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A Day in Dallas – Free and Fun

April 30 2013

Time on our days off work is held very near and dear to our hearts. So many people find that they like to do something outside their normal routines when they can. Whether it’s going to a concert, exercising, seeing some culture, or getting into nature, we all have the occasional urge to try something new.

Dallas is a great location for all of these things, but many people worry about spending too much money enjoying some of those activities in the big city. Well not to worry. Here is a list of ideas to help you plan a day filled with fun in Dallas at no cost to you.

MATTrolley Tour – The McKinney Avenue Transit offers free transportation from Uptown to the Arts District, Downtown and much more. For a fun and scenic view of Dallas, the trolley car is a great way to get around, weather permitting of course. Donations are accepted but riding doesn’t cost a dime.

Farmer’s Market Food Samples – This might sound silly, but seriously try it. The Farmer’s Market in Dallas is quite large compared to others in the surrounding suburbs. The amount of vendors means both a high quality selection of produce for purchase, and enough free samples to make a meal. I originally read about this on another Dallas blog, but it sounds like one excellent idea for good eats on the cheap.

KTKatie Trail – Bike riding and running is course free on this trail. But the best part about this opportunity is that there are free bike rentals at Fleetwood’s Kit Kat on Thursdays after 7:00pm. Take the opportunity to get some quality fresh air and scenery on one of Dallas’ most loved outdoor recreational locations.

Karmany Yoga – Okay let me start out by saying that donations are heavily encouraged here, however, if you want to do some free yoga once in a while it is the perfect place. But if you do decide to start going every week, they would very much appreciate the $10-$15 per class suggested donation.

Check out the Dallas Skyline – This is a no brainer I suppose, but this activity is usually best in the evening when the sun is setting. There are several amazing views in various hotels around Dallas, but I have found that most people prefer seeing the skyline from top of the W Hotel. Or if you prefer a beautiful view with a free game of pool then check out the Bryan Street Tavern on Sundays.

Concerts – Yes it’s true, you can see free live music in Dallas. And honestly, it is pretty abundant. There are several locations in Oak Cliff if you would like to see some great jazz or blues including bars like The Goat and the Amsterdam Bar. If you’re more into indie, punk rock, or pretty much anything else, then check out the schedule for Good Records. They put on free concerts all the time with a large variety of artists.

Picnic locations – There is no charge to enter most of the parks in Dallas so there are plenty of places perfect for the occasion.Pack a lunch in a basket, grab a blanket and head to White Rock Lake for some fresh air and sunshine. Want something a little more urban? Or maybe you don’t have a cooler to pack a lunch. Well check out the Main Street Garden which has a park cafe that offers dishes made from organic and natural ingredients, live music, poetry readings, art shows and more.

Barcadia’s Mega-Jenga – Love Jenga? Then this one is pretty self-explanatory. Large jenga pieces makes a large jenga game. Play for free at this unique Dallas bar.

WaveArt Exhibits – I’ll be honest. Free art exhibits are not hard to find in Dallas. The Dallas Museum has free admissions on the first Tuesday of the month. The Nasher Sculpture Garden has free admissions on the first Saturday of every month. The Meadows Museum at SMU has free admissions on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm. The Latino Cultural Center always has free admissions.

Shakespeare in the Park – This is only a seasonal event, but it’s pretty incredible. Seasons are from June to late July and then again from September to October. Performances on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays are free but donations are encouraged. But get there very early on free days because seats fill up very quickly.

There you have it. There are plenty of things to see and do for free in Dallas. If you’re looking for even more options, but still don’t want to break the bank, don’t worry! Just make a budget, and do your best to plan your activities ahead of time. In Dallas, you will have no problem finding fun activities for a budget of any size.