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Old Jan 9, 14, 1:14 pm
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Dallas For a Day and Night

Hi everyone!

I will be in Dallas for a full day (and night) in a couple of weeks and I have the entire day off.

It is my first time to Dallas, so I would appreciate if you have any tips/suggestions on where to go and what to see (basically what is worth doing and what is not).

I enjoy wandering around cities, so at the moment I am considering visiting things like: (even if it is just walking by) JFK Memorial Plaza + Dealey Plaza + Old Red Museum, Dallas Museum of Art...

Also I am spending the night near DFW. Is it worth checking out things over in Fort Worth or near the airport in the afternoon? (E.g. Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo?) (It is quite far away, so perhaps there is something typically Texan nearby to DFW or downtown Dallas?

I am also interested in Aviation, is the CR Smith Museum worth visiting, its only 6mins away from my hotel by car?

I'd really appreciate any advice or suggestions,
Thanks!
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Old Jan 9, 14, 1:59 pm
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It really depends on what you want to see, Dallas is much more cosmopolitan as opposed to Ft. Worth which is more traditional. There are more out of the way, touristy "Texan" things in and around Ft. Worth compared to Dallas which is like any other big city.

Downtown and Uptown Dallas both have great restaurants, bars, etc. The downtown arts district is nice as well as the McKinney Ave. area in uptown. The new Perot Museum might be something to check out as well.

Also keep traffic in mind if you're trying to hit a lot in one day, especially if you're staying close to the airport.
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Old Jan 9, 14, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by longhorn11 View Post
It really depends on what you want to see, Dallas is much more cosmopolitan as opposed to Ft. Worth which is more traditional. There are more out of the way, touristy "Texan" things in and around Ft. Worth compared to Dallas which is like any other big city.

Downtown and Uptown Dallas both have great restaurants, bars, etc. The downtown arts district is nice as well as the McKinney Ave. area in uptown. The new Perot Museum might be something to check out as well.

Also keep traffic in mind if you're trying to hit a lot in one day, especially if you're staying close to the airport.
Thanks for your response, I will probably take public transit so hopefully only an hour or so to and from the airport.

I will definitely check out the Arts District, I looked a bit more up on that, and it looks like a must place to visit.

Do you know if there are any Rodeo or Livestock shows near DFW. I found one on the other side of Fort Worth but it may be tricky and take a while to get to?
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Old Jan 9, 14, 3:42 pm
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Thanks for your response, I will probably take public transit so hopefully only an hour or so to and from the airport.

I will definitely check out the Arts District, I looked a bit more up on that, and it looks like a must place to visit.

Do you know if there are any Rodeo or Livestock shows near DFW. I found one on the other side of Fort Worth but it may be tricky and take a while to get to?
The only Rodeo/Livestock stuff I know of is in Ft. Worth and out in the country. DFW airport is surrounded by businesses/houses/commuter suburbs for Dallas. West of Ft. Worth is going to be your best bet for touristy old western stuff.

If you're taking public transportation, you will probably be very limited in where you can go. All DART lines head downtown before they go elsewhere throughout the metro area. There is a trolley system that goes through uptown that you could catch, but it is undergoing renovations so I'm not sure if that's a sure bet.

Honestly, I'm not 100% sure you can even get to Ft. Worth by public transportation. Maybe you take the orange line bus/train to downtown to the TRE? Maybe someone else can jump in on that. The public transportation serves one purpose here and that is to get people to Downtown Dallas, it's not the best system for activities in other areas.

ETA: we also have A LOT of shopping, not sure if that's something you're into though…

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When are you coming? Weekday or weekend?

I don't usually recommend DFW without a car, but for just a day, you can probably manage. The TRE train runs 6 days a week (not sunday) between downtown Dallas & downtown Ft Worth, with a stop near DFW at the Centreport station on the south side of the airport. There are free shuttles between that station and the terminals.

