Last week I started working on this post and got distracted by the amazingness of my own town, McKinney (a suburb of Dallas). hahaha! I ended up sharing my favorite things about McKinney. If you're traveling to Dallas this summer, I highly recommend spending a day in McKinney. :) You can read what to do here.
I must tell you I'm sharing things to do in Dallas, BUT as I type this I'm realizing I don't go to Dallas enough! When we drive down, we always have fun but the effort to head south doesn't just happen often.
If you were visiting, I'd tell you to...
Check out the Perot Museum.
The Perot Museum was built in 2006 and is 4 or 5 stories of fun! When my kids were this age, we'd hang downstairs our entire visit. There's a big kid area for children five and under. They could have played all day! Now, when we visit we check out all the floors. It's a great place for some indoor fun.
Just a short walk away is this park-Klyde Warren Park that houses food trucks! I'd recommend walking there for lunch. I must add that I'm telling you that and I've never made it there myself. It's ALWAYS my intention but on the walk there's an El Fenix conveniently located at the bottom of the hill (the park is at the top). I usually talk myself and whoever is with me into eating there before we make it to the top. :)
We've taken several family members and first time Dallas guests to Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll. This is my cousin, Whitney, on our visit years ago. (This picture is so tiny, and if I make it larger it's crazy blurry.)
I've shared my love of Javier's Gourmet Mexican food before, but I thought I should share it again. :) If you're visiting from out of town, eat here. And then thank me.
Another family favorite is the Dallas Zoo!
Ft. Worth has the reputation for having a better zoo, but Dallas is closer to us and never disappoints. I think Dallas is stepping up their game. They've added several new areas and will be adding a hippo exhibit in 2017. When Ebby Lee and I were there for her field trip, I saw they will be having sleepovers at the zoo. I would have been terrified to spend all night in the DARK with wild animals all around. Am I the only one that doesn't think that sounds fun? But...it's WAY fun during the day. :)
The Dallas Arboretum is another cool place to visit. In the last few years they've added a large children's area, which is really cool. They have concerts at night. We've attended a wedding there-gorgeous venue for a wedding. But my favorite time to visit is the fall! Pumpkins galore and who doesn't love to be outside in the crisp fall air?
The American Airlines Center is home to the Dallas Mavericks' and the Dallas Stars. If you happen to be in town when either of those teams are playing, you should check it out. The AAC also houses concerts, shows, and other events.
Earlier this year, I did a post about some of my favorite restaurants. And you guys were awesome and shared yours in the comments. I'd definitely check out the comments for restaurant ideas in Dallas.
This might be our favorite thing to do as a family in Dallas-the Texas State Fair. This year the dates are September 30-October 23rd. Seriously, a GOOD time!
This is on the Slaughter's Bucket List because we've never been! The Dallas World Aquarium! I don't know why, but I've heard great things and it'll be a much needed break from the pool this summer.
Okay, now it's YOUR turn! What's your favorite thing to do in Dallas? Favorite spot to shop? Favorite place to visit? Favorite food? Please share with us all!
Thank you!! XOXO