48 Hours in Dallas, TX – Things To Do, Where To Stay & Where To Eat

Ready for a weekend in Dallas (and Fort Worth!)? Of course you are! Everyone needs a little bit of the Lone Star State in their lives every now and then! Whether you’re looking to pack everything in to one jam packed weekend, or pick your highlights from Dallas’ Top Things To Do, we’ve got options and ideas to suit every budget and every style of traveler. From Museums to Arbouretums,  beautiful Lakes to a bit of the wild west, you can build your own itinerary to make sure you get the best from your 48 hours in Dallas. And with recommendations for where to stay and what to eat, including the best of the Dallas Craft Beer scene – we’ll have your weekend break to Dallas organized before you know it! Dallas Things To Do

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Guide to 48 hours in Dallas, Texas

– Things To Do, Where To Stay & Where to Eat!

A Guest Post by Greg & Hillary Kennon from KineticKennons.com

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Top Things to Do in Dallas/Fort Worth

6th floor museum – Dallas Things To Do

Dallas Things To DoIf you are a history nerd like me, visiting the 6th Floor Museum is a must! The museum is all about the life, death and legacy of President John F Kennedy. Additionally, Dealey Plaza, the area surrounding the museum, is very walkable and tourist friendly!

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White Rock Lake– Dallas Things To Do

Dallas Things To DoComplete with amazing views of Downtown Dallas, White Rock Lake is one of our favorite spots in Dallas. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent some kayaks and go explore White Rock Creek!

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Dallas Arboretum– Dallas Things To Do

Dallas Things To DoA list of things to do in Dallas wouldn’t be complete without the Dallas Arboretum! The Pumpkin Exhibit in the fall is  one of a kind! Take a stroll around the gardens and stop and smell the roses for once! (Dallas things to do)

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Tour AT&T Stadium

Dallas Things To DoAT&T Stadium is proof that everything is bigger in Texas! Even if you aren’t a sports fan, touring AT&T stadium is a really neat experience! Getting a behind the scenes tour of the stadium, and what it takes to put on such large scale events is awe inspiring!

 

Cedar Ridge Nature reserve

Dallas Things To DoLocated a short drive from Downtown Dallas, hiking the Cedar Ridge Nature Trail is a must do item for nature lovers! Dallas isn’t exactly known for it’s hiking trails, but Cedar Ridge will not disappoint! Dallas things to do

 

George W. Bush Presidential Library

Dallas Things To DoBefore visiting the George W. Bush Presidential Library I had my doubts about how fun it would be. After all, I’m not exactly a museum person! However, the library is one of the coolest things we have done in the Big D! It has a large collection of President Bush’s campaign memorabilia, a 9/11 memorial, and even a replica of the Oval Office.

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Fort Worth Stockyards– Dallas Things To Do

Dallas Things To DoYou can’t leave Texas without experiencing the true embodiment of the wild west! Check out the local rodeos, stock shows, and western wear shops. Dallas things to do

 

Sundance Square in Fort Worth – Dallas Things To Do

Dallas Things To DoSituated in Downtown Fort Worth, Sundance Square is one of the top spots for food, nightlife, and entertainment in Dallas/Fort Worth area. From piano bars, world class shopping, and amazing restaurants, Sundance square can keep you entertained for hours!

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Dallas World Aquarium– Dallas Things To Do

Dallas Things To DoNot far from the 6th Floor Museum, the Dallas World Aquarium is an animal lover’s paradise! Not only does the Aquarium have marine life, but it also has monkeys, birds, reptiles, and so much more! The aquarium is a great activity regardless of your age! Dallas Things To Do

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Fort Worth Zoo – Dallas Things To Do

Dallas Things To DoSignificantly larger than the Dallas World Aquarium, the Fort Worth Zoo consistently ranks as one of the top zoos in the nation! With a large collection of animals from all over the world, a day spent at the Fort Worth Zoo is a day well spent!

