7 Budget Friendly Things to Do in Dallas

Growing up in a small town of only 11,000 people, moving to Texas was HUGE for me. I seriously think there were more people on the block we lived on in Austin than there were in my entire hometown. Since then I’ve decided that I really am a small town girl at heart when it comes to where I live, but I LOVE having the ability to go into the “big” city for family friendly things to do and let me tell you…Dallas is one of my favorites! There is just so much “stuff” to do and a lot of it is really budget friendly! In fact? I love the amount of things to do in Dallas so much that I wanted to do a post just to share with you my “new” favorite budget friendly things to do in Dallas!


Heading to Dallas soon? Don't blow your budget on entertainment! These 7 Budget Friendly Things to Do in Dallas will keep you entertained on the cheap!


If you’re headed to Dallas anytime soon, be sure you add these to your schedule. Not only are they fun, but they’re educational too! Most of these would be perfect for homeschoolers, but even a non-homeschooling family can enjoy them. I know we do! As with any activity you’re trying to schedule, be sure to visit their websites or give them a call to confirm prices and times that you can visit.

Hit the Museum –  Dallas is full of museums and most of them offer admission for free or really cheap. The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest in the country and general admission is free (most days) to most of their exhibits. If you’re in a historical mood, check out the Sixth Floor Museum. For around $15.00 per adult, you will walk throughthe Assisantaion of President John F. Kennedy with video and sound bytes and even stroll the Grassy Knoll if you’d like (the Grassy Knoll is free of course.

Take a Train Ride – Since 1959, the Forest Park Miniature Railroad in Ft. Worth has offered this 40-minute train ride for under $5 per person. The train covers over 5-miles of terrain and crosses six bridges with one of them being 350 feet high! We haven’t had the chance to do this one yet, but it’s on my list for this summer. My Emma loves trains!

Take a step back into history – I don’t know about you, but we are all fascinated by historical sites and how people lived throughout that history. That’s why I think this one is so awesome! Head over to the Chestnut Square Historic Village and step back in time to the 1850’s! There are seven historic building and houses with free tours given weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11:00am. Each tour lasts about an hour. Want something a bit more daring? Ask about their ghost tours!

Stop and Smell the Roses – Dallas is filled with beautiful botanical gardens, including the Grapevine Botanical Gardens which offers free admission all year long. You can tour the gardens by yourself or call ahead and take a guided walking tour by a garden docent.

“Get Along Little Dogies” – You can’t come to Dallas and not venture over to Ft. Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District. There is a twice daily cattle drive that shows the western heritage that Texas was built on as well as the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. For $5.00 per person, you can even see how you do in a friendly competition of maze running. Be sure to check their website before you visit too because they offer other events too (like Wild West shows) sometimes too!

Commune with Nature – The Cedar Ridge Preserve, otherwise known as the Dallas Nature Center, is a great place to escape into nature. Spread over 633 acres of natural habitat it has a beautiful butterfly garden, native plant garden and over 10 miles of hiking trails.

Take in a Show – Head over to the Dallas Theater Center website and you can watch a world class play for as little as $1.00 per ticket! The DTC runs a “pay what you can” program that allows patrons to pay whatever they can afford to see certain plays. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person and pay what you can tickets must be purchased on the DTC website. If you show up for your play early, you’ll also receive a free informative meeting on how to enhance your play watching experience and if you stay after the show you’ll get a quick rundown with the shows cast and more!


See? So much to do for such little money! We’re gonna have a blast this summer and hopefully, if you’re visiting Dallas? You will too! One last thing…if you get tired feet, consider taking the The Dallas Trolley Tour! It’s free and the M-Line Trolley has both heat and a/c and trust me…during summer? You’ll need that a/c! 🙂 Want to save even more? Grab a Dallas City Pass! You’ll save almost 50% on Dallas’ top 4 attractions making your budget friendly vacation even more budget friendly!

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Stacy Barr

Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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