You don’t need a ton of money, or any money, to enjoy Dallas. As Texas’ third largest city, it has something for everyone — and many of them don’t cost a thing! Here are some of our favorite, fun, free activities to do in Dallas.
Go on an Instagram-Worthy Public Art Tour
The Dallas Public Art Program is currently has over 300 works of public art. These works include the famous Cattle Drive sculpture and Giant Eyeball as well as other murals, sculptures, and fountains. Dallas’ public art can be found in nearly every area of the city. Most of the city’s public art was created by local and regional artists. The public art in Dallas celebrates the city’s history, diversity, and civic memory. Use this interactive map to create and plan your public art tour.
Celebrate Diversity at Thanks-Giving Square
Thanks-Giving Square was built by four Dallas businessmen in 1964 and it serves as “the soul and spiritual hub of the city.” The park grounds include trees, flowers, a mosaic, the Great Fountain, and Chapel of Thanksgiving. The chapel looks like a white spiral aiming towards the heavens and is intentionally designed to honor all faiths. Thanks-Giving Square is where everyone comes together to reflect and appreciate diversity.
Hike the Trails at Cedar Ridge Preserve
Cedar Ridge Preserve is a great place to experience the outdoors just 20 minutes south of Dallas. It includes 600 acres of natural habitat with 9 miles of trails and picnic areas. Located in “hill country,” hikers can climb to an elevation of 755 feet and take in panoramic views of the surrounding forests. Remember to bring plenty of water and watch out for snakes.
Learn About African American History at the Freedman’s Cemetery and Memorial
Dallas was once home to the largest community of freed slaves in the country. Located in North Dallas, this community was the social, cultural and economic hub of black life in the city. The Freedman’s Cemetery was established in 1861 and was the burial ground for this vibrant community. In 1990, a memorial was built on the site to honor this community and their contributions to Dallas. Today, visitors can walk the grounds and learn the history and significance of Dallas’ African American community. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves history.
Escape to Nature at the Trinity River Audubon Center
Did you know the Trinity River Audubon Center is the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States? Yep! And it’s located just south of Downtown Dallas. The area used to be an illegal dumpsite but was cleaned up and repurposed into beautiful public land. Visitors to the Center can wander the trails, admire native plants, and birdwatch. It’s a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The center is free to Dallas area (75217 zip code) residents. There is a small fee for anyone who is not a resident.
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