If you’ve lived in Dallas for 2 years, 10 years or your entire life, people will ask you…

What is there to do in Dallas?

Since I moved to Dallas fourteen years ago, I have not run out of options of things to do in Dallas.  My husband and I love showing off our city to friends and family from out of town, so I created a Dallas Bucket List.  The Ultimate Dallas Bucket list includes places to visit, eat, drink, attractions, Dallas Sports teams, art, music venues, and the best shopping across DFW.

Last week I shared the Part 1 of the Ultimate Dallas Bucket List and the response was overwhelming! I enjoyed hearing how many items you’ve already crossed of the list, while others still need to get out and #ExploreDallas more. Either way, I have MORE items to add to the #DallasBucketList.

Before you die (or move away from Dallas), here are items 51-100 that you need to cross of your Dallas Bucket List:

  1. Cool off during the summer with a visit to the Dallas World Aquarium
  2. You can go Ice skating year round at the Galleria Dallas
  3. Bring your baseball glove and catch a foul ball at a Frisco RoughRiders game (AA team for the Rangers)
  4. Have lunch on the patio of the Restaurant DeGolyer at the Dallas Arboretum, overlooking White Rock Lake
  5. No need to go to Broadway in NYC when you can buy tickets to Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park
  6. Visit the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Arts District for a taste of culture in the Big D (Broadway, theater, opera)
  7. Buy VIP tickets to the Big Texas Beer Fest in Fair Park and choose from over 500 beers to sample (please don’t try to taste them all)
  8. Run the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth (5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, relay or ultra-marathon distances)
  9. Grab some friends and head to the Art and Wine Walk in Downtown Plano (monthly from April through December)
  10. Book a carriage ride through Highland Park to see the Christmas lights
  11. Take your picture in front of The Eye sculpture in Downtown Dallas (across from The Joule)
  12. Visit Fright Fest and see how many roller coasters you can ride in one day at Sig Flags over Texas
  13. GOOOAAAALLLL! Catch a Major League Soccer game in Frisco and cheer for FC Dallas
  14. Pick up lunch at Jimmy’s Food Store, a must visit for their meatball and italian sandwiches
  15. Get tickets to a concert or show at the historic Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas
  16. Make it a holiday tradition to watch the Nutcracker Ballet at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth
  17. Take an Uber to Grapefest in Grapevine and enjoy all the wine tasting (then Uber back home)
  18. Spend the day with the kids at the Fort Worth Zoo
  19. Run, volunteer or be a spectator at the Dallas Marathon (5 person relay, half marathon, and full marathon distances)
  20. Go for a walk, run or bike ride across the Dallas Continental pedestrian bridge over the Trinity River
  21. Visit the 6th Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and learn about the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy
  22. Experience authentic German traditions at Addison Oktoberfest
  23. Learn more about the history and culture of Dallas at the beautifully restored Old Red Museum
  24. Run the annual Tour des Fleurs (10K/20K) race around White Rock Lake, then enjoy the after party on the lawn at the Dallas Arboretum (this is my FAVORITE race in DFW)
  25. Spread your blanket on the lawn at Starplex Pavillion and enjoy a concert at this constantly name-changing venue (formerly Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre, Smirnoff Music Center, Superpages.com Center and Gexa Energy Pavillion).
  26. Grab tickets to one (or all) of these amazing foodie events; Chefs for FarmersSavor DallasIron Fork, Taste Addison
  27. Grab your tickets to one of the themed Wine Walks in the Bishop Arts District
  28. Spend the day in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth
  29. Take the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge to Trinity Groves for drinks, dinner and dessert
  30. Don’t call it tailgating. Join students and fans as they “Boulevard” before SMU football games
  31. Visit Pioneer Plaza in downtown to see the Dallas Cattle Drive sculpture (located in front of the Dallas Convention Center)
  32. For a fun staycation, take the kids to LEGOLAND Discovery Center and SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium at Grapevine Mills Mall
  33. Go to Deep Ellum to hear live music at one of the many music venues; Club Dada, Trees, The Bomb Factory, Double Wide, The Prophet Bar… I can’t list them all
  34. Grab a burger and cold beer at Keller’s Drive-In (or a root beer and burger at Dairy-ette)
  35. Indulge in a day of art and culture by visiting the Kimball Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  36. Spend at night at the The Joule Dallas and enjoy drinks, dinner, coffee and brunch without leaving the hotel
  37. Spend a day at Fair Park admiring the 1930’s Art Deco art and architecture and exploring the gardens and museums
  38. Get the entire family moving at the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day
  39. Watch the fireworks at Addison Kaboom Town, one of the top fireworks shows in the country
  40. Visit the flagship Neiman Marcus store in downtown Dallas and have lunch at The ZodiacSwiss Ave Historic Home Tour in Dallas
  41. Spend Mother’s Day weekend touring the beautiful homes in the Swiss Avenue Historic District
  42. Go stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) or kayaking on White Rock Lake
  43. Support North Texas Food Bank by dining out at local restaurants during DFW Restaurant Week
  44. Get in line early for lunch at Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum (award-winning BBQ)
  45. Walk through the living history of Dallas (1840-1910) preserved at Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, a collection of historic buildings and furnishings
  46. Visit one of the many local craft breweries in Dallas (Deep Ellum, Community, Four Corners, Noble Rey, Peticolas, Rahr & Sons) or buy a ticket on the Dallas Brew Bus and let them do the drivng
  47. Travel back in time at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival (in Waxahachie) and enjoy jousting tournaments, court dancing, magicians, knighting ceremonies and demonstrations of sword making and glass blowing.
  48. Channel your inner cowboy (or cowgirl) at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo
  49. Eat and drink your way down the many restaurants and bars on Lower Greenville Ave
  50. Celebrate finishing the Ultimate Dallas Bucket List with a stay at the Dallas Omni Hotel. Lounge by the pool, book a treatment in the spa, then have dinner at Bob’s Steak and Chop House (located in the hotel)

How many items have you already crossed off of your bucket list? Follow me on Instagram where I post pictures of me #ExploringDallas as I cross off items on my #DallasBucketList. Then use the hastags #ExploringDallas and #DallasBucketList as you tackle the items on the bucket list!!


  1. I just love this list Stephanie!!! Great new site as well!! So…when are we going after a few things on this list? haha

  2. Brittany Giles Reply

    You are always doing fun stuff! I totally trust this list just from following you on instagram!

  3. OMG this is an AMAZING list!! I swear sometimes I feel like there is not a lot but this list proves me wrong! haha I will def be doing some of these asap!!

  4. Stephanie,
    We have guests coming to DFW this summer and I just sent them your list! Thanks for putting it all in one place.

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