10 Fun Things for College Students to Do in Dallas


If you're arriving ahead of DBU's fall semester, there's a lot of fun stuff for college students to do in Dallas. Whether you're a Lone Star State newbie or a Big D native, you'll soon discover that the bustling metropolis is packed with popular historical sites and museums, parks, entertainment hotspots, restaurants, and shopping, to name a few.

To start exploring, check out this list of fun places to go and Dallas summer activities for college students.

Fun Things for College Students to See and Do in Dallas in Summer

See Sky-High Sights at Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Observation Deck

Enjoy spectacular 360-degree panoramic city views from 470 feet in the air during the day or at night from the iconic Reunion Tower GeO-Deck indoor/outdoor observation deck. Look for miles in any direction from "The Ball" that has adorned the Dallas skyline since 1978. To make a special memory with friends, family, or a date, you can get dressed up and take in the sweeping view while dining at the Crown Block restaurant at the Tower.

Enjoy a Day or Night Out in the Dallas Arts District

As a hotspot for Dallas nightlife for college students and people of all ages, the Dallas Arts District is a central artistic hub for performing and visual arts like dance, music, theater, sculptures, painting, museums, and opera. Notable venues include the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and Winspear Opera House, which earns Opera Magazine's distinction of 

"America's finest opera house." Guests can watch musical theater performances, opera, ballet, and other types of dance productions at the complex. For upcoming shows and exhibits, check out the Dallas Arts District events schedule.

Relax at Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park captures the pulse of the Dallas community. City leaders and generous donors partnered to create "green space 'out of thin air'" at the 5-acre deck park that sprawls across a former eight-lane freeway.

The nationally acclaimed park welcomes over 1 million visitors each year. The urban-centered green oasis boasts 37 native plant species and 322 trees.

You can grab some delicious food from Food Truck Lane, catch free concerts, and join outdoor fitness classes like yoga, tai chi, Zumba, and ballroom dancing. Walk your beloved pooch through My Best Friend's Park. Watch musical fountain performances at Nancy Best Fountain, spread a picnic blanket and read, or watch Movies in the Park. Klyde Warren Park is a fabulous place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Millions of people from around the globe stroll through 66 acres of colorful flowers, plants, and trees at the world-renowned Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden each year. In summer, visitors can see thousands of new plantings, tour historical houses, see art exhibits, and attend concerts and other fun events.

Explore the Rainforest at Dallas World Aquarium

There are so many wondrous creatures to behold at the Dallas World Aquarium. One of the most breathtaking exhibits to explore is the third-floor rainforest attraction. As you embark on the Cloud Forest Trek, you'll walk through live jungle foliage and see unique animal exhibits that are indigenous to South America. A giant LED screen displays clouds of Colombian rainforests.

Spend a Day at Six Flags Amusement Park

Whether you're soaring through the air on the Batman The Ride inverted rollercoaster, feeling your stomach drop the New Texas Giant's 79-degree plunge, or taking a break from the thrill rides to watch a live comedy show, you'll have tons of fun at Six Flags Over Texas Amusement Park. Located just 15 miles west of Dallas, excitement awaits in just a few minutes' drive.

Hike and Bike at White Rock Lake

If you want to escape the big city hustle and bustle, White Rock Lake Park is over 1,000 acres and features a 9.3-mile hiking and biking trail. There are pavilions and picnic areas, wetlands, a dog park, kayak rentals, and an Audubon Society bird-watching area.

Visit the Trinity River Corridor

Stretching along the Trinity River, the Trinity River Corridor boasts many sights and activities. You can see all sorts of wildlife as you hike or bike through 10,000 acres of trails. There are boardwalks, an amphitheater with a floating stage, boating activities, horseback riding, sports fields, and breathtaking views of Downtown Dallas at the Trinity Overlook.

Shop in the Bishop Arts District

Known as "Dallas' Most Independent Neighborhood," the Bishop Arts District houses more than 60 independently owned boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries. Back in the 1930s, the quaint neighborhood was once Dallas' busiest trolley stop. Today, guests dine, shop, and attend festivals and other special events. You'll find lots of interesting photo ops as you stroll past colorful murals and shops that stay open late on the weekends. Overall, it's a fun, vibrant place to hang out.

Take In a Texas Rangers Game

Whether you're a diehard fan or a casual spectator, summer and baseball go hand in hand. Spending a day at the Rangers ballpark cheering on the home team is a great way to spend time with family and friends. Plus, Globe Life Field is only a short drive away in Arlington.

These are just a few of the scores of fun and exciting activities incoming DBU fall college students can do in and around Dallas before classes start. Once you're here, you can also dive into a rich and rewarding campus life. Meanwhile, your DBU professors, staff members, and fellow students can't wait to welcome you to your new home away from home and help you realize your Christ-centered calling.

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