By Monica Kaufman
We have the great fortune of living just a few miles away from one of the great metroplexes of the U.S., and maybe even the world. Some of those things can get a little pricey, which is not always so great for students on a budget. But plenty of Dallas’ attractions are only a few dollars to enjoy, and many of them are even free.
The greatest opportunity to experience culture in Dallas for little to no cost is definitely at the fantastic art museums. The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is the best place to start if you are looking for an all-encompassing art experience. It is all entirely free to the public, except for select special exhibitions every now and then (which are usually no more than a few dollars). Right across the street is the Nasher Sculpture Center, which is home to a beautiful collection of modern and contemporary sculptures, many of which are in the outdoor sculpture garden. It is just $5 for student admission, and on the first Saturday of each month the Nasher offers free admission to the public. Just down the street is the Crow Collection of Asian Art, home to a vast collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, India and Southeastern Asian countries, ranging from ancient to contemporary. The Crow is also free to the public.
If you are looking for something a bit more outdoorsy, Dallas has tons of parks. My personal favorite is the Klyde Warren Park, located across from the DMA in the Arts District. It is a haven of grass and greenery amongst the skyscrapers, marrying the urban to the natural. The park offers free activities every day of the week, including yoga, tai chi and Zumba lessons. There is also live music every Thursday night and food trucks most days of the week that offer good food at low prices.
For those interested in experiencing some history in Dallas, the West End Historic District is home to the origins of the city. Part of the historic district is, of course, the Grassy Knoll, where history was made in the heart of Dallas. The JFK memorial is just up the street to commemorate the tragic event, and is visible and free to the public. The Dallas Holocaust Museum is also located in West End, and is the only Holocaust museum in the Central North Texas region. It presents an astounding historical shock to the viewer that gives a greater perspective on its subject. Admission is only $8 for students and well worth the trip.
Whether you are an art fanatic, a theater lover, a history buff or you just want to experience it all, Dallas has so much to offer for no more than a few dollars.