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Known for its sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, world-class shopping, and steakhouses, Dallas has ample opportunities to entertain all types of travelers. This gem of the “Lone Star State” offers a wealth of attractions, including a vibrant cultural and arts district where visitors will be impressed by a unique array of displays and exhibits. In a city that offers a long list of dynamic must-see attractions, here are the top things to do in Dallas, Texas.
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Explore presidential history at the George W. Bush Presidential Center
An interesting look into the eight years that the 43rd president took office, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is situated on 23 acres in northern Dallas’ University Park. Particularly a fascinating look into a poignant exhibit on 9/11, the Bush Presidential Library is home to an extensive textual, audiovisual and electronic records in an impressive 14,000 square foot museum. Visitors can explore interactive exhibits, walk around a replica of the Oval Office, and be educated on the president’s policy-making process.
Embrace nature at The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Situated on 66 acres along the southeast shore of White Rock Lake, The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a respite from the big city. Here visitors can stroll through 14 diverse gardens where chrysanthemums illuminate the grounds in the fall and over 2,000 varieties of azaleas bloom to life in the spring. Historic homes line a tranquil lake, in addition to a variety of unique sculptures situated amongst patches of natural forest. Visitors can also attend seasonal festivals, art shows, and educational programs throughout the year.
Revisit history at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Located within the former Texas School Book Depository building at the intersection of Houston and Elm Streets, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Shots from Lee Harvey Oswald’s gun echoes through Dealey Plaza as this tragic historical event is honored every year and is immortalized in a fascinating attraction with exhibits that detail accounts of JFK’s life, work, and unfortunate death.
Get hand's on at Perot Museum of Nature and Science
An impressive 180,000 square foot facility, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is jam-packed with loads of mind-shaping hands-on exhibits and educational displays. Probe through dinosaur skeletons, dig for fossils or learn how birds fly and socialize. Created to encourage the stimulation of curiosity, the museum boasts an incredible five floors with 11 permanent exhibit halls and 3D computer animation that teaches visitors about engineering, technology, and conservation.
Find tranquility at Klyde Warren Park
Built atop a busy downtown freeway, Klyde Warren Park is Dallas’ version of Central Park. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this 5.2-acre park has something for everyone. With a special kids area, local musical performances, and a reading area, this isn’t your typical city park. Visitors will find a range of events and activities offered at the park, including croquet, ping pong, a putting green, chess, yoga, food trucks, and tango lessons.
Appreciate notable artwork at the Dallas Museum of Art
A long standing icon in Dallas since 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art boasts more than 24,000 works of art from around the world. Ranging from ancient artifacts to contemporary art, here visitors will find African, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art pieces intermingled with classic 16th and 19th-century art from influential artists like Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock. The museum has also played host to a variety of traveling exhibitions with pieces from Georgia O’Keefe and Vincent Van Gogh.
Observe wildlife at the Dallas World Aquarium
Located a walking distance from the heart of Dallas’ historic downtown, the Dallas World Aquarium appeals to travelers of all ages. Here visitors will find a tremendous 87,000 gallons of salