This massive sculpture of a friendly stainless steel giant manages to represent the fascinating history that makes Deep Ellum such a unique neighborhood.

The Deep Ellum Traveling Man serves as an unforgettable welcome to one of the most unique neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. Stop by the jovial giant and take a moment to appreciate the sentiments and history the sculpture represents.

Learn about the evolution of Deep Ellum over the past few centuries and the significant impact it has had on the culture of the entire city. The neighborhood began as a hub for immigrants and African-Americans working on the railroad. In the 1920s, it became a hot spot for blues and jazz musicians. Today, it is known as one of Dallas’ prime destinations for art and entertainment.

In 2007, the city commissioned artist Brad Oldham to make something to honor the rich past, present and future of Deep Ellum. Walk down Good Latimer Avenue and see the character he created and installed on three distinct sites. The four-story-tall Deep Ellum Traveling Man dominates the northeast corner of the Deep Ellum Rail Station.

Even with his simple robot-like form, everything about the Traveling Man exudes friendliness. His hand is outstretched in friendship and the circular hole in his midsection represents universal acceptance. Stare carefully at his head and notice the guitar shape, a nod to the neighborhood’s musical culture. His stainless steel body reflects the lights and colors of Deep Ellum, creating a constantly changing mirror of the world around him.

Note that the Traveling Man is accompanied by a group of four bird friends, which drive home the kind personality of this gentle giant. The birds represent the artistic types that have shaped and continue to shape Deep Ellum. Perch in the scooped backs of the bird sculptures sitting at the giant’s feet.

The Traveling Man is the guardian of the Deep Ellum DART Station. From here, take the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Green Line farther into downtown Dallas and its arts district or south toward the suburbs.

Top Hotels in Deep Ellum

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Deep Ellum Hostel
Deep Ellum Hostel
2 out of 5
2801 Elm Street, Dallas, TX
$109
per night
Nov 26 - Nov 27

Located in Deep Ellum, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Baylor Medical Center at Dallas and Majestic Theater. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (23 reviews)

"First time to stay at a hostel. Came into town for a concert at Trees. Perfect location and the room was very clean. Will stay again"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Deep Ellum Hostel
Omni Dallas Hotel
Omni Dallas Hotel
4.5 out of 5
555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
$139
per night
Nov 23 - Nov 24

Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (6,299 reviews)

"The location , the attention, the bed, the amenities."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Omni Dallas Hotel
Hyatt Regency DFW
Hyatt Regency DFW
4 out of 5
2334 North International Parkway, Dallas, TX
$113
per night
Dec 6 - Dec 7

Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bear Creek Golf Club, C.R. Smith Aviation Museum, and Grapevine Mills Mall. Legoland ...

4.3/5Excellent! (3,447 reviews)

"The rooms was spacious, clean and comfortable, and the staff was helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Hyatt Regency DFW
Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central
Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central
4 out of 5
7800 Alpha Road, Dallas, TX
$82
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Park Central, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Richland College and within 6 mi (10 km) of Galleria Dallas and Northpark Center. University of Texas ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,956 reviews)

"It is very comfortable, quiet, and located close to two highways."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Wyndham Dallas Suites- Park Central
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Hyatt Regency Dallas
4 out of 5
300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas, TX
$119
per night
Nov 24 - Nov 25

Located in Downtown Dallas, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reunion Tower, Dealey Plaza, and Sixth Floor Museum. John F. Kennedy Memorial ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,843 reviews)

"It was in the middle of downtown. Great parking and friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Hyatt Regency Dallas
The Westin Dallas Park Central
The Westin Dallas Park Central
4 out of 5
12720 Merit Dr, Dallas, TX
$79
per night
Nov 25 - Nov 26

Located in North Dallas, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.3 km) from Richland College and within 6 mi (10 km) of Galleria Dallas and Northpark Center. University of Texas ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,278 reviews)

"Property and room were great, especially for the price BUT onsite parking cost $18 a day. So even thought the rooms were affordable when we stayed, I had assumed that parking was included in that price. There was a satellite parking lot but it was not super convenient and far from the entrance of ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

The Westin Dallas Park Central

Popular things to do in Deep Ellum

AT&T Stadium
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AT&T Stadium

4.5/5(2,127 reviews)

Relax and enjoy the atmosphere as you watch the Dallas Cowboys in their stunning stadium, one of the largest in the NFL.

Six Flags Over Texas
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Six Flags Over Texas

4/5(1,139 reviews)

Get your adrenalin pumping at this theme park, home to the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Texas.

Dallas World Aquarium
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Dallas World Aquarium

4/5(1,189 reviews)

There is more to this aquarium than fish; explore a South American rain forest, learn about Mayan culture and watch birds and animals under a leafy canopy.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
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Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

4/5(93 reviews)

Enjoy a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in one of America’s finest concert halls, designed by famous architect I.M. Pei. 

Globe Life Park in Arlington
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Globe Life Park in Arlington

4.5/5(983 reviews)

Experience the lively atmosphere, watch nail-biting baseball games and admire the retro design of the home ground of the Texas Rangers.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

4.5/5(526 reviews)

A peaceful green space with gorgeous displays of plant life offers a relaxing change from busy downtown Dallas. 

Top activities in Deep Ellum

Secret Food Tours Dallas
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Secret Food Tours Dallas

$85

Dallas' cuisine has always been a melting pot of cultures who have immigrated here, from Native American and Mexican flavors to Eastern European, South American, and everything in between.

Dallas Reunion Tower Observation Deck Admission
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Dallas Reunion Tower Observation Deck Admission

$18

Ascend to the top of the Reunion Tower to witness a 360-degree view of Dallas in the fresh and exciting GeO-Deck. Interface with touch kiosks to discover the city's many landmarks, and then peer out through a telescope to identify the urban landscape from a startling vantage point.

Dallas CityPASS: Save at 4 Must-See Attractions
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Dallas CityPASS: Save at 4 Must-See Attractions

$51

Enjoy huge savings on admission to Dallas' must-see attractions with CityPASS tickets. Take your time and enjoy each attraction, with up to 9 consecutive days to use your tickets.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

$66

Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to the castle to indulge in a night of feasting, combat, and revelry. The knights and horses of Medieval Times are here to thrill you with acts of showmanship and bravery reminiscent of legends of old, while you dine on a 4-course meal worthy of a royal table.

Dallas Sightseeing Segway Tour
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Dallas Sightseeing Segway Tour

$53

Zip along the streets of downtown Dallas on an eclectic sightseeing adventure with an experienced local guide. Snap photos of famous landmarks, get up-close looks at fascinating architecture, and find out what it’s really like to cruise around on a Segway.

Dallas Haunted Pub Tour
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Dallas Haunted Pub Tour

$25

Experience spooky stories and unexplained events as you visit some of the most historic and haunted spots in the city—and steady your nerves with a few drinks along the way. Meet your costumed tour guide in downtown Dallas and head off on an adventure to explore the area's eeriest locations.

Other neighborhoods in Dallas

Downtown Dallas
John F. Kennedy Memorial which includes signage

Downtown Dallas

Known for Museums, Urban, Live Music

4/5(2,821 reviews)

Dallas World Aquarium and Sixth Floor Museum are top sights in Downtown Dallas, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Akard Station or St Paul Station to see more sights in the area.

Dallas Arts District
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Dallas Arts District

Known for Culture, Architecture, Urban

The abundant dining options and interesting museums are top of the list for many visitors to Dallas Arts District. A stop by Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center or Nasher Sculpture Center might round out your trip.

Uptown
Dallas featuring a bar, signage and nightlife

Uptown

Known for Fashion, Dining, Bars

4.5/5(48 reviews)

If you're spending time in Uptown, you might enjoy attractions like American Airlines Center and Victory Park. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Victory Station to see more of the city.

South Dallas - Fair Park
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South Dallas - Fair Park

Known for Live Music, Festivals, Theaters

South Dallas - Fair Park is well-liked for its restaurants and museums. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Cotton Bowl and Fair Park are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Hatcher Station or Fair Park Station to get around.

Dallas Design District
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Dallas Design District

Known for Shopping, Dining, Culture

4/5(461 reviews)

Check out the shopping, restaurants, and art galleries while spending some time in Dallas Design District. Though there might not be many attractions in the neighborhood, you won't need to go far to find top spots like American Airlines Center or Dallas Market Center.

Lower Greenville
If you're a football fan, Cowboy's Stadium should be a must do on your list. The stadium is huge, with a retractable roof and a screen that is 72' high by 160' wide.
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Lower Greenville

Known for Live Music, Theaters, Wineries

4.5/5(23 reviews)

Lower Greenville is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Granada Theater and Mockingbird Station Shopping while you're in town.