(Updated March 2021) You don’t have to travel far to experience arts and culture. More than ever, eager travelers are looking to their own backyards for the perfect getaway. A Dallas staycation offers the opportunity to view your own city in a new light – some bright neon lights actually – while saving time and money. Don’t overlook Dallas, Texas. The bustling hub of commerce and culture offers Texas-size attractions just steps from Omni Dallas Hotel.
Things to Do on a Dallas Staycation
Whether you’re a culture vulture, history buff or people-watcher, Downtown Dallas is your gateway to theater, art, science and food.
Klyde Warren Park
Uniquely situated above the Woodall Rodgers Freeway surrounded by glistening skyscrapers, Klyde Warren Park serves as a gathering place within the city’s expansive Arts District. In addition to the playground, walking trail, and picnic tables, it also showcases a schedule of activities including fitness classes, cultural events and food trucks. A true oasis in the heart of the city, the park is a great place to eat lunch on your Dallas staycation before visiting one of the adjacent museums and theaters.
Dallas Museum of Art
You don’t need to travel to a far-away city to peruse 24,000 works of art spanning nearly 5,000 years. At the Dallas Museum of Art, you’ll spy sacred objects from around the world, decorative arts and European masterpieces all under one roof. The museum also offers hands-on workshops, gallery tours and special exhibits and events.
AT&T Performing Arts Center
The AT&T Center hosts everything from theater, opera, comedians, concerts, speakers and more. Located next door, The Myerson Symphony Center, designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, is ranked one of the world’s greatest orchestra halls. Built in the traditional shoebox style, the façade juxtaposes the interior with curvilinear designs, glass and metal. Next to the Myerson, you’ll find the Winspear Opera House and it’s 318-rod chandelier that dazzles the audience by retracting into the ceiling before the show leaving the impression of a star lit night above the audience.
The Sixth Floor Museum
Locals on a Dallas staycation should make time to visit one of the city’s most popular attractions: The Sixth Floor Museum. The exhibit details the complete story of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and honors the memory. Located in the former Texas School Book Depository, the museum provides a unique perspective on one of Dallas and the country’s, darkest days from the site where it happened.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
With 11 permanent exhibits as impressive as the building’s exterior, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science inspires visitors of all ages in living science, engineering, technology and conservation. The museum seeks to provide a family friendly space to learn about some of the most fascinating aspects of life. By using state-of-the-art technology, you’ll engage with larger-than-life dinosaur fossil skeletons, giant gems, minerals and even simulated tornados.
The Dallas World Aquarium
A hidden gem in Downtown Dallas, The Dallas World Aquarium is an immersive expose of endangered sea life and more. The renovated warehouse now houses replicas of a full rainforest with freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. As you walk through the exhibits, you’ll spot toucans, three-toed sloths, Orinoco crocodiles, river otters, manatees, monkeys and penguins. Additionally, check the aquarium’s schedule for talks and feedings with some of the animals.
Where to Eat in Dallas
The Dallas food scene is one of the most diverse in Texas. From the staple steakhouses to famous Tex-Mex and some unique concepts in between, if you’re dressing up or down you’ll head home well-fed.
Bob’s Steak & Chop House
A best-in-class steakhouse conveniently located inside Omni Dallas Hotel, you can enjoy big, flavorful steaks, seafood and family-style sides. Beyond the mouthwatering entrees, Bob’s carries a unique collection of 300 to 500 wines in a climate-controlled cellar. The complete Bob’s dining experience includes fresh-baked bread, half-sour pickles, oversized deserts and the iconic glazed giant carrot.
El Fenix Mexican Restaurant
Back in the 1890s, Miguel (Mike) Martinez created the first menu of American dishes that incorporated a Mexican flare. From this menu, El Fenix was born and so was Tex-Mex cuisine. The downtown location sits in the Victory Park neighborhood close to museums, nightlife and the American Airlines Center. Plus if it’s Wednesday, take advantage of the restaurant’s Wednesday Enchilada Special.
If you’re taking a break from sightseeing or wrapping up your stay, you can enjoy Southern favorites and all-day breakfast at Ellen’s. This West End hot spot draws the crowds on weekends, so be sure you book ahead.
Dallas Farmer’s Market
Since 1941, the Dallas Farmer’s Market has hosted local famers and entrepreneurs seven days a week. It’s easy to spend a morning ambling through the stalls in the open-air market. We recommend visiting the market hungry and taste the fresh, locally grown produce and grab-and-go meals from independent bakers. Additionally, you can pick-up some souvenirs and one-of-a-kind gifts from local businesses.
Where to Stay on your Dallas Staycation
In the heart of Downtown, Omni Dallas Hotel makes the perfect destination for your Dallas staycation. While the hotel is adjacent to the city’s convention center, this hotel is far from business. The terrace pool deck, variety of restaurants and on-site Mokara Spa is, simply put, the place to be. Click here to find a special offer to use during your stay.
The recently renovated Omni Las Colinas Hotel offers a full-service spa, restaurants and an expansive pool deck within walking distance of outdoor activities and entertainment venues.
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