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The ATS 2019 International Conference isn’t the only exciting thing happening in Dallas! “The Big D” has several distinct neighborhoods with something to offer everyone. As they say, “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” and the attractions are no exception. Be sure to hop over to VisitDallas for a complete list of things to do! If you’re looking for a ready-made itinerary geared toward your interests, check out these themed guided tours of highpoints and hidden gems you won’t want to miss.

Here are just a few ideas to help you start building your Dallas itinerary (Arts, Culture & Attractions; Dining; or Entertainment & Nightlife):

Arts, Culture & Attractions

Dallas CityPASS

Adult ($49) | Child ($33)
With the Dallas CityPass, save 40% on admission to the top four Dallas attractions, which include:

Dallas City Pass

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Adult 13–64 ($15) | Seniors 65+ ($12) | Children General Garden Admission ($10) | Children’s Adventure Garden Admission ($3) | Children under 2 (free)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Located in the heart of Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens promises a unique experience, surrounded by the great outdoors and abundant natural beauty. Its 66 acres include a complete life science laboratory with endless potential for discovery.

Dallas Arboretum
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance

Adults ($10) | Seniors ($8) | College Students w/ ID ($8) | Active Military ($8)
Not recommended for children under age 11.
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday–Friday) | 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
The museum’s mission is to teach the history of the Holocaust and advance human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. In 2015, more than 72,000 visitors toured the Museum and many have written, emailed, or posted notes that their lives have been forever transformed by the experience. Through exhibits and programs, visitors learn about the discrimination, deep-rooted hatred, and the attempted annihilation of the Jews and systematic persecution of others.

Dallas Museum of Art

11 a.m.–5 p.m. (Tuesday–Sunday) | Closed Monday
Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the museum has a stunning collection with more than 22,000 pieces, spanning the third millennium B.C. to present day, including ancient Mediterranean art, 18th–20th century European and American art, and art of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Artists on display include O'Keeffe, Pollock, Rothko, Warhol, Renoir, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, and more. They also have a Paintings Conservation Studio, where visitors can watch conservators preserve and restore the museum's extensive collection with the latest technology, treatments, and cutting-edge techniques. In addition, the museum has lots of fun programming for kids of all ages!

Bishop Arts District
Bishop Arts District
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Dallas World Aquarium

Adult ($20.95 + tax) | Senior 65+ ($16.95 + tax) | Child 2–12 ($14.95 + tax) | Child under 2 (free)
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Adventure awaits at the Dallas World Aquarium, where you can explore the rainforest canopy before getting up close and personal with a family of black-footed penguins. Among the exhibits, you will find exotic birds, such as cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, as well as two-toed and three-toed sloths. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco crocodiles, giant river otters, Antillean manatees, and several species of monkeys, are part of the many conservation projects here. The aquarium portion displays fascinating marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, and Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon seadragons. Sharks, rays, and sawfish are only a few of the fish living in the Mundo Maya cenote. Safe from Neotropical eagles, are euphonias, tanagers, and hummingbirds. Reptiles and amphibians, both of significance to the Maya culture, can also be seen throughout the exhibit.

Dallas Aquarium
Dallas World Aquarium
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George W. Bush Presidential Center

Adult ($19) | Senior 62+ ($16.95) | Retired Military ($10) | Active Military (free) | College Student, non-SMU ($16) | Youth 13–17 ($17) | Youth 5–12 ($13) | Child 0–4 (free)
9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Monday–Saturday) | Noon–5 p.m. (Sunday)
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is a state-of-the art facility on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. It is home to the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. The Library and Museum features both permanent and special exhibits, a precise replica of the Oval Office, beams from the World Trade Center twisted from the events of 9/11, a Texas Rose Garden, and a number of interactive exhibits. The popular Decision Points Theater enables visitors to experience the presidential decision-making process first-hand.

George Bush Presidential Library
George W. Bush Presidential Center
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Admission prices vary depending on package selection.
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Explore 11 permanent exhibit halls, featuring everything from prehistoric fossil specimens to futuristic technologies, and enjoy an awe-inspiring film in the museum’s state-of-the-art 3D theater. Get hands-on with exhibits that challenge you to launch a ping-pong ball with your brain waves, make music with technology, try to outrun a virtual cheetah, or shoot a hockey puck like a champion. You’ll also enjoy downtown view while riding the museum’s 150-foot, glass-enclosed escalator to Level 4 — get ready to amaze your brain on your journey back down!

