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50 Free Things To Do In Dallas-Ft. Worth

50 Free Things To Do In Dallas-Ft. Worth

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There is so much to do in the Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) area that you could stay busy for months.  While it’s true many of the attractions here can add up quickly, you don’t have to break the bank to have a great time in DFW.  

Take it from us, Marty and I were born and raised in the DFW metroplex, so we know how to have fun without spending a ton of money.

There are so many free things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth that you can easily have a great time without breaking the bank.  

Of course, many of these make for a great date night in Dallas-Fort Worth as well! 

If you are looking to get out of the city for a little while, then you should definitely consider some of the incredible day trips from Dallas as well.

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    50 Free Things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth

    1.  Klyde Warren Park

    Located in the Dallas Arts District and downtown, Klyde Warren Park is a little oasis in a big city.  This isn’t your ordinary park though and hence the reason it had to be on a list of free things to do in Dallas.

    Klyde Warren Park is built over a freeway and is packed with things to do.  You can enjoy free wifi, a dog park, food trucks, live music, exercise classes, chess, and more!  This is definitely a unique free thing to do in Dallas-Fort Worth!

    Klyde Warren Park is also one of the great ideas for date night in Dallas!

    2.  McKinney Avenue Trolley

    McKinney Ave Trolley is a free thing to do in Dallas

    Take a ride in a vintage streetcar through Uptown Dallas for free!  The trolley operates 365 days a year and is a great way to hit the many shops, restaurants, and bars in this trendy neighborhood.

    You know that a fun trolley ride has to be on our list of free things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth!

    3.  Trinity River Audubon Center

    Located just south of downtown Dallas, is the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States.  What was once an illegal dumpsite has been repurposed and cleaned up.

    Today you will enjoy a 130-acre sanctuary.  Encompassing miles and miles of trails and beautiful natural green space, this is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a little while.

    While there is normally an admission fee, you can visit for free on the third Thursday of each month from 9 am-4 pm.

    4.  Nasher Sculpture Center

    You will find this outdoor museum in the Dallas Arts District.  Sprawled over 2 acres, the Nasher houses a great collection of contemporary and modern art sculptures.

    This beautifully designed museum features rotating and special exhibits throughout the year.

    The Nasher also hosts special events that include twilight strolls, musicians, and guest speakers.  Normally there is a small entry fee, but you can visit for free the first Saturday of each month!

    5.  Dallas Museum of Art

    Dallas Museum of Art is a free thing to do in Dallas

    Everything is bigger in Texas, so of course, Texas would house one of the largest art museums in America.  And what a bonus that general admission is free every day!

    The gallery boasts a global collection that consists of over 22,000 works of art encompassing over 5,000 years of history.

    I mean, a world-class museum should definitely be on your list of free things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth.

    6.  Crow Collection of Asian Art

    This beautiful collection of art is dedicated to the art of Japan, China, India, and Southeast Asia.  Also located in the beautiful Dallas Arts District, this collection originated from Trammell and Margaret Crow as a gift to their children, and the visitors of Dallas.

    The museum is small, housing just over 500 pieces, but the pieces are beautiful and world-class.

    7.  Mary Kay Museum

    Makeup lovers and female entrepreneurs take note.  You can tour the Mary Kay museum for free!

    Celebrating the legacy of one of Dallas’ most loved female entrepreneurs, the Mary Kay Museum is located in the headquarters of the Mary Kay Company.

    The museum has a theatre where you can hear Mary Kay give a motivational pep talk, while the displays encompass four decades of her legacy.

    8.  White Rock Lake and Park

    Whether you want to grab your running shoes or a picnic, White Rock Lake and Park is a great setting to do either!

    This park encompasses over 1,000 acres just north of downtown Dallas.  On the property, you will find a museum, dog park, hiking trails, picnic areas, and boat ramps.

    9.  Deep Ellum

    Deep Ellum is the place to go for a trendy, hip neighborhood in Dallas.  The neighborhood is comprised of arts and entertainment venues.

    Enjoy a walk through Deep Ellum and catch the live music blaring out of the door of the many clubs and bars.

    Be sure and take plenty of pictures of the great graffiti around the neighborhood as well.  This hip neighborhood had to be on our list of free things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth.

    10.  JFK Memorial Plaza

    The JFK Memorial Plaza is a monument to honor President John F. Kennedy as this was the spot of his assassination.

    The monument stands 30-foot high and 50-foot wide and is said to resemble an ancient tomb.  The monument is free to visit and is open 24-hours a day. Definitely a piece of American history.

