10 Free Things to do in Downtown Dallas
LEA ANN FESSENDEN
Dallas, Texas is a great city to explore. There are hundreds of interesting places to see and things to do, many of which are free! As a native of Dallas I've spent my lifetime finding these cool, budget minded activities so you are getting it "straight from the horse's mouth", as we like to say in Big D.
John F. Kennedy Memorial
Visit the concrete walled monument which pays homage to the late John f. Kennedy near the site where he was assassinated. The School Book depository and the Grassy Knoll are all within walking distance and have changed little since that dark day in 1963 in our country's history. Downtown, Main and Houston Streets
Dallas Farmer's Market
The perfect place to spend an early morning is at the festive Dallas Farmer's Market where local farmers offer a dizzying array of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, honey, nuts, flowers and other locally made items. Doesn't cost a thing to look, but for the great prices, I know you'll leave with a bag or two of something!
Open Daily 7 am - 6 pm 1010 South Pearl Street, 214-939-2808
Take a stroll around the historic West End of Dallas where you'll find over 50 specialty shops and a large variety of restaurants and clubs. Free concerts during the summer.
Enjoy the Sculpture Garden at the base of the Trammell Crow Center in Downtown. More than 20 statues from the French masters, including Rodin, reside in this laconic setting with cascading waters and beautiful gardens.
Tues. - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm Thurs. 10 am - 9 pm Downtown, 2010 Flora Street, 214-979-6430
Tour the Morton H. Meyerson
Designed by the renowned I.M. Pei, the Morton H. Meyerson Syphony Center offers free tours generally on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. (call for specifics as this can and does change) The Center is home to the $1.36 million dollar Herman W. Lay Family Organ with 4, 535 pipes.
Downtown, 2301 Flora Street, 214-670-3600
Dallas Central Library
History buffs will enjoy visiting this grand library downtown Dallas which houses one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence as well as William Shakespeare's First Folio of comedies, Histories and Tragedies.
Mon. - Thurs. 9 am - 9 pm Fri. - Sat 9 am - 5 pm Sun. 9 am - 1 pm Downtown, 1515 Young Street, 214-670-1700
For something a little different, check out this amazing exhibit of over 100 cast, bronze-coated hands including celebrities such as Katherine Hepburnm, Winston Churchill, Louis Armstrong and Walt Disney.
Mon - Fri 8 am - 9 pm Baylor University Medical Center - Truett Building - 1st floor 3500 Gaston Ave., 214-820-6684
Crow Collection of Asian Art
An amazing collection of over 600 paintings, objects of metal and stone and architectural pieces from India, Japan, China and Southeast Asia.
Open: Tues. - Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 2010 Flora Street, 214-979-6430
Freedman's Cemetery Memorial
Just north of Downtown is a pre-Civil War African-American burial ground in what was once a small community formed by Blacks freed from slavery in the mid-1860's. African American artist, David Newton honored the space with larger-than-life-size figures in bronze.
North Central Expressway between Lemmon Avenue and Hall Street, 214-670-3284
Discover the cradle of Dallas' jazz scene in Deep Ellum. You'll find an unusual variety of nightclubs, restaurants, shops, art galleries and tattoo parlors.
Just east of Downtown, 214-747-DEEP