Texans have a lot of state pride and believe in doing things bigger and better. So when you are looking for Dallas tourist attractions, don’t expect anything less than bigger and better, and be ready to receive some great Southern hospitality filled with lots of “Yes ma’am’s” and “Yes sirs.”
Besides the friendly people, the city also offers some great sites for tourists — and some even better barbecue. Below you’ll learn about three Dallas tourist attractions worth visiting and three places to eat some of the best barbecue Texas has to offer.
Dallas tourist attractions you’ll love
Reunion Tower is a great first or last stop during your time in Dallas. This 560-foot tall observation tower allows you to see and take in the 360-degree views of Dallas from a bird’s-eye view. The GeO-Deck has something for everyone to do and see while at Reunion Tower. You can take in the views, take pictures or have your picture taken, grab a bite to eat and even do a little souvenir shopping at their store Kaleidoscope.
Located in the Convention Center District of downtown Dallas, this public park is the largest public open space in the central business district and is the second most visited landmark in downtown. Pioneer Plaza memorializes the beginnings of Dallas and features a few things of historical significance, such as the trails that brought settlers to Dallas and a re-creation of a cattle drive made of bronze. You will also see man-made cliffs and a scenic waterfall while there.
If you know anything about Texans, then you know they love their football. You’ll find that love is showcased at AT&T Stadium, the $1.2 billion football stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. This football palace, located in Arlington, is 3 million square feet and is the world’s largest domed structure. Take in a game if you’re there during the NFL season or just take one of their four different kinds of tours. Offered all year round are art tours, VIP guided tours, self guided tours and education tours. This Dallas tourist attraction is living proof that Texans love doing things bigger and better.
Barbecue joints you’ll go wild over
Longoria’s BBQ is well known in the barbecue circles, especially for their brisket sausage. If you’ve never heard of it but like brisket and sausage, then you need to give this smoky food a try. They also make a delicious smoked burger, beef jerky and some pretty good potato salad — a tasty side to one of their barbecue main dishes.
Travis Mayes and his wife Donna, who are no strangers to a grill, run this barbecue shack in Garland. But don’t let the size of the small restaurant fool you. This Dallas tourist attraction offers tender, juicy pecan smoked meat that is easy to pull apart and tastes like heaven in your mouth. And yes, pecan smoked, you read it right. It’s pretty standard to use hickory wood in smokers, but Meshack’s uses pecan, the state tree of Texas.
Angelo’s has been serving great Texas barbecue since 1958. This Dallas tourist attraction serves a special beef brisket and some of the finest pork ribs around. Angelo’s prepares the meat with their own seasonings and then slowly cooks each piece over hickory fires. This Fort Worth restaurant draws in both locals and travelers. People visiting from all over the U.S. stop in for one of their hearty plates full of delicious barbecued meats with all the fixin’s.
If you’re in the mood for some good barbecue, fun and educational attractions and some of the best Southern hospitality, then be sure to visit the great city of Dallas in the near future. When you decide to make your trip, don’t forget to look at some of the best hotels in Dallas and its surrounding areas have to offer.