AT&T Discovery District

Big D’s creative capital offers unforgettable experiences.

Dallas’ size, diversity, world-class museums – including SMU’s own Meadows Museum – and awe-inspiring performance venues create exceptional opportunities for the bold, curious and imaginative.


Great escapes, student approved

On a final-exam study break, SMU Mustangs Adam Czarnik ’22 and Jo Lew ’23 hit the Dallas Arts District to enjoy the best-ever grilled cheese sandwiches from Ruthie’s food truck, a spontaneous foosball match at Klyde Warren Park and an art museum trifecta.

Dallas Arts District

The largest contiguous urban arts district in the U.S. includes the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Museum of Asian Art.

Students and Clock Knot Sculpture
The Dallas Trail Plan

Linking communities, Dallas’ 160 miles of trails are among “the most beautiful and diverse urban hike and bike trails in the country.” –

Lakes galore

The Dallas area is home to several lakes, including iconic White Rock Lake, about 4 miles from campus, where you can kayak, get a run in along the shoreline, enjoy a picnic and more.

Distinctive Dallas neighborhoods

Whether you want to hang alone or with your crew, our neighbors have you covered.

SMU students say:

Dallas offers so many things to do! Whether you want to explore museums, food, night life or anything you can think of, Dallas has it. I’ve loved seeing what there is to offer.

— Amy Tippin ’22

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