Victory Park – Things to do with the Family
As a mom of three, I always look for fun activities with my kids. One of our favorite places to visit is Victory Park in Dallas, TX. Located in the heart of downtown, Victory Park offers a variety of family-friendly attractions and activities. Here are some of our favorites:
- Klyde Warren Park: This 5.2-acre park is located in the heart of downtown Dallas and offers a wide range of activities for kids and adults. From playgrounds and fountains to food trucks and outdoor concerts, there’s always something happening at Klyde Warren Park.
- American Airlines Center: If you have sports fans in your family, visiting the American Airlines Center is a must. This arena is home to the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars and hosts concerts and events annually.
- Victory Park Dining: With over 30 dining options, Victory Park is a foodie’s paradise. From upscale restaurants to casual cafes, there’s something for every taste and budget.
- Perot Museum of Nature and Science: This interactive museum is perfect for kids who love to learn. The Perot Museum is a fun and educational experience for the whole family, with exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to space travel.
- The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum aims to teach visitors about the Holocaust and its impact on the world and inspire them to stand up against prejudice and hate. It’s a powerful and moving experience suitable for older children and teenagers.
- Victory Park Sports Bar Scene: If you’re looking for a more adult-oriented activity, Victory Park has a bustling sports bar scene. Catch a game with friends, try local craft beer, or enjoy a delicious meal in a lively atmosphere.
Overall, Victory Park is an excellent destination for families looking for a fun and diverse range of activities. Whether you’re interested in sports, museums, or great food, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant and exciting part of Dallas.
About Victory Park
Victory Park is a relatively new master-planned development in Dallas that I didn’t know very well. It’s worth adding it to the list of things to do in Dallas.
A few years ago, real estate developers devised a plan to build a neighborhood from scratch. This plan encompassed premium apartment buildings, offices, hotels, and shops. The heart of the development was the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, and a concert venue.
The original project, except for the American Airlines Center, did not come to fruition. It became a big sports and concert venue. Another real estate company came along and took over the project and gave the area a new lease on life.
Things to do in Victory Park
Stroll around! Walk up North Houston Street and down Victory Park Lane. Enjoy the only green area. Take your picture outside the American Airlines Center. Rent electric scooters for $1/hour.
House of Blues has a venue in Dallas. There are concerts almost every day. Local, national, and international bands play all kinds of music, from jazz to blues to hip-hop. Sundays are different. They serve brunch to the beat of live Gospel music. I’ve never eaten at a restaurant but have used the bar(s) before and during concerts.
Where to eat
There are many good places to eat in Victory Park, just as in Dallas. I recommend Mesero‘s queso, washed it down with a Paloma cocktail (tequila and grapefruit juice) as an appetizer. Also, the pizza at Olivella’s is delicious. I had white pizza (no tomato sauce, two kinds of mozzarella and spinach), and I loved it. Café Victoria is beautiful, and Cook Hall, inside the W Hotel, is a fun gastropub. Billy Can Can serve modern Texas food. Dibs on Victory has a large patio overlooking Victory Plaza.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Perot Museum of Nature and Science is Dallas’ most modern museum. I do recommend it if you visit Dallas with the kids. Children learn by doing, touching, and playing with anything, from how the human body works to new technologies or natural resources. My favorite room is, of course, the dinosaurs and early mammals. Science is not my thing, although the earthquake simulator is fun!
Sweet Tooth Hotel
Instagrammers will find heaven on earth at Sweet Tooth Hotel. It isn’t a hotel but a place for art installations and pop-ups. Tickets to this world of fantasy sell out fast, so keep an eye on installation dates.
Victory Park calls itself an “urban lifestyle destination. “ And I think they delivered on that promise: there are many things to do, and it has a great location. Victory Park is surrounded by the Woodall Rodgers freeway and I-35E, key in a city as spread out as Dallas on one side and the Historic West End District on the other. Victory Park is also very close to downtown.
As a visitor, you’re probably more interested in South Victory since the rest of the neighborhood is more residential. As well as highway access, South Victory is served by public transport, which is worth gold in Dallas. Victory Station is operated by the TRE-Trinity Railway Express, which connects Dallas with Fort Worth, the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Orange and Green lines. Victory Park is included in the McKinney Avenue Trolley route, that old trolley that is a tourist attraction in itself.
Where can I park?
There isn’t a lot of street parking available, but many parking garages exist. The hourly fee is $5. However, if you eat at any local restaurant, remember to validate your ticket to park for free for two hours.