 

Where to Stay IN DALLAS TEXAS

HAWTHORN SUITES BY WYNDHAM (Budget Stay <$100 pn) (Where to stay in Dallas)

Where to Stay in DallasRooms at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Dallas Park Central come with dishwashers, microwaves and refrigerators. Each provide a DVD player, wireless internet access and a private bathroom with a hair dryer and is a 30 minute drive from the airport.

Room Costs: frm $70 pn – Click to Book Now | Compare Prices for Later | Read Reviews

 

MAGNOLIA HOTEL PARK CITIES (Mid-Range Stay – $100-200 pn)

Where to Stay in DallasIf you are looking for a hotel close to the action and at a great rate, the Magnolia Hotel is perfect for you! The first time we visited this hotel we were surprised by how nice it was at such a reasonable price! Close to downtown, uptown, and a major highway, this hotel is our number one recommendation!

Room Costs: frm $180 pn – Click to Book Now | Compare Prices for Later | Read Reviews

 

OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTRE (Mid-Range Stay – $100-200 per night)

Where to Stay in DallasIn the heart of Downtown, you will get a true sense of Dallas when staying at the Omni! The Omni is known for its upscale accommodations, great location, and light show. You can’t miss it on your way into Downtown Dallas!

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GAYLORD TEXAN (Luxury Stay $200+ per night) (Where to stay in Dallas)

Where to Stay in DallasAlthough the Gaylord is a little further away from the heart Dallas, it is extremely close to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The Gaylord is the most unique hotel we have visited in DFW. It gives you the feeling that everything really is bigger and better in Texas!

Room Costs: frm $350 pn – Click to Book Now | Compare Prices for Later | Read Reviews

 

THE WORTHINGTON RENAISSANCE (Luxury Stay $200+ per night) (Where to stay in Dallas)

Where to Stay in DallasLocated in Sundance Square, you will be close to shopping, restaurants, and everything that Fort Worth has to offer.

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Where to eat IN DALLAS TEXAS

Where to Eat in Dallas Texas

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH – where to eat in Dallas Fort Worth

  • Mailai Kitcken – Dallas is a brunchers paradise! Thai food for breakfast/brunch may seem a little odd, but Mailai Kitchen is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. The food is great and it is in a very walkable area; making it ideal for a short stroll around Uptown after your Sunday brunch! (Located at: 3699 McKinney Ave #319, Dallas, TX 7520)
  • John’s Cafe – If you’re looking for a hole in the wall spot, John’s Cafe is for you! We usually go with an omelette or the migas plate. Whatever you choose, make sure it comes with biscuits! Your taste buds will thank you! (Located at: 1733 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206)

LUNCH – where to eat in Dallas Fort Worth

  • Grub Burger Bar – Us Texans can’t resist a good burger for lunch! Grub has some of the best tasting burgers we have ever had. My suggestion is to order the barbecue sauce, bacon laden, Lockhart Legion burger. (Find them at: 4925 Greenville Ave #150, Dallas, TX 75206)
  • Keller’s Drive In – You won’t find any tourist at Keller’s Drive-In. Instead, you may find some bikers and other groups of people that look like they’ve been frequenting Keller’s for over 30 years. They probably have. The hamburgers, fries, and milkshakes are amazing, but the draw of Keller’s is the unique atmosphere it has to offer. (Find them at: 6537 Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231)
  • Cindi’s New York Deli – Cindi’s was started by a hard working Vietnamese immigrant and her story is truly amazing. Cindi’s has great food and a relaxed atmosphere that brings people back year after year. Whether you are in the mood for delicious pancakes and eggs, or a New York Reuben, you are guaranteed to leave Cindi’s satisfied! (Find her at: 3565 Forest Ln, Dallas, TX 75234)

