Located in the heart of the American south, Dallas, Texas, has a culture all its own. From concerts at the House of Blues, to races at the Texas Motor Speedway, to the fascinating history at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the city is an epicentre of music, sports, and American history. But if you really want to take advantage of everything Dallas has to offer, there are three things you shouldn’t miss.
Dancing in the Streets: Deep Ellum Arts Festival
Who doesn’t love live music? For local performances, there’s one neighbourhood in Dallas that stands above the rest: The Deep Ellum district, just six blocks from Main Street. This is the heart of the city’s cultural scene, with music venues on every corner. Each spring the neighbourhood transforms into a huge street festival with 100 musical performances and twice that number of artists and tasty food stalls. You can even watch a pet parade!
This festival is a non-stop party. It’s the best place for you to mingle with locals while experiencing Dallas’ stunning creativity first-hand.
Authentic Cowboy Culture: The Mesquite Rodeo
Whether you’re a fan of Hollywood Westerns, or you’re just looking for a little local adventure, your trip to Dallas won’t be complete without a visit to the Mesquite Rodeo. This is the city’s central arena for all things connected to cowboy culture. Rodeos take place throughout the year in this landmark building, which has played host to some of the most famous rodeo fans in the United States, including Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. You don’t have to wear a cowboy hat while you’re here, but it wouldn’t hurt.
A History of Fun: National Videogame Museum
Dallas is a city of fun and games, though some attractions take that more literally than others. If you’re traveling with children, or looking for an activity that’s out-of-the-ordinary, the National Videogame Museum just outside of Dallas is one of the region’s most unique museums. This is a fun, educational and interactive exhibit that charts the evolution of videogames and the science behind them. It’s fascinating to see how far gaming has come, and the museum guides are knowledgeable about all the most recent developments. You might be surprised by how much fun you have here.