Ten Fabulous Free Things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth

Today, I'm taking part in C.R.A.F.T.'s travel edition--creating really awesome free trips! The challenge? Find 10 fun, fabulous and free things to do in your city.

Welcome to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas!
Home of cowboys, The Cowboys, country music and really great barbecue.

I've lived here since 1997. I moved here for grad school and to be closer to my now-husband, and, 14 years later, we're still here. Despite the fact that Dallas is often thought of as a place to go shopping, eat out, and not a whole lot of other things, there's quite a bit to do. Both zoos are amazing, as is the Dallas World Aquarium. The State Fair is here for 3 weeks every September, and we absolutely love the Dallas Summer Musicals series.

However, the goal today is fabulous and *free*, so without further ado, my favorite free things to do in Dallas!

1. Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art - This has long been one of my favorite things to do in Dallas--a free private collection of Asian Art with changing exhibits.

2. Dallas Farmer's Market - A huge, local farmer's market, located downtown and open almost every day of the year.

3. Walking and biking at Katy Trail or White Rock Lake - Katy Trail is a walking/bike path that runs along an old railroad route, while White Rock Lake a great city lake with hiking trails and fishing.

4. Thanksgiving Square - A sanctuary to give thanks, with a chapel, beautiful grounds and a museum.

5. Grafitti Art in Deep Ellum - We love Deep Ellum for pictures! The graffiti murals/art are amazing to look at and make an awesome photo backdrop.

6. Irving Arts Center - The museum itself is a Smithsonian affiliate and many exhibitions are free. We're a very excited about the (pay-for) Genghis Khan exhibit coming up!

7. Farmer's Branch Historical Park - Several historic buildings are housed in this park, including a school, church and several homes from different time periods.

8. Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth) - This museum consists of a smaller collection of international art, focused on quality instead of quantity, while the building itself is amazing.

9. Amon Carter Museum (Fort Worth) - A larger collection of American art, located in Fort Worth, with some great exhibitions planned for the museum's 50th anniversary.

10. Fort Worth Stockyards & Cattle Drive - The quintessential Texas experience, there is still a cattle drive twice a day!

Honorable Mention - Fort Worth Botanical Gardens - It's not quite free, but at $1/person admission, it's definitely frugal, and very pretty to walk around or have a picnic.


  1. Thank you for participating in Creating Really Awesome Free Trips :) I love Dallas and am looking forward to trying out some of these things I have not done!


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