Art & Culture
The 68-acre Dallas Arts District is located just five miles from the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus and regularly features major exhibits at the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art, plus theater, musical performances, and national touring shows at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center.
The Dallas International Film Festival annually welcomes more than 40,000 attendees with 180 feature-length and short films representing more than 25 different countries.
About 30 minutes west, Fort Worth also boasts an impressive Cultural District, including top museums such as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. In addition, the region’s western heritage is always on display in “Cowtown’s” famed historical Stockyards District.
Dallas is home to more restaurants per capita than any other major U.S. city – so your options here are limitless. From five-star establishments and great ethnic finds to classic Texas barbecue joints and family-friendly choices, the Metroplex offers a dizzying array of flavors for every palate. The fast-growing craft brewery scene and collection of spacious patios make dining al fresco a local pastime.
Whether you’re hunting for big-name designers or great bargains, you’ll find it in Dallas-Fort Worth, which features upscale malls like The Galleria and NorthPark Center and giant outlet malls such as Grapevine Mills. There are also countless local boutiques and specialty stores, plus neighborhood centers such as Highland Park Village, Bishops Arts District, and the Shops at Legacy.
Music & Entertainment
Live music and entertainment options abound across the Metroplex, from the funky clubs of Deep Ellum and Denton to the honky-tonks of Fort Worth and the stadium concerts at American Airlines Center in Dallas and AT&T Stadium in Arlington. If classical is more your thing, there’s never any shortage of beautiful music and theater at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and Winspear Opera House in Dallas and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
Sports & Recreation
Pro and college sports are practically a religion in Dallas-Fort Worth, headlined by the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), aka “America’s Team,” which plays its home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington and practices at a billion-dollar facility in Frisco. The Dallas Mavericks (NBA); Texas Rangers (MLB); Dallas Stars (NHL); and FC Dallas (MLS) all have huge followings, too, not to mention the TCU Horned Frogs and SMU Mustangs. Texas Motor Speedway revs up for NASCAR events several times a year, and the PGA and LPGA play multiple events in DFW – home to more than 200 beautiful golf courses. The PGA is moving its national headquarters from Florida to Frisco in 2020.
Outdoor & Family Activities
Although most people think of Dallas as a vibrant urban community, it also has plenty of 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 and accessible route for runners, walkers, and cyclists.
In addition, the Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, and Fort Worth Zoo have all earned national accolades. And the Perot Museum of Science and Nature is an architectural masterpiece that will spark wonder and curiosity in children and adults alike. For thrill seekers, there is Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor water park in Arlington. And don’t forget the historic Texas State Fair (with mascot Big Tex) at Dallas’ Fair Park every fall.
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) offers bus and light rail service across the city, with convenient stops that connect with UT Southwestern shuttles on campus for patients and employees.
Dallas is centrally located, and within a few-hour flight of most destinations in North America. It’s served by two airports – Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW) and Dallas Love Field – with more than 1,900 combined flights daily. Both airports are close to the UT Southwestern main campus in Dallas. AMTRAK also provides daily train service nationwide via Union Station.
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
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