Dallas

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Once a minor trading post, today this vibrant city offers visitors a cosmopolitan centre packed with galleries and museums, and an outer ring dotted with historic suburbs, family theme parks and scenic lakes.

Dallas is one of Texas and the wider US’s most important cultural and business centres. Skyscrapers dominate the city skyline, but at ground level they mix with historic buildings, cool bars and pleasant parks. Spend some time exploring the galleries of the Arts District, then dive into the nightlife of Uptown and Deep Ellum. Or hop in a car and head to the outskirts of town for hikes, picnics and small-town Texas charm.

Founded in the mid-19th century, Dallas grew fast thanks to agriculture, industry and oil booms. If you’re visiting for the first time, head to the Old Red Museum to find out more about the city’s history, then take a ride to the top of the nearby Reunion Tower for a panoramic view of modern Dallas.

Explore Downtown on foot, starting in the West End Historic District, where red-brick former warehouses have been converted into smart cafes and lively restaurants. In the Arts District to the east, wander through the innovative mix of indoor and outdoor galleries at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and admire the striking modern architecture of the Winspear Opera House.

Dallas is perfect for families too. Encounter sharks and penguins at the Dallas World Aquarium, and explore its second-floor recreation of a South American rainforest. Learn more about the natural world at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, or let off some steam Six Flags Over Texas, a huge theme park to the west of the city. If you’d rather be shopping, you can spend a whole day at Galleria Dallas, which mixes a wide range of shops with family-friendly restaurants and an indoor ice rink.

When you need a break from the city, escape to the expansive Lake Ray Hubbard for picnics, boating and long walks, or drive out to Grapevine, a historic suburb that is famous for its award-winning wineries. For a really relaxing Dallas holiday, consider basing yourself in one of the quieter suburbs – with excellent road and public transport networks, you’ll still be within easy reach of everything this fantastic Texan city has to offer.

Where to stay in Dallas

Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum

Top hotels in Dallas

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Omni Dallas Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
4.5 out of 5
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
€180
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (6,528 reviews)

"The view is amazing staff are friendly rooms are clean and nice looking"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Omni Dallas Hotel
Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central
Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central
4 out of 5
7800 Alpha Road, Dallas, TX
€80
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Park Central, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Richland College and within 6 miles (10 km) of Galleria Dallas and Northpark Center. University of ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,033 reviews)

"The property was clean and comfortable (spacious). God location for our purposes"…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2020

Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central
Wingate by Wyndham Dallas Love Field
Wingate by Wyndham Dallas Love Field
2.5 out of 5
8650 N Stemmons Fwy, I-35E Exit 434A Empire Central, Dallas, TX
€83
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Parkland Memorial Hospital ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,458 reviews)

"plenty of parking, good breakfast , just needed hot grits we live in the South we love grits. very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Wingate by Wyndham Dallas Love Field

Popular things to do in Dallas

AT&T Stadium
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AT&T Stadium

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Relax and enjoy the atmosphere as you watch the Dallas Cowboys in their stunning stadium, one of the largest in the NFL.

Six Flags Over Texas
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Six Flags Over Texas

5/5(2 reviews)

Get your adrenalin pumping at this theme park, home to the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Texas.

Dallas World Aquarium
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Dallas World Aquarium

There is more to this aquarium than fish; explore a South American rain forest, learn about Mayan culture and watch birds and animals under a leafy canopy.

Reunion Tower
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Reunion Tower

5/5(5 reviews)

The easily recognizable Dallas landmark dubbed “God’s golf ball” offers world-class dining and incredible city views. 

Globe Life Park in Arlington
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Globe Life Park in Arlington

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Experience the lively atmosphere, watch nail-biting baseball games and admire the retro design of the home ground of the Texas Rangers.

Dallas Zoo
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Dallas Zoo

Lunch with lions, feed a giraffe or ride a camel in wild habitats near downtown Dallas. 

Top activities in Dallas

Dallas Reunion Tower Observation Deck Admission
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Dallas Reunion Tower Observation Deck Admission

88% of travellers recommend
€18
Per adult
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

92% of travellers recommend
€60
Per adult
Dallas CityPASS: Admission to Top 4 Dallas Attractions
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Dallas CityPASS: Admission to Top 4 Dallas Attractions

88% of travellers recommend
€46
Per adult
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium

82% of travellers recommend
€14
Per adult
Dallas Sightseeing Segway Tour
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Dallas Sightseeing Segway Tour

100% of travellers recommend
€48
Per adult
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park in Dallas
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Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park in Dallas

€34
Per adult

Reviews of Dallas

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Akin

Dec 1, 2019

I love Dallas. I came from England UK and I will come again

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 9, 2019

Make sure you get a map of the road system as was very daunting.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 22, 2019

Good transport links and enjoyed the Kennedy museum

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 24, 2019

Friendly, helpful people and welcoming environment.

3/5 - Okay

Adrian

May 17, 2019

The DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transport) light railway runs from Akard station (3 short blocks from the hotel) to and from DFW airport and is extraordinarily cheap and convenient if you have little luggage and plenty of time

3/5 - Okay

Adam

May 13, 2019

Not much to do and once out of the city there are some dodgy areas

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