Top Things to Do in Dallas

If you are coming to Dallas, you need to go downtown.  It’s really a small area that is bounded by highways.   In its heart, the Crowne Plaza is perfectly situated.  From our front door, you can walk left and be at the Dallas World Aquarium in minutes. Go to your right and you’ll find yourself at the Dallas Convention Center. Everything else in this guide is also very close whether you are on foot, taking our shuttle, or hopping the restored trolley.

Here are our top things to do in Dallas, and many of them are free!

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The Dallas Convention Center provides so much meeting space that it has more than 15 lobbies for receptions.  The Crowne Plaza is one of the most affordable hotels in Dallas close to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. We provide lodging for many conventioneers who come from around the country and around the globe.

Pioneer Plaza is a unique art installation across four acres.  Bigger than life, a herd of 49 cattle wander together and singly across a cultivated landscape. The longhorn sculptures are tended by three cowboys on horseback.

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The Farmer’s Market area includes a large indoor market with eateries serving local favorites.  These flavors of Texas are sure to excite your palate. On the weekends, the Shed provides an open air market.




With major historic sites and major family-friendly destinations, the West End serves many different types of tourists.  One thing they can all agree is that the food choices are fantastic.  Original Tex-Mex, unique gourmet dining, and familiar chain restaurants beckon to anyone who loves a great meal. Crowne Plaza is proud to be among the biggest hotels near the West End in Dallas.

Dallas World Aquarium

In this multi-level aquarium, you’ll find a rainforest habitat, a tunnel of sharks, and hundreds of exotic species.  Families and animal lovers will enjoy an immersion experience among sloths, penguins, and many other beautiful creatures.  Tickets are $20.95 (adults), $16.95 (seniors), and $14.95 (children ages 2-12). Open 7 days a week, you can get there fast from Crowne Plaza hotels near Dallas World Aquarium Dallas.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

At the edge of the West End, you’ll find this museum ready to entertain and inform.  Giant dinosaurs remind you of an earth before humans ruled.   More than ten exhibit halls can keep you busy all day.  General admission is $13 – $20. However, the Dinosaur Experience and 3D movies are an additional fee. It’s open every day.  For a discount, try the Dallas City Pass which bundles the Perot Museum with some other destinations.

JFK Memorial Sites

The Sixth Floor Museum at Healey Plaza commemorates the events surrounding the assassination of President John F Kennedy.  Just one block away, the JFK Memorial rises 30 feet and spans more than 50 feet.

Dallas Holocaust Museum

A somber reminder of the lives lost in the Holocaust, this museum is in the process of expanding.  Its new name will be the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.  Current prices are $10 (adults) and $8 (students, seniors).  Open seven days a week, it is closed some U.S. holidays as well as Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah.

Reunion Tower

The observation deck at Reunion Tower offers amazing views of the city.  Indoor and outdoor areas include telescopes and panoramic zoom cameras.  GeO Deck admission also allows you to sample casual or fine dining at 470 feet above street level.


With more than 20 square blocks in its arts district, Dallas can claim the largest urban art area in the world.  That 68 acres of space includes three large art museums, almost a dozen performance spaces for theater and music, and, of course, restaurants, bars and shops.  Before you come, be sure to find out if there’s a Dallas Arts District Block Party or a live music event at Sammons Park or Strauss Square.  Within walking distance of all of the action, the Crowne Plaza is one of the most affordable hotels in the arts district Dallas area.

Dallas Art Museum

Some 22,000 pieces trace the visual arts back 5,000 years at the Dallas Art Museum. Everyone can find styles and artists that excite them in this amazing collection. General admission is free, and special installations are $16.  Closed Mondays.

Nasher Sculpture Center

A massive glass-walled building surrounds one of the world’s biggest indoor sculpture spaces.  An outdoor exhibit adds to the excitement.  Tickets are only $10, but members of the military are free, and there are a number of other available discounts. Furthermore, children under 12 are free. Closed Mondays.

Crow Collection of Asian Art

You don’t have to travel overseas to enjoy fine arts from India, China, Japan and other Asian countries. There’s a wide-ranging selection of ancient and modern pieces in the Crow Collection of Asian Art.  Admission is free, but a donation of $7 (adults) or $5 (seniors) is suggested.  Closed Mondays.


The American Airlines Center is home to the Texas Mavericks basketball and Texas Stars hockey teams.  You can also catch big name concerts there.  It’s in each reach when you stay at the Crowne Plaza.

Fair Park

Venturing to South Dallas, you’ll find Fair Park.  This sprawling campus takes you back in time to the art and architecture of a 1930s Texas Fair.  Everything added since is in keeping with the art deco style.  It’s home to the Cotton Bowl Stadium, museums, and live music.  Permanent rides are available during the Texas Fair and other special events.

African American Museum

The African American Museum of Dallas has a Fine Art Collection featuring works dating back to the 1800s.  It is home to the largest collection of African American Folk Art in the world. There is also an exhibit dedicated to African art.  Open seven days a week, admission is free for individuals, but there is a fee for groups of ten or more.

While you are planning your visit, be sure to make reservations at the Crowne Plaza. We are right in the middle of the action.

Note: Please consult your destination’s website to make sure their hours and/or prices haven’t changed since this guide was published.