Fun, Cheap Stuff to Do in Dallas under $20

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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.

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Enjoy the View From The Reunion Tower

See Dallas from a bird’s eye view atop the Reunion Tower. Check their website for special events and monthly specials but it’s a win for cheap 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.

Monday | 2:30pm–9:00pm
Tuesday | 2:30pm–9:00pm
Wednesday | 2:30pm–9:00pm
Thursday | 2:30pm–9:00pm
Friday | 1:30pm–9:30pm
Saturday | 1:30pm–9:30pm
Sunday | 1:30pm–8:00pm

📍 Reunion Tower

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Texas Discovery Gardens

The Texas Discovery Gardens is an outdoor treasure in Dallas. The well-manicured gardens feature seasonal blooms and are an educational experience for all ages. Not only is this one of the best cheap stuff to do in Dallas, but it’s also one of the most scenic afternoons you can spend tip-toeing through the tulips, the butterfly house, and the garden for some wonderful pictures to depict your day out. Bets of all, it’s only $10 admission for adults. 

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

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

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 cheap stuff to do in Dallas and you have your choice of seats. 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. The ballpark features a full menu of entrees, beverages, and all the delicious ballpark food you can imagine. 

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Strike Out At Punch Bowl Social

In the heart of Deep Ellum, Punch Bowl Social takes fun to a whole new level – two to be exact. Two floors of entertainment options are the perfect fit for planning your next day out of ideas for cheap 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. 

Monday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Tuesday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Wednesday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Thursday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Friday | 7:30am–4:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–3:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–3:00pm

📍 Punch Bowl Social

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Play Games at Cidercade

Fun doesn’t have to break the bank, don’t forget about Cidercade for cheap stuff to do in Dallas. Cidercade in the Design District is an arcade bar with over 140 games. Thirsty? Cidercade shows off with 26 taps of different hard ciders, hard kombuchas, hard seltzers, wines, and hard smoothies. While they do not serve food, you can bring in your own or check their website for the list of food truck options and dates. Cidercade will make for a memorable special day or night out. 

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

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Have A Picnic at Klyde Warren Park

Another beautiful park venue for an outing is the Klyde Warren Park. Pack a blanket and picnic lunch and people watch. 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. A favorite at the park is Food Truck Lane where you can grab a quick, savory meal. View the dates and which food trucks will be open for business on their site. Don’t miss their free events such as workout classes, DFW’s bilingual StoryWalk, and Pop-Up Story Time.  

Valet parking is located at Mi Cocina on the northbound Woodall Rodgers Freeway access road. Valet is $15 for park patrons and $5 for those dining at Mi Cocina with validation. 

Monday | 6:30am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 6:30am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 6:30am–10:00pm
Thursday | 6:30am–10:00pm
Friday | 6:30am–10:00pm
Saturday | 6:30am–10:00pm
Sunday | 6:30am–10:00pm

📍 Klyde Warren Park

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Visit The Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has a rich history dating back to 1903 when the Dallas Art Association was founded by a group of 50 citizens at a meeting. 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 on display. Plan to stay all day and eat lunch in their cafe, their menu includes soups, salads, handcrafted sandwiches, and a selection of regional wines and beers on tap. It’s a fun yet cultural experience. 

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

📍 Museum of Art

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Children's Aquarium Dallas

Swim over and learn about aquatic creatures from around the world. With visual and hands-on exhibits, the Children’s Aquarium will bring out the kid in you. Explore this educational venue and browse through the exhibit halls – tip: bring your camera, there will be lots of smiles and photo opportunities.

Feed and interact with the stingrays in the outdoor pavilion. This is a great venue to book a birthday party! Don’t let the cold or rainy day keep you in, come out and play with the sea life. Adult admission is $13.95.

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

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Play Another Round

Another Round is non-stop fun under one roof. Add it to your list of cheap 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.

Rainy day, who cares, even the bar and patio are covered; come spend time at Another Round. Enjoy bites from Cooper’s Meat Market like Chophouse Sliders or the mozzarella and tomato panini. 

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

📍 Another Round

Cheap Stuff To Do In Dallas

Stroll Through The Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is another fun activity that doesn’t break the bank. 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.

Annual memberships can be purchased online and grant you six guest passes for their garden events. They even host cooking classes and garden classes if you want to help your thumb turn green. Daily admission ranges from $10-$16.

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

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Kelly Twedell

Kelly Twedell

Kelly is a Texan at heart and enjoys tacos, tennis, and tequila.