DINNER – where to eat in Dallas Fort Worth

  • Joe T. Garcia’s – You can’t leave DFW without eating some Tex-Mex! Joe T. Garcias is a staple in the area! Just don’t forget to bring cash and arrive early as the wait times can get lengthy. However, any wait times are well worth it! (Located at: 2201 N Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76164)
  • Truck Yard – Located on Lower Greenvile in Dallas, Truck Yard is too unique to miss! If you are wanting to have a good time without blowing the budget, Truck Yard is perfect for you. It is a bar that plays host to a collection of different food trucks and local musicians- all of which are delicious! (Find them at: 5624 Sears St, Dallas, TX 75206)
  • Pecan Lodge – an award-winning Dallas BBQ favorite, it’s located on Main Street and the perfect place to drop in for your smoked meat hit. (Find them at: 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226)

 

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Craft Beer in Dallas  in Dallas Texas

Dallas Things To Do - Craft BeerThe craft beer scene is exploding in North Texas and across America. If you want an excellent beer with some good ol’e Texas folk, check out these breweries that call Dallas home!

  • Deep Ellum Brewing Company – Join them every Saturday from Noon-3pm for an open house get together. Only $15 and you get 3 beers and a glass! (Find them at: 2823 St Louis St, Dallas, TX 75226)
  • Community Beer Company – Dubbed the gathering place for your community, the Community Beer Taproom is a great local hangout if you love craft beer. (Find them at: 1530 Inspiration Dr #200, Dallas, TX 75207)
  • Peticolas Brewing Company – A staple in the craft beer community, Peticolas Brewing Company boasts a taproom with over 16 beers on tap. They host brewery tours on the first and third Saturday of every month from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. (Find them at: 2026 Farrington St, Dallas, TX 75207)

 

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So there you have it a full run-down of the Top Things To Do in Dallas and Fort Worth along with suggestions for where to stay, where to eat and where to drink! I hope you now have loads of ideas for how best to spend your 48 Hours in Dallas & Fort Worth and don’t forget to grab these everyday travel essentials before you go to help make the most of your trip!

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62 thoughts on “48 Hours in Dallas, TX – Things To Do, Where To Stay & Where To Eat

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Linda! I know not everyone has a lot of time to travel so I like to think my 48 hour guides can help people really get the best out of their vacation time!

  1. Indrani says:

    This looks like a good guide to Dallas! The Thai restaurant there seems so good.
    Timing a visit in falls should be good… the pumpkin exhibit is charming. 🙂

  2. Hugo Cura says:

    This is a great selection. I never really considered Dallas or even Texas for my trips to the US but this list of things really makes me want to visit.

    The Dallas Arboretum looks super cool. Plus, I quite like visiting Zoos and Aquariums around the world.

    • Vicki says:

      Glad we’ve inspired you to visit Hugo! It’s funny the things we miss in our own backyards when planning adventures to more typical destinations!

  3. Noemi of Pinay Flying High says:

    When I think of Texas, I immediately think of cowboy boots and barbecue. I’m not sure if it’s such a bad stereotyping or if it’s a good representation of Texas? What I don’t think about Texas though is how cosmopolitan the cities actually are, I wasn’t expecting such a beautiful skyline. It looks like it offers a buzzing nightlife as well, not just square dancing. Lol.

    What’s on the 6th floor museum?

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Noemi – I think the cowboy thing is a universal stereotype. I’m not sure how they feel about it tho!
      The Sixth Floor Museum is one for history buffs and presents the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy.

  4. Sarah Ebner says:

    This does sound like such a great destination for a trip – I think all our family would find something great to do. Love the idea of the aquarium and zoo, and wouldn’t have thought of the George W. Bush Presidential Library, but it sounds fascinating too.

  5. Kelly Duhigg says:

    This post is so helpful. I have never been to Dallas because when I travel I usually do so internationally, but this post makes me want to visit the 6th floor museum and eat lots of great food. The arbortorium also looks awesome with all those pumpkins. Thanks for a great share.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Kelly! I never travel within my own country so these quick weekend guides are always a good reminder for me to explore my own backyard!

