It’s so easy to fall into a pattern of doing the same things and going to the same places. As humans, we often get into a routine that causes us to be stuck in a loop that is familiar and comfortable but can become extremely mundane. We often procrastinate and say “Oh, I want to go there” but indefinitely put it off. Is it because we have the comfort of knowing that it will always be there and we can go at any time?
When we moved to Boston, I realized there were so many museums, lakes, and other places and things I had wanted to do in Dallas but never got around to it. And now that we’re back, we decided that we didn’t want to fall back into old patterns of work, sleep, go out on the weekend, get the Sunday Scaries, and repeat all over again. Maybe it’s going out Friday night, hang at the pool Saturday, brunch on Sunday, then binge on a Netflix show Sunday night. This seems to be a pretty typical Dallas weekend in the summertime but can get very mundane.
Changing behavioral patterns and habits is often easier said than done and doesn’t happen overnight. What it does take is a conscious effort to make changes and that starts with one small change at a time. I recently caught myself falling back into the same Dallas routine I was doing when I first moved here in 2014. Some of the most fun years of my life have been here in Dallas and it’s definitely one of the most fun cities. There are friendly people, great restaurants and bars, it’s a great place to watch sports in the fall, and more.
These are some of the things we missed about Dallas and the excitement of moving back led to a lot of social outings which was much needed and missed after being in Boston for a year and a half. Don’t get me wrong, I will still go out for drinks and try a new spot but now that we’re finally settled in, I finally want to explore the city, get involved, and try new things. I will always LOVE a good frosé or craft cocktail, but it’s so much more fun to enjoy one while doing an activity or experiencing something!
I want to start my weeks knowing that I spent my weekends sparking curiosity, igniting creativity, and experiencing things that make me grow, learn, and ultimately, help me be the best version of myself. No, Dallas doesn’t have mountains or the ocean, but DFW has a lot of beautiful nature and has become so much more cultured and interesting, providing unique, interesting, and fun things to see and do. So say “no” to doing something you usually do and “yes” to trying something different! Here’s a list of some of the cool places/things to do in Dallas that I personally enjoy or are on my list of must-dos:
Not only is this a beautiful modern museum, but they also host many free events throughout the month. I recently attended ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher, a free monthly event that takes place during the Summer and into the Fall. They have live music, free admission to the museum, the cafe is open, there are bars for the grown-ups, and they project a movie in the garden later in the evening. It’s really an enchanting space and a fun event for a date or family outing.
See a Movie Outside
‘Til Midnight at the Nasher isn’t the only place that offers free movies outside. While this may only be a summer activity, there are quite a few places in the core of the city offering free movies throughout the week. West Village, The Adolphus, and Sundown at the Granada are just a few featuring free weekly outdoor movies.
You don’t have to be a pro to enjoy a game of TopGolf! Rain or shine, this is the perfect place to enjoy a fun activity while enjoying food and drinks. Will a full-service menu at every station, have a night of friendly competition or just practice your swing. It’s the perfect date spot and also great for groups! And, if golf isn’t your thing, they have putt putt, games, and tons of TVs to also watch games.
Explore the Big D by Scooter
This by far one of my husband’s favorite things to do. Although it’s pretty cheap to ride a scooter, it might just make more sense for us to buy one at this point since this has become an activity he does on the reg! You know those scooters you seeing lying on the sidewalk all over time? Yup, those are what I’m referring to. They’re actually pretty fun and it’s a great way to cruise around the neighborhood or get somewhere nearby. They’re faster than walking and make more sense than driving or an Uber if you’re not going far.
Going to the Farmer’s Market is definitely one of my favorite weekend activities. You can shop or grab a bite in the shed or pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, a bite from local vendors, or explore unique handmade products in the outdoor shed. Sometimes we just grab a Boba tea (there is a vendor outside with the best mango green tea boba!) and just walk around. And with the newest addition to the area, there is an outdoor sports area where you can play futsal. No, I wasn’t familiar with it is either but they have group classes and leagues so we can all learn!
When I learned that they had opened a Candle Bar in Dallas, I was beyond excited! We took a candle making class at their original location in Nashville and it was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. Have you heard of the brand Paddywax candles? Well, this is their concept! They offer one-hour classes where you get to pick your votive, choose your scent, and they teach you how to make your own candle. And, it’s BYOB! The best part is that after the class you can shop around their adorable store where you’ll get a discount for taking the class.