Weekend Getaways in Dallas

Dallas is a fascinating city that is just full of different activities that appeal to each person in individual ways. This city is bustling with activity and makes you a firm believer in the motto of Dallas “Live Large. Think Big”. This city that is based on big dreams knows how to show its visitors a good time, not matter what their interests.

If you’re looking for a weekend escape then give Dallas a try. You’ll find that you can plan an entire weekend around one of your favorite activities or you can mix and match and pick and choose from the suggestions below to create a weekend that you’ll never forget. In fact, you may find you enjoyed it so much that you’ll want to come back again and again to catch a few of the activities that you missed the first time around.

Live Entertainment

Live entertainment abounds in Dallas. There is a constantly changing schedule of headline performers in a number of realms that provide ample entertainment, but in addition to the touring headliners there are a number of ongoing live entertainment alternatives to keep you entertained. Ad Libs is a local improve comedy troupe that has been performing its particular brand of humor in the Dallas region for more than two decades. Dallas Dines Out lists a number of popular Dallas and Dallas area dining establishments that feature live music while you eat. Take your pick and enjoy your favorite food with music to match. The Deep Ellum district of Dallas is a renovated old warehouse district and is known for its constantly hip, happening and changing club and music scene. This is the place to go for regular excitement and to be on the cutting edge of Dallas’s night scene.


For people looking for more of a cultural experience then the museums of Dallas provide that and so much more. The first museum that any visitor to Dallas should visit is The Sixth Floor Museum. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is where Lee Harvey Oswald was when he shot (or shot at, depending on your opinion) President John F. Kennedy. The floor is now a museum dedicated to the president and provides a deeper understanding of the man as well as his assassination. The Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas lets visitors explore geology, natural history, space, the human body and so much more. The Dallas Museum of Art will satiate your need for an artistic touch with more than 23,000 works of art from around the world from ancient to modern times.

Family Fun

If you’re headed out on a Dallas weekend getaway with your entire family then you might want to visit the Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Garden. The Dallas World Aquarium and Zoological Garden once was an empty warehouse but was purchased and converted into a state of the art aquarium. The aquarium was such a success that other warehouses have been purchased and the facilities expanded. The Dallas Zoo covers 95 acres and is open to the public every day except Christmas. Founded in 1888 the zoo features 406 species and about 1,800 animals. For something full of adrenaline and low on educational value then Adventure Landing is a perfect place for the whole family with mini golf, go-karting, video games, batting cages, laser tag and a restaurant.

Sports Fun

For the sports fanatics out there Dallas is a hotbed of sporting activities. Dallas is the only metro area in the southwest to host teams from five major professional sports leagues. The Dallas Cowboys are the area’s contribution to the National Football League and if the Dallas Cowboys aren’t exciting enough for you then the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders sure will be. The Dallas Mavericks were founded in 1980 and since have become one of the National Basketball Association’s most exciting franchises. For Major League Baseball fans the Texas Rangers promise to put on a thrilling game. Hockey fans will appreciate the Dallas Stars, champions of the 1999 Stanley Cup, who knows they may have a comeback. Once known as the Dallas Burn, the current FC Dallas is the region’s only Major League Soccer franchise. And if that isn’t enough you can always check out the Texas Motor Speedway for race activity, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo for some good old fashioned Texas fun, if it’s the right time of year you can catch the HP Byron Nelson Championship and see some of golf’s finest or check out the most successful sports franchise in women’s football with the Dallas Diamonds.


Dallas is somewhat of a shopping Mecca for those who are in the know. One of the most popular sites to shop in Dallas is the Galleria Dallas where it might not be what you shop for so much as who you see while shopping. This is the spot where a large number of celebrities have been seen spending their (not so hard earned) money. And the indoor ice rink at the Galleria Dallas has attracted some of the top names in figure skating. For a unique shopping experience then the Bishop Arts District is the place to go. This old warehouse district (notice that Dallas has a lot of those) was converted and revitalized into a wonderful little shopping center with independently owned shops with eclectic little trinkets and stunning clothing that you can’t find anywhere else. And for another interesting experience, hop at trolley to Uptown Dallas for some of the best antique and specialty store shopping around. There are also a number of great restaurants so schedule your trip around a meal and take time to explore.

To get the most out of your weekend getaway to Dallas try exploring a little bit of this and a little bit of that and enjoying a lot of the local cuisine. You’ll be delighted with the outcome and will definitely find experiences that you want to come back and enjoy again and again. Remember, Live Large. Think Big.
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