Dallas in north-central Texas is one of the country’s most populous cities, with the U.S. Census Bureau ranking it ninth in the nation with a 2019 population of more than 1.28 million people. As one of the country’s densest areas, there are plenty of attractions around the Dallas area, including in north Dallas.
North Dallas is considered to include the northern area of Dallas between the Central Expressway, LBJ Freeway, Midway Road and Northwest Highway. This part of Dallas is comparably affluent to the rest of the city, with a median owner-occupied home value of $589,173, according to Magazine.
Historically, the city of Dallas is thought to be named for one of the area’s early settlers, who started coming to the area in the mid-1800s. Dallas population and economic growth boomed during and after World War II, as the area was the site for several large aircraft-manufacturing plants.
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Today, the area is a vibrant and diverse city, with lots of exciting things to do and see. Wondering what to do in north Dallas Texas? Here are 13 fun things to do in north Dallas Texas.
13 North Dallas Activities and Attractions
1. Another Round
Another Round is an indoor mini golf attraction featuring two nine-hole courses with laugh-out-loud obstacles. The space also features a bar and patio, events like music trivia bingo and a golf simulator where you can swing on courses throughout the world.
2. Bert Fields Park
Bert Fields Park spans nearly 60 acres and features a paved tree-shaded path along White Rock Creek and lots of open green spaces. Walk along the creek, and you might see wildlife like coyotes and birds.
You’ll find Dreamscape at NorthPark Center, listed below, but it’s worth a mention on its own. This AMC movie experience gives visitors several virtual reality films to choose to watch. You’ll wear a headset to feel like you’re a part of the action on screen. Check out movies that take you to an alien zoo, down deep into the ocean or on an exciting temple adventure.
4. Flag Pole Hill Park
Flag Pole Hill Park sits on more than 100 acres and features an inclusive playground, a walking trail, a covered pavilion and lots of open green space.
5. George W. Bush Presidential Center
The George W. Bush Presidential Center features a permanent exhibit on the 43rd U.S. president, including a full-size replica of the Oval Office and steel from the World Trade Center. Daily self-guided tours take visitors through the museum, which includes special exhibits on the American presidency and issues and policy areas related to it. The center also regularly hosts speakers and special events.
6. Mary Kay Museum
The Mary Kay Museum resides at the makeup brand’s Dallas headquarters. You can visit to take a self-guided tour and learn about the history of the brand that debuted in 1963.
7. Museum of Biblical Art
The Museum of Biblical Art Dallas was founded in 1966 and contains 11 galleries of Biblically-themed art. It also houses the National Center for Jewish Art, the Museum of Holocaust Art, the Via Dolorosa Sculpture Garden, the European Art Treasury and an Art Conservation Lab. There’s also an Andy Warhol exhibit of portraits of Jewish heroes and icons.
8. Museum of Illusions
The Museum of Illusions has a ton of mind-bending attractions. There are more than 80 exhibits that will have you scratching your head and wondering how they exist, since they use optical illusions and holograms to tantalize the senses. Many displays are interactive, making this an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
9. NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center, sometimes stylized as North Park Center Mall or North Park Center Dallas, is the biggest Dallas mall and features eye-catching architecture and artwork throughout the shopping center. The NorthPark Center mall has 200 retailers including fashion and home goods shops, luxury boutiques, and movie theaters. Notable brands include Apple, Balenciaga, Gucci, Neiman Marcus and many more, plus more than a dozen dining options.
10. Rainbow Vomit
Don’t let the name scare you. Rainbow Vomit is one of the most unique Dallas experiences, an experiential and immersive art space that includes an interactive photography exhibit. More than 15 artists and creatives built the space’s installations, which cover 2,600 square feet and feature balloons, cotton, LEDs, ribbon and a life-sized unicorn. The space has also hosted interactive musical performances using technology and projections. Get your phone cameras ready when you visit.
11. State Fair of Texas
The State Fair of Texas is held each fall in Dallas, typically for several weeks in September and October. Hop on a carnival ride, see a rodeo show, eat local fair food or see live concerts by Texan musical acts. Season pass tickets give you entry into the fair every single day of its run.
12. The Warehouse
The Warehouse presents the post-war modern and contemporary art collections of Howard and Cindy Rachofsky and Vernon Faulconer. Exhibitions are paired with art acquired jointly with the Dallas Museum of Art and other works on loan from various private collections and public institutions. Visitors can see the art among 18,000 square feet of exhibition space, with exhibits changing every few months. The Warehouse also has a non-lending library that’s available for academic research on-site by request.
13. Zero Latency
Walk into a whole new world at Zero Latency, where you strap on a headset and enter virtual reality universes within the free-roam space. Get a group together, choose a game and play with each other in this immersive gaming experience.
Also in North Dallas: The Reserve Premier Dallas Senior Living
North Dallas is also home to the Reserve at North Dallas, a Senior Lifestyle community. The Reserve has Independent Living and Assisted Living options. It’s a wonderful place for seniors to live in and is close by to north Dallas attractions like those listed in this article.
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