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How to Spend $1,000 on a Vacation in Dallas

Edited By: Scott Sidders

Updated on November 6, 2023

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Dallas, nicknamed as the 'Big D' is an extremely tourist-friendly city offering numerous activities for everyone. From the famous Dallas Cowboys, immaculate gardens, renowned museums to awe inspiring arts, Dallas has it all.

With only $1000 you can do many enjoyable things while on vacation in Dallas, but we are sure that you are overwhelmed by the variety of things to do and having a hard time picking what to do and where to go in Dallas. Don't worry, we are happy to help you choose the best out of many things to do. Here is our list of things that you could do while on vacation in Dallas with only $1000.

1. Go on the Welcome to Dallas Private Walking Tour (From $150)

Dallas, Texas, USA downtown plaza and cityscape.

This is the ideal way to start your vacation in Dallas. This private tour offers a professional guide who will accompany you to Dallas's must-see attractions to give you a head start. The 3-hour tour will cover the core of the city of Dallas, and its success story and will give you an overall view of everything Dallas has on offer and what to expect.

You will meet your guide at John Neely Bryan Cabin and head towards the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, popularly known as the 'Birthplace of Dallas'. Here you get to explore the exact location where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The next stop is at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza and do not forget to see the monument of the President designed by Philip Johnson, a well-known architect.

On your way, you will also visit the West End Historic District, where you will get a number of cafes to grab a snack. Also, sneak a peek at one of the cowboy boot shops along the way. The tour will also feature the Arts District of Dallas, home to well-renowned museums including the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Museum of Asian Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. While you are here, explore the ancient artifacts, magnificent sculptures, and contemporary art.


2. Go on the John F. Kennedy Full day Tour with visits to Sixth Floor Museum and Oswald Rooming House (From $133.33)

Back of the Book Depository

This is a full-day action-packed tour and towards the end of the tour, you will have an information overload for sure. But that will not do you any harm. While you are guided by a professional who will educate you along the way, you will learn everything you expect to learn from scratch.

The highlight of the tour is the Sixth Floor Museum. Former Texas School Book Depository, now known as the Sixth Floor Museum will reveal to you the openly known and hidden mysteries and facts relating to the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

You will be able to track the sequence of events that happened on the 22nd of November 1963 and even take a peek through the window through which President's shooter Lee Harvey Oswald shot his victim. Explore further into the murder by visiting the Grassy Knoll and check out for the 'X' mark, the exact same place where President was shot. Evidence is clear right in front of your eyes with all the artifacts available, but make an effort to resolve the mystery by exploring different theories and perspectives to make your visit more exciting.

This 7-hour tour also covers visits to Klyde Warren Park, McKinney Avenue, and Dallas City Hall for you to get a feel of what Dallas is all about. So make the most of your time.

3. Make a visit to the Dallas Reunion Tower for GeO Deck Observation (From $24.50)

Dallas cityscape in the morning with Reunion Tower in focus.

A visit to the Reunion Tower is a must when in Dallas. You just cannot miss this iconic landmark. Its shape itself is uncommon and unique compared to other skyscrapers in and around Dallas. The structure of the tower is visible as a geodesic ball on top of five concrete poles. When the tower is lit during night time a stunning view is displayed.

But above all, at 470 feet high, the GeO Deck observation platform offers panoramic 360 degree views of the magnificent skyline of Dallas and the neighboring skyscrapers. Here you get telescopes and high definition zoom cameras for you to view the city. You can even get engaged with different kinds of activities such as yoga, painting and many more. You will regret later if you don't take any photographs of the views either. You will also get a free digital photo with the package and you will also get to personalize your photo with backgrounds of your choice at the photo kiosk.

This is also the perfect location to get a romantic experience and we highly recommend the Reunion Tower for couples to spend some quality time together watching majestic views from the top.

4. Take a Tour of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens (From $145)

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Home to 'Dallas Bloom Spring', the Southwest's largest floral festival, Dallas Arboretum, and Botanical Gardens is one destination you cannot miss. This 3-hour private tour will give you ample time to explore the 66-acre Arboretum leisurely and to absorb and appreciate the beauty of it. At any given time of the year, you will find colorful blooms in the gardens. The gardens are beautified not only by blooms but also by water fountains and sculptures. Take a stroll through the various gardens including the internationally known Pecan Grove, Woman's Garden, and Nancy's Garden to witness the beauty of the Arboretum and its surroundings. You will surely love everything about the Arboretum.

5. Go on the Dallas and Cowboys' Stadium Combo Tour (From $150)

AT&T Stadium located in Arlington, Texas

Including a Dallas city sightseeing tour, the highlight of this tour is the Cowboys' Stadium, also popularly known as the AT&T Stadium. The very first thing that comes to mind when we hear the name Dallas is the Dallas Cowboys. They are extremely popular among locals and others who love footfall. So, it is a must to visit the Cowboys' Stadium to see why they are so popular.

