Dallas is a bustling city full of life. While it might not be near a beach or the mountains, there's always an event to attend, a new restaurant to try, or a not-to-be-missed party happening around town. As one of the largest cities in America, Dallas is known for its shopping, hot temperatures and friendly Southern hospitality.
Shopping in Dallas
A hotspot for shopping, Dallas has plenty of high-end stores and quirky boutiques.
Malls such as NorthPark Center and the Galleria Dallas are very popular. Here, shoppers will find exclusive designer stores, while outlet malls can be found nearby in Allen and Grand Prairie. Here, shoppers can pick up big brand names at discount prices.
Eating out in Dallas
Dallas isn't known for its restaurant scene but there are signs that things are changing as new and exciting restaurants continuously pop up. From elegance to kitsch, one can find any ambience or type of cuisine to suit their mood.
Furthermore, Dallas loves to brunch. On weekends, many restaurants offer a delicious brunch menu with specials on Mimosas or Bloody Marys.
Nightlife in Dallas
Uptown Dallas is the place to see and be seen. Brimming with bars, restaurants and beautiful people, partygoers can find drink specials during the week and an eclectic club scene on the weekends. Those looking for a relaxed atmosphere will find a few dive bars in the city where people play pool and watch live sports over a beer.
Arts and culture in Dallas
Dallas offers residents a range of arts and culture activities. Museums focusing on both art and science can be found throughout the city. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a favourite among locals and expats alike because of its unique design and hands-on approach.
Be sure to check out the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Arboretum, where art and music are combined. In summer, wonderful outdoor concerts are held at these spectacular venues.
Outdoor activities in Dallas
White Rock Lake is one of Dallas' most popular spots. With running paths, biking trails and water activities kayaking and canoeing, it is the perfect place to spend time with friends and family over a weekend.
Dallas is full of lush parks. Klyde Warren Park, Main Street Garden Park and Lakeside Park are a few of the city's most popular green spaces.
New arrivals looking to get a taste of the Dallas sporting spirit should take the chance to watch one of the city's two favourite sports teams – the Dallas Cowboys in football and the Texas Rangers in baseball – play a home match at one of the local stadiums.
►Getting Around in Dallas provides an excellent overview of transport options in the city
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