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How to have the most fun in Dallas-Fort Worth without spending a dime

How to have the most fun in Dallas-Fort Worth without spending a dime

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The Dallas Museum of Art, which is free every day, is one of several free museums across Dallas-Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art
Ad Astra by Mark di Suvero at NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center is full of great art you can see for free while doing your shopping. Photo courtesy of NorthPark Center
MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival
The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival takes over much of downtown Fort Worth for one long April weekend. Photo by Brian Luenser
Biker on White Rock Lake in Dallas
White Rock Lake is one of the best places to enjoy the great outdoors in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Dave Perry-Miller & Associates
Fair Park
History is all around you when you visit Fair Park. Dallas Park & Recreation
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Ad Astra by Mark di Suvero at NorthPark Center
MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival
Biker on White Rock Lake in Dallas
Fair Park

With so much to do in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it can be a drag on your wallet paying for all of it. It's easy to forget that there are a ton of free options available, many of them year-round.

So step away from the ATM and hold on to that credit card — here are some of the best ways to have a good time in Dallas-Fort Worth without paying a dime.

Museums
You would be shocked at how many people never think about museums as sources of free entertainment. This is what they're missing:

Festivals
Once spring hits Dallas-Fort Worth, festival organizers start being generous and offer all sorts of free fun:

Outdoors
Going to a public park or other free areas outside is always a good idea, but some places are better than others:

  • White Rock Lake is the crown jewel of Dallas, with great paths around the lake and unparalleled views.
  • Klyde Warren Park is an oasis in the concrete jungle of downtown Dallas (and it hosts hundreds of free events), while Main Street Garden offers slightly smaller-scale fun.
  • Reverchon Park is often called the "Central Park of Dallas," and it's not hard to see why, with its 46 acres and proximity to Katy Trail.
  • The Fort Worth Water Gardens don't offer much green, but it's always fun to get lost in the concrete and rushing water there.
  • Cedar Ridge Preserve is located just 20 minutes south of downtown Dallas, but it feels a world away with its miles of trails and wild animals.

History
History is all around us, although sometimes you have to look a little harder to find it:

  • Rightly or wrongly, Dallas is still known as the place where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. You can indulge your curiosity or pay your respects at these two locations in downtown Dallas: Dealey Plaza and JFK Memorial Plaza. If you so choose, you can also track down the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald in Fort Worth.
  • Freedman’s Cemetery Memorial in Uptown Dallas pays tribute to the former residents of Freedman's town, an 1850s-era African-American section of Dallas.
  • A national historic landmark, Fair Park can be appreciated even if it's not hosting the State Fair of Texas, thanks to its art deco buildings and multiple venues, including the free African American Museum.
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