If you want to try to do both cities, I'd suggest Dallas by day. JFK stuff (JFK memorial, Dealey Plaza, 6th floor museum), then the Arts District (DMA, Nasher). Ft Worth in the evening, the Sundance Square downtown offers lots of bars, restaurants, nightlife. These areas are all walkable from the TRE stops.
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Thanks for all your replies.

I will be coming on a Friday + Friday evening.

Based on your responses, and looking at getting to and from Fort Worth, I think it may be too much hassle/time consuming to go to Fort Worth, unless I go for the evening as you suggest.

Likely there will be enough things for me to do in downtown Dallas, and perhaps on my way back to the hotel near DFW, I can pop in to the C.R. Smith Museum (If it is worth it?).
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Originally Posted by CX828 View Post
Thanks for all your replies.

I will be coming on a Friday + Friday evening.

Based on your responses, and looking at getting to and from Fort Worth, I think it may be too much hassle/time consuming to go to Fort Worth, unless I go for the evening as you suggest.

Likely there will be enough things for me to do in downtown Dallas, and perhaps on my way back to the hotel near DFW, I can pop in to the C.R. Smith Museum (If it is worth it?).
That sounds like a better plan in my opinion. It's just really difficult to navigate this area without a car since it's so spread out.

I've never been to the C.R. Smith Museum so I can't comment on that, I believe there is another aviation museum near Dallas Lovefield.
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"I believe there is another aviation museum near Dallas Lovefield." This! http://www.flightmuseum.com/
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Originally Posted by ERJ_12B View Post
"I believe there is another aviation museum near Dallas Lovefield." This! http://www.flightmuseum.com/
Thanks for the link!
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Originally Posted by ERJ_12B View Post
"I believe there is another aviation museum near Dallas Lovefield." This! flightmuseum
That one is not easy to get to by public transport as only Bus #529 goes by, and except for rush hour not very frequently. Moreover it's a way from any rail station, so a longish ride on the bus

Besides the retired WN 737 Museum of Flight is geared mostly to older flight related things, IIRC pre WW II, and since my interest is more current I was a little disappointed with my visit.

If you enjoy walking you may like funky Deep Ellum east of downtown, reachable by Green Line.

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That one is hard to get to by public transport as only Bus #31 goes by, and except for rush hour not very frequently. Moreover it's a LOOOOONG way from any rail station, so a long ride on the bus
Long way? Its just on the other side of the airport from the Inwood/Love Field. The 529 will have you at the front door in less than 10 minutes or it can be walked in about 30. Not sure where you got your info from.
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That one is hard to get to by public transport as only Bus #31 goes by, and except for rush hour not very frequently. Moreover it's a LOOOOONG way from any rail station, so a long ride on the bus

Besides the retired WN 737 Museum of Flight is geared mostly to older flight related things, IIRC pre WW II, and since my interest is more current I was a little disappointed with my visit.

If you enjoy walking you may like funky Deep Ellum east of downtown, reachable by Orange Line.
Thanks for that tip, I will probably do that . . . Love walking around cities.
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On topic of public transport, am I right in assuming I can buy the $5 day pass from the bus driver upon boarding at DFW?
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On topic of public transport, am I right in assuming I can buy the $5 day pass from the bus driver upon boarding at DFW?
Yes.
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Long way? Its just on the other side of the airport from the Inwood/Love Field. The 529 will have you at the front door in less than 10 minutes or it can be walked in about 30. Not sure where you got your info from.
My info comes from walking all about Dallas, and around Love Field in particular

But you are right about 529, got confused with 51, which used to go there until the route was cancelled (and part of old route 51 became 31, and another part 529).

You could also take Love Field bus 524, which runs every 20 minutes and walk. According to Google maps it's 0.8 mi, 15 mins walking from corner of Mockingbird Land and Cedar Springs Rd to museum.

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On topic of public transport, am I right in assuming I can buy the $5 day pass from the bus driver upon boarding at DFW?
You actually feed five dollars into the machine and driver hands you a pass that is good for the day. Just pay attention which bus you take, as northbound and southbound stop at the same stop and Dallas bus drivers often don't switch destination signs
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