Weekend Exploring // Dallas City Guide

October 6, 2014

Blouse: Target- sold out (similar here) | Jeans: Old Navy (similar here & here) | Booties: Sole Society- old (new version here and obsessing over these!) | Hat: Nordstrom | Bag: Chanel | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Bracelets: David Yurman- vintage, Tiffany & Co. and Movida Boutique | Necklace: Etsy | Lips: MAC Lipliner in Spice & MAC Lipstick in Hold the Pose (limited edition)
Being new to the city of Dallas, Steven and I love to get out and explore the city. There are so many things to do here and we love being able to just get up and go to try something new without having to go far. Now with the weather finally cooling down, it’s nice to be outside and we can actually walk places without feeling miserable. Here’s a list of some of the top things to do while here in Dallas along with our favorite places to explore.
Klyde Warren Park
There are so many fun things to do at Klyde Warren Park, especially on the weekends. The park is a 5.2 acre urban green space built over Woodall Rogers Freeway in downtown Dallas. They have free movie screenings in the park, a dog park, fun games, a bar and restaurant on the park, lots of fun food trucks every day and night, free yoga sessions on weekend mornings, Decks in the Park and so much more. Basically any time of the day or day of the week, there’s probably something going on at the park and there’s something to do for everyone. Not to mention it’s incredibly pet friendly! 
Katy Trail
The Katy Trail is a long trail, about 3.5 miles, that starts in Victory Park by American Airlines Center and ends at Airline Road. People jog, walk, bike ride, rollerblade and take their dogs along the trail. There is always an abundance of people on the trail. On the weekends, we like to go for a bike ride and take Charlie Boy so he can run for a bit. But the best part about the trail? Katy Trail Ice House! Any exercise that ends in a bar without having to go out of my way is fine with me (ha!). Katy Trail Ice House is about a mile and a half into the trail from Victory Park, so it’s the perfect spot to take a break a relax with a cold beer. Also VERY pet friendly. They even keep water cups and a water bowl out for everyone on the trail! Needless to say, Charlie Boy is a big fan.
Deep Ellum
This is a comforting area to Steven and I. Uptown Dallas has a lot of “like-minded” people, but being from California we’re used to a little bit of, um, variety if you will. So Deep Ellum is a cool place to get away from the Dallas “norm”. Think more of an alternative scene in LA with cool dive bars, the BEST pizza (Serious Pizza), tattoo parlors, art exhibits and excellent restaurants that feel a little less stuffy and more laid back. There’s also awesome music venues/bars here that we tend to enjoy more than those in Uptown. If you’re in Dallas, I recommend checking out the area for a little change of scenery. 
Perot Museum
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is one of the most beautiful buildings in Dallas, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Thom Mayne, and is described as a “world of wonder” and “the boldest piece of modern architecture to hit Dallas” by The Dallas Morning News. The museum features a 54-foot, continuous-flow escalator contained in a 150-foot, glass-enclosed, tube-like structure that dramatically extends outside the building. It’s pretty awesome. Even if you don’t go into the museum, I at least recommend checking it out, even as a drive-by. 
McKinney Avenue
If you plan on hitting up some bars in uptown, hop on the M-Line Trolley which takes you up and down McKinney Avenue. No parking, no having to pay for valet and not having to find a D.D.? Perfect! The Trolley is free to ride and picks up at 38 locations. My top recommendations on McKinney Avenue? For brunch and mimosas, head to Bread Winners Cafe & Bakery– so good. For afternoon drinks on the patio, try Black Friar Pub, Nickel and Rye, The Standard Pour and So & So’s. For a late lunch or dinner, try Hopdoddy Burger for casual dining and delicious burgers. Or for make-you-sick-to-your-stomach/ I-can’t-stop-eating full kind of meal, try Max’s Wine Dive, where champagne and fried chicken are a match made in heaven, and is oh-so good. 
Arts District
The Dallas Museum of Art is the perfect thing to do for a nice Saturday, especially with free general admission to the museum’s collection galleries and most exhibitions. Also, the Nasher Sculpture Museum is free on the first Saturday of every month. There are always food trucks outside for your convenience as well. For a calendar of events and exhibitions, check the website here.
NorthPark Center
This is a personal favorite, obviously. NorthPark Center was named as one of the “7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World” by Shopping Centers Today and offers “an unparallelled luxury shopping experience with over 235 unique retailers, restaurants and legendary department stores, and a clientele that spans both the United States and the world.” Since moving to Dallas, this has become my shopping mecca. It has everything and it’s such a beautiful mall. One of the most unique things about NorthPark is the internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art collection. It adds a unique element to the shopping experience. Even if you hate shopping (like Steven), this is a mall that can appeal to everyone. 
Thanks for reading! And let me know in a comment below if you visit any of the places above. I’d love to hear about it!
  • Jaclyn Mittman
    October 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Thank you! PS, love your blog!

  • Jaclyn Mittman
    October 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Thank you so much! I seriously can't stop wearing this hat!

    October 9, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Super cute the hat..and those booties are perfection.

  • Dana
    October 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Love this look and that hat is the PERFECT fall accessory!

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