Budget-Friendly City Outings

Trinity River Audubon Center | Image by Trinity River Audubon Center

While you can undoubtedly splurge on fancy restaurants, high-end shopping, and luxurious attractions, Dallas also offers plenty of budget-friendly activities to keep you busy.

Visit the Dallas Museum of Art

Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art’s permanent collection, which includes works from all over the world, is free. Explore art from ancient times to the present day without spending a dime.

Take a Stroll through the Dallas Farmers Market

The Dallas Farmers Market in the heart of downtown is not just a market, it’s an experience. It offers an array of fresh, local produce and hand-crafted goods. The massive site includes the Market Building, a 26,000-square-foot food hall, and an artisanal vendor market open seven days a week. Grab a coffee at the Palmieri Cafe and immerse yourself in the vibrant hustle and bustle while strolling the market grounds.

Explore the Trinity River Audubon Center

Navigate hiking trails, interactive exhibits, and beautiful scenery at the Trinity River Audubon Center. This is a great spot for bird-watching and learning more about the local ecosystem. The best part? Entry is free until June 30.

Take a Self-Guided Tour of Deep Ellum

This vibrant neighborhood is known for its street murals, music scene, and eclectic shops. Walking around and enjoying the public art is free, and you might even catch some live music or street performances.

Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Spring is a beautiful time to enjoy one of the City’s most precious spaces, featuring lovely gardens and seasonal festivals. Daytime admission for non-members costs $16 for adults, $14 for seniors (65+), $10 for children (ages 2-12), and free for kids under 2.

Catch a Movie at the Texas Theatre

This historic theater offers tickets for between $11 and $15 per person, though some exceptions exist for special events. Expect a mix of indie films, classics, documentaries, and even Hollywood blockbusters, like Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, which starts playing on May 23.

Attend a Dallas Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

You can watch the Dallas Symphony Orchestra prepare for its performances in a more relaxed setting. While admission is free, seats can fill up fast, so it is recommended that you make a reservation early.

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