Visit the Old West at the Dallas Heritage Village
Travel to the Old West at this re-created 19th-century village. Guided tours take you along the redbrick Main Street, with visits to many of the Old West buildings, including a one-room church, a log cabin and a bank said to have been robbed by Bonnie and Clyde.
1515 S. Harwood St., Dallas Dallas Heritage Village Website
Take me out to a ball game museum
Before the first-inning bats crack at a Texas Rangers game, catch up on baseball history with a 50-minute tour of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The highlight is a visit to the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum, where Babe Ruth’s jersey and Joe DiMaggio’s glove are proudly displayed.
1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington Texas Rangers Website
Window-shopping at Highland Park Village
Shopping at this 1930s outdoor mall, resembling a Spanish-style village, is like shopping on Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive. Spend an afternoon browsing the fashionable boutiques – Prada, Jimmy Choo and Ralph Lauren, to name a few – that line the tree-lined brick paths and walkways jutting out from the central plaza.
Highland Park, Dallas Highland Park Village Website
Touring the Nasher Sculpture Center outdoor garden
Light infuses the inside of this glass and marble structure, but a stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden is a highlight of a visit here. A walk through this immense museum takes in pieces by Picasso and Rodin alongside Borofsky’s depiction of seven life-size figures defying gravity while climbing a 100-foot pole.
2001 Flora St., Dallas Nasher Sculpture Center Website
Take a ride on the M-Line
Vintage early 20th-century streetcars run up and down McKinney Avenue, travelling from Uptown through the Dallas Arts District and up to the fashionable West End Historic District. Hop aboard for a scenic ride past outdoor sculptures, museums, and local Dallasites going about their day.
McKinney Ave., Dallas M-Line Trolley Website
Dallas Farmers Market
Wander among the smells of garden-fresh tomatoes, Asian spices and flowers of all scents in this open-air market downtown. If the mouth- watering flavors don’t tempt you to linger for lunch, the view of the Dallas skyline will.
1010 S. Pearl Expwy., Dallas Dallas Farmers Market Website
Biking along White Rock Lake
Just east of downtown Dallas, White Rock Lake draws outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds to its leafy banks. Rent a bike in White Rock Lake Park and ride the loop trail, taking in the cool, green beauty along its shores.
1152 N Buckner Blvd., Dallas White Rock Lake Website
Jazz under the stars
Thursday nights in summer bring some of the top jazz musicians in the country to the plaza outside the Dallas Museum of Art. Pack a blanket and a picnic basket and groove to the sounds under a starlit sky.
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas Dallas Museum of Art Website
Stroll the Palmer Fern Deli at the Dallas Arboretum
The shady, wooded paths of the Dallas Arboretum’s Botanical Garden provide a welcome respite from the Texas sun. Best is a stroll through the secluded Palmer Fern Deli, where mist sprayers keep the shady spot especially cool.
8617 Garland Rd., Dallas The Dallas Arboretum &Botanical Gardens Website
Out and about on Greenville Avenue
From LBJ Freeway south to Ross Avenue, this long strip thrives with buzzing nightclubs, bars sophisticated and shabby, bohemian restaurants and vintage clothing shops. Come late afternoon and hang into the evening to get the full experience.
Greenville Ave., Dallas