Dallas Free Tours & Activities

Pinching Abrahams? Don’t sweat it. Whether you’re after an affordable dinner or a free daytime activity for the whole family, there’s no better place to visit than Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond. From outdoor sculpture gardens to historic cattle drives, our local insiders have hand-picked an array of sights, smells and sounds that won’t break your bank. So click through and load up your suitcase. Then get ready for a guilt-free getaway you’ll never forget.

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, The Crow Collection is a permanent set of galleries dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection and learning. Museum admission is free.

2010 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas
(214) 979-6430

McKinney Avenue Trolley

Ride back into history on the only streetcar line in North Texas that operates lovingly restored antique trolley cars running on some of Dallas’ oldest original streetcar tracks. A ride on any of our trolleys — Rosie (1909), The Green Dragon (1913), Petunia (1920), Matilda (1925) or air-conditioned Winnie (1945) — is an experience to treasure. And, to top it off, all rides (except charters) are FREE!

If you live in Uptown, hop aboard the trolley to everything. If you are visiting Dallas, spend the day in Uptown where all of the hot spots in the neighborhood are just a short walk from our 3.9-mile trolley line that winds its way through this vibrant and growing neighborhood. For quick, convenient access to our trolley line, ride a DART light rail train (either Blue or Red Line) to the Cityplace subway station. Follow signs “To Streetcars” to the surface, and walk a few steps and to our waiting shelter at the end of Cityplace Blvd. A MATA trolley will arrive there shortly.

Weekdays: 7 am to 10 PM Weekends: 10 am to 10 PM

3153 Oak Grove
Dallas, Texas 75204
(972) 522-8620
(214) 855-0006

Mary Kay Museum

The Mary Kay Museum is located inside the soaring glass lobby of Mary Kay World Headquarters. The museum is part history lesson, part tribute and part recognition hall devoted to the life of one of America’s most famous businesswomen, Mary Kay Ash.

The museum allows you to take a walk through history and experience the dream that began more than four decades ago. It showcases Mary Kay’s many accomplishments and innovative business ideas, and culminates with the Keepers of the Dream Independent National Sales Director Hall of Honor, an impressive tribute to the top achievers in the independent sales force who help perpetuate Mary Kay’s dream around the world.

Self-Guided Tours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guided Tours: Available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. For reservations, call (972) 687-5720. Reservations should be made three business days in advance. Children under age

16251 Dallas Pkwy.
Addison, Texas
(972) 687-5720

Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive

Experience the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive as Fort Worth’s herd of Texas Longhorn steers are driven down the bricks of historic Exchange Avenue in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The Herd is driven by authentic cowboys and cowgirls in period clothing from the era of 1865.

11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Drives not held on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or Easter Sunday.

Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, 131 E. Exchange Avenue, Suite 215
Fort Worth, Texas 76106
(817) 336-4373

Bureau of Engraving & Printing Western Currency Facility

Watch U.S. paper currency roll off the presses during a free one-hour guided tour of the production process. Over half of the nation’s paper currency is produced at this facility. The Visitor Center includes two floors of interactive exhibits and displays, elevated tour walkway, 75 seat high-definition theater and retail sales shop.

Tours are Mon. – Fri., excluding Federal holidays.

9000 Blue Mound Rd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76131
(817) 231-4000
(866) 865-1194

African American Museum

The African American Museum is the only museum in the Southwestern US devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It also has one of the largest African American folk art collections in the United States.

3536 Grand Ave
Dallas, Texas 75210
(214) 565-9026

Amon Carter Museum

The Amon Carter Museum was established through the generosity of Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879 – 1955), to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell; to collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art; and to serve an educational role through exhibitions, publications, and programs devoted to the study of American art.

Designed by renowned and award-winning architect, Philip Johnson, the museum’s original architect, he also designed and completed the building’s most recent expansion in 2001.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 738-1933

Mustangs of Las Colinas

Created by African wildlife artist Robert Glen, the Mustangs are the largest equestrian sculpture in the world.