  6. Chris says:

    It’s an interesting list. Noticeably absent are any art or science museums. DMA & Perot if you’re looking for Downtown / Downtown-adjacent locations. Kimbell & Amon Carter if you’re out in Ft. Worth. Also, probably would have tossed in a restaurant recommendation or two in a more Downtown-adjacent area, such as Deep Ellum, Uptown, or the up-and-coming Trinity Groves.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks for the feedback Chris – those sound like excellent suggestions! It’s great to hear from a local about other great places in the area.

  7. Sylvanmist says:

    Nice overview of things to do! I love nature so when I go there I’ll definitely check out the Cedar Ridge Nature Reserve and the arboretum looks quite interesting too! The history museum though I’d have liked a little more info on, such as what kind of history museum is it?

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks for the heads up Sylvanmist – the 6th Floor Museum is all about President Kennedy – I’ll edit the post to include this so it is clearer for other readers 🙂

  8. Drew says:

    I was in Fort Worth recently, the first time I had spent quality time in Texas, and I really liked it! Definitely made it to the Stockyards (including some live music at White Elephant) and had pitchers of margaritas and fajitas at Joe T Garcia’s. That place is huge…it just keeps going! Great recs and looking forward to checking out Dallas next time I’m in the area!

  9. Allison says:

    I had a little over 24 hours in Dallas about 4 years ago as a quick stopover when fly between San Francisco and New Orleans. In our very short stay in town we didn’t really warm to the city. I’m sorry we didn’t make it to the stadium as I know The Hubs would have really enjoyed that. We did have a great Mexican meal while we were there and sampling the craft beers is always on my list!

    • Vicki says:

      Sorry to hear you didn’t really warm to Dallas! I think there’s always some places that we don’t always click with. For me it was Vang Vieng in Laos.

  10. Christina says:

    Nice post, definitely hit most of the highlights of Dallas, but its missing BBQ! I have lived in Dallas 23 of my 26 years and Pecan Lodge and/or Lockhart Smokehouse is a must for BBQ lovers. Plus you cannot come to Dallas, Texas and not have some of the best BBQ ever.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks for the recommendations Christina! I can’t believe we didn’t include BBQ options! I’ll add in the Pecan Lodge and Lockhart so our readers can benefit for your local knowledge!

  11. Rhiannon says:

    That pumpkin exhibit looks absolutely adorable! Worthy of a fairytale 🙂
    Texas is somewhere I’d love to visit – but with it being so far away I feel like I should exercise more tha 48 hours. Although with that being said I guess I could city-hop! 48 hours in Dallas…Houston…Austin…just head to them all. Keller’s Drive In sounds interesting, any place good enough for bikers is good enough for me!

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Rhiannon – shorter trips are definitely harder when you’re traveling a long distance to get there. If I’m going that far (from Australia to the USA) I’d have to have more than 48 hours or it wouldn’t be worth it! City hopping sounds like a great idea though!

  12. Lara Dunning says:

    I haven’t spent much time in Texas, but have family that lives there. I need to make a plan to visit one of these days. White Rock Lake, the nature reserve, and the arboretum would be at the top of my list.

  13. Soraya says:

    Dallas Arboretum is totally the spot for me – I absolutely LOVE pumpkins, so I think I would love this place. I also would have so much fun sampling all their craft beers, plus omg all the eating. Grub Burger Bar sounds sooooo delicious! It’d definitely be my cheat day. But interestingly, I also would like to try a Thai Brunch – it does sound delicious and especially since it is a local favourite, I am sure it’d be delicious.

  14. Martin Bower says:

    We missed Dallas on our recent road trip across the USA, favoring San Antonio and Houston. It was a tough call as I did want to see the 6th Floor Museum but didn’t know much about the other sights. The Arboretum looks really cool, as does Rock Lake and the nature reserve.
    Maybe next time

  15. Maria says:

    Awesome and perfect timing. I am heading to the Dallas Travel and Adventures Show in April and hope to check out Dallas a little bit as well. Thanks for the great tips!

