Top Attractions for First-Timers

With endless things to see and do in Dallas, narrowing down the attractions for first-timers can be tricky. To help you out, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular spots to check out on your inaugural visit to the Big D.

Sixth Floor Museum

No trip to Dallas is complete without a stop at the Sixth Floor Museum, located at Dealey Plaza. This museum examines the life, death, and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. As the site of the infamous assassination in 1963, it provides an immersive historical record of that pivotal event. Visitors can view exhibits about Kennedy’s presidency, see assassination artifacts, and look out the same sixth floor window Lee Harvey Oswald shot from. It’s a sobering yet fascinating look at one of the darkest moments in Dallas and U.S. history.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

For a massive and magnificent outdoor space, head just northeast of downtown to the sprawling Dallas Arboretum. Spread across 66 acres along White Rock Lake, this oasis features 19 stunning named gardens. Highlights include the nationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and the 7 acre Jonsson Color Garden, home to over 500 azalea varieties. The cooling fountains and shady trees provide the perfect respite on a hot Texas day. Come see why the arboretum is a Dallas must for garden lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Dallas Museum of Art

As the largest art museum in Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art is a treat for the eyes. The permanent collection houses over 24,000 works spanning thousands of years. You can admire paintings from Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock, sculptures from Auguste Rodin, ancient artifacts from Egypt, and so much more all under one roof. In addition to the indoor galleries, the surrounding Arts District offers over 20 acres of outdoor sculptures and fountains to explore.

Klyde Warren Park

Urban green spaces are always a popular feature in major cities, and Klyde Warren Park is Dallas’ shining star. Built over a busy freeway, this 5.2 acre deck park provides much needed green space in the heart of downtown. Take a break to lounge on the lawn, play chess or ping pong, let kids run wild in the mini water park, bring your four-legged friend to the off-leash dog park, or relax in the shady reading room. With over 50 free activities, the park is a lively place for visitors of all ages.

The JFK Memorial and Dealey Plaza

No Dallas trip is complete without visiting the site that still looms large in the city’s history and collective memory. The JFK Memorial stands at the infamous Dealey Plaza, marking the exact spot where the fatal shots hit President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. See the infamous grassy knoll and the former Texas School Book Depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired from a sixth floor window. Although a somber visit, the memorial provides an opportunity to reflect on a pivotal historical event.

Reunion Tower

For amazing sweeping views of the Dallas skyline, visit Reunion Tower in downtown. This 561 foot high observation tower features a geodesic dome with revolving restaurant and indoor/outdoor observation decks. Visit during the day for nice views or come at night to see the glittering city lights. Built as part of Dallas’ efforts to revive its downtown in the 1970s, Reunion Tower still stands as an iconic landmark on the city skyline, visible from many parts of the metroplex.

How to Get Around Dallas

Now that you know some of Dallas’ must-see attractions, we’ll cover transportation methods to help you get around this sprawling city. With over 1,200 square miles in the metro area, you’ll want to plan accordingly to avoid wasting time and money. Here’s an overview of public transit, rideshare services, and charter bus rentals.

Public Transportation

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART) offers buses, light rail, streetcars, and paratransit services around the city and suburbs. While public transit may work for some visitors, DART has limited reach into attractions outside the downtown corridor. Visitors staying in outlying areas may find it’s not the most convenient option.

Taxis and Rideshares

Taxis are readily available around popular tourist spots like downtown, Uptown, and Bishop Arts District. However, hailing a taxi elsewhere can be challenging and expensive for long distances. Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft tend to offer lower rates and more availability throughout Dallas. Download the apps and input your destination to receive quotes and ETAs. This option works for small groups but can get pricey for large parties.

Charter Buses

For ultimate convenience and group unity, charter bus rentals are a great choice. You can select the right size bus for your party and rent it for the duration of your stay. Buses offer door-to-door service between your hotel, desired attractions, restaurants, or events. No waiting around for public transit or split Uber rides. Charter buses provide comfortable seating, climate control, and often amenities like WiFi and entertainment. Our team knows the best routes to avoid traffic. Whether you’re a family reunion, wedding party, or school group, renting a charter bus simplifies transportation so you can focus on enjoying Dallas.

Ready to Get Started?

We hope this guide gives you a helpful introduction to top attractions, transportation options, and navigating Dallas on your first visit. With endless things to experience in this culturally vibrant city, you’re sure to find activities that appeal to your group’s tastes and interests. Party Bus Dallas is here to provide charter bus rentals to get your group around Dallas comfortably and efficiently. Call 214-919-0743 to reserve a charter bus and start planning an amazing trip to the Big D!