When we think of DART, we tend to see it as mostly a commuter entity, with few applications outside of traveling to and from work. But with looming construction and seemingly never-ending traffic across the Metroplex, the prospect of going car-free is certainly tempting.
As Dallas continues to grow, DART has expanded along with it to meet the growing needs of the city. With new stops in hotspots like Oak Cliff, or further destinations like Downtown Plano that are now right off the DART line, a day out is as simple as buying a ticket.
Whether you’re looking to add a bit of fun to your typical commute, or want to experience the metroplex through an iconic, and convenient service, these cool spots in DFW acccessible by train and bus are a blueprint for unforgettable day trips.
Fair Park – Bucker/Green line
- Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters – The small batch coffee roasters is perfect for mid-week day trips to get your hands on fresh beans and cold brew.
- Eight Bells Alehouse – Enjoy cocktails and brews with someone special just off the beaten path from Fair Park. And on Wednesday evenings, the small kitchen serves up some serious grub.
- African American Museum of Dallas – South Dallas hosts a prominent collection of African American and African artworks, as well as lectures and workshops throughout the year.
- State Fair of Texas (seasonal) – The city’s biggest tourist attraction also draws some of the year’s highest DART usage with direct lines to and from Fair Park.
The Cedars – Parker Rd/Red line; UNT/Blue line
- Full City Rooster – The small batch roaster is a haven for coffee purists, with the added bonus of intimate live performances.
- Baby Back Shak – For more than two decades, one the city’s best pit masters has served up award-winning meats that are just a train ride away.
- The Cedars Social – With a menu featuring cocktails and dishes from some of the city’s culinary leaders, one visit is enough to give you bragging rights amongst your friends.
- Off the Bone Barbeque – Known for its pecan-smoked ribs and decadent sides, OTB joins the wealth of gourmet barbecue joints in the neighborhood.
- Opening Bell Coffee – If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, Opening Bell’s tucked-away locale is great place to spend those stolen moments on the south side.
- Alamo Drafthouse/Vetted Well – This South Lamar St. destination doubles your entertainment value with two memorable concepts in one location.
- Southside Ballroom – There’s nothing like catching some of the city’s hottest concerts, and being a part of those moments you’ve seen on social media.
Oak Cliff – Westmoreland/Red line
- Carnival Barkers – Jefferson Tower is home to handmade ice cream wares made by local musician Aaron Barker.
- Top Ten Records – Add a notch to your crate-digging list with a trip to Dallas’ oldest record store.
- Cultivar Coffee – Check out the caffeinated drinks, nommables and art exhibitions at the first standalone outpost of one of Dallas’ most popular coffee roasters.
- Small Brewpub – Get your taste of the farm-to-table movement from this critically-acclaimed beer lover’s haven.
- El Ranchito – One of the few places where the mariachi tradition not only still exists, but thrives. Enjoy a table-side serenade with specialities like goat tacos and face-sized margaritas.
- Bishop Arts District – Despite misconceptions to the contrary, this trendy neighborhood comprises only a small part of lengendary Oak Cliff, but the growing number of local artisan shops has quickly made it a visitor staple.
- Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge – The scenic bridge connects downtown and West Dallas with accessibility for bikers, pedestrians and drivers alike.
- Santa Fe Trestle Trail – This mile-long trail provides easy access to the Great Trinity Forest and Trinity River with an entrance close to the DART line.
Downtown Dallas – UNT/Blue line
- Tutta’s Pizza – Tutta’s brings locally curated flavor to the Historic West End District with off-kilter pizza flavors and scratch made dough. Be sure to check out $1 pint and game nights.
- Cafe Momentum – One of downtown’s top fine dining establishments also doubles as a community engagement project for former juvenile delinquents.
- Serj – Just off the tracks at St. Paul Station, Serj serves up coffee with a smile and joke or two alongside a selection of local books for sale.
- Segway tours – Take a break from your standard walking tour and explore downtown in style via segway.
Deep Ellum – Buckner/Green line
- Epocha – One of Dallas’ premiere streetwear boutiques is the place to go for rare vintage finds and collections from major and local designers.
- Deep Ellum Brewing Co. – The makers of infamous local brews like Dallas Blonde also serve savory bites out of their combination taproom and kitchen.
- Glazed Donut Works – Half the experience of visiting Glazed are the late night lines, but avoid the crowds with a morning donut run.
- Serious Pizza – You can curb that bottomless pizza craving with the huge slices and pies that give Serious Pizza its name.
- 42 Murals – The walls of Deep Ellum tell the stories of 42 different local artists, as well as providing popular backgrounds for portrait sessions.
Denton – North Carrollton/Green line
- West Oak Coffee – With seasonal homemade pies and chocolate milk on tap, it’s safe to say you just found your next day-date destination.
- Recycled Books – It’s easy to get lost in the book-filled nooks of this Denton Square destination. Pro tip: Catch them during an inventory sale for a major discount on your bookstore bounty.
- Hypnotic Donuts – Some of Dallas’ funkiest donuts have a home on the Denton Square, shared with the local coffee legends at Cultivar.
- LSA Burger – Come for the burgers, stay for the live music.
- Oak St. Drafthouse – “Neighborhood bar” doesn’t quite do it justice when describing this house turned watering hole.
- Eastside Denton – Denton’s hip take on a sports bar has an extensive whiskey menu and food trucks out back.
- Harvest House – The combination beer garden and concert venue is a great way to cap off a Denton bar crawl, especially with housemade cold press juices (frequently served in cocktails) to take the edge off.
- Pascall Bar – If speakeasy-style bars are the new wave, add this easy-to-miss gem to your bucket list.
- Barley & Board – You don’t have to venture far for brunch and brews with Denton’s premiere brewpub located right on the Square.
Plano – Parker Rd/Red Line
- Pinstack – Just because Plano has a reputation for being family-friendly doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun, and Pinstack’s brand of entertainment and eats means fun for all ages.
- Whiskey Cake – Check out how Whiskey Cake combines the best of both worlds with its namesake dish.
- Smoke – Few barbecue places carry breakfast, but a trip to weekend brunch is worth it for items like house cured bacon and smoked brisket cornbread hash.
- Angelika Film Center – Suburbanites can enjoy the curated film selection at the Plano outpost of the national company.
- Katy Trail Ice House Outpost – After trekking down the Katy Trail, nothing completes the experience like one of KT’s signature burgers.