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Cheap and Fun Stuff to do in Dallas under $20

  • February 28, 2023
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Have Fun for Cheap!

Having fun doesn’t have to break the bank! There are tons of fun stuff to do in Dallas that are cheap and worth your time. This world-class city has so much to offer and we have uncovered some hidden treasures, off the beaten path. Get out and explore Dallas. It does not have to be an expensive day, we have compiled some great finds for fun, and cheap stuff to do in Dallas for under $20.

Reunion Tower 🌆

See Dallas from a bird’s eye view atop the Reunion Tower. Check their website for special events and monthly specials. It is a win for cheap and fun stuff to do in Dallas. You’ve seen the colorful lit “ball” driving by at night and now you can peer through the binoculars at the top to look across DFW. It will make a memorable day of things you have checked off your list in Dallas for just $18.

Hours & Location

Monday | 12:30pm–8:00pm
Tuesday | 12:30pm–8:00pm
Wednesday | 12:30pm–8:00pm
Thursday | 12:30pm–8:00pm
Friday | 1:00pm–8:30pm
Saturday | 1:00pm–8:30pm
Sunday | 1:00pm–8:30pm

📍 Reunion Tower

Texas Discovery Gardens 🦋

📷 Butterfly House + Garden | @texasdiscoverygardens

The Texas Discovery Gardens is an outdoor treasure in Dallas. The gardens feature seasonal blooms and are an educational experience for all ages. Not only is this one of the best cheap and fun stuff to do in Dallas, but it’s also one of the most scenic afternoons that you can enjoy by admiring the tulips, watching the butterflies, and take some Instagram worthy pics in the gardens. Best of all, it’s only $10 admission for adults.

Hours & Location

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍Texas Discovery Gardens

Texas Rangers Game ⚾️

It’s America’s favorite past time and if you have not caught a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Field you are missing out. It tops our list for fun stuff to do in Dallas Games run through the week and on weekends all summer and early fall. Put it on your bucket list of must-see places to go and don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue for the home team.


Punch Bowl Social 🎳

In the heart of Deep Ellum, Punch Bowl Social takes fun to a whole new level. Two floors of entertainment options are the perfect fit for planning your next day out of ideas for fun stuff to do in Dallas. From arcade games, bowling, karaoke, an epic bar, and music, there is room for your small or large group at Punch Bowl Social and lots of fun on the game menu and food menu too. The bowling is a great way to strike out the heat this summer at $12 per person at Punch Bowl Social.

Hours & Location

Monday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Tuesday | 4:00pm–12:00am
Wednesday | 11:000am–12:00am
Thursday | 11:000am–12:00am
Friday | 11:000am–2:00am
Saturday | 10:00am–2:00am
Sunday | 10:00am–12:00am

📍 Punch Bowl Social

Cidercade 👾

Fun doesn’t have to break the bank, so don’t forget about Cidercade for cheap and fun stuff to do in Dallas. Cidercade is located in the Design District and offers 140 games in their arcade. Cidercade offers 26 taps of hard ciders, kombuchas, seltzers, wines, and smoothies. If you like arcade games and like to get your drink on, check out Cidercade! It will make for a memorable special day or night out.

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–12:00am
Tuesday | 10:00am–12:00am
Wednesday | 10:00am–12:00am
Thursday | 10:00am–12:00am
Friday | 10:00am–1:00am
Saturday | 10:00am–1:00am
Sunday | 10:00am–12:00am

📍 Cidercade

Klyde Warren 🏞

Another beautiful park venue for an outing is the Klyde Warren Park. Pack a blanket and picnic lunch and enjoy the greenery. The park is unique in that it spans a 5-acre green space built over the 8-lane freeway in the middle of the arts district in downtown Dallas. There are 322 trees and 37 types of native plant species. Hungry? Check out their famous food trucks that line the entire park. Klyde Warren is among one of the most popular of fun stuff to do in Dallas Don’t miss their free events such as workout classes, DFW’s bilingual StoryWalk, and Pop-Up Story Time.

Hours & Location

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

📍Klyde Warren Park

Dallas Museum of Art 🎨

The Dallas Museum of Art has a reputation of being one of the best cheap and fun stuff to do in Dallas. Their community programs range from adults to families to individual classes and workshops. The exhibits from artists around the world are on display from paintings, sculptures, and art of all mediums. It’s a fun yet cultural experience.

Hours & Location

Monday | closed
Tuesday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–5:00pm

📍 Museum of Art

Children's Aquarium Dallas 🐟

Swim on over and learn about aquatic creatures from around the world. With visual and hands-on exhibits, the Children’s Aquarium will definitely be one of the most fun stuff to do in Dallas. Explore this educational venue and browse through the exhibit halls. You can feed and interact with the stingrays in the outdoor pavilion. Adult admission is $13.95.

Hours & Location

Monday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–5:00pm

📍 Children’s Aquarium of Dallas

Another Round ⛳️

Another Round is non-stop fun under one roof. Add it to your list of cheap and fun stuff to do in Dallas with only $12 per player. From their funky choice of 12 mini-golf courses to Tuesday Trivia Nights, there is something for everyone. Come putt around in a fun environment.


Hours & Location

Monday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Tuesday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Wednesday | 4:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 2:00pm–10:00pm
Friday |  2:00pm–12:00am
Saturday | 11:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 11:00am–10:00pm

📍 Another Round

Dallas Arboretum 🌷

The Dallas Arboretum is another place to add to cheap and fun stuff to do in Dallas. Enjoy a scenic walk through the plants, flowers, shrubs, and seasonal featured exhibits. There are many photo opportunities amongst the lush floral displays and arbors of tree-covered pathways. Each part of the garden is labeled to educate you on the seasonal beauties planted here – and look out for the rabbits too, they are plenty. Daily admission ranges from $10-$16.

Hours & Location

Monday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–5:00pm

📍 Dallas Arboretum

NorthPark Center 🛍

📷 NorthPark Center | @northparkcenter

Window shopping can be a great item to add to cheap and fun stuff to do in Dallas, and no better place to do it than NorthPark Center. This shopping mall has every store you could think of, lots of great choices for food, and tons of excellent art sculptures that line the walkways. If you love to look around the mall and admire the stores, this activity is perfect.

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–8:00pm

📍 NorthPark Center

Katy Trail

Katy Trail is one of the best cheap and fun things to do in Dallas if you love nature and walking! Home to tons of green space and plants/flowers, Katy Trail is a beautiful excursion for a nice walk to relax or just enjoy the atmosphere.


McKinney Avenue Trolley

The McKinney Avenue Trolley is a great way to explore the area, and add to amazing fun stuff to do in Dallas. The McKinney Avenue Trolley is more than 5 miles of tracks to get you around Uptown and parts of Downtown Dallas. including popular stops like Klyde Warren Park and the Uptown Station. It’s such a fun and family-friendly activity that we highly recommend. While the ride on the Trolley is free you can make a donation while entering.

Hours & Location

Monday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 7:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–12:00am
Sunday | 7:00am–10:00pm

📍McKinney Avenue Trolley

Wait! There's More 🎉

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Curated by

Nashville native turned Dallas local since 2021 | Lover of all things food...

Contributing curators

Emma Aly
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