Things to Do in Dallas | The 12-Hour Tour

In a city known for its size, it may seem hard to narrow things down. That’s where we come in. At Tex Traveler, we’ve planned out the best way to spend 12 hours in Dallas.

Everyone knows the adage; everything is bigger in Texas.  That’s especially true when it comes to Dallas – the ‘Big D’ of the Lone Star State.  In a city known for its size, it may seem hard to narrow things down.  That’s where we come in.  At Tex Traveler, we’ve planned out the best way to spend 12 hours of things to do in Dallas, Texas.

Take a stroll down the Katy Trail

If you’re planning a full day with plenty of things to do in Dallas, you’re practically guaranteed to be spending a good deal of that time eating, which is why it’s a good idea to work up an appetite in the morning.  Whether you’re a serious runner or a complete amateur, the Katy Trail, with its scenic views of downtown, is a great way to start your day in Dallas, Texas.

Breakfast: Crossroads Diner

8121 Walnut Hill Ln.

After a morning of exercise, you owe yourself the reward of a sugary treat.  The legendary sticky buns at Crossroads Diner are the perfect way to satisfy that sweet tooth.  A purveyor of high quality breakfasts, this diner features an extensive menu with options ranging from the classic (pancakes, waffles, and eggs benedict) to the innovative (brioche French toast and a specialty Greek Frittata).

Shop it up at NorthPark Center

8687 N Central Expy

NorthPark has earned its reputation as one of America’s pre-eminent luxury shopping malls.  But even if your pocketbook is a little light for a trip to Tiffany’s or Neiman Marcus, you won’t want to miss the museum-quality collection of rotating art, which boasts work from the likes of Andy Warhol. Other attractions include a movie theater and food court.  

Lunch: Burger House

6913 Hillcrest Ave.

This Dallas institution has been serving up high-quality grub for a long time – since 1951 to be exact! Located just down the street from Southern Methodist University in trendy Snider Plaza, Burger House caters to students and professionals alike.  The menu offers the usual standards – burgers, fries, and milkshakes abound, as one might expect at a place called Burger House – but what really sets it apart is the famous seasoning salt, which is packaged and sold around the country to devotees. 

Klyde Warren Park and Museum District

2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Suite 403

No trip to Dallas is complete without a trip to Klyde Warren Park, which was opened in 2012 as part of a city-wide project of urban renewal.  The park hosts concerts and events throughout the year, but even if there’s nothing going on, it’s worth stopping by just to see a little green in the heart of gleaming downtown Dallas. Best of all, two of the most prominent museums in the city – the Dallas Museum of Art  and the Nasher Sculpture Center – are conveniently located just across the street.

Dinner: Neighborhood Services

5027 W Lovers Lane

Consistently ranked among the top restaurants in the city, Neighborhood Services  is the rare establishment where urban elite dine alongside suburban families. Chef Nick Badovinus’ unique brand of upscale comfort food is as unpretentious as it is delicious.  Whether you order the roasted cauliflower flatbread or stick to a classic rib eye, you can feel confident that you’ll be getting a great meal at this Dallas eatery.

Check out Lower Greenville

Greeneville Ave.

The popular Lower Greenville neighborhood in East Dallas boasts a variety of entertainment options sure to please all types of travelers.  Music lovers can check out concerts at the Granada Theater or browse the racks at Good Records .  Dessert mavens will want to sample the offerings at Steel City Pops and Society Bakery. Others will be happy to hit up the bars, which are some of the liveliest in the city.

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