|Klyde Warren Park|
We are getting our local advice from Jennifer Wasserman, a Dallas local for more than 33 years and the director of sales and marketing at The Highland Dallas, which is a posh hotel between the chic neighborhoods of Park Cities and Lakewood. We also getting inside info from Dallas guru Steve Harris, the director of operations for Strong Travel Services, a Virtuoso travel agency.
For some outdoor relaxation there is one favorite place to visit in Dallas, Klyde Warren Park. “Downtown and uptown are connected by the beautiful Klyde Warren Park, Dallas’ version of Millennium Park in Chicago," explains Wasserman. The park is the perfect hangout for families, as kids can run through water fountains. We also think that Millennials without children will also enjoy relaxing here. There is a game area to rent board games, tables to relax at, free programming like yoga and famous food trucks. Every day the top food trucks in the area line up along the park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s also easy to get to the park with the free McKinney Ave Trolley.
|George W. Bush Presidential Center / Photo by Dallas CVB|
Within walking distance of the park sits The Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Kids will experience state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation, says Wasserman. There are also interactive activities and educational games. Want to keep the educational theme going? The next stop for both families and adults should be the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which contains a full-size replica of the White House's Oval Office, a September 11thdisplay, and a video montage of all the U.S. Presidents. Tip: We also suggest also visiting The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, to learn about that fateful visit made by President Kennedy (may not be suitable for young children).
Looking for an activity that is high energy and is also good place to grab a beer? Harris suggests watching a Dallas Mavericks basketball game at the American Airlines Center. Visitors can see the full schedule of games here. The sports action doesn’t stop there. Top Golf is a must visit for both golfing enthusiasts and beginners alike. Guests hit micro-chipped golf balls at a range of targets, immediately receiving a score -- it’s the ultimate in fun competition. Plus: There is also plenty of food and drink here, making it a true hangout.
Per Harris’ suggestion, complete the day at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. It sits atop of the 560-foot Reunion Tower. Best part? The room slowly revolves and offers a 360-degree view of the city.