You will be impressed by the massive dome-shaped stadium itself. As part of the guided tour, you get to step into the actual field and you will feel as if you are a football star. Also don't miss out on visiting the private suites, radio and press boxes, locker rooms of players and cheerleaders, and a post-game interview room. You will get 3 hours to explore the stadium, so make sure you get the maximum out of it.

6. Go on the Dallas Arts District Private Walking Tour featuring Museums (From $135)

Winspear Opera House, Dallas

You will regret it if you skip the Arts District during your stay in Dallas. You just cannot miss this place. Located at the heart of the city of Dallas, the Arts District is home to some of the renowned museums and world-class architecture.

You will get to visit the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, which is a classy building designed by architects I.M Pei and Russell Johnson. You will be impressed by the exterior and the interior of this stunning masterpiece.

You will also pass the Winspear Opera House, a premier performing arts venue. Make sure you appreciate the design details of the building and the iconic architecture. On the way you will visit the Wyly Theater designed by the Pritzker Prize winner architect Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus. Next visits are to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Museum of Asian Art and Dallas Museum of Art.

At the Nasher Sculpture Center you get to explore spectacular sculptures of world renowned artists like Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. At the Crow Museum of Asian Art, explore some of the ancient and contemporary art of Asian countries such as China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and many other countries celebrating Asian culture of art. Home to more ancient and contemporary art from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa, Dallas Museum of Art is among the largest museums in America. Whether you are a lover of art or not you will thoroughly enjoy every minute spent at these museums.

7. Get the Dallas Indoor Skydiving Experience with 2 Flights and a Personalized Certificate (From $92)

You are about to get a one-of-a-kind experience at iFLY Dallas. If you are one who is looking for a thrilling and exciting experience in Dallas, this is the ultimate experience for you. You will not notice the difference between jumping off a plane and indoor skydiving as you will feel the same.

You will enter a vertical wind tunnel that has a speed up to 175 mph and you will get to experience two free falls of 60 seconds each inside the vertical wind tunnel. Don't worry you will get all the training you need before you enter the tunnel and previous experience is not required to try this out. A certified instructor will accompany you to the tunnel, so you can enjoy your flight without stress. This will be an amazing and an unforgettable experience for you so make use of the 1 hour and 15 minutes to the maximum.

8. Go on the Deep Ellum Taste of Texas Tour (From $89)

Deep Ellum District of Dallas, Texas

If you are a fan of urban art you should definitely go on exploring the street murals in Dallas at Deep Ellum. At Deep Ellum you will find insta-worthy murals and sculptures and you can snap as many photographs as you want.

Your Deep Ellum tour is not complete without grabbing some snacks. Enjoy the taste of Texas while you enjoy the street murals on the way as you get a wide variety of food shops for you to taste and grab some food and drinks. Some of the shops you will visit are 1890 Marketplace, Rocket Fizz, Marcus Cocina Mexicana, Terry Black's Barbecue and Le Bon Temps.

You will simply love the food variety available at these local restaurants and make sure to enjoy mouthwatering Texas barbecue and authentic Texas food specialties and drinks. You also will get an optional happy hour, but you will have to buy your own drinks.

9. Book a Private 2 hour Dallas Food and Culture Tour (From $ 175)

Historic West End District in Dallas

This is the ultimate tour for all the food lovers out there. With this tour you will not only get to taste the best of Dallas food, but also you will learn a lot about the Dallas food culture.

You will be handing over $25 at the beginning of the tour to your guide and the guide will take care of the rest of your tour making it easier for you to enjoy the food tastings. With the 'pay as you go' model adopted you will be able to save more and reduce your waiting time for tastings. The guide will handle everything for you.

The tour will make 4 food stops in total, where you will get to taste the best Tex-Mex varieties. Even though you get to taste Dallas food varieties here and there while going on tours, this is the ultimate food tour for you to taste and to learn everything about what you taste and the culture.

In Conclusion

Dallas Skyline Aerial

Dallas is not only about the Dallas Cowboys, but also about good food, music, gardens, art, world-renowned museums, and everything else you are looking for. If you are looking to get an overall experience, it is a must that you visit the Sixth Floor Museum to get a feel of the tragic murder incident of President John F. Kennedy, the Reunion Tower to enjoy the majestic bird's eye view of Dallas's skyline, Dallas Arboretum to absorb the beauty of nature, AT&T Stadium to feel like a football star, Dallas Arts District to appreciate ancient and contemporary art and the Deep Ellum to enjoy the street murals.

But do not forget to taste the authentic food varieties and see what Dallas has on offer. So, if you are looking to spend an awesome vacation in Dallas do not think twice, plan your vacation now! If you've found this article to be helpful, do share it with your family and friends.

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