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Top-Rated Dallas Tourist Attractions & Day Trips

Sunny Dallas is the most populous city in the state of Texas. Not surprising, Dallas is home to a wealth of historic, cultural, and natural attractions. Travelers from around the world visit Dallas for its Texan charm and to enjoy all that it has to offer. Whether you’re visiting to catch the Cowboys score some touchdowns or you want to sample Tex-Mex cuisine at one of the city’s best-loved restaurants, you’re sure to find a wealth of other exciting things to see and do when you’re in town.

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01Dallas World Aquarium

A group of American Flamingo at Dallas World Aquarium

The Dallas World Aquarium is a fun-filled, family-friendly venue that even adults will love. With its near 90,000 gallons of saltwater, the aquarium will wow you with its incredible array of marine life like jellyfish, stingrays, and sharks. The Dallas World Aquarium also features a popular rainforest exhibit that showcases creatures like toucans, sloths, and toothy Orinoco crocodiles. You'll even get the opportunity to witness colorful poison dart frogs.

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02Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Flowers at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Situated on 66 acres, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens boast extraordinary landscapes and flower beds that attract crowds of visitors each year. The arboretum and gardens are home to a large pond where visitors love to congregate. When visiting, you'll want to take in highlights like the McCasland Sunken Garden, the Boswell Family Garden, and the Nancy Clements Seay Magnolia Glade. No matter what season you visit, there are incredible botanical attractions to behold.

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03Dallas Museum of Art

Woman looking at a painting on the wall

If you're an art lover, you owe it to yourself to visit the Dallas Museum of Art when you're in town. This renowned museum features an outstanding collection of works that includes artists like Rodin, Picasso, Monet, and many others. The permanent collection features ancient works from Greek and Roman artisans. Temporary exhibits focus on a wide range of interesting subject matter related to historic and contemporary art.

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04Fort Worth

Forth Worth Stock Yards street sign

Nearby Fort Worth, Texas, offers a truly Western experience for visitors to the Dallas area. Fort Worth is regarded as the gateway to the west, so you can find lots of cowboy-inspired shops and restaurants. Sure--there's plenty to keep you in Dallas, but if you want to explore surrounding areas, Fort Worth is an easy day trip that offers a myriad of things to see and do.

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05Old Red Museum

The Dallas County Courthouse building captured at night

Situated in a red-brick courthouse that dates to 1890, the Old Red Museum features an eclectic array of artifacts that visitors are sure to enjoy. The collections include mammoth tusks and shark teeth--always big attractions for the kids. Both kids and adults are sure to learn lots about the history of Dallas--its earliest days to the modern era.

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06Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park

Friends screaming on a rollercoaster

If you're in the mood for some thrill rides when you're in Dallas, be sure to visit the Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park. This park invariably tops lists of favorite Dallas attractions. From roller coasters to bungee jumping, there are plenty of rides and exhibits that will get your heart pounding.

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07Lake Texoma

Sunset at Lake Texoma

For a relaxing day trip where you can enjoy some fishing and hiking, head to Lake Texoma. The lake attracts both fishing amateurs and experts. The lake is actually one of the largest reservoirs in the nation. Power boating, water skiing, and sailing are also popular activities on the lake. Pack a picnic lunch and head over to spend time in the region's famous sunshine.

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08Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Visitors gathered in front of Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is filled with interactive exhibits that attract a myriad of visitors each year. The museum features themed sections like earth sciences, energy, and innovation. The building contains a renowned escalator that shows off the layout of the structure and a 3D theater. If you're a science buff, you don't want to miss out on this popular attraction.

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09Pioneer Plaza

 Statues of steer are covered in snow in Dallas

Looking to take a fun selfie to commemorate your trip to Dallas? Be sure to visit Pioneer Plaza to witness its famous Cattle Drive sculptures that pay homage to the region's history. The bronze sculptures are larger than life and are an important Dallas landmark. They located within the city's business district, so they're easily accessible to visitors.

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10Turner Falls State Park

Morning light in Turner Fall

To enjoy the region's landscapes and to get in some outdoor fun, head to Turner Falls State Park located across the border in Oklahoma. If you're looking for a fun day trip, the park beckons with its trails and gorgeous waterfalls. From its caves to its streams, Turner Falls State Park features a wide array of natural attractions to enjoy. It's another family-friendly site that's ideal for people of any age.

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