Sometimes called the “urban cowboys” of Texas, Dallas dwellers know a thing or two about fun – and they also know how to have it at no cost. Life is expensive enough already, so let’s share some tips and tricks on how to explore the city without packing a payday punch.
Galleries and Museums
In case you’ve forgotten, the old-fashioned M-Line trolley is totally free and has 27 stops, including ones in the Arts District downtown. So hop onboard the antique “Rosie” or “Winnie” trolley cars from the early 1900s, and roam about the Arts Districts to view free outdoor art exhibitions such as the Hall Texas Sculpture Walk, starting at Hall Arts on Ross Avenue.
Visit the South Dallas Cultural Center for local and national artist shows, with free entry and a poetry open mic night at least one night a month. Explore art, culture and history at the free African American Museum, or head east of downtown for a deep-dive into sculpture, art, theater, crafts and film at the Latino Cultural Center. The Dallas Museum of Art makes art accessible to all, so take advantage of its free permanent exhibits and the monthly family activities on first Tuesdays.
If you have some little ones with extra energy, jump in the action at Reverchon Park in Uptown Dallas. Take a hike, play some tennis or rumble-and-tumble on the super-fancy playground. Enjoy some laidback summer nights with the Get Reel summer movie series at Victory Park. Spread a blanket and bring a picnic; it’s free for everyone.
Mark your calendar year round for First Saturdays at Nasher Sculpture Center. The kids will love story time and puppets, and the whole family gets free tours of the Nasher collection, including sculptures by Picasso and Calder.
Lakes, Parks and Urban Forests
Did you know that Dallas has 17,196 acres of park lands, including 61.6 miles of hiking and cycling trails? Head over to White Rock Lake in northeast Dallas, an urban forest land with trails, wetlands and an Audubon Society-designated bird watching area. Drop a line from one of the fishing piers, reel in some bass or catfish for supper, and then sizzle it up on a grill by sundown.
If you prefer a more landscaped outdoorsy day, stretch out on the green at CenterPark on the grounds of NorthPark Center. Browse the world-class collection of outdoor sculptures, including an enormous safety pin and rotating exhibits such as Leo Villareal’s Buckyball. Keep an eye on the calendar for complementary park concerts by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Free Vineyard Tour and Live Music
Cruise out to Grapevine for an afternoon at La Buena Vida Vineyards, just 35 minutes from Metro Dallas. Ramble through laden vines on a self-guided tour, then relax on the patio or climate-controlled Mediterranean pavilion. Go on a Saturday afternoon for free live music by local bands.
Living the urban life is fun and easy when you have a special place to call home. Call today to learn more about Pinnacle’s apartment communities and to schedule a free tour.