The Best Free Things to Do in Downtown Dallas

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We don’t know about you, but we love free things to do in Dallas! Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive. We have found best FREE things to do in downtown Dallas for you.  Whether you are interested in the history of our beautiful city, want to find a peaceful place to relax, see some sights in downtown Dallas, or have some fun with your whole family, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

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Who doesn’t love longhorns?! A super fun free activity in downtown Dallas is the Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive. The Plaza commemorates Dallas’ beginnings by celebrating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas. The site features native plants and trees, a flowing stream, and a re-creation of a cattle drive in bronze art that was created by artist Robert Summers. We always love learning about the history of our beautiful city and it’s also a great place to take your kids to. Don’t forget to take a picture with your favorite longhorn!

📍 Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive | 1428 Young St, Dallas, Texas, 75202

One of our favorite free things to do in downtown Dallas is to come to Thanks-Giving Square. Sneak away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life when you enter this peaceful space in downtown Dallas. If you’re looking for a place to relax after work to read a book, meet some friends, or somewhere to spend your lunch break in peace, this is the perfect place for you!

Make sure to visit The Chapel of Thanksgiving, located at the back of the park. The stained glass windows on the inside are so beautiful. 

📍 Thanks-Giving Square | 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Does a trip to downtown Dallas even count if you haven’t stopped by the Giant Eyeball? We highly recommend stopping by, especially if you have some friends or family visiting from out of town. The Giant Eye Ball is always a fun place to go. Located right outside the Joule hotel, the Giant Eyeball is the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram shot. 

📍 Giant Eyeball | 1601 Main St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Wild Bill’s Western Store makes our Texan hearts beat a little faster. They have everything from cowboy hats, boots, belts, and so much more! Window shopping at Wild Bill’s Wester store is such a fun free activity, especially if you have friends visiting from out of town and want to give them the true Texan experience. 

Monday | 11:00am–6:30pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–6:30pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–6:30pm
Thursday | 11:00am–6:30pm
Friday | 11:00am–7:30pm
Saturday | 11:00am–7:30pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–6:00pm

📍 Wild Bill’s Western Store | 311 N. Market St. Dallas, Texas, 75202

Have you been to the John F. Kennedy Memorial in downtown Dallas yet? If you haven’t, make sure to add it to your list. It’s a must see for everyone living in Dallas or visiting. Bonus: This activity is completely free. The memorial is such an impressive structure. If you’re wanting to learn more about our former president, we suggest visiting the The Sixth Floor Museum, which is within walking distance of the memorial. 

📍 John F. Kennedy Memorial | 646 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202

Looking for some fun free things to do in Dallas? Klyde Warren Park is the place-to-be! There’s always something going on. Klyde Warren Park has a huge green space, a playground, a dog park, water features, and lots of seating opportunities. Pack a picnic to keep your trip completely free, or enjoy local food trucks that are in the park Monday through Friday from 11:00am-3:00pm and Saturday and Sunday nights from 11:00am-8:00pm. They have workout classes during the summer months, movie screenings, markets, concerts, and so much more. Best of all, it is all for free!

📍 Klyde Warren Park | 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Free things to do in downtown Dallas alert! Have you been to the Dallas Museum of Art yet? The museum is located at the Arts District of downtown. It features more than 22,000 pieces, spanning the third millennium BC to present day, including ancient Mediterranean art, 18th-20th century European and American art and art of the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. It’s a super interesting experience and a great way to spend a rainy or cold day in downtown. 

Monday | closed
Tuesday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–5:00pm

📍 Dallas Museum of Art | 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

The AT&T Discovery District is one of the newest additions to downtown Dallas. Hang out at the lawn and enjoy some free live music, have a picnic with your family or friends, visit the AT&T Experience store, experience the HBO MAX Orbit, snap a picture at the Friends Central Perk Pop-up, participate in free dance classes, and so much more! The area also features a beer garden, a food hall with 16+ restaurants and a bar, lots of outdoor seating, and the Globe, which looks amazing when it lights up at night. It’s so much fun!

📍 AT&T Discovery District | 308 S Akard St, Dallas, Texas, 75202

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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.