Dallas West End Historical District
If you want to walk through a living and breathing Texas historical epicenter, then take a stroll through the West End District in Dallas. What began as a train depot in the late 19th-century has evolved into a premier dining and shopping center in the capital city. Choose your munchies at one of the delicious food trucks that line the way and then pick your choice of attraction. From the old Dallas County Jailhouse to the Perot Museum, the West End has something for everyone.
Things to Do
Dallas World Aquarium: In-between dining and shopping, stop by the aquarium for an up-close-and-personal experience with species from all over the globe, including crocodiles, sea otters, and tropical fish; Learn about conserving the ocean and protecting the endangered species of the sea with their Species Survival Plan
House of Blues: Enjoy great food and live music at the House of Blues Dallas; Band lineups change every month, so check ahead online so you don't miss your favorite bands or dinner shows.
Old Red Museum: The first courthouse in Dallas - Old Red - is now a history museum with two-floors and four theaters showcasing the cultural, political, and social changes Texas experienced during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries
Wild Bill's Western Store: You can't visit Texas without checking out (and bringing home) some classic Texas footwear; Wild Bill also specializes in hats, belt buckles, turquoise jewelry, and random knickknacks for the collector in the family
Kokopelli: For the best in chocolates, sweets, and souvenirs; Offers classic favorites from bygone days, ice cream, and quirky souvenirs for your friends and family back home
West End Insider Tips
Many places, including hotels, are pet-friendly in the Dallas West. Feel free to bring your furry friend for a stroll in Klyde Warren Park and enjoy an outdoor lunch at the food trucks or one of the outdoor dining areas at the many restaurants in West End.
If you're looking to host a private event in the West End, YO Ranch Steakhouse is one of the most delicious and popular venues. Book ahead by calling the restaurant for reservations, and plan as far ahead as you can as space fills up quickly.