If you’re looking to have fun on a budget, there are tons of cheap things to do in Dallas. We’ve put together a list of our favorite cheap things to do in Dallas (some are even free) based on interest! Whether you’re a fan of the city, history buff, or somewhere in between, there’s something to do for everyone in Dallas –that won’t break the bank.
Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the country with an impressive permanent collection and special exhibitions throughout the year. Visiting the DMA is one of the free things to do in Dallas, with the exception of purchasing admission tickets into special exhibitions. Museum-lovers can spend an entire day combing through the collections which range from contemporary art to multiple cultural art collections. Dallas Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM (open until 9 PM on Thursday).
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is another gem in Dallas that everyone will enjoy, including kids. Enjoy learning about things like the human body, natural and alternative energy sources, outer-space, and more. Tickets to Perot are $17 per adult and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
For outdoor enthusiasts and those that love exploring without spending a penny, the Katy Trail is the perfect way to see Dallas. The Katy Trail was built on an old railroad track and is perfect for those who love to bike, run, skate, or take leisurely walks. This trail is 3.5-miles long with gorgeous views of Dallas and plenty of local plumage. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail, please see their website for trail etiquette and more information about the Katy Trail.
White Rock Lake is a little slice of heaven in Dallas, Texas. This public park offers so many fun things to do outdoors including kayaking rentals, picnic areas, the Dallas Arboretum, dog park, boating, and disc golfing. This park is over 1200 acres and is free and open to the public.
One of the coolest spots in downtown Dallas is Klyde Warren Park. It’s a 5-2-acre concrete park with greenery, restaurants, bars, and daily free events open to the public right in the heart of the city. Rent an electric scooter and cruise around the park or check out the calendar for free programs like yoga in the park! Klyde Warren Park is open daily from 6 AM to 11 PM.
They city is known for its modernity and contemporary buildings. What makes it even cooler? It’s the arts district! Dallas Arts District has so many great free activities and attractions to explore like the HALL Arts, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Ave, and the Texas Sculpture Walk. You can spend multiple hours or even days in the arts district alone soaking in the culture and creativity.
Step back in time in downtown Dallas and get a sense of what it was like to herd and corral long-horn cattle in the old days. The park is made up of beautiful life-like bronze long-horn cattle and the cowboys that herded them and is a popular attraction among tourists (and a fantastic photo op)!
The Dallas Farmers Market brings local produce, baked treats, and homemade goods into one great place to shop and peruse. There are hundreds of local vendors to explore and you can dine outside too! This is definitely a place for the country-loving visitors and a must-stop on your Dallas bucket list.