Life in Dallas

UT Southwestern Medical Center is located in the heart of one of the most dynamic areas in the entire country: The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex —  a contemporary, exciting region that offers a compelling blend of cultural, recreational and entertainment activities to our employees and their families.

Art and Culture

The area is home to one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the nation, centered around the 68-acre Dallas Arts District. Located close to the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus, the district includes the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Dallas is also home to the Dallas International Film Festival, which annually greets over 40,000 attendees with 180 feature-length and short films representing more than 25 different countries.

Nearby Fort Worth also boasts an impressive cultural district, including such top museums as the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum. In addition, the region’s western heritage is always on display in Fort Worth’s famed historical Stockyards District.

Restaurants

Dallas is home to more restaurants and shopping centers per capita than any other major U.S. city —  so your options here are virtually limitless. From world-renowned five-star establishments to undiscovered hole-in-the-wall eateries, a fast-growing brewery scene and much more, the Metroplex offers a dizzying array of flavors for every palate.

Shopping

The Dallas-Fort Worth area offers virtually unlimited shopping, from upscale malls like The Galleria and NorthPark Center to outlet malls like Grapevine Mills and traditional malls and countless small boutiques and specialty stores. In addition, neighborhood centers like Highland Park Village, Bishops Arts District, and the Shops at Legacy offer a wide variety of shopping experiences across the city.

Music & Entertainment

On any given night, you can find your pick of live musical and entertainment experiences across the Metroplex. From the clubs of Deep Ellum – a haven for alternative music and eclectic shops and galleries – to stadium concerts at the American Airlines Center, plus acclaimed performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Winspear Opera House in Dallas and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, there’s never any shortage of beautiful music available to UT Southwestern employees.

Sports & Recreation

Few areas can match the endless sports excitement found in the Metroplex, which is home to five highly competitive professional sports teams: the Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); Texas Rangers (MLB); Dallas Stars (NHL); and FC Dallas (MLS). The area also hosts NASCAR and Indy racing, as well as PGA and LPGA golf events — while also offering more than 200 beautiful golf courses for non-professionals who want to hit the links.

Outdoor Activities

Although most people think of Dallas as a vibrant urban community, it’s also home to several wonderful spots for outdoor activity —  including the 1,000+ acre White Rock Lake and its surrounding park and neighboring arboretum, which offer a perfect setting for picnicking, hiking, biking, sailing and bird watching. The Katy Trail also offers an attractive route for those looking for exercise.

In addition, both the Dallas Zoo and Fort Worth Zoo host wildlife from all over the world, and in nearby Arlington you’ll find no shortage of thrills at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park.

Public Transportation/Accessibility

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) offers bus and light rail service across the city.

Dallas is centrally located, and within a four-hour flight of most destinations in North America. It’s served by two airports – Dallas/Ft. Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field – with more than 1,900 combined flights daily. AMTRAK also provides daily train service nationwide via Union Station.

Climate

Average min. temperature: 55 degrees F (12.7 degrees C)

Average max. temperature: 76 degrees F (24.4 degrees C)

Coldest month:
January (36-55 degrees F; 2.2-12.7 degrees C)

Warmest month:
July (77-96 degrees F; 25-35.6 degrees C)

Average annual rainfall: 33.3 inches (84.6 cm)

Days of sunshine per year: 232