While currently hovering in that dreaded triple-digit temperature range, the last thing you might be thinking about is taking a walk through Dallas. But Fall is coming, believe it or not, even if Texas usually misses the memo by a month or so. And besides, nothing will impress a date more than exploring a neighborhood on foot together (alternatively, you could always catch Pokemon).
Applying a metric to walkability is tricky, but WalkScore has luckily figured it out. Their algorithm takes each address in a city and awards it points based on how close it is to daily amenities like grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants and retail stores. The closer each amenity is, the more points are awarded.
The city of Dallas as whole, unfortunately, doesn’t have the best walkability. WalkScore gave it a 45/100, deeming it a “car-dependent city.” But the WalkScore map above shows that Dallas has pockets of extremely high walkability — so here’s where you should hoof it in Dallas:
No surprise, Lower Greenville is a walking paradise. If you walk six blocks down Lower Greenville, you’ll pass about 11 or 12 bars, a grocery store, a record store, bike shops and fitness clubs. That doesn’t even include the almost 30 restaurants along the main drag.
With no exaggeration, Lower Greenville is almost a self-sustaining micro-city. And just a 20-minute walk north is the Granada Theater, Buffalo Exchange and six or seven more places to eat. This one will take a few trips.
If you head south at the intersection of Davis Street and Bishop Avenue, prepare to be enveloped in Oak Cliff’s lively Arts District. Bishop Arts has packed boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and bookstores throughout the neighborhood.
It’s also home to one of the only eight craft cider companies in all of Texas, Bishop Cider Co. In addition to their Saturday morning tours (highly recommended), their tasting room also offers five cider tanks of their latest creations to sample for a reasonable price. And you can catch a performance in the Wild Detectives backyard or head to The Kessler to see what’s doing.
If you’ve got a bit more income at your disposal, Uptown has one of the best WalkScores in all of Dallas. You can’t walk one block without being bombarded by sushi joints, party bars, and even the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull.
If you’re looking to include your canine companion on your pilgrimage, Mutt’s Canine Cantina combines the wonderful worlds of dog parks, bars and food. Just make sure to drink responsibly so you don’t embarrass your dog in front of his friends.
Follow the traveling man’s lead and explore Deep Ellum on foot (plus he’s a good place to snag a picture for the ‘Gram). With four proper venues and plenty more bar/venue combinations, Deep Ellum‘s tightly knit streets are never uneventful.
Before or after you get your live music fix, you’ve got pizza places and sandwich places and burgers and barbecue to choose from in a four-block radius. And if you’re looking to wander around through some knick knacks, Lula B’s has you more than covered. Bonus points: the nearest DART station is just a 14-minute walk away.