If you're looking for fun outdoor activities in Dallas, head over to Klyde Warren Park. Built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, this park gives city-dwellers a much needed green space. Dogs can run free through the water fountains in the dog park to keep cool. Concerts and other events open to the public are held here often. Bask in the sun, play some chess or ping pong, or take the kids over to the playground - make a day of it!
A visit to the Dallas Children's Theater is entertainment for the entire family. Introduce your little ones to the world of live theater by involving them in activities here. Classes are offered here, and are conducted by established artists. A number of excellent plays including Rumpelstiltskin, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and several musicals have been shown here.
This historic site sprawls over 227 acres (918,636 square meters) and has one of the nation's largest collections of Art Deco buildings. Built in 1936, Fair Park is registered as a National Historic Landmark. It was built by the WPA to house the Texas Centennial Exposition, celebrating Texas' independence from Mexico. It boasts an inspiring list of museums including the African American Museum, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, Museum of Nature and Science, Music Hall At Fair Park, Dallas Aquarium and Dallas Horticulture Center. You will also find concerts at the outdoor Coca Cola Starplex, college football in the Cotton Bowl, and the annual State Fair of Texas. The Visitor Center shows a 10-minute film about the park and offers walking tours by appointment.
The sole survivor of the 1920's movie palaces, this restored showplace is an honored venue for a variety of performers. It has helped breathe new life into the Arts District. Gilded and ornate, its prestige sweeps patrons into a another time. This venue seats just over 1,600 people. It hosts the Majestic Broadway Series as well as the world-renowned Dallas Black Dance Theater. Additional commercial performers have one-night only or multiple night runs.
This large space features dance lessons, live music, concerts and even mechanical bull riding. Various DJ sets, live music, and jukebox tunes provide a fun atmosphere for any crowd; indeed Cowboys Red River attracts many different age groups. It is the perfect place to kick back and have a good time and you'll never be short of a drink because there is more than one bar.
Established in 1946 by Phil Isley, Granada Theater opened its doors as a movie hall. In the 1970s it functioned as a music hall for a short time, when it reverted back to being a movie theater. Mike Schoder, an avid musician, assumed reigns of the theater in 2004 and converted it into a delightful space that plays host to various enthralling concerts. Before the lights go down, take note of the early 1950's architecture, featuring a balcony with exquisitely painted walls.
Located in downtown Dallas, the Main Street Garden is a park that was created as a part of a sort of downtown revamping program of the Dallas Government. Opened in 2009, the landscaped lawns of the garden have since welcomed visitors and locals alike, whether they seek a leisure stroll, or wish to attend a concert at this park. Designed by the Landscape Architects Firm, Thomas Baisley Associates, this park has facilities like a dog run, a playground, a splash fountain, and even a cafe, called Lily Pad Cafe. The park has free Wi-Fi, and its premises are given on rent for a range of events. See the website to know more.
A multifaceted facility, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is among the premier convention centers in not only the city but also the nation. Formerly the Dallas Convention Center, it is also one of the top sporting and entertainment venues in town. This massive complex includes the Pioneer Cemetery and Pioneer Plaza. The striking edifice has lobbies and foyers adorned with sculptural art pieces chronicling Dallas' history. It was the first ever convention center in the globe to offer WiFi services. It also boasts to have the biggest helipad in the world on its roof. Musicals and other notable performances are held at the theater while the arena is a great place for not only sports but also rallies, concerts and conventions.
Located on the upper level of Scottish Rite Cathedral, this auditorium is a venue used for meetings and events within the temple. Besides, the auditorium can be rented for various other social events, be it a wedding or even a stage performance. Beautifully decorated, it can accommodate more than 400 people at capacity. Comfortable seating and visual treats, in terms of stage backdrops, make it an ideal venue for audiences and performers alike.
The Eddie Deen's Ranch is a rustic venue that is extended on rent for a variety of events. The entire ranch is divided into The Saloon, Town Hall and The Warehouse that can cumulatively accommodate over 1400 guests. The operators also provide catering services for the event, complementing your functions with delectable barbecue. Entertainment ranging from Latino musicians, DJs and a mechanical bull add the element of euphoria to your events.