It was a whirlwind day now that I look back at it. Just over 24 hours in Dallas Texas. A dream day filled with a luxury hotel, great food, art, science and beauty all in a Dallas Big way. So if you have a layover or short stay in Dallas and want a few suggestions of things to do, you’ve come to the right place!
3:00 PM – Arrival Four Seasons Hotel
We arrived in Dallas late in the afternoon and had a little time to unwind at the Four Seasons Resort & Club at Las Colinas (see our review of the Four Seasons Resort here). We had a fabulous villa suite overlooking the golf green. Our afternoon included just enough time to sit by one of the resort’s pools for a little relaxation break!
6:00 PM – Dinner LTO Restaurant
I did not know that Dallas was such a hot spot for luxury and fine dining! Our first meal was an amazing experience at Kitchen LTO a unique pop-up restaurant concept (see our review of Kitchen LTO here – warning lots of food shots ahead). While the restaurant location remains the same, its chefs are switched twice per year making this pop-up restaurant a temporary home to up-and-coming chefs and artists.
5:30 AM – Morning Walk and Workout
Yes I got up at 5:30 AM to workout and hit the gym and no I’m not crazy. Part of travel writing is trying to maintain your health during whirlwind business trips and this means always finding time to hit the gym! It also means getting to see the sunrise over your hotel in the morning and it is a really peaceful time to walk around the resort.
9:00 AM – Breakfast at Oddfellows
After a 30 minute drive from our hotel into the Bishop Arts District in Dallas a unique neighbourhood filled with little boutiques, cafes, bars, art galleries and restaurants. If you like art districts with genuine and unique offerings vs. brand name shopping you will love to stroll the many shops and galleries here.
We arrived for breakfast at the very busy Oddfellows Restaurant which features breakfast and lunch menus and a great Sunday brunch. They our proud to source their ingredients locally and produce some pretty amazing dishes. Since they are famous for their breakfast skillet options, I decided to order the smoked salmon. Also to note is their extensive coffee bar menu which features French Press coffee, espresso any way you like it and loose leaf teas for the tea lovers out there.
11:00 AM – GeO Reunion Tower
I think I’m becoming one of those tourists that has to visit the observation deck of a city’s tower. I don’t know if this is influence of my home town Toronto’s CN Tower or my photographer’s instinct which says go up there and get some great shots, whatever the reason, we had to make our way to the Reunion Tower in Dallas Texas.
There was a very windy outdoor observation deck and an indoor view as well, both featuring 360 degree views of the city of Dallas. Inside there was a cafe for food and munchies and lots of interactive displays connected to live camera shots around the city. If you happen to be interested in fine dining at the tower, then Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant may be a draw for you with its revolving floor.
12:00 PM – Art Walk through Nasher Centre
The Nasher Sculpture Center was a wonderful stop on our Dallas tour. It featured an impressive collection of modern and contemporary sculptures part of the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection. The sculptures were on display both inside the building and out. Outside I had a lovely stroll through the garden which featured many large sculptures. A very peaceful stop on a beautiful day that I highly recommend.
1:00 PM – Lunch Lark on the Park
One thing Dallas should be very proud of is the Klyde Warren Park. The 5.2-acre park, was built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Turning a freeway into a park filled with activities, events has created the most beautiful gathering space for Dallas residents and tourists.
We had lunch at Lark on the Park a cute little urban restaurant featuring a fun menu of little bites, big salads, sandwiches and more. There is a great patio overlooking the park or as we did, you can dine inside the funky space!
2:30 PM – Science at Perot Museum
It was hard not to notice this building while driving around the city during our 24 hours in Dallas Texas. The slanted glass box is visible from the Geo tower and while walking or driving through the city.
The Perot Museum of Natural Science will definitely peak your curiosity and inspire you as you travel through the many exhibit halls. We didn’t have much time here but I loved interacting with the many displays and watching the children learning and showing their parents everything they know about science (which lets face it is a lot more than we care to admit).
4:30 PM – Shopping NorthPark Center
With over 200 retailers in this massive neighbourhood mall, it is no surprise that the NorthPark Center is one of Dallas’ biggest tourist attractions. We had a nice stroll around the huge mall which has everything you could possibly be looking for on your shopping trip. Also worth noting many of the stores in the mall are part of the Tax Free Shopping in Texas program, so if your purchases qualify, you could get some money back!
Art meets shopping at the NorthPark Center where large sculptures from the Nasher’s family collection are on display in the mall walkways. There are numerous pieces throughout so be on the lookout as some were very impressive.
7:30PM – Dinner at The Rustic
After a full day of Dallas activities we stopped at The Rustic restaurant which is known for its food, huge backyard patio and entertainment.
This restaurant features a menu prepared with farm-fresh local ingredients in a casual bar atmosphere. In their backyard there is a huge stage where local and national acts perform in front of the huge crowd sitting at backyard tables. (see our review of The Rustic restaurant here.)
A full review of the Rustic restaurant is coming soon I promise! It was a great spot for a delicious casual meal to end our whirlwind day in Dallas! Check out all the spots we visted on this interactive map below!
Do you have any favourite Dallas spots? Share them in the comments below!