Give Your Non Texan Friends a Tour of Your City: Dallas

When an out-of-towner arrives on your doorstep, the opportunity to show them places in your city that ooze with Texan flair is too tempting to pass up! It’s too often that we don’t tour our own back yards per se, and visit the places that most tourists have heard of or would want to check out. In this series by First Choice Power, we take your non-Texan Friends on a tour of our major cities. We find both the quirky and the mainstream spots!

Our next visit to a Texas city with your out-of-town friends is to Dallas.

Home of “America’s team,” the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas and its surrounding cities are home to our grand State Fair, home of American Airlines, and has a spectacular skyline that rivals any of America’s oldest and grandest cities.

Come along as we share our favorite places to take your friends around Dallas, where you may find a few unexpected experiences in America’s fourth most populated metropolitan city.

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Art Tour at AT&T Stadium

Welcome to Jerry’s World! AT&T Stadium is aptly nicknamed this in honor of the Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones, who spearheaded the massive vision of this state of the art stadium.

Not only can one marvel at the architecture of AT&T Stadium, take in an NFL game with the Cowboys, or experience a live rock show, but Monday through Thursday, they offer art tours of the mostly site-specific collection that hangs inside this mammoth stadium.

This isn’t just decorative art either, these are works by some of the art worlds most well known contemporary artists.

From Anish Kapoor to Jenny Holzer, from Olafur Eliasson to Texas’ own Trenton Doyle Hancock, visitors can taken in the vision of the Jones Family, who intended to create a place that would appeal not just to fans of sports and entertainment, but that of art, architecture, design, engineering and technology.

Venturing beyond the expectations of a football stadium, artists were commissioned to think beyond the conventions of stadium design and give their work a permanent home. Book a tour and see for yourself the grandeur that is Jerry’s World.

Nasher Sculpture Center

A beautiful place to spend the afternoon on a crisp fall day, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to Patsy and Raymond Nasher’s world class sculpture collection, housed in a stunning museum designed by Renzo Piano.

Located on 2.4 acres in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the museum features exhibitions curated from the Nasher Collection as well as special visiting exhibitions, displayed both indoors and outdoors in their garden.

From Brancusi to Arp to Noguchi to Calder, the collection is an all-star line up of modern and contemporary art’s most recognizable names.

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Lower Greenville Neighborhood

A neighborhood close to Downtown, Lower Greenville is home to folks who love the prospect of walking out for dinner and drinks, and then strolling home. It’s a place where citizens are working hard to make the local elementary school desirable, and a place where with patience, change is coming to a once overlooked pocket in the city.

Walkable, friendly, and home to eclectic businesses and new restaurants serving locals and out-of-towers, Lower Greenville has that vibe that says, “Yea! I could live in Dallas!”

If you happen to be in the area over Saint Patrick’s Day, then don’t miss the parade in Upper Greenville, which then winds its way to Lower Greenville for a massive block party full of neighborly frivolity.

Deep Ellum

Coined as the place where you get your first tattoo, where you’ll see your favorite band live, and where you’ll find your favorite drink, Deep Ellum is a hot bed in the shadow of Downtown, where your out-of-town pals will immerse themselves in the nightlife of Dallas culture.

Antique Shopping

Whether an eclectic find, a Mid-Century stand out piece, or something delicately Victorian, Dallas’ antique stores are a great way to spend an afternoon digging and give your friends a chance to take home something unique from the south.

Dolly Python is a 3,800 square foot antique warehouse features a ton of women and men’s clothes from the 1940s onward. There are also individual dealers with inventory ranging from jewelry, furniture and art.

Lula B’s has two locations, one in the Design District and the other Dallas’ neighborhood of Oak Cliff. Unique treasures, Mid-Century finds and one of a kind lamps make this stop worth it for those lovers of Mad Men style.

For those wanting to spend an entire day rummaging through halls of antiques, head to Forestwood Antique Mall, a sprawling 45,000 square foot mall that includes a place for worldwide shipping, perfect for your tourist pals.

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.