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Top 10 FREE Things to do in Dallas
Dallas is an artsy, cultural, fast-paced modern metropolis, with a ton of personality. From Deep Ellum to Lower Greenville, Dallas boasts over 150 neighborhoods. It’s an impressive and eccelectic city that offers a little something for everyone. Whether you love live entertainment, or need something family friendly, Dallas has a venue. Here are our top 10 FREE things to do in Dallas:
Explore Dallas with a treasure hunt from Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. sponsors a fun lunchtime hunt on Mondays and Wednesdays. Pop over to Belo Garden a 11am for clues to get you started. You’ll take pictures of each place the clues lead you to, and post them on social media. You’ll be directed to shops, parks, landmarks and more. Once you’ve completed the tasks, go back to the Garden. The first one to finish receives a prize, and all who participate get goodies!
Learn something new at a free museum
Get cultured, stimulated and educated for FREE at several Dallas museums! The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the hallmarks of the city. It features over 22,000 art pieces, too! You can also see The Samurai Collection at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum. The Meadows Museum of Art features a HUGE collection of Spanish art. And the African American Museum offers tons of history and pride. Check them all out for free admission!
Let loose at Reverchon Park
Uptown Dallas, you’ll find Reverchon Park. It features tennis courts, baseball fields, hiking trails, garden area, a volleyball court and much more. It covers 41.3 acres, and a TON of possibilities for activities. It’s not quite as popular as other parks in Dallas, but it’s just as wonderful, and less crowded, too.
Catch a ride on the McKinney Avenue Trolley
What better way to tour Dallas (or get around, if you’re local), then a classic trolley!? The trolleys – Rosie, Matilda, Petunia, Miss Daisy and Green Dragon – are restored, vintage trolley cars. They ramble along Dallas’ original trolley tracks through downtown. Temperature-controlled, 100 year old trolleys. We’re in! Ride are always FREE, and the service runs 365 days a year! Stop over here to see the route map and schedule.
Relax outdoors with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
As part of the Parks Concerts series, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra offers FREE concerts! As they move around various parks in Dallas, the orchestra sets up a casual, family friendly environment. Bring a blanket and lounge in the sun, while listening to amazing classical live music for free! See the website for locations and schedule.
Get cultured with Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park might not be “free,” but it sure is worth it! Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday night performances ask for a donation to attend. Performances are in the amphitheater at the Samuell Grand Park. Wilt thou partake in a festival of thespian culture? 😉 Check the website for details about play schedules.
Sample freshness at Dallas Farmer’s Market
Monday through Sunday from 10am until 6pm, take a stroll through the Dallas Farmer’s Market. This 26,000 square foot food hall and artisanal vendor market also features more than just market fresh foods. There are four restaurants, and seating areas inside and out. Score some free samples from vendors, and relax while enjoying the Dallas skyline! Dallas Farmer’s Market is located at 920 South Harwood Street.
Take a tour & drink free beer at Four Corners Brewing
Every Saturday, Four Corners Brewing offers tours of their industrial-style, yet trendy brewery. Three guys started making beer out of their garage, and it blossomed into a hot spot in Dallas. Learn all about how beer is made, what inspires the flavors of Four Corners brews, and get some free samples, too! Find Four Corners Brewing just west of downtown at 423 Singleton Blvd.
Get your giggles going at the Dallas Comedy House
Tuesday nights are open mic night. That means you can try your luck at some stand-up comedy, or watch other funny people on stage for FREE! If stand-up isn’t your forte, consider the free Improv Comedy Jam Session on the same night. Located in the heart of Deep Ellum, the Dallas Comedy house is located on Main Street.
And….. our number 1 pick for free things to do in Dallas:
Cheap Date Night at the Granada Theater
Sundown at the Granada Theater offers everything you could need for a cheap date night, or girl’s night out. Get free entertainment with live bands throughout the week, and drink specials like 1/2 off bottles of wine and 1/2 price draft beer. Cuddle up on the roof and watch a movie with your date for free on Wednesdays, too. Even better, Wednesdays offer 1/2 price whiskey! Visit the Granada at 3502 Greenville Ave. This is number 1 on our list of free things to do in Dallas, because it’s unique, a little nostalgic, and makes for great memories.
There you go! These are our top 10 favorite free things to do in Dallas! What would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments about your favorite free event or activity!
Have a little extra wiggle room in your budget!? Be sure to go here to checkout discounted ticket prices for events in Dallas and Fort Worth! Also, keep in mind that Groupon and LivingSocial always have great deals on local shops, restaurants, spas and more. GoldStar also offers half-priced entertainment! Other ways to save going out, try Pogo Pass or City Pass!