This is the story of 3 cousins who were having a very busy year: Big Cousin launched a blog, Little Cousin bought a house, and Littler Cousin got engaged. So, they decided to treat themselves to a Girls’ Weekend Celebration in Dallas. Otherwise known as #GranerGirlsTakeTexas.
Although Littler Cousin lives in Dallas so our housing for the weekend was free, it still could easily be a costly weekend as two of us were flying in from out of state. So we made it a goal to find free and interesting things to do while we were in Dallas. Our first stop was lunch at a Gloria’s Latin Cuisine and then to see the Teddy Bear Statues at Lakeside Park. Because, Teddy Bears!!
We explored a little bit along Greenville Ave, finding the Colorful Square mural above, and some fun treats at Steel City Pops, JOY Macarons and Dude, Sweet Chocolate! And, we may have had a drink (or… two) at the Truck Yard, a fun little beer garden surrounded by food trucks, a converted truck stage for live music, and filled with an eclectic assortment of tables, chairs, and truck-seat benches.
The murals of Deep Ellum made for a great little art walk on our way to dinner. Every corner we turned had another masterpiece.
Some of the best BBQ in Dallas is at Pecan Lodge. We may have waited in line for an hour to get in, but the food was worth it! And, we were able to use the leftovers for breakfast the next morning!
The next day, we went to the beautiful Klyde Warren Park, which is built right over the Woodall Rogers Freeway! They have a daily line up of Food Trucks, plus walking trails, water fountains, a games area, Children’s Park, and Dog Park all in just over 5 acres.
Kyle Warren Park also serves as one of the stops for the nostalgic streetcar styled M-Line Trolley, a free hop on / hop off style trolley that goes thru downtown and uptown Dallas via McKinney Ave. It’s a great way to see different sections of town and, did I mention, it’s free!
Downtown Dallas was a series of whimsical and serious. Pioneer Plaza is a sculpture garden commemorating the cattle drives that used to take place along the Shawnee Trail. The 49 larger than life bronze steer statues and 3 trail riders make up the largest bronze monument of its kind!
We found a few other fun treasures in Downtown Dallas, including a 30’ Eye Ball Sculpture, the flags at City Hall, Robert Wyland’s “Ocean Life” mural and the Bells at Thanksgiving Square.
For our final evening, we went back to Deep Ellum for an amazing dinner of potstickers and sushi at Deep Sushi and a little rooftop nightcap at the Green Room. And, while we didn’t specifically get ice cream on this trip, we did have our fair share of treats over the weekend!
As always in a Two Day Travel, there are only so many places you can visit and so many others that get missed. Here is our itinerary and a few others places that you might find interesting for your visit:
And, of course, the budget recap:
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Dallas yet, I highly recommend it. Y’all are gonna love it!
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