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The Best Hotels in Dallas, Texas and Fun Things to Do

iStock-177318789.jpgTotally modern in all its urban glory, Dallas is a contemporary Texas city with both a commercial, business-oriented hub and a cultural background. Business and leisure mix in this city, as thousands of travelers often come for company business, and stay for the activities, sights, and fun things to do, see, and experience. For that reason, most of the top-ranked hotels in Dallas have a business center with meeting rooms and internet access, specifically for corporate travelers.

Dallas is a bustling city with family-friendly attractions in the daytime and a sprawling nightlife in the evenings. Additionally, the area attracts millions of people every year with the State Fair of Texas in September and October, as well as the famed Dallas Cowboys football team playing at the AT&T Stadium.


Come explore the unique city of Dallas!


Known for their ginormous portions and big appetites, Dallas has some of the best restaurants in all of Texas. Some locals would argue that the Dallas restaurants are the best nationwide. But you be the judge. From fine dining and cheap eats, to just dessert or full bars with delicious cocktails, there is something for all of your cravings.


Foodies love Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, an upscale restaurant that specializes in the best, prime cuts of quality meats, homemade sides, and a sophisticated, upscale plating method. Serving up dinner, dessert, and nightcaps, the restaurants star attractions are the lobster deviled eggs, jumbo crab cakes, medium-rare filet mignon, and grilled double lamb chops. Dessert-wise, the cheesecake, pecan pie, and chocolate midnight cake are all homemade and scrumptious.


shutterstock_178878278.jpgNewbies to Dallas should totally take their family to the Dallas World Aquarium. The exhibits and habitats are replicas of the animals’ natural home, showcasing a plethora of gorgeous, exotic birds, mammals, hundreds of fish and sea creatures, and lots of reptiles and amphibians. A great learning experience, the aquarium is huge, well-kept, and fair-priced, with lessons, shows, and educational information galore.


They do have rental strollers and scooters, but keep in mind that those are first-come first-serve and weekends are busy. Get there early for the full tour and experience.


shutterstock_431236546.jpgFor more animals and family-friendly entertainment and education, head to the Dallas Zoo that houses over 2,000 animals from every continent. There are 106 acres of nature trails, animal exhibits, and walking paths, so bring a great pair of comfortable sneakers. Exhibits include the Wilds of Africa, the Dallas Zoo Monorail that takes you over African animals, the Giants of the Savanna, and the petting zoo—to name a few. For snacks and lunches, there are concessions stands everywhere. Or, you can stop into one of the zoo’s spacious cafes for a reprieve from walking. Typically, the average guest spends 3 to 4 hours here, so make an afternoon of it.


Art lovers will appreciate the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, with exhibits that showcase Asian artworks spanning 1000 B.C. to the 20th century. The collections cover the regions of Asia, such as India, China, and Japan, so each room feels like a dynamic, beautiful look at unique cultures. There are even rooms of Asian architecture, with emphasis on spires and rooftop work. The museum is free, but you can donate to keep the galleries running smooth for years to come. Check out the gift shop for prints of your favorite in-gallery artworks.


Come and stay at the best hotels in Dallas!

For travelers planning on making a week of their Dallas vacation, there are plenty of things to fill your time. With that said, when you need to retire in the evenings, there are several top-ranked Dallas hotels to choose from, such as the Magnolia Hotel, Hyatt Regency Dallas, The Fairmont, and Hilton Anatole.




Magnolia Hotel

Located on Commerce Street, the Magnolia Hotel is a beautiful, towering establishment at the heart of Dallas. You could walk in either direction and peruse the shops, restaurants, and activities that line the sidewalks. From milk and cookies in the evenings, to free daily breakfasts, guests are well-taken care of. Other accommodations include a full bar with regular cocktail hours, free shuttle bus services, valet and concierge services, queen-size suites with double rooms and a well-furnished sitting area, and wow-worthy views of the cityscape. For a dose of history, visit the John F. Kennedy Museum and Memorial Plaza, less than a mile from the Magnolia Hotel.


Hyatt Regency Dallas

shutterstock_180453545.jpgThe Hyatt Regency Dallas, located on Reunion Boulevard, towers above other hotels in the city, giving guests beautiful perspectives of the Dallas skylines. Accommodations are both luxurious and casual, with features like a full-service fitness room, free high-speed internet, a nice restaurant and full bar with daily specials, a banquet room for booked celebration, an outdoor swimming pool, and room services.  Guests have access to laundry services, self-serve laundry facilities, and dry-cleaning services.


If you want to gaze at an amazing part of history, simply look next door to the Reunion Tower—a huge observation tower that reaches 501 feet into the sky.  Children under 3 are free and prices range from just $8 to $17 a person (youth, adult and senior pricing) if you prefer to go once. Or spring for two views in the same day and experience panoramic views of the city in daylight and at night.  Tickets range from $13 to $22.


The Fairmont

The Fairmont on North Akard Street is a Dallas favorite for all manners of travelers, from business professionals and weekend vacationers, to families, newlyweds, anniversary celebrants, and singles. These luxurious Dallas accommodations are a nice mash-up of comfortable and luxurious, with amenities like room service, an on-site restaurant, lounge, and bar, an outdoor swimming pool, spa services, and free high-speed internet.


For fun away from the hotel, head to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Spend hours learning about fossils, climate change, prehistoric wildlife, and lots of other cool scientific stuff.  On site, there are 11 permanent displays, a 4-D theatre offering a variety of movie experiences, a gift shop and cafe.


Hilton Anatole

The Hilton Anatole on North Stemmons Freeway is a luxurious, spa-like resort, with gorgeous outdoor and indoor swimming pools, pre-planned summer activities for kids, and super-comfortable rooms with soft beds, warm blankets, and spring-scented linens. Asian-inspired artworks are everywhere inside and outside the Hilton Anatole, giving guests a dose of culture with their stay.


shutterstock_129695108.jpgAmenities include a full-service fitness center with spa services, an on-site restaurant, a beautiful art collection, clean and spacious rooms, free high-speed internet, a hot tub, and concierge services. Family-friendly entertainment can be found at Geppetto’s Theater and Workshop, where old-fashioned marionette puppet shows bring your favorite fairy tales to life.


Whether you visit Dallas on business, for a long weekend or family vacation, considerpurchasing a Dallas City Pass for each member of your family or group.  For around $50 for an adult and $32 for a child, gain access to four top Dallas attractions and save 40% on overall admission fees. 


Passes allow you to visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, breeze to the top of Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, and choose between the Kennedy Memorial and Dallas Zoo, then choose between the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and Library or the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  What a deal!


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Topics: Texas