Julia Rossini and Rose Sweeney, Contributing Writers
Last Saturday we ventured into Dallas, confidently prepared to review the newly established Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Proudly utilizing our public transportation, we took the DART’s orange line toward Dallas and enjoyed the twenty-minute train ride (reminiscent of our time on the Metro line in Rome) to Victory Station.
After walking about ten minutes to the Perot Museum, we noticed several “SOLD OUT” signs, which did nothing to deter us. Admiring the stunning architecture of the building, we wandered through the intricate stairways and paths to the entrance of the museum. An employee flatly informed us that the tickets were, indeed, sold out for the day. Buy tickets online!
Fortunately, one of our companions had a handy iPhone that informed us that the Dallas World Aquarium was only a short distance away. Unfortunately, however, Apple Maps assisted us only in getting lost.
Soon, we found ourselves at the Klyde Warren Park (a five-minute walk from the Perot Museum). Distracted by its many (free) attractions – specifically, the gourmet food trucks which lined the street and the “borrow-a-book-or-game” corner – we barely noticed the Dallas Museum of Art across the street.
Our interests were clearly focused on the food trucks, which held a variety of high-quality treats. One sold ice-cream sandwiches with your choice of gourmet cookie, including red velvet, gluten-free and the classic chocolate chip. We indulged in some delicious sushi, then walked across the street to the DMA.
The DMA is now free to the public, which is unbelievable for such a prominent, world-renowned art museum. The museum’s collection is large, but not overwhelming. It includes art from all over the world, ranging from ancient Etruscan to postmodern and contemporary exhibits. We were able to see art pieces by Picasso, Gorky, Mondrian, and Monet. Did we mention it’s free?
After leaving the museum, we hopped on the free trolley that goes from Klyde Warren Park all the way to the Uptown neighborhood, full of trendy bars and restaurants and lined with shops.
We stopped at Primo’s and enjoyed three-dollar mimosas. The trolley then took us directly to the nearest DART stop (the Uptown stop) in about two minutes, and that took us back to the University of Dallas by 5:30 p.m.
By the end of the day, we had each only spent money on food from the trucks and mimosas. It turned out to be a very thrifty and interesting Saturday. Ultimately, we learned not to be intimidated by Dallas, even without a car or a concrete plan. Access to the city on the public transporation gives UD students once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. With the DART at your fingertips, we encourage you to explore Dallas and make your own Saturday adventure!