Dallas residents are rightfully proud of the city they call the “Big D.” The third largest city in the Lone Star State is a lively mix of cowboy culture, shopping centers galore, extraordinary museums and one of the largest arts districts in the country. Famous for its Tex-Mex cuisine and boot-stomping music scene, Dallas doesn’t disappoint when it comes to old west flavor, but this bustling metropolis is a forward-looking city that never dwells too long on the past. With its vibrant night life, upscale amenities and family-friendly attractions, Dallas has something special to offer every visitor.
1. Irving Arts Center
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Irving Arts Center in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex boasts more than 91,500 square feet of visual and performing arts space. The huge complex features two theaters, four art galleries and an artfully landscaped sculpture garden. Explore the latest exhibits in the 3,800-square-foot Main Gallery or catch a Broadway show at the intimate Dupree Theater where each of the 253 seats offers a great view of the stage. For a pictorial look at the Big D’s past, don’t miss artist Francisco Mendoza’s monumental Irving Centennial Mural in the Sculpture Garden. The museum is open seven days a week.