Dallas City and Culture

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Dallas City and Culture
Dallas is a big city, with a culture and history to match. There is always something new to try, as well as classic Dallas activities and museums to revisit time and time again.
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    More Than Just the Wild West
    First thoughts of Dallas may include images of desert landscapes and cowboys riding off into the sunset, but you will find very few of those in this metropolitan city. Dallas has benefited over the years from the cotton, oil, and real estate booms, and has many historical buildings, museums, and tours to prove it. Stop by the Sixth Floor Museum to learn more about the tragic day JFK was assassinated downtown, explore the new George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus, or stroll through historic Fair Park, which features a lagoon, an aquarium, and the African American Museum.
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    Dallas’s Unique Neighborhoods
    Like most big cities, Dallas is divided into neighborhoods that each have their own sub-cultures and personalities. Deep Ellum and Lower Greenville are known for their edginess and are filled with small, one-of-a-kind eateries and bars, as well as an abundance of tattoo parlors and venues featuring live music. In the Design District, you’ll find the latest and greatest of everything from furniture to cappuccinos, while in Uptown and Knox Henderson you can run with the young crowd and party the night away. Dallas really does have something for everyone and experiencing the unique energy that pulses through each area helps you understand how the greater city of Dallas is formed.
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    A Laid-Back Neighbor with a Big Personality
    Thirty miles directly to the west of Dallas sits the city of Fort Worth. Though you often hear the area referred to as DFW or Dallas/Fort Worth, there is a big difference between the two cities' cultures. Dallas’s smaller neighbor has its own distinct cowboy culture, cuisine, and arts scene, and is definitely worth a visit during your trip to Dallas. Fort Worth is friendly, laid-back, and incredibly approachable. Explore Sundance Square and see locals walking around in cowboy boots and hats, venture to the historic stockyards and see a rodeo, or meander through the new West 7th development, with its plentiful high-end restaurants and retail options.
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    A Museum for Everyone
    Dallas has a wide range of museums to suit a variety of interests. Must-visits include the highly anticipated Perot Museum of Nature and Science and world-class art museums like the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbell, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Most of the primary museums are found in the Dallas Arts District, which is tucked on the edge of Downtown Dallas. The district is a dedicated area that is filled with more than museums; there are also performance venues such as the Meyerson Symphony Center and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, as well as parks and other recreation areas.
    Photo courtesy of Mark Knight/Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    Brewery-Hopping around Dallas
    Many local craft breweries have been popping up around Dallas in the past few years; visiting them makes for a fun afternoon activity. Most of the breweries offer weekend tours and tastings, and usually feature live music and food during the tour as well. Deep Ellum Brewing, Community Beer Company, and Peticolas Brewing all offer high quality, locally loved craft beer at prices that are easy on the wallet. The attitude of each brewery tends to reflect the personality of the neighborhood it inhabits. Pick a sunny afternoon to plan your visit and take your beer tastings outside on the patio.
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    A Team for Every Sports Fan
    Dallas is home to an array of world-famous sports franchises, including the Dallas Cowboys, Stars, Mavericks, and the Texas Rangers. While you're in town, take a tour of the facilities where these teams play. The recently built AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, offers daily tours of the massive dome and expansive facilities. Globe Life Park in Arlington, which is located across the street, also offers tours and has a baseball museum. Check out the sports schedules for the teams before your visit to see if you can snag a seat for an entertaining evening out.
    Photo courtesy of Bill Young/Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
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    The Dallas Performing Arts Scene
    The Dallas performing arts scene features a full and varied schedule of dance, theater, comedy, and musical performances throughout the year at venues such as the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Meyerson Symphony Center. A yearly event that many look forward to is the Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) that take place at Fair Park. For almost 75 years, DSM has brought well-known Broadway performances like Wicked, Mamma Mia!, The Wizard of Oz, and more to North Texas audiences. Check the schedules of the major venues to see who is performing when you are in town.
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    Local Souvenirs
    It's always nice to bring something home with you from your trip that serves as a reminder of the places you have been. If you are looking for one of the best places to find Dallas-specific souvenirs, look no further than the Dallas Farmers Market. Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, the farmers' market is comprised of several large sheds that are filled with local produce, crafts, homemade products, and other delicacies. The farmers' market is open seven days a week, but is most heavily packed with vendors and items to purchase on the weekend.
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    See and Be Seen
    Dallas is obsessed with beautiful people and things, and this is something you should expect to witness on your visit. From the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to immaculately groomed Highland Park residents, this city absolutely cares about how it looks. Get in on the action by visiting one of the top spas or salons around the area before a night out on the town. As well as day spas that will pamper you to your heart’s content, blow-dry bars like Drybar will arrange your hair perfectly, and make-up studios like Blushington will apply your make-up professionally.
    Photo courtesy of Drybar