    11.  Bishop Arts District

    If you are in Dallas, you have to visit the trendy Bishop Arts District, and you should really do it while taking a food tour. This eclectic neighborhood is lined with bars, cafes, restaurants, and lovely boutique stores. This post tells you all about the amazing Bishop Arts Food Tour! #dallas #bishopartsdistrict #texas #visitdallas

    Another trendy Dallas neighborhood, The Bishop Arts District is home to over 60 boutiques, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

    Marty and I love coming to Bishop Arts to just walk around.  There seems to always be something going on!  There is also a great food tour of the Bishop Arts District as well.  We had so much fun on this tour!

    12.  Frisco Heritage Center

    Head north of Dallas to the suburb of Frisco, and you will find the cutest little heritage center.  The Frisco Heritage Center is a village comprised of an old church, some old houses, and a replica of the Frisco Railway Depot, all of which have been lovingly restored.

    You can rent the area for special events, or you can visit for free the third Sunday of each month.  Really, there are so many fun things to do in Frisco, Texas that you could spend an entire day just in Frisco!

    13.  Meadows Museum

    You will find the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  The Meadows has an extensive collection of Spanish art.

    Here you can also find works by Picasso, Goya, and Rodin.  The museum usually charges an admission fee, but you can visit for free Thursdays after 5 p.m.

     14.  Amon Carter Museum

    Housing one of the largest permanent collections of American Art, the Amon Carter won’t disappoint art lovers.

    We love to go for the photography collection.  With over 30,000 photographic prints, The Amon Carter is a shutterbug’s delight, thus making it one of Marty’s favorite free things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth!

    15.  Botanic Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

    A conservationist will love the BRIT, Tarrant County’s first USGBC LEED Platinum-rated building.  You can explore the BRIT to learn about conservation and reusing natural resources.

    Be sure and visit the first Saturday of the month when the BRIT hosts a great outdoor farmer’s market.

    16.  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

    Show me the money!

    Well, that’s exactly what they will do at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth.

    This site is where over half of the nation’s currency is made.  You can tour the facility absolutely free of charge.

    Take the self-guided tour and see interact with displays and exhibits all while seeing the beautiful currency being produced before your eyes.

    After visiting, I hope you will see why we put it on our list of free things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth!

    17.  Botanical Gardens

    Botanical Gardens is one of many free things to do in Fort Worth

    One of the best free things to do in Fort Worth is to visit the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.

    Roam the 109 acres of The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens to see over 2,500 species of plants.

    Kids will enjoy the boardwalk where they can interact with whisper phones and learn all about the vegetation and animals surrounding them.  Adults will appreciate the beautiful rose garden and outdoor sculptures.

    18.  Trinity Trails

    Fort Worth definitely is not short on walking trails, and some of the favorites are the Trinity Trails.  These trails that follow the Trinity River and its tributaries offer a variety of outdoor activities.

    There are picnic areas, boat launches for canoes and kayaks, equestrian trails, and even a slalom water-ski course.

    19. See the Ft. Worth Herd

    I mean, where else can you see a cattle drive headed down the middle of the street in a major city?

    Twice a day you can witness this event in The Ft. Worth Stockyards.  Texas cowboys lead their herd of longhorns down Exchange Avenue every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    Giving people a taste of our cowboy heritage has to be on the list of free things to do in Fort Worth!

    20. Ft. Worth Water Gardens

    The Water Gardens are one of the free things to do in Fort Worth

    Located on the southern end of downtown Ft. Worth, the Ft. Worth water gardens are a little oasis in the city, and therefore a great addition to our list of free things to do in Fort Worth.

    Venture down the main waterfall area, and you will find yourself surrounded by water.  In other parts of the garden, you will find a meditation pool and several fountain pools all surrounded by beautiful oak trees.

    Check out this article for more information on the Fort Worth Water Gardens.

    21.  Ft. Worth Cultural District

    A few miles west of downtown lies the Ft. Worth Cultural District.  This neighborhood hosts great museums in a beautiful park-like setting.

    Here you will find the Amon Carter, Will Rogers Memorial Center, the BRIT, and the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens to name a few.  Trinity Park, located across the street from the Botanical Gardens, is a great way to spend the afternoon outdoors.

    Go and explore this great neighborhood.  You will be surprised by all that it houses.

    22.  Heritage Trails

    This walkthrough of downtown Ft. Worth showcases the people and events that shaped Ft. Worth.  Visit historical landmarks throughout the downtown area to learn all about Ft. Worth’s history.

    Download the interactive map and get to exploring.