  16. knycx.journeying says:

    Great Tips and although Dallas is not exactly on my travel bucket list – there are some nice ideas and eating places in case I would be there for a short stay or transfer.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Jo says:

    I am such a sucker for nature..white rock lake looks fantastic. I would love to visit one day. This guide is so cool too..thanks for sharing these tips. I like to slow travel but sometimes i only ever have time to skim through a city in 48 hours…so this is perfect.

  18. Only By Land says:

    On my visit to Dallas I did visit the Cowboys stadium and I bought a Cowboys t shirt as a souvenir as I love Nike. I then wore this t shirt in other parts of the US and got shouted at. I learnt not to wear American football t shirts whilst traveling in the America no matter how nice the design is! I did not visit the Dallas Arboretum, I would love to photograph the pumpkin art!

    • Vicki says:

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you get yelled at! I never noticed that whilst i was in the states – but at the same time, I was never wearing an American football shirt!

  19. stacey veikalas says:

    WOW great guide, my kids would love the zoo and the aquariaum and I would love to try some of that Texas BBQ at the Pecan Lodge! Very complete and so helpful I will have to save this for when we visit!

  20. Brianna says:

    I’ve never been to Texas, but I’ve heard great things about Dallas! That Arboretum definitely looks like something I’d want to do- especially in the fall! This may be a dumb question, but does it get cold enough in Dallas for the leaves to change color in the fall?

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Brianna – I actually had to goggle whether the leaves change color in Dallas – I was leaning towards a no because of its geographic location, but I think the official line is they can change but if they do it is marginal and only for a brief time.

  21. Travelling Tom says:

    Wow! I wasn’t aware there was so much to do in Dallas. Admittedly, all I knew about the place is that they have an NFL team called the Cowboys and there was a TV show named after it! Would love to visit there in the future! Thanks for all the info!

  22. Viki says:

    I want to see the pumpkin exhibition! The photo looks so great! Just like in a movie!
    Do you know if there’s any options for veggies?

    • Vicki says:

      Hi Viki – I just did a quick search and it looks like Spiral Diner, Cosmic Cafe and Be Raw Food and Juice are the top choices for veggies in Dallas

  23. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow says:

    Thanks for this guide – I really don’t know much about Dallas so good to hear what there is to do. That White Rock Lake looks like a stunning spot for some sunset photography! Would also love to visit the museum to learn more about Kennedy.

  24. Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie says:

    That pumpkin arboretum looks very interesting! If you gave me 100 guesses, I would never say that would be in Dallas. It would be interesting to look at some of the JFK history. Visiting historical places is such a great way to make the history resonate deeper in your mind.

  25. Sheena says:

    I’ve been thinking of visiting Dallas in the summer so this is perfect! I’m a big fan of Texas though I’ve only been to San Antonio & Austin, though both places left a big impression on me. Looks like it’s another top foodie destination, that’s totally fine with me!

  26. Elisa says:

    Not sure Dallas is “my kind of place” but I would not mind to have a stroll around Sundance Square in Fort Worth . Apart from the drinks and dinnings it looks like a cool place to take interesting pictures!

  27. Megan Jerrard says:

    Thanks for the tips Vicki! I love that there are multiple options for nature and wildlife based activities because that’s our main passion, though I would love to combine the reserves and White Rock Lake with a trip to the 6th floor museum because I’ve been reading a lot about JFK recently and am really fascinated by his life. Thanks!

  28. Kate @ Love From Scotland says:

    I like your locals recommendations. I think it’d be heading straight for Kellers and the Community Beer Company. I always like to find the non touristy places (although I must be honest and never miss a zoo!)

  29. Jennifer says:

    I definitely wouldn’t think to visit Dallas for a city break getaway but it looks like there’s a fair amount to do there. And that burger does look super tempting! I’ve really on been to Texas when passing through, but I hear the Texas BBQ is pretty good.

  30. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren says:

    I’ve only ever been in Dallas for layovers but I’ll definitely try to spend a weekend there at some point! Like most places in Texas.. the food looks pretty epic! Why did I read this before dinner?! Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂

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