The 10 Best Things to Do in Dallas, United States

December 10, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Dallas (/ˈdæləs/) is a city in the U.S. state of Texas. It is the most populous city in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, which is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city's population ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat; however, sections of the city are located in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. According to the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 1,197,816. The United States Census Bureau's estimate for the city's population increased to 1,317,929 as of July 1, 2016.
Restaurants in Dallas

1. The Schiele Museum of Natural History

1500 E Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28054-5133 +1 704-866-6900
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4.5 based on 217 reviews

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Reviewed By Charles P - Charlotte, North Carolina

My first visit to the Schiele Museum provided a most pleasant surprise. The museum, although small, is packed with interesting exhibits that are beautifully presented and well documented. The dinosaur exhibit featured smaller species, and the models appeared to be realistic and set in suitable habitats. The animals were obviously made by excellent taxidermists and were also set in realistic, interesting habitats. Native American objects and models were respectful of their cultures and good teaching tools. Because it was pouring rain, we were not able to explore the trail and outside exhibits, but we'll go back for those. Also, our tour group was limited in time, so we did not see the planetarium show, another reason to return.

2. Gaston County Museum

131 W Main St, Dallas, NC 28034-2021 +1 704-922-7681
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Gaston County Museum

Reviewed By j0hnhill - Kingswinford, United Kingdom

Heading for Hickory the gas gauge told me we had to make a stop, fortunately we spotted the sign for the Gaston County Museum and headed for Dallas, NC. The area of Dallas is close to Gastonia, one of the areas historically attached to the cotton mills of yester year and not the sort of town you would generally head for on a sightseeing trip. But, the museum is a gem of a find and the curator an absolute gentleman, having spent his early years in the UK we had lots to talk about!
The museum is built throughout the Historic Hofman Hotel, with a number of rooms on the second floor restored to portray a vision of the original Hotel.
The first floor has a number of rooms from the 1800's and a fantastic exhibit on the cotton mill industry, at the rear a collection of carriages finishes of this amazing portrayal of local history.
Not the place you would normally head for, but if your in Charlotte looking for days out, go find it now and see the new moonshine exhibit.

Free to visit, donations welcome, NO Photography!!!!

3. Crowders Mountain State Park

522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 +1 704-853-5375
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4.5 based on 176 reviews

Crowders Mountain State Park

Reviewed By ladylapoet - Winston Salem, North Carolina

This is a lovely park with oodles of parking. The mountains have several trials that range from easy to...Elizabeth I'm coming to join ya (In my Feed Sanford voice). We took the Pinnacle trail. It took us about 2 hours...it is one of the strenuous trails...so if you're not about that life...don't take that one lol. Lots of opportunities for photography if you're into nature photography. Also has camp grounds if you wish to rough it over night. I think there is a cost...just check the website.

4. Muddy River Distillery

1500 River Dr, Belmont, NC 28012-3578 +1 336-516-4190
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5 based on 101 reviews

Muddy River Distillery

Reviewed By Diane V - Monroe, North Carolina

We had an awesome time! I went with my husband and some friends to do the 5:00 pm tour. It was really interesting to learn about how the owners started the business and all the chemistry behind the making of the delicious rum! I give them 5 stars for presentation, content, and rum tasting! Would highly recommend a visit to this local gem and for any local or tourists looking for a fun activity in the area! The owners are amazing people with a passion for the business!

5. Cramer Mountain Club

100 Hidden Pastures Dr, Cramerton, NC 28032-1639 +1 704-879-4888
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5 based on 8 reviews

Cramer Mountain Club

Private club for members and guests. Amid Cramer Mountain’s uncommon beauty, The Cramer Mountain Club is a warm and welcoming family-oriented club with activities for everyone. Cramer Mountain Club is conveniently located just 16 miles from downtown Charlotte. Enjoy all the amenities of a country club in a casual setting.

Reviewed By Hugh3306 - Charlotte, North Carolina

The recently opened Cramer Mountain Club has the absolute best golf course in the Charlotte area. A mix of mountain holes and traditional "country club" holes, everyone - from the least to most experienced - will find a challenge to their game. The swimming pool...MoreThank you for being our first TripAdvisor reviewer! What a glowing review, we could not have described Cramer Mountain Club any better.

