Everyone knows that everything is bigger in Texas! From our southern hospitality, to our giant portions of food, and our expansive Texas plains, Texas is big on entertainment as well, especially in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.Follow this list of free tourist attractions in Dallas-Ft. Worth, to have a great time without breaking the bank!

Free Tourist Attractions in Dallas-Ft Worth

VISIT FORT WORTH BOTANICAL GARDENS

Just outside of downtown Ft. Worth, you will find Texas’ oldest botanical gardens!  The Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens is home to over 2,500 species of native and exotic plants spanning over 100 acres. Bring a picnic, and lounge under the massive oak trees, stroll through the rose garden, and feed the turtles at the turtle pond.  The kids will love the whisper phones located along the native Texas boardwalk and learning all about gardening in the Backyard Vegetable Garden, just two of the many gardens and collections at The Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens.

Free Tourist Attractions in Dallas Ft Worth

Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens

SEE SOME COWBOYS AT FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS

No trip to Dallas-Ft. Worth would be complete without a visit to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards.  Put on your cowboy boots, and head down to the stockyard to experience an authentic piece of western heritage.  You can roam the original brick walkways and see the tried and true wooden corrals.  Every day at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., you can watch Texas cowboys lead their herd of longhorns down the middle of the Stockyards on Exchange Avenue.

Free Tourist Attractions in Dallas Ft Worth

Fort Worth Stockyards

After seeing the cattle drive, pop into the Livestock Exchange Building and visit the museum devoted to the history of this area.  Since you wore your boots, be sure and check out the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas.  It’s usually free to go into Billy Bob’s to check out the great atmosphere and see some awesome Texas music paraphernalia.  The only exception to the free admission is if there is a band or special event going on.  The Fort Worth Stockyards is packed with free entertainment.

GO FOR A STROLL AT FORT WORTH WATER GARDENS

Free Tourist Attractions in Dallas Ft Worth

Fort Worth Water Gardens are among the free tourist attractions in Dallas-Ft Worth

Covering over four blocks of prime downtown real estate, The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a little oasis in the city.  The Water Gardens is an architectural wonder that natives and visitors love to visit.  The Water Gardens is home to a variety of water features including a main waterfall area that you can walk down into. Surrounded by beautiful oak trees, enjoy the meditation pool and several fountain pools as well.

SEE PICASSO AT KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

The Kimbell Art Museum is a world-renowned art museum located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District.  The Kimbell houses works from renowned artists such as Monet, Picasso, and Michelangelo.  Not only will you love the artwork inside, but the building itself is a work of art.  Be sure to stop and admire this unique piece of architecture while you are visiting.

ENJOY THE BEST IN AMERICAN ART AMON CARTER MUSEUM

Housing one of the largest collections of American art, the Amon Carter Museum will no disappoint art lovers.  With pieces ranging back to the 1830’s, the artwork at the Amon Carter allows you to see back in American history.  With over 30,000 photographic prints, the Amon Carter is a shutterbug’s delight and one of the finest collections in the United States.

GO TO KLYDE WARREN PARK TO ESCAPE THE BIG CITY

Free Tourist Attractions in Dallas Ft Worth

A visit to Klyne Warren Park is among the free things you can do in Dallas

Located in the Dallas Arts District, Klyde Warren Park is an escape from the big city.  Don’t be fooled at first glance, this is no ordinary park. Klyde Warren is actually built over a freeway and is full of free things to do.  You can enjoy free wifi, a dog park, tons of food trucks, live music, exercise classes, chess, books and more.  

RIDE THE MCKINNEY AVENUE TROLLEY

Take a ride on a vintage streetcar through Uptown Dallas for free! The McKinney Avenue Trolley operates 365 days a year and is a great way to just ride and see the Uptown part of the city, or hop on and off to enjoy the many shops, restaurants and bars in this trendy neighborhood.

Free Tourist Attractions in Dallas Ft Worth

VISIT JFK MEMORIAL PLAZA

Unfortunately, Dallas will forever be associated with the assassination of our former President, John F. Kennedy. The JFK Memorial Plaza is a monument to honor President Kennedy as this was the spot of his assassination.  The massive monument stands 30-feet high and 50-feet wide as is said to have been built to resemble an ancient tomb.  It is free to visit, and is open 365 days a year.  A definite piece of American history.

ANOTHER FREE MUSEUM: DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

Can you believe one of the largest art museums in America is free?  It’s true!  The Dallas Museum of Art has free general admission every day.  The gallery boasts a global collection that consists of over 22,000 works encompassing over 5,000 years of history.

Free Tourist Attractions in Dallas Ft Worth

The Dallas Museum of Art

Tour the Egyptian section to see ancient Egyptian artifacts and of course, a mummy.  In the Roman exhibit, you will find statues, pottery, and some amazing gold jewelry, just to name a few things.  You could definitely spend a day exploring this wonderful museum.

CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART

Located in the beautiful Dallas Arts District, the Crow Collection of Asian Art is home to a collection of artwork from Japan, China, India, and Southeast Asia.  The collection originated from Trammell and Margaret Crow as their private collection.  Wanting to leave the collection as a gift for their children and the visitors of Dallas, they opened the Crow Collection of Asian Art.  The museum houses just over 500 pieces of exquisite Asian art.

As you can see, the Dallas-Ft. Worth area is big on free entertainment.  Take time to explore this great metropolitan city.  You will find that everything really is bigger in Texas, especially our Texas hospitality!

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10 Responses

  1. Lucy

    There is a lot to do in Dallas-Ft. Worth area! I have not been to Dallas-Ft. Worth, but it looks like a nice place to visit. I would go to the Botanical Gardens and the Dallas Museum of Art. The Fort Worth Stockyards sounds fun to learn about cowboys!

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  2. Indrani

    That is quite a lot of things to see for free. 🙂 This alone will require good number of days I guess.
    Can’t believe museum entry too is free!

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  3. Linda de Beer

    I always research free attractions before visiting a new destination and it looks like Dallas-Ft. Worth has a great selection. Thanks for doing all the work! Who wouldn’t want to see a real cowboy? I think my son would love the Fort Worth Water Gardens and a ride on the McKinney Avenue Trolley.

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  4. Paige

    My in-laws live in Katy and we pass through Dallas-Fort Worth all the time to see them. This is awesome so we can make more of an adventure out of that drive. I would absolutely love to see the Crow Collection. I love Asian Art.

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  5. Skye Class

    I feel a little ashamed to say I once spent a month in Dallas for a work project, and I didn’t get to a single one of these places. The Fort Worth Water Gardens look like a lot of fun, and I’d be happy to explore those botanical gardens. It would also be interesting to visit the JFK Memorial in light of the recent revelations.

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  6. Carol Colborn

    That Water Garden would be ideal for my grandkids! And the JFK Memorial Plaza us a must-see.

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  7. Nick Wheatley

    Wow! Free art museums, free trolley rides, and even a free honky-tonk! I know everything is bigger in Texas, but it seems like everything is free-er in Dallas! I have traveled there a few times for work, but I have never had the opportunity to visit the city for leisure. Guess like I need to head back there soon. Sounds like all I’ll have to pay for is a flight and hotel room!

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  8. Tami

    What a fun list of things to do — not the usual boring free things! The botanical gardens are beautiful and the water gardens are super cool – would love to go see them and snap some photos. And I’m sure the Stockyards is a happenin’ place, too. I love to browse areas like that with all the cute shops and great places to eat.

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  9. Christopher

    Wow 2500 species of plants over 100 acres that is impressive but I’ve never heard of water gardens. I think my top destination would be the stock yards now if only I could find a cowboy hat to for my head with dreads lol

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