The Ultimate Guide to Explore Dallas on a Budget

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We don’t know about you, but we love exploring Dallas on a budget. Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive. We’ve created a guide with some of the top things to do in Dallas that won’t break the bank. From free things to do in our favorite neighborhoods, date ideas, and other fun activities, keep scrolling and start making some plans!

Explore our favorite neighborhoods in Dallas on a budget!

Free Things to Do in Downtown Dallas

Did you know that there are plenty of free things to do in downtown Dallas? Whether you are interested in the history of our beautiful city, want to find a peaceful place to relax, see some sights downtown, or have some fun with your whole family or friends, there is so much to explore.

Free Things to Do in Uptown Dallas

Uptown Dallas is full of fun things to do and there are so many great ways to explore this beautiful neighborhood in Dallas on a budget. From riding the historic McKinney Ave Trolley, going for a walk on Katy Trail, snapping some pictures of some colorful murals, and more you will have a great time in Uptown without spending your whole paycheck all at once.

Free Things to Do in Deep Ellum

Head to Deep Ellum and explore some of our favorite free things to do in this fun and vibrant part of town. From scouting out amazing murals by local artists, playing beach volleyball, visiting a local market, and more, get ready to have some fun!

Being on a budget in Dallas doesn't have to be boring!

Free Date Night Ideas

Are you looking to switch up your date night because you find yourself constantly going to the same places and don’t feel like spending a bunch of money? We have found some awesome free date ideas and activities for you and your significant other.  From outdoor movies, visiting a local museum, having a picnic at a local park, and more there are so many great things to do even when you’re on a budget.

Best Happy Hours in Dallas

It’s five o’clock somewhere! Thankfully, Dallas has no shortage of great happy hour deals. Why enjoy your favorite drink for the full price when you can get it way cheaper during happy hour. We’ve compiled a list of the top happy hours in Dallas that you and your friends don’t want to miss out on.

Activities for Under $20

All you need is $20 or less! We have found some great activities in Dallas that are perfect for anyone who is looking for fun ways to explore Dallas on a budget.  It does not always have to be an expensive day, we have compiled some great finds for fun, and cheap stuff to do in Dallas for under $20.

Insta-Worthy Murals in Dallas

If you’re looking for a fun activity to explore Dallas on a budget we highly recommend checking out some of the art around the city. There are so many murals in Dallas showcasing the work of our local artists. Of course, they also make the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram pic. 

Save some money and head outdoors!

Head to the Lake

Lake days are our favorite kind of days. It’s the perfect summer activity especially if you’re not looking to drain your bank account and like to explore Dallas on a budget. Get your friends together and head out on the lake to enjoy a fun day of boating, swimming, fishing, and many more fun lake activities. Here’s a list of some of our favorite lakes around Dallas.

Explore a Park

Enjoy the sunshine and spend some time outside! Whether you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, a new running trail, dog parks, fun playgrounds to take your kids to, food trucks, or just a place to enjoy the outdoors after a long day of work. We have found the best parks in downtown Dallas for you.

Go on a Hike

Do you like the outdoors? There are so many great hiking spots in Dallas to explore around Dallas. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak up some sunshine and breathe in the fresh air while embarking on a fun outdoor adventure with some friends. We have found some of the best hiking spots to share with you that are perfect if you’re looking for some fun ways to explore Dallas on a budget.

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Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Dallas City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Dallas area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinDallas on Instagram and Facebook.