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Copyright and Credits: Perot Museum/Jason Janik

Reunion Tower

General Admission: Adults ($17) | Seniors 65+ ($14) | Youth 4–12 ($8) | Children 3 and under (free)
Hours vary depending on day.
From 470 feet up, you’ll experience breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens, telescopes, a free digital photo, and an indoor/outdoor observation deck that lets you see for miles in any direction. Don’t miss the new interactive experience: Reunion Tower Constellation is a series of touch screen monitors located along the inner wall of the GeO-Deck; screen prompts encourage visitors to add their name and geographical information to a star, create an avatar, and describe their experience with creative illustrations. Each visit begins as a single “star,” and additional visits result in a larger constellation.

Reunion Tower
Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Halo System
Copyright and Credits: Charles Cooley

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Adult ($16) | Senior 65+ ($14) | Youth 6–18 ($13) | Child 5 and under (free)
Hours: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Located in the former Texas School Book Depository where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath, and reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world.

Sixth Floor Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum
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Chophouse Burger

11 a.m.–9 p.m. (Sunday) | 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Friday–Saturday)
Chophouse Burger serves fresh, natural, 100-percent certified Angus beef, along with superior service at a genuine value. Within walking distance of the Dallas Convention Center, their menu offers a mouthwatering selection of gourmet burgers, salads, sides, decadent shakes, and desserts made from scratch every day and served in a casual restaurant atmosphere emulating the look and feel of an old-fashioned butcher shop.

Del Frisco’s Grille

10 a.m.–9 p.m. (Sunday) | 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (Monday–Saturday)
Set in vibrant Uptown Dallas, the heart of Dallas’ dining and social scene, Del Frisco’s Grille takes the classic bar and grille to new heights, combining a comfortable and social atmosphere with exciting cuisine, an expansive wine list, hand-crafted cocktails, and food built to share. Two energetic bars create a buzz throughout the restaurant, and floor-to-ceiling windows set the stage for an exciting dining experience. The patios provide the perfect glimpse of the action on the McKinney Avenue corridor and offer some of the best al fresco dining in Dallas.

Katy Trail Ice House

11 a.m.–2 a.m. (7 days a week) | Happy Hour: 4–7 p.m., Monday–Friday
The Ice House is an Austin-style beer garden and restaurant located in the heart of uptown Dallas on the Katy Trail. A 50-foot long bar boasts 50 beers on tap, ranging from Texas Domestics to Regional and International Imports on the draw. Katy Trail Ice House has been awarded the best patio in Dallas with their open-seating communal beer garden.

Pecan Lodge
Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum
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Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens

Open Monday–Friday | Breakfast (7 a.m.–9:30 a.m.) | Lunch (11 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Located in the Harwood District, Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens is a 1.5-acre garden oasis with a European-influenced design, and a perfect fusion of nature and architecture. Meticulously manicured gardens, ancient art, and stunning oak and river birch trees encompass the 8,265 square foot pond that is found at its center.

Mercat Bistro

10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sunday) | 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m. (Monday–Friday) | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; 5 p.m.–10 p.m. (Saturday)
Nestled in the Harwood District, Mercat Bistro is a contemporary European-style bistro open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner Saturday. Paired with a tailored menu and wine list, Mercat Bistro is an honest compilation of classics, mostly from Europe and Texas. In addition, homemade croissants, pastries, coffee, and to-go items are available throughout the day Monday through Friday.

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar

10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. (Sunday) | 11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Monday–Thursday) | 10:30 a.m.–12 a.m. (Saturday)
Originally built in 1927 as Dallas’ first school for Hispanic children, the historic school has been transformed into a modern environment that boasts the largest garden patio in Dallas and is consistently voted as “Best Patio in Dallas” by D Magazine and “Best Outdoor Dining” by OpenTable. The restaurant’s refined yet casual atmosphere and extensive menu has made it a favorite among patrons.

Smoke Barbecue
Smoke Barbecue
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Savor Gastropub

11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Sunday and Monday) | 11 a.m.–9 p.m. (Tuesday and Wednesday) |
11 a.m.–p.m. (Thursday) | 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Happy hour specials available 4–7 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Savor Gastropub offers a chef-driven menu with shared plates in order to combine beloved pub fare with a modern twist. Enjoy calming and sophisticated floor-to-ceiling glass walls, ultra-modern décor, and friendly staff while overlooking the activities in the park and surrounding buildings. After dining at Savor, enjoy a stroll, watch a concert, or hang out in Dallas' largest outdoor park.

Wild Salsa

11 a.m.–10 p.m. (Monday–Thursday) | 11 a.m.–11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) | Closed Sunday
Wild Salsa brings regional Mexican flavors to a menu ranging from à la carte street tacos to platos fuertes, like the Lamb Shank Barbacoa for dinner. All of their food is made from scratch each day, using locally sourced fresh ingredients, providing an experience unlike any other. Have a seat at the bar, and try a Wild Rita with roasted pineapple and jalapeño infused tequila, or try a tequila flight, selecting from the more than 100 tequilas on their shelves.

Entertainment & Nightlife

Bowl & Barrel

11 a.m.–12 a.m. (Sunday–Thursday) | 11 a.m.–2 a.m. (Friday and Saturday) 
Bowl & Barrel is a full-service restaurant with an upscale 15 lane boutique bowling alley. It is best described as the combination of a modern American tavern and a classic European beer hall. Featuring a great selection of hand-made artisanal sausages and bratwursts, giant soft-baked pretzels, gourmet burgers, fresh oysters, and crisp salads, Bowl & Barrel's menu items are made with high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients.

Dallas Comedy House

7:30 p.m.–12 a.m. (Tuesday–Thursday) | 7 p.m.–12 a.m. (Friday) | 5:30 p.m.–12 a.m. (Saturday) | Closed Sunday and Monday
Show ticket prices vary.

Dallas Comedy House is the premier training center and performance venue for comedy in Dallas! They have affordable, quality shows five nights a week; visit their website to see the calendar of improv, sketch, and stand-up shows scheduled during your visit to Dallas.

Hyena’s Comedy Club

Hours and prices vary, depending on day and show; see website for details.
Hyena's Comedy Club features the best nationally recognized stand-up comedians. Visit the website for showtimes, headliners, and ticket information.

Rustic Uptown
The Rustic in Uptown
Copyright and Credits: Jessica Sepkowitz / FreeRange Concepts / All Rights Reserved 2014

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar

7 p.m.–2 a.m. (Wednesday–Saturday) | Closed Sunday–Tuesday
Louie Louie's is the place to share the songs, laughter, and moments of which memories are made. It all starts with two pianos and several hundred new friends. In no time, you're clapping and singing at the top of your lungs. These piano players aren't like the ones found in a nice restaurant. These guys rock; and they're taking YOUR requests and creating a new show every night ... YOUR show! No matter what you hear, from Garth to Snoop, one thing's for sure — the crowd will do most of the singing, (or screaming) themselves. It's all about fun and participation, because at Louie Louie's, YOU are the star!

Mac’s Southside/ZaLat

11 a.m.–2 a.m. (Daily)
Mac's Southside/ZaLat is a neighborhood bar with a comfortable feel where you can shoot some pool, throw darts, hit the shuffle board table, or just relax with beer or cocktail with your friends. Serving ZaLat Pizza until 2 a.m. daily.


11 a.m.–3 p.m.; 4:30–9:30 p.m. (Sunday) | 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; 4:30–10:30 p.m. (Saturday) | 4–9:30 p.m. (Tuesday–Thursday) | 4–10:30 p.m. (Friday) | Closed Monday
Definitely begin with a drink," says LocalSugar. They recommend one of the House Mules, "which can be made to order with rum, bourbon, gin, mezcal, or vodka. At Rapscallion, they take these seriously; they're fresh, light, and packed with all the ginger spice you want in a good mule." SideDish notes that bartender Eddie Eakin is "making his own Tiki syrups in-house" to use in "classics like the Jet Pilot and Three Dots & a Dash.”

Downtown Dallas
Downtown Dallas
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10 a.m.–12 a.m. (Sunday–Saturday)
Show off your skills on one of Shenaniganz’s 24 lounge-style bowling lanes, including eight lanes in the VIP, adult-only martini lounge. Let the games begin in the state-of-the-art arcade, then challenge your friends to laser tag combat in the "Ruins of Angkor Wat." Feel like you're racing at Talladega on the indoor Shenaniganz speedway, get a hole in one in Black Light Mini-Golf, and find your way through the Lazer Maze. There are bounce houses and inflatables for the kids, and adults can high roll with Texas Hold'em poker, billiards, shuffleboard and karaoke. Before, during, and after you play, enjoy fresh American cuisine and cold drinks from Rozie's Grill.

Topgolf Allen

9 a.m.–12 a.m. (Sunday–Thursday) | 8 a.m.–1 a.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Topgolf features fun and competitive golf games for all ages and skill levels, climate-controlled playing "bays" similar to a bowling lane, an impressive food and drink menu, private spaces for groups of any size, HDTVs to watch the big game, and a music selection that will make every visit feel like a party.