6. Rankin Lake Park

1750 Rankin Lake Rd, Gastonia, NC 28052-1858 +1 704-866-6839
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Rankin Lake Park

Reviewed By Strowd1 - Kings Mountain

Terrific restoration at Rankin Lake Park!

In past years this was an old, run down, unsafe park. It was unsafe and under used.

Today it is a year round active facility. Well kept. Great for lakeside activities, picnicking, disc golf, hiking, jogging...

Convenient location off I85 and 321. Ample parking.

Enjoy!

7. Ole Dallas Brewery

136 Durkee Ln, Dallas, NC 28034-9793 +1 704-266-1472
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5 based on 1 reviews

Ole Dallas Brewery

Ole Dallas Brewery is a craft microbrewery located in Dallas, NC. We are owned and operated by a team of friends and their families who are passionate about beer and their community. Come join us for a pint and, "Rethink what you drink."

Reviewed By Sweeps86 - Shelby, North Carolina

The tasting room has only been open a few weeks. They had a hot dog stand set up outside for a quick snack. The space was inviting and comfortable although a little rustic. A big stage promises some great music. The beer choices were varied...MoreThank y'all so much for coming out and the kind words. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!!! Chris

8. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S New Hope Rd, Belmont, NC 28012-8788 +1 704-825-4490
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4.5 based on 444 reviews

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the Carolinas’ Garden for All Seasons, provides guests a chance to reconnect with nature. Located within 380 acres on the banks of Lake Wylie, spectacular gardens, sparkling fountains, a conservatory dedicated to the display of tropical plants and orchids, a visitor pavilion, gift shop and nature walk await the visitor. HGTV named it one of the nation’s “20 Great Gardens” and USA TODAY says the Garden is one of the nation’s best places to “welcome fall with a flourish.” Committed to horticultural excellence, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is a must-see for all ages.

Reviewed By regiontravelreturns - Roanoke, Virginia

Wonderful holiday outing between Christmas and New Years with the family (grandparent, young kids). Excellent size (not overwhelming). Friendly staff. Fun "passport" stations for kids. Trains in orchid building particularly magical (seasonal display). We live in Roanoke, VA, and currently have an annual membership we're enjoying despite the drive. Sincerely doing a good job attracting new audiences.

9. Martha Rivers Park

1525 Neal Hawkins Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056-6058 +1 704-866-6839
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Martha Rivers Park

Reviewed By cheryl h - Durham, North Carolina

This park made me wish I was a child again. I've never seen anything like the playground that people call "The Castle". It's an all wooden structure that consists of swings, slides, a fort, a ship, a car, a sandpit where you can dig for dinosaur bones, places to climb, places to hide, and it's all connected by ramps and catwalks. This is definitely the best part of the park.

The 58 acre park also has 4 lighted soccer fields, 2 batting cages, 4 lighted baseball fields, picnic shelters, volleyball area, 2 horseshoe areas, kids gymnastics area, and 3 miles of paved walking trails around and through the park.

If you are passing by or through Gastonia you really must check it out. If you are traveling by car with kids this is the perfect place for them to burn off some energy to make for a quieter car ride when you leave.

10. Millican Pictorial History Museum

35 E Catawba St, Belmont, NC 28012-3351 +1 704-825-5391
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5 based on 92 reviews

Millican Pictorial History Museum

We have restored thousands of rare photos of cotton mills & their way of life, towns, churches, schools, and trollies, just to mention a few. All of these photos and a number of regional historical artifacts are on display as well. We are located directly across from the Belmont Historical Society. Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Reviewed By b q

I spent my childhood in Gastonia and thought I was, fairly, knowledgeable about the history of the area. After visiting Allen Milligan's Pictorial History Museum, I realized I knew hardly anything of area.
Allen adds, greatly, to the museum experience with his vast knowledge of Gaston and surrounding counties. His passion and energy will amaze you. Listening to Allen tell stories describing the photos is almost hypnotic.
The photographs he has collected and processed is unimaginable. Thousands8 are categorized by area and subject makes for easy viewing and can be purchased.
The museum is housed in a quaint old house on Catawba Ave in Belmont. If you have trouble finding it, anyone in Belmont can give directions.
The museum is free to all and you can make donations if you desire.

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