Inside the museum, you will see a pictorial history of how the artist created these masterpieces. Other sculptures created by Glenn are on exhibit. This history is not only entertaining but also very informative to all visitor no matter what age.

Inside the museum, there is also a short video presentation that tells about the creation of these magnificent works of art

O’Connor Road, just north of Highway 114
Irving, Texas
(972) 869-9047

Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery at TCU

Would you like to hold a piece of the solar system in your hand? Would you like to touch a piece of Mars? The Monnig Meteorite Gallery can provide you with this experience. By visiting the gallery, you will have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of meteorites! Meteorites are the oldest materials known – even older than our 4.5 billion-year-old Earth! Learn how to identify a meteorite, experience a hands-on encounter with different types of meteorites, and create your own terrestrial impact crater. For an “out-of-this-world” experience, bring your friends and family to get acquainted with our spectacular “visitors” from space. No fee for admission.

Open: 1PM to 4PM Tuesday through Friday and 9AM to 4PM on Saturday. Closed on Academic holidays.

2950 W. Bowie, Room 240 in the Sid Richardson Building
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
(817) 257-6277

River Legacy Parks & Living Science Center

River Legacy Parks is a 1,300-acre oasis on the Trinity River in the heart of north Arlington with a State of the art nature center. The Parks currently offer more than eight miles of paved trails winding through thick forest and expansive greenbelts. Wildlife is abundant in the Parks; outdoor enthusiasts from birders to botanists flock to the Parks for a glimpse of its diverse flora and fauna.

The Parks are open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

701 NW Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington, Texas 76006
(817) 860-6752

Traders Village

Traders Village is America’s largest weekend Flea Market and Festival Complex, located in Grand Prairie, TX. Stroll through 4,000 shops and discover that treasure of a lifetime. Enjoy theme park rides, festivals and a world of wonderful food. It’s always a state fair atmosphere of entertainment and just minutes from Six Flags and all area attractions. So come for the shopping of just the fun of it. Traders Village also has the highest-rated RV park in the area.

Flea Market Open Sat. & Sun. 7am to 5pm RV Park open daily year-round

2602 Mayfield Rd.
Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
(972) 647-2331
(972) 647-8205

Farmers Branch Historical Park

The Historical Park is nestled within 22 acres that trace the proud heritage of Farmers Branch, from the 1840s through the 1940s. The Gilbert House, built between 1856-1857, is the oldest rock structure in Dallas County still on its original foundation. Other local historic structures on the grounds include the 1937 Dodson House, home of the first Mayor of Farmers Branch; a one-room school that was once part of the Farmers Branch school from 1900-1915; and the original Farmers Branch railroad depot, built in 1877. It also features other structures from outside of Farmers Branch which have been moved to the park for preservation.

Monday thru Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 12:00 Noon – 6:00 p.m. Park closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch, Texas 75234
(972) 406-0184

Irving Arts Center

The Center’s Sculpture Garden, grounds and dancing fountains complement four professionally curated galleries that host 20 exhibits a year, featuring a broad range of media.

3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Irving, Texas 75062
(972) 252-7558
(972) 570-4962

Fort Worth Water Gardens

The Water Gardens were designed by noted New York architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee and was dedicated to the City of Fort Worth by the Amon G. Carter Foundation. The park is frequently billed as a “cooling oasis in the concrete jungle” of downtown. Its focal points are three pools of water; the quiet meditation pool, the aerating pool which feature multiple fountains and the active pool which has water cascading 38 feet (11 meters) down terraces and steps into a small pool at the bottom. It also has over 500 species of plants and trees throughout the park.

Part of the film Logan’s Run was filmed in the active pool at the Water Gardens in 1976.

1502 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, Texas
(817) 871-5755

Kimbell Art Museum

World-renowned collection of art from antiquity to the 20th century, including European masterpieces, Greek and Roman antiquities, and Egyptian, Near Eastern, Asian, Mesoamerican and African art.

Open: Tuesdays – Thursdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Fridays noon–8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sundays noon–5 p.m. Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

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