    23.  JFK Tribute-Ft. Worth

    Come and visit the tribute to John F. Kennedy while you’re in downtown as well.  This historical location is where JFK spoke to a crowd of people outside the Hotel Texas (now the Ft. Worth Hilton) on a rainy day just before his death in Dallas.

    Today, there is a gorgeous bronze statue honoring the former President that is surrounded by photographic displays and quotes.

    24.  Sundance Square

    Sundance Square is the perfect area to explore day or night.  This 35-block area located in downtown is full of boutique shops, great restaurants and bars, art galleries, and live performance venues.

    After shopping the day away, relax in Sundance Square Plaza enjoying the fountains before heading to catch a play or comedy show.

    Sundance Square is one of the most popular free things to do in Fort Worth.

    25.  Kimbell Art Museum

    The Kimbell is a world-renowned art museum located in the heart of the Cultural District in Ft. Worth.  Home to work of renowned artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Michelangelo, the Kimbell will fascinate any art lover.  

    Be sure and admire the unique architecture of the building itself while visiting.  While some exhibits have an entry fee, the general exhibits can be viewed for free anytime.

    26. Livestock Exchange Building

    Located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, the Livestock Exchange Building has over 100 years of history.

    Once known as the “Wall Street of the West”, the exchange building is where cattle traders would come to do business.

    Today, the majority of the building is office space, but there is an area devoted to the North Fort Worth Historical Society Museum that is worth a visit.

    27.  Billy Bob’s Texas

    Put your boots on and head to the world’s largest honky-tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas.

    Try your luck on the mechanical bull or dance the night away while listening to live music.  Billy Bob’s is a legend and a must-do while visiting Fort Worth.

    Take note, because this is a concert venue there is a charge if a concert is scheduled, but you can visit Billy Bob’s for free during the day most of the time.

    28.  Monnig Meteorite Gallery

    On the beautiful campus of Texas Christian University, you can get up close and personal with space!   The Monnig Meteorite Gallery houses over 3,000 meteorites, many of which are on display for you to see.

    29.  Sid Richardson Museum

    Located in Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson Museum is the place to go if you want to see 19th-century art about Western America. Visit the museum anytime during business hours for free, or stop by for a guided tour on Tuesday or Saturday.

    30.  Fort Worth Stockyards

    The Stockyards is one of many free things to do in Fort Worth

    Hanging out in the Stockyards is sure to make you feel like a modern-day cowboy.  The Stockyards offers many restaurants and clubs, as well as some great shopping.

    You will see the original brick walkways and the tried and true wooden corrals.  Spend some time exploring the cattle pens before boot-scootin’ in Billy Bob’s.

    31.  Texas Trail Hall of Fame

    While exploring the Stockyards, you will probably notice bronze markers outlining the achievements of different individuals.  This is the Texas Trail Hall of Fame.

    Celebrating Texas heritage, this is a great way to learn about the western culture that helped shape this area.

    32.  Molly the Trolley 

    Hop on the vintage-looking Molly the Trolley for easy transport around downtown Fort Worth.

    Molly travels between Sundance Square and the Convention Center for quick access to the places you want to visit, and it’s free!  Molly runs 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    33.  William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery

    Rotating exhibits are a key feature of the William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery, which has been a staple of the local art scene for over 40 years.

    The gallery features artists working with all types of media including photography, prints, ceramics, mixed-media, paper, and others.

    Take note that the gallery is closed on Sunday and Monday.

    34.  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

    While there is normally an entrance fee for the Modern Art Museum, you can visit for free on Sundays, and half-price on Wednesdays!

    The Modern houses over 3,000 pieces of art including paintings, sculptures, videos, and photographs representing all major movements. Modern art lovers will have a great time here!

    35.  Cowtown Opry

    Every Sunday at 2 p.m., you can head down to the Livestock Exchange Building in the Stockyards for a free concert put on by The Cowtown Opry.

    36.  Fort Worth Community Arts Center

    Check out one of the art exhibits at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.  After the exhibits, the art is usually available for purchase.

    You never know, you might find a favorite piece to take home with you!

    37.  Hike to Airfield Falls

    Find your way to Tarrant County’s only natural waterfall, Airfield Falls.  The trailhead is located adjacent to the Pumphey Drive entrance to the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base.

    38.  River Legacy Park

    Located between Dallas and Fort Worth in the city of Arlington, you will find the 1,300-acre recreation area known as River Legacy Park.

    The park is home to 8 miles of paved hike and bike trails as well as a 10-mile mountain bike trail.

    You will also find picnic areas, a playground, restrooms, and a canoe launch area.

    39.  Lake Worth Castle

    Yes, you read that correctly, there is a castle in Fort Worth, well just north of Ft. Worth, in Lake Worth.  You can’t go inside the castle as it is privately owned, but you can drive by and see it.

    Surround by mystery and intrigue, the castle is said to be haunted.  Locals swear that they have seen a figure of a woman all dressed in white running from the castle and into the lake.

    Maybe you will catch a glimpse of her on your drive by.

    40.  Benbrook Lake

    One of the lakes in the area, Lake Benbrook, is a quiet little lake where you can enjoy some rest and relaxation while in the DFW area.

    Located southwest of Ft. Worth, Benbrook Lake is available to enjoy some fishing, camping, boating, or hiking.

    Benbrook Lake is a fun place to spend the day and a great addition to your list of free things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth.

    41.  Levitt Pavillion in Arlington

    In the middle of downtown Arlington, you will find Levitt Pavillion.  Enjoy free music here over 50 days of the year.  Their concerts include music from all genres.

    You can enjoy jazz, country, or hip-hop, just to name a few.  Visit their website for a complete calendar.

    42.  Visit the Historic Fielder House

    Also in Arlington, be sure and connect to a little bit of Arlington history by visiting the Fielder House.  Here you will find historic exhibits encompassing the city of Arlington.

    43.  Southwest Nature Preserve

    The Southwest Nature Preserve is a 58-acre natural preserve in southwest Arlington.  There are three ponds that allow catch and release fishing, an outdoor seating area, and of course tons of nature trails.

    44.  Roanoke Skate Park

    Skateboarders will love a visit to the world-class skate park located in Roanoke, TX.  Whether you are practicing your ollie or learning to skate the rails, you will have a great time at Roanoke Skate Park.

    45.  Trader’s Village

    If you like flea markets, then you have to visit the Texas-size flea market of Trader’s Village in Grand Prairie.  Trader’s Village has tons of vendors selling everything from furniture to car accessories.

    Kids will enjoy the carnival-style rides available at Trader’s Village.

    46.  Barcadia

    Eat, drink, and play at Fort Worth’s Barcadia.  On Monday and Tuesday nights, you get free arcade play!

    Grab a drink and meet some of your friends at Barcadia to show them your awesome gaming skills.

    47.  The Gallery at UTA

    The Gallery at UTA is located in the fine arts building of The University of Texas at Arlington.  The Gallery focuses on providing young artists with an area to promote their art.

    They offer a number of exhibits throughout the year showcasing all different media.

    48.  Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

    Enjoy one of the largest city-owned refuge sites in the United States.  The Fort Worth Nature Center covers over 3,600 acres of natural preserve.

    You will find tons of hiking trails as well as several educational opportunities here.

    49.  Check out Artspace 111

    Home to monthly exhibits showcasing local artists, Artspace 111 is a trendy space open for your viewing pleasure.

    50.  Spend Friday on the Green

    Live music and vendors abound at Friday on the Green.  This free outdoor concert celebrates local bands of the DFW area.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show!

    Need a place to stay in Dallas?

    There are so many great places to stay while visiting Dallas-Fort Worth.  Here are some of our favorites:

    Fairmont Dallas– The Fairmont Dallas is right in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, so you are close to several of the attractions that we have mentioned here in this post.

    Aloft Dallas Downtown- The Aloft Hotel in Downtown Dallas is a great loft-inspired hotel located right in the middle of downtown Dallas.

    The Magnolia Hotel Dallas– The Magnolia is located close to the American Airlines Center and offers a boutique experience right in the middle of the action.

    Omni Fort Worth Hotel– The Omni Fort Worth is a great hotel in downtown Fort Worth that allows you to be close to the action of Sundance Square.

    Hilton Downtown Fort Worth– The Hilton Fort Worth allows you to stay close to shops and restaurants while enjoying the laid back style of Fort Worth.

    Hyatt Place Fort Worth Stockyards-If you’re wanting to experience the “cowboy culture” of Ft. Worth, then the Hyatt Place Fort Worth Stockyards is exactly where you want to be!

    Stockyards Hotel– Another great hotel in the Fort Worth Stockyards is the Stockyards Hotel.  This historic hotel might be the perfect place for you to call home.

    Of course, we love using Airbnb to “live like a local” when we are traveling.  Click here to get a $55 Airbnb credit from us!

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    Michelle Snell-Founder That Texas Couple

    About the Author

    Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures.  While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time. 

    Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple.  Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

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