Sometimes the best way to discover a city is to scout around looking for its hidden gems, the places that not many people know about. Oftentimes, it is in these tucked away and secret places that you can begin to see the true soul of a city. Dallas, Texas definitely has its fair share such places. From quirky museums to underground tunnels, check out these hidden gems to explore in Dallas.
Art Tour at NorthPark
Head over to NorthPark Shopping Center for more than just retail therapy. Pick up a complimentary map of their Art Tour at the concierge’s desk and stroll this mega mall for some great art therapy. The tour features major works from some very famous artists including Andy Warhol, Joel Shapiro, Frank Stella. NorthPark is located at 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas.
Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens
Go from North Texas to France without leaving the ground at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens. Located in the Harwood District at 2728 N. Harwood St., the restaurant is also a special events venue and one of the city’s best hidden gems. It’s also an expansive green space in the heart of the city that’s a replica of a lush French garden complete with sculpted trees, reflecting pools, and a giant chess game.
Underground Tunnels, Downtown
The underground railroad tunnels that were built under the old Santa Fe Freight Terminal were built in 1924 to carry goods to Dallas’s Fashion District. No doubt they also helped bootleggers transport booze during prohibition. It was booze probably served at the University Club, formerly located in Santa Fe building No. 4, a playground for the city’s elite debaucheries. Today it’s known as SoCo Lofts.
Clyde Barrow’s Grave
This hidden gem might not be for everyone, but those who are fascinated by the graves of the famous or infamous will appreciate a visit to Clyde (of Bonnie and Clyde fame) Barrow’s grave. His final resting place is tucked inside the Western Heights Cemetery in Dallas. Some say it’s necessary to scale a fence to see the gravesite. Be careful not to follow in Clyde’s footsteps and break the law.
Dallas has at least two quirky museums to explore. Perhaps the most unusual are the Eight Track Museum and the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum. The Eight Track Museum is dedicated to preserving the old 8-track format and reel-to-reels. The museum is located in Deep Ellum. Then head to Harwood and browse a collection of over 1,000 oddities at the Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum. They have the largest collection of Samurai armor in the United States.
Everywhere you look in Dallas, there’s probably a little slice of history or culture to marvel at. Ask around enough and you’re sure to find some fun and secret places to spend a day at.