Those traveling on a short budget will have no problem finding fun things to do in Dallas, Texas. The city offers countless tourist attractions, many of which fit into a tight budget.
Visitors with travel budgets of any size can enjoy a plethora of enjoyable activities. Whether making a short stop in the city or relaxing for a few days, people can easily fill their time with cheap or free activities.
Overall, Dallas is a trendy city. Some may interpret that to mean the city is expensive, but that is not the case. An abundance of inexpensive tourist attractions are spread throughout the city. Below are seven of the best free activities. The list is in no particular order and is only a short sample of what budgeted travelers can enjoy.
One of the most tragic events in American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is open to all those who want to see and remember. The JFK Memorial is a commemoration of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The outdoor memorial is located in Dealey Plaza, a National Historical Landmark District and the birthplace of the great city of Dallas.
2. Public ArtWalk Dallas (downtown or Deep Ellum)
A few areas in Dallas are overtly decorated with public art. Tourists who enjoy art and want to explore Dallas should roam around the Public Art Walk in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Over thirty exhibits stand to teach an awareness and appreciation of beautiful public works. Tourists can study intricate architecture, modern sculptures, flowing fountains, and many other pieces of art.
Many museums in Dallas have regular events when admission is free. Usually these events occur once a month, however, some seasonal displays are always free. Budgeted travelers that want to see a museum should see if any museum that piques their interest offers such a special. For example, free admission is offered the first Saturday of each month at the Nasher Sculpture Garden and on the first Tuesday of the month at the Dallas Museum of Art. The local Dallas museums offer world-class exhibits, and travelers of all budget-sizes are pleased to view them.
4. Thanksgiving Square
Located in downtown Dallas, Thanksgiving Square is a local monument to the national holiday and the spirit of gratitude. The square serves as a symbol of unity and the healing of divisions. The site is well known in the city because it was created in 1977 and has three bells that ring everyday between 7 am and 8 pm. Tourists can wander around the square on their own volition or learn about the world history and traditions of Thanksgiving for a minimally-priced tour.
Mary Kay Cosmetics is one of the best known companies founded in Dallas, Texas. The company shares its history and spirit through a museum adjacent to their headquarters. Visitors can explore the museum and take free tours of the office and manufacturing facilities. The Mary Kay Museum covers more than the company history, it tells the inspirational story of Mary Kay Ash and develops their mission of empowering women. Many tourists go to the museum expecting to see make-up, and are pleasantly surprised by the uplifting and inspirational message.
6. Window shop the designer clothes
Although designer clothes are very expensive to buy, looking costs nothing! Tourists who enjoy high fashion are welcome to enjoy the local fashion venues. Especially at Northpark Mall, fashion lovers can sift through specialty stores, like Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, and Versace. Tourists will see the latest runway looks without draining their wallet. The mall itself is fantastic to see, because it is decorated with modern art and has a sleek design.
7. Jog around White Rock Lake
Near downtown is a beautiful lake, open to all those who enjoy being outdoors. At White Rock Lake tourists can go for a walk, jog, or bike ride along its edge. The accompanying park is supplied with scenic areas fishing piers. The lake is lush with manicured greenery surrounding its edges. It is one of the best free outdoor activities in Dallas and something budgeted visitors will not want to miss.