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Fun Things to Do Near Dallas, TX

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Known for its major league sports and rich history, there are plenty of fun things to do in Dallas. Texas’s third-largest city is a sprawling metroplex that is home to nearly 1.3 million residents today.

Among the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll find Universal Technical Institute Dallas-Fort Worth—a 97,000 square foot technical school with 15 labs and 17 classrooms equipped with industry tools and technology. For those who dream of having careers in the transportation industry, this is the place to be. Dallas students can choose among three core programs: automotive, diesel and welding.

At UTI, we encourage students to have a balance between work and play. After all, your student experience should be enjoyable! Whether you’re a current Dallas resident or will be traveling from another state to attend UTI, this guide is for you. Read along as we share some fun things to do in Dallas when you need a study break.

Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is among the 10 largest art museums in the country. Established in 1903, this museum offers everything from exhibits and lectures to concerts, literary events and dance presentations.

When exploring the museum, you’ll feel as though you’re traveling through various time periods and continents. General admission is free, however special exhibition admission costs anywhere from $12-16. The museum also offers discounted tickets on certain days and times, which can be found on their website.

Klyde Warren Park

There are plenty of free, fun things to do in Dallas as well. Across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art, you’ll find Klyde Warren Park. This 5.2-acre park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors. The space is located over a major freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas, providing spectacular views and the opportunity to experience the vibrant Dallas culture.

There’s always something to do at this park. Everyday activities include croquet, ping pong, chess, free fitness classes and more. The park also hosts special events, like movies on the lawn and food and wine festivals. Details on their upcoming events can be found on their website!

State Fair of Texas

They say everything is bigger in Texas—and it’s no surprise the State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the country! From delicious food to acres of rides, concerts and attractions, this attraction has it all. The State Fair of Texas runs from late September through October, making it the perfect fall activity.

Dealey Plaza

Dallas is often associated with being the place JFK was assassinated. This is why many tourists pay a visit to Dealey Plaza, which is where the assassination took place. For a mini history lesson, explore Dealey Plaza and stop by the Sixth Floor Museum, which has a variety of historical exhibits related to the assassination.

Six Flags Over Texas

If you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to pay a visit to Six Flags Over Texas. This amusement park has everything from classic roller coasters like the Texas Giant and the Titan to new attractions like Harley Quinn Spinsanity and The Joker. This particular park also has the world’s largest loop coaster—if you can handle it.

AT&T Stadium

Whether you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan or not, the AT&T Stadium is worth checking out. In addition to the variety of events that take place here throughout the year, the stadium also offers tours that take you through the dressing rooms and onto the field, giving you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look!

White Rock Lake

If you’re looking for cheap fun things to do in Dallas, plan a visit to White Rock Lake. With its beautiful scenery, it’s no surprise over 1 million people visit White Rock Lake every year. Whether you enjoy biking, running, walking or are just looking for a place to relax, this lake with over 9 miles of trail is the perfect spot. If you want to get out on the water, you can go sailing, rowing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking or even rent paddle boards. It’s the perfect place to get outside and enjoy the fresh Dallas air!

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is easily one of the most scenic spots in the city. Located in East Dallas, the gardens span over 66 acres. If you’re in the mood to explore and immerse yourself in nature, this is the perfect spot to do so. Tickets typically cost anywhere from $5 to $17 depending on the season, and be sure to bring some cash for parking.

Yello Belly Dragstrip

In addition to its historic spots and beautiful scenery, Dallas is home to some pretty sweet racetracks. Yello Belly Dragstrip originated in the 1950s, and has since become a beloved track with loyal fans. In fact, Yellow Belly acknowledges fans who visit on a regular basis, some of whom have a 3-to-4 generation history of enjoying ‘A day at the track.’ To attend a race, you can expect to pay around $10.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Devil’s Bowl Speedway is a long-running stage for dirt-track automobile races including annual special events. Hailed as the Southwest’s most famous dirt track, this track is a unique ‘D’ shape, which gives the 10,000 seats in the grandstands an unobstructed view of the entire track.

Special events are spaced out throughout the year, including the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars, Texas Outlaw Modified Series and the Texas Winged Modified Series. Tickets to weekly races cost $12, while regional and national series events cost anywhere from $20 to $25.

Kennedale Speedway Park

Last but not least, Kennedale Speedway Park is a quarter mile long racetrack that presents numerous car races throughout the year. Deemed as ‘race track heaven,’ this track is located about a half hour from Dallas. Tickets for the grandstands are around $13, and pit passes are $30. It’s the perfect place to get your racing fix!

That completes our round-up of paid and free, fun things to do in Dallas for students! Enjoy exploring all the Lone Star state has to offer.

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