Dallas - Fort Worth Area

Check out what our students recommend for restaurants, attractions, and more! This list is not exhaustive as the DFW area is home to hundreds of businesses and activities. DIU does not officially recommend or promote any items listed here. Please contact each business or organization directly for more information.

Area Attractions & Activities

Parks & Outdoor Fun

  • Stop by the Welcome desk in the Mahler building for a map of the beautiful hiking/running trail system at the ILC!
  • Dallas Arboretum – Can often get free tickets at Park in the Woods Recreation Center if you are a Dallas resident/student, or contact ILC hospitality and you may be able to find a person who would bring you in with them on their pass
  • Cedar Hill State Park – A bit pricey for a one-day adventure, but camping or a season pass could be great investments. Hiking/mountain biking trails, swimming area, picnicking and camping.
  • DORBA Mountain biking trails – Connect to ILC trails and can also be accessed behind Mountain Creek Community Church
  • Joe Pool Lake – free walking/biking/running trail across the dam. About six miles from one end to the other and back, but you can make it into a longer loop by creative mapping. West off of Beltline Road (1382), just south of Eagle Ford Road.
  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden
  • Fort Worth Water Gardens

Student Picks for Restaurants & Coffee

  • Donut Palace, 106 North Cedar Ridge Dr. Duncanville (next to Papa John’s). They donate their unsold donuts to Dallas International on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Los Lupes – Good Mexican food
  • Panera Bread in Cedar Hill – About 15 minutes away
  • Cheesecake Factory – Near Barnes & Noble at the Arlington Parks Mall
  • White Rhino Coffee – Only 15 minutes away from campus; fun place to study or meet for group projects

Where to buy Groceries

  • ALDI, 333 S Cedar Ridge Dr, Duncanville — Discount grocery store, cash or debit only, smaller inventory, bring your own bags
    2.9 miles from Dallas International
  • Cox Farms Market, 1026 S. Main Street, Duncanville, TX — Health foods, fresh vegetables and fruit
    4.3 miles from Dallas International
  • Kroger , 200 W Camp Wisdom Rd, Duncanville, TX 75236
    2.9 miles from Dallas International
  • Sprouts, 362 E Fm 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104 — Natural and organic grocery store
    8.2 miles from Dallas International
  • Walmart, 7075 W Wheatland Rd, Dallas, TX 75249
    1.8 miles from Dallas International

On-campus Social Activities

Dallas International’s Student Body Association hosts several fun events throughout the school year. The other organizations located on the International Linguistic Center also welcome Dallas International students to many of their activities. Here are a few of the most popular/regular activities:

  • Game nights (PBT/ILC)
  • Movie nights
  • Ultimate Frisbee (twice a week)
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Hiking on trails by the Center
  • Bible studies
  • Prayer groups