The Margarita Mile and other must-see places in Dallas

Lyman Whitaker’s copper wind spinners are artfully displayed in the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Lay Family Garden in the lagoon overlooking the waterfall.
(Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden)

Dallas is known for many things, particularly the Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza, where President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in 1963. There’s more in the Big D to see, whether you love gardens, science or margaritas. Here are three worthy stops that may not be on your radar.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Organic in nature and dependent upon their natural surroundings to provide movement, Lyman Whitaker’s copper wind spinners are shown in a collection at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
(Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden )

The 34-year-old Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden offers visual treats in every season. Its newest permanent attraction is a 3.5-acre edible display garden called A Tasteful Place. Here guests can attend a free tasting or a cooking class (registration is required).

“Wind Sculptures in Motion: The Kinetic Art of Lyman Whitaker” is a temporary kinetic art installation with 140 wind-driven sculptures scattered throughout the 66-acre garden. Its sculptures range in height from 5 feet to 27 feet tall. Whitaker is the world’s most recognized creator of kinetic art.


The kinetic art exhibition is included in the price of admission to the arboretum.
(Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden )

General admission costs $15 for adults (ages 13 and up) and includes the edible garden and sculpture display. The exhibit runs through Aug. 31.

Info: Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas; (214) 515-6615

Perot Museum

In the Being Human Hall, visitors can explore how humans use and communicate with their hands and challenge themselves in activities that include a “text versus type” speed competition, a strength test and a dexterity challenge.
( JerSean Golatt/ Perot Museum )


The Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened five years ago in downtown Dallas. From dinosaurs to sports, technology and interactive experiments, there is something for everyone.

The recently reopened Being Human Hall doubled the number of interactive exhibits. Visitors can learn more about our prehistoric ancestors and gain new insight on our brains, face and hands. One exhibit uses a voice visualizer to show guests the shape, size and color of their voices projected on a large screen when they sing into a microphone.

In the Being Human Hall, guests discover how their brains and ears work together to process and understand language. These visitors are experimenting with pitch, frequency and amplitude to modify their voices.
(JerSean Golatt / Perot Museum )

General admission is $20 for adults (or free to members).

Info: Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; (214) 428-5555

Margarita Mile

Margarita Mile Cafe Herrera
Cafe Herrera is a stop on the Visit Dallas Margarita Mile app you can download to your smartphone or tablet.
(Joseph Haubert )

In 1971, Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine in Dallas. So it seems appropriate that Visit Dallas has launched a free Margarita Mile app for iOS and Android devices.

After sharpening your smarts at the Dallas Arboretum and the Perot Museum, you can savor some flavor in Big D by sipping some of the city’s best margaritas from Uptown to Deep Ellum and East Dallas.


Margarita Mile La Ventana (2)
There are 17 stops, including La Ventana, on the Margarita Mile you can access through an app.
(Joseph Haubert )

That includes pointing visitors to drinks such as a jalapeño, mint-infused margarita at Nickel & Rye, and a prickly pear puréed margarita at Matt’s.

Info: Visit Dallas: Margarita Mile


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