Favorite Dallas Activities

One of our Orientation Leaders, Will Jones, a senior from Andalusia, AL majoring in Finance and German, is here to share with you his favorite aspects of Dallas sports, parks, and arts. Check out his list of a few things you can look forward to in Dallas during your time at SMU!


Dallas has something for everyone, and using a weekend to get away from campus and explore the greater Dallas community is something you won’t regret doing during your time at SMU. Check out the list below of my favorite things to do in Dallas!


Mavericks (Mavs) games are a must. There is nothing better than sitting in the nosebleeds with a Coke and popcorn watching the Dallas home basketball team. SMU has a way of turning you into a basketball fan, and cheering on Dallas’ team is a way to extend that basketball spirit into the greater community. In the same arena, the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Stars also play. I had never seen a hockey game before coming to SMU, but there are always free Stars tickets on campus somewhere, especially in the first few weeks (keep your eyes out) and it is honestly so much fun.

Parks & Food Trucks

A good place to start is Klyde Warren Park on the weekends. Food trucks with everything from empanadas to shaved ice wrap the edges of the park. Some of the best food I have had in Dallas has been from food trucks (check out Ruthie’s, Bobadiction, and Egg Stand for some of my favorites). Klyde Warren is also walking distance from several museums like the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Another awesome park is White Rock Lake, a favorite of the SMU student body and the perfect spot for a row or a picnic.


My personal favorite aspect of Dallas life. Dallas has the largest Arts District in the country, and it really shows. From art to dance to music – it’s all here. Checkout the Perot and Nasher museums mentioned above, as well as SMU’s very own Meadows Museum of Art. It houses one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain and is right here on campus. Musicals and dance performances are also happening often; I use http://texasballettheater.org/ and https://www.dallas-theater.com/ to keep up. My personal favorite is the music scene in Dallas. My favorite venues are Dallas House of Blues, Southside Ballroom, and anywhere in Deep Ellum (especially Trees). I have seen more shows than I can count while a student at SMU, and the best website to keep up with who is playing where is http://www.concertsdallas.com/. After catching a show in Deep Ellum make sure to hit up Serious Pizza and Glazed Donut Works.


This is honestly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Dallas activities, because there are also tons of other options like Summit Climbing, Top Golf, or even Sky Diving. There’s so much more to Dallas than can be discovered in your first year! Don’t wait until your junior or senior year to try and get to know this amazing city. Its only about 10 minutes down Highway 75 waiting for you.


P.S. Quick tip, when seeing a show (especially in any of the places I mentioned above) make sure to stick around outside the venue for a while after, because you are almost guaranteed to meet the artists. Check the proof below, oh and don’t forget to check out my concert hashtag on instagram #willgoestoshows).


For even more info about activities in Dallas, read this post from last year’s blog, written by one of our 2016 Orientation Leaders, Lauren Lunden!