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48 Hours in Dallas 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’ 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!

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Top Things to Do in Dallas/Fort Worth

6th floor museum 

Dallas Things To Do
If 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 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 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! 

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!

Seek out Street Art in Deep Ellum

Just a short 25-minute walk from Main Street, Deep Ellum is home to 20 incredible, larger than life murals. Head on over to the Sweet Wanderlust’s guide to find the Best Street Art in Deep Ellum to find out where they all are and what to expect at each!

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!


George W. Bush Presidential Library

Dallas Things To Do
Before 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.

Fort Worth Stockyards

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.

Sundance Square in Fort Worth

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!

Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas Things To Do
Not 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 and is a perfect idea for a Dallas date night


Fort Worth Zoo

Dallas Things To Do
Significantly 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 Dallas - Wyndham Suites
Rooms 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: from $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 Dallas - Magnolia Hotel Room
If 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 Dallas - Omni Dallas
In 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!

Room Costs: from $150 per night – Click to Book Now | Compare Prices for Later | Read Reviews


GAYLORD TEXAN (Luxury Stay $200+ per night)

Where to Stay in Dallas - Gaylord Texas
Although 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: from $350 per night – Click to Book Now | Compare Prices for Later | Read Reviews


THE WORTHINGTON RENAISSANCE (Luxury Stay $200+ per night)

worthington renaissance room
Located in Sundance Square, you will be close to shopping, restaurants, and everything that Fort Worth has to offer.

Room Costs: from $300 per night – Click to Book Now | Compare Prices for Later | Read Reviews


Where to eat in Dallas Texas

Where to Eat in Dallas Texas


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)

Craft Beer in Dallas Texas

Dallas Things To Do - Craft Beer
The 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)


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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Nauti Side

Friday 12th of July 2019

Great blog. Loved it!!!


Saturday 22nd of September 2018

I’ve lived in Dallas my entire life and the Stockyards are amazing! There is even a maze that you can walk through! Also if you visit for the state fair, it is so worth going!

Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren

Thursday 9th of March 2017

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 :)


Thursday 9th of March 2017

Thanks Lauren!


Friday 3rd of March 2017

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.

Kate @ Love From Scotland

Thursday 2nd of March 2017

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!)

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