How To Spend 12 Hours In Dallas, Texas

Dallas | © Neff Conner/Flickr
Dallas | © Neff Conner/Flickr
Photo of Lauren Jones
21 October 2016

Home to ‘America’s Team’, big hair, and the Ewings, Dallas is much more than the stereotype portrayed on TV. Dallas is home to the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies, brilliant entrepreneurs, and innovative talent, a booming metropolis that has become one of the country’s largest cities. To truly experience a day in the life of a Dallasite, you’ll need a spirit of adventure, good walking shoes, and a friendly disposition. This is the South after all.

a.m - HG Sply Co.

Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
HG Sply Dallas rooftop patio
The biggest rooftop patio on Lower Greenville | © HG Sply Co.
For Dallasites, brunch is not merely a meal that falls between breakfast and lunch, but an institution. Dine on Texan-approved Huevos Rancheros, organic cranberry pecan muffins, or breakfast tacos, while drinking mimosas at HG Sply Co., the most beloved spot on hip Lower Greenville. Since its opening in 2013, this Paleo-inspired restaurant has been serving up some of the best food in town. Offering incredible (and healthy) eats, weekend yoga, and unparalleled people watching from the rooftop bar, brunch at HG is a must.

Noon - Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center has a lovely garden of large scupltures
Nasher Sculpture Center has a lovely garden of large scupltures | © chascar / Flickr
Located in the heart of the sprawling Arts District, this outdoor museum features the personal collection of longtime collectors Raymond and Patsy Nasher. The indoor galleries feature rotating exhibits, while the garden gallery highlights the permanent collection of work from renowned artists such as Henri Matisse, Auguste Rodin, and Pablo Picasso. Step inside this urban oasis for an up close view of these masterpieces.

p.m - Crow Collection of Asian Art

The Crow Collection of Asian Art brings Asian art and culture to Dallas through events and exhibits
The Crow Collection of Asian Art brings Asian art and culture to Dallas through events and exhibits | © Kasumi Chow Photography / Courtesy of VisitDallas
Since its opening in 1998, the Crow Collection of Asian Art has strived to create a peaceful and welcoming environment for all who visit the free galleries. Dedicated to the cultures of China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia, the museum contains nearly 4,000 pieces of hand selected art ranging from rare jewels to paintings and ancient weapons. Tai Chi, restorative yoga, and mediation classes are offered weekly.

p.m - Klyde Warren Park

Dog Park, Park
Spanning 5.2 acres, Klyde Warren Park is the busiest public green space in the city. It’s the perfect spot for an afternoon stroll or a quick bite at any of the park’s widely popular food trucks. Stop by Coolhaus for a post-brunch treat. This Los Angeles based concept boasts the most delicious and imaginative ice cream sandwiches. The park also offers free daily programming including fitness classes, movie screenings, and family activities.

4 p.m – Sixth Floor Museum

In the 50 years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, conspiracy theorists, politicians, and crazed history nerds have named Dallas the city that killed the president. For a real piece of history, start at the place where it all happened, The Texas School Book Depository, known today as the Sixth Floor Museum. The museum’s artifacts, images, and art surrounding the events of that fated day in 1963 are truly fascinating.

Sixth Floor Museum, 411 Elm St, Dallas, TX, USA +1 214 747 6660

8 p.m – Reunion Tower

When La Réunion, a utopian community of European colonists, settled along the Trinity River in 1855, its founders opened the first stores in the area, supporting rapid growth of the city. Due to inclement weather and an unsuccessful harvest however, the colony dissolved. Today, Reunion Tower, the most recognizable landmark in Dallas, pays homage to those early settlers. Ride to the top of the tower for breathtaking views of the skyline at Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck. If you fancy a drink, pull up to the bar at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck.

Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas, TX, USA +1 214 712 7040

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