A Runner’s Guide to Dallas, Texas
As the headquarters for Southwest Airlines, Dallas can be a very convenient and affordable city to visit. For runners and tourists alike, Dallas offers something that will appeal to the whole family. If you are looking for somewhere to run, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out where to run (and where to eat) in Dallas!
Trails to Try
Katy Trail blazes right through the heart of downtown. It is in a very convenient location because it was built along an old railroad line. This iconic paved trail is 3.5 miles in length and is a green, urban oasis in the middle of the city. There are clearly marked mileage markers every quarter mile. Visiting in the early morning or on weekdays may be best if you are looking to avoid the crowds.
Trinity Skyline Trail
This has one of the most unique sites in Dallas! If you stop at Trinity Overlook Park you can get a great picture of the city skyline. This view includes the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which looks like half of a giant dreamcatcher. This paved 5-mile road often has wildflowers alongside the path as well as the Trinity River.
Other recommended locations include White Rock Lake and Klyde Warren Park.
Statues and Outdoor Art
If you want to run through the city and take in some of the sites along the way, there are plenty of statues and outdoor art to view. Dallas is a great city full of random objects to peruse as you run.
For starters, there is the Giant Eyeball situated in front of the Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. Is it a statue? Is it art? Tough to say, but interesting to see. This structure is 30 feet tall, so it is hard to miss.
Another fun place to run through is the Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive. This herd of massive bronze longhorns attracts children and adults alike. Some of the steer are crossing a stream and others are running down the side of a hill. The variety of terrain and life-size forms create a realistic feel of movement.
The distance on foot between the two outdoor art displays is a half mile.
Bread Winners Café & Bakery
331 McKinney Avenue
To start with the most important meal of the day, breakfast, Bread Winners Café & Bakery in Uptown is highly recommended. The lines get long so get there early to be quickly seated. This place begins with delicious baked goods such as zucchini bread or pastries. The menu varies and includes tacos, wrap, and sandwiches. There are multiples spaces to eat including an upstairs outdoor patio, indoor air-conditioned rooms, and a glassed-in greenhouse area.
Nate’s Seafood & Steakhouse
14951 Midway Road
Nate’s Seafood & Steakhouse is slightly out of the way if you’re looking to stay close to the downtown area. However, it serves great crawfish and is in a fun building. It has a divey feel inside but if you’re looking for good seafood, this is a great spot.
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion Boulevard
One of the most famous restaurants in Dallas is the Five Sixty in Reunion Tower. The “Asian fusion” food is tasty, but the view is what makes this Wolfgang Puck restaurant outstanding. This restaurant, which is located at the top of the giant “ball” tower in downtown Dallas, moves in a 360-degree circle while you eat or drink. It takes roughly 50-60 minutes to go the full circumference and is a great way to see the city of Dallas. It opens at 5 PM and reservations are recommended. The food can be on the pricey side (a California roll cost $19) but they do offer appetizers and drinks if you are on a budget.
3656 Howell Street
This is owned by a country music star and as a result, has a stage outside for live music. They have a large outdoor patio with cornhole, patio-style seating, and space to mingle or dance. If you’re feeling your country roots, this is a great place to hang out and people watch.
2800 Routh Street, Suite 150
CrushCraft Thai in Uptown is a great “street eats” Thai restaurant. It is a casual restaurant with funky décor, cheap food, and is very close to the shopping area.
If you are looking for a general region to run or explore while in Dallas, here are three suggestions for you to consider:
- Downtown – There are a number of museums located here (Sixth Floor at Dealey Plaza which highlights JFK’s life and untimely death, Old Red Museum, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Museum of Art) as well as the two aforementioned sculptures. This is also the location of Klyde Warren Park.
- Deep Elum – This is a cool, artsy neighborhood. It is an Instagrammer’s paradise with the abundance of murals. It is a great neighborhood to visit at nighttime since it boasts a large number of bars and restaurants.
- Uptown – Uptown has a lot of shopping, bars, and restaurants. Deep Elum can often appeal to more artistic or hipster types whereas Uptown calls to the trendy and preppy.
The people are friendly, the food is delicious, the weather is great, and there are plenty of outdoor spaces to run and explore!