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10 Free Things To Do In Dallas Around Southern Methodist University

10 Free Things To Do In Dallas Around Southern Methodist University

If you’re a broke college student – and let’s be real, you probably are – this article has good tips for you the next time you check your bank account and want to cry a little. When you think you’re going to miss out on all the fun, double check this list for free things to do around Southern Methodist University!

1. Katy Trail

Can’t beat running with this view

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Whether you actually make it all the way downtown or not, walking the Katy Trail is a must when you live in Dallas. This trail has great views and you may even make friends along the way.


2. Tate Lecture


Tate Lectures are a fun and unique way to spend free time here. Southern Methodist University always brings in notable and diverse speakers, from Tom Brokaw to Rob Lowe.

3. Intramurals or Club Sports


If you’re someone who likes to be active and be on a team, join a sport! While you may not want the commitment of being on our school’s team, joining an intramural or club team takes most of that pressure off. You don’t even have to have any experience! Don’t be afraid to try something new or revive something old.

4. Meadows Museum

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No matter how much you know about art, Meadows is an amazing place to go when you have time. Meadows has the largest collection of Spanish art outside of Spain and has all styles from surrealist to realistic portraits. This museum really has it all.


5. Park Cities


There are plenty of underappreciated places to find around our neighborhood that students don’t know about. Take advantage of your time here, head out and explore!

6. Clubs

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Southern Methodist University has a club for just about anything and everything. But if there’s something you’re looking for and can’t seem to find it, start your own club! There are plenty of organizations to fit everyone’s niche here.

7. Fountain Hopping

Fountain hopping is extremely popular at Southern Methodist University.


You might have heard that jumping in every fountain on campus is on everyone’s bucket list. This is especially fun after we win a game or to celebrate good news. Cross it off your list now and hop in every fountain on campus!

8. Sports Games

Southern Methodist University has lots of sporting events that are free and fun!

SMU students are able to get into almost every sports game for free and even get rewarded for going. Get your friends together and cheer for your Mustangs!


9. Curtis Park Tunnels

Most Dallas natives don’t even know about this one. In Curtis Park there are two underground tunnels that lead to University Park that are right underneath a bridge. The climb down is a little precarious, but the photo ops and the stories you can tell about walking through underground tunnels are well worth it.

10. University-Sponsored Events

Southern Methodist University often hosts free events for students.


Our school puts on tons of diverse events for us, so take advantage of them! Religious, musical, and educational events are all put on specifically for students, so grab your friends and get going.

Do you know of any other free things to do around Southern Methodist University? Let us know in the comments!

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