Nicknamed as the “D-town” or “Big-D,” the city of Dallas is truly big in many aspects. As one of the major cities of Texas State with high population, numerous oil reserves, great economic strength and picturesque landscape, Dallas is frequently visited by tourists. Unlike other states along the east and the west coast, Texas State does not rank much in its natural beauty. It is known for its desert terrain that stretches into huge acres of plain land. Yet, Dallas has some interesting factors for its visitors that make it worth visiting. One daycation or day stay in Dallas is perfect to visit the famous city. Texas is famously known for its hot dogs, barbeque, burgers and sandwiches that attract people from far and wide. If you are not attracted by the natural look of Dallas, you will be definitely attracted by its food that is delicious in every way.
One day in Dallas
After spending five years in Dallas for college and work in the past, my husband was excited to introduce me to this part of his life. And what better way to explore a city than a day stay. One daycation in Dallas offered us the opportunity to cruise around the city and get a feel of its local spirit. Dallas is a perfect blend between modern development and traditional historic look. One cannot stop wondering about its picturesque skyline and tall skyscrapers that stand for progress and prosperity. Another interesting aspect of this city that never goes unnoticed is its complex web of highways, flyovers and freeways. Driving at 80-90 mph without any worries of traffic was truly one of the best experiences for the Californian resident in me!
Huge crowd and longer waiting time during long weekends can pose as deterrents for a fun-filled vacation. Instead, a day stay can be a perfect way to enjoy the holiday without any chaos and confusion. For a day stay, one can book hotel rooms through HotelsbyDay. As this flexible platform allows you to choose your own check-in and check-out hours, you can be your own boss. It releases you from the clutches of mandatory overnight booking, thus taking care of the financial front too.
Booking a hotel room near the airport or close to downtown can be beneficial in order to save time. Besides, it becomes easier to commute around the city. Planning a daycation needs a thoughtful itinerary to make the most of the time. This is where my husband’s experience was put to good use to plan our Dallas daycation. Instead of exploring just a few well-known tourist spots, it helps to look around for some more hidden magic that the city has to offer.
Things to do in Dallas over a day stay
Dallas has something for everyone. From natural wonders to happening nightlife, historic museums to theatre, food joints to bars, Dallas delivers on the entertainment.
For the nature friendly folks: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a must visit place if you enjoy the beauty of nature. Spread across 66 acres of land, this garden has lots of varieties of flowers, fruits, plants and huge trees. If you are traveling with children, the Rory Meyers Children adventure garden and Children’s Garden Café are fun spots with lots of games and adventures.
Another attractive park is the Klyde Warren Park that sits over a freeway. With food joints and restaurants around its perimeter this famous park is equally popular among the little kids too.
White Rock Lake Park is another natural wonder located in the heart of the city. It is famous for bird watching, kayaking, paddling in the lake, hiking and bike trails. It offers a perfect break from stressful life with close proximity to the mother earth.
Dallas has some of the best museums that are definitely worth visiting. Dallas Museum of Art houses more than 23,000 pieces of arts. One interesting fact about this museum is its no-fee policy. There is no entrance fee to enjoy this museum that houses numerous masterpieces such as Picasso, Rodin, Monet, and Gauguin to name a few. Perot Museum of Nature and Science is popular among kids for its hands-on learning experiences, computer animations, educational games and interactive kiosks. There is a separate outdoor play area for kids.
Bishop Arts District is a fun-filled neighborhood in Dallas with more than 60 restaurants, food joints, coffee shops, bars, art galleries and antiques shops. It has something for the entire family.
If you enjoy extreme thrill and adventure, head over to Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park for some of the best rides in town. 7-story Bungee jumping, sky coaster, free fall are few rides to look forward to.
Another spot for your adventure dose is Adventure Landing. A complex with mini-golf courses, laser tag room, go-karts, monster video and gaming arcade, this is fun spot for the entire family. There are several food joints too to take care of your stomach!
Reunion Tower offers the best view of Dallas city at a height of 561 feet. It is 15th tallest tower of Dallas offering 360 degree of the entire city from a revolving platform.
With such interesting activities to enjoy – one fun-filled daycation in Dallas can be your perfect solution to stress, boredom and routine life. Head over to this Big-D and come back with bag full of happy memories. For more daycay ideas check out this list!
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