15 Things To Do In Dallas This Summer

15 Things to do in DFW this Summer

Looking for fun things to do in Dallas this summer? We’ve consolidated a list of 15 favorite Dallas summer spots and activities! Whether you want to soak in the sun at the lake, keep cool indoors and shop, or try out new restaurants, we’ve got something on the list for everyone to enjoy.

1.) Head to White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake was built in 1900 and is located in East Dallas. This is a great spot to picnic, hike, bike, fish, kayak, or even sail! Crossing over 1,015 acres, this lake is a hot spot all year long. If you’re into cycling, you can enjoy the gorgeous scenery up White Rock Creek Trail!

2.) Take the Family to the Dallas Zoo
Recognized as one of the country’s top zoos by USA Today, a day trip to the Dallas Zoo is one of the best ways to keep everyone in the family entertained. Stop by the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit, and experience a close view of the giraffes, elephants, lions, and many other species.

3.) Escape the Heat at Galleria Dallas
Located in North Dallas, the Galleria is known for being home to over 200 retail shops, its unique shopping, dining, entertainment, and mix of culture. Take a shopping day, dine, and enjoy the ice skating rink all year long here!

4.) Go Bowling at Pinstack
With locations in Allen, Las Colinas, and Plano, PINSTACK is the solid choice for indoor activities. PINSTACK offers a variety of entertainment that includes rock climbing, bumper cars, laser tag, and of course bowling! They also offer a full-service restaurant and bar.

5.) Enjoy Exciting Urban Design, Dining, and Events at Cityline in Richardson
CityLine is full of urban design, dining, parks, unique events, and exciting activities. Grab lunch at Good Union BBQ and enjoy an outdoor weekend event. With a DART Bus Station right on property, getting to and from CityLine is a breeze!

6.) Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
One word; BEAUTIFUL. Whether you have one hour or four, you can enjoy a picnic, walk around, relax, or simply admire the garden’s beauty. If you head over to the Arboretum, make sure to stop by A Tasteful Place; a new vegetable and herb garden where you can enjoy a free snack.

Tip: Buy your Dallas Arboretum parking ahead of time online to save money.

7.) The Dallas Farmers Market
There’s always so much to do at the Dallas Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, chef demos, artisan cheeses, and local produce. The Farmers Market is dog-friendly, so you are welcome to bring your furry friends for an adventure!

8.) Enjoy a picnic at Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren is open to the public, offering a big lawn fringed with a tree-lined promenade that features a restaurant, children’s park, botanical garden, reading room, dog park, and games area. In addition to these amazing things, the park brings in food trucks on the regular and hosts unique group classes like yoga with goats. Definitely worth going there this summer!

9.) There’s Something for Everyone at the Perot Museum
With it’s main campus located in Victory Park, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers exhibits, programs, and even events! Let your curiosity take lead in this discovery zone.

10.) See the Texas Rangers Play at Globe Life Park
Go experience the new climate-controlled stadium of the Texas Rangers this summer. If you want to go all out, make sure you book a pre-game tour and learn about the unique features of the state-of-the-art ballpark along with the team’s fascinating history.

11.) Shop local in Bishop Arts District
When it comes to retail therapy, the Bishop Arts District is a great option. You can support local businesses by shopping at Ely Artisans Jewelry, CocoAndre Chocolatier, Indigo 1745, Marcel Market, and many more fascinating shops. The mix of retro and modern trends can’t be hidden here!

12.)Drive down for a safari at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
This drive-through safari park is a must! If you’re up for a drive, Fossil Rim is located at 1629 Park Rd 59, Glen Rose, TX 76043, just an hour away from Fort Worth and one hour and a half from Dallas. You can feed the wildlife, from the comfort of your car. Other activities include: discovering dinosaur tracks, hiking, biking, and taking guided tours.

Tip: Purchase your day passes ahead of time online.

13.) Watch a movie under the stars at Coyote Drive-In Fort Worth
If you’re up for a trip to Fort Worth, you’ll find Coyote Drive-In. The theatre shows a mix of older and newer films, and even hosts concerts from time to time. This is a blast-from-the-past outing you’re sure to enjoy!

It’s important to note that outside food is not allowed, but you are able to purchase refreshments on-site.

14.) Take a Stroll at The Boardwalk at Granite Park
With seven Dallas-based restaurants and unmatched waterfront views, the Boardwalk offers a unique dining and hang-out experience. Take a stroll down the restaurants and enjoy the spacious patios, lawn games, and live music. Whether you’re wanting to brunch or just want to relax next to some nice views, the Boardwalk at Granite has something for everyone.

15.) The Dallas Museum of Art
In the heart of the arts district, the DMA is one of the largest art museums in America. In addition to the stunning Collection, on display year-round, the DMA hosts curated exhibitions throughout the year. Make sure to get tickets early so you don’t miss out!

These spots are a sure way to fill your summer days. Please be sure to visit the venue websites ahead of time to ensure accessibility and current Covid precautions.


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