Here’s a selection of the bars and restaurants I like:

The Meddlesome Moth (1621 Oak Lawn) is in the heart of the Design District. It’s a well-established beer bar with great food. I love to eat in the patio in mild weather.

Oak was the first fine dining establishment to set foot in this neighbourhood. They serve contemporary dishes.

Ascension Coffee is my favourite coffee shop in the city. Great coffee and drinks in a cool, relaxed atmosphere.

Slow Bone makes the most mouth-watering, melt-in-your-mouth brisket I’ve ever eaten. Make sure to go early, they close at 3 pm!

Wheelhouse is a modern, industrial-looking gastropub. The food is phenomenal, trust me. You can sit inside or in the courtyard, which they share with Sassetta

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El Bolero (1201 Oak Lawn) prepares authentic regional Mexican fare.

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Would you like to walk off all that wonderful food and drink?

Head to the Trinity Strand Trail. The first 2.5 miles of this hike and bike trail already opened. The total length will be 8 miles. The trail follows the original watercourse of the Trinity River. For now, the trail starts at the end of Hi Line Drive.

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Frontiers of Flight Aviation Museum, Dallas

Dallas has not one but two flight museums. One is the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, near Addison Regional Airport, and the other is Frontiers of Flight Aviation Museum close to Love Field Airport. Both are very interesting, however, the Cavanaugh museum is almost exclusively devoted to military aviation, and Frontiers of Flight includes commercial aviation.

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Frontiers of Flight started as a collection at Love Field main terminal building in 1988. Due to increasing public interest, the authorities decided to build the museum we see today. The collections are organized in chronological order, from Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions to space exploration.  

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Let me show you around.

Military aviation

For the longest time, African-American soldiers were excluded from leadership roles. In 1940, thanks to the pressure from civil rights groups and the African-American press, black pilots were allowed to fly fighter planes. An all-African-American squadron was formed in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 9141. These pilots, who fought in World War II, are known as the Tuskegee Airmen, and an exhibition is dedicated to them.

There are many military aircraft on display, both originals and replicas, used for fighting and training in different decades. One of the strangest things I’ve seen is the Flying Pancake prototype. To me, it looks more like a manta ray than a pancake!  It was developed in 1941 for the US Navy but was never used.

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Fans of space exploration will recognise the Apollo VII commando module. The Apollo VII was the first manned flight of the Apollo programme (Sorry, Laika!) Three astronauts flew this spacecraft from 11 to 22 October 1968. I was shocked by how tiny the module was inside, and the fact that the astronauts lay on what looked like canvas stretchers. I thought that the damage to the paint was sustained when the module entered the atmosphere. But no. it was perfectly fine until a TV crew shot a documentary and light from the super strong TV spotlights burned the paint.

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Commercial aviation

One of the displays is devoted to the US Post Office. The USPS practically created commercial aviation in 1918 when they started to deliver mail by air. Back then, passenger travel was almost non-existent.

Southwest Airline, ‘born and bred in Dallas” in 1971 with just three planes, has become the world’s largest low-cost carrier. The company also has the largest fleet of Boeing 737. Their first 737-300, the Spirit of Kitty Hawk, is on display here. I had lots of fun pretending to serve chicken or pasta (I was by myself, otherwise, I wouldn’t have done it). Nearby, the nose section of a 737-200 allows a detailed view of its avionics bay and flight deck.

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Do you remember Braniff Airlines? I do! I seem to remember seeing Braniff merchandising at home. The company operated from 1928 to 1982. They flew within the US first and expanded to the Americas, Asia, and Europe in the 1970s. The display cabinets are full of handwritten boarding cards, first class menus and china (actual, real china!), Braniff dolls, among other things. A series of mannequins wear the flight attendants’ uniforms through the different decades. Braniff hired Emilio Pucci to design them at one point, and you can certainly tell which ones are his.

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I visited the museum on a regular weekday, it was rather empty. It’s quite popular with families with kids and for school trips. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for 65 and over, $7 for kids between 3 and 17. It opens Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 am and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm. There isn’t a cafeteria but there are vending machines and a seating area with tables.

6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas

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Get behind the scenes at Love Field Airport

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Love Field Airport in Dallas, Texas #Dallas #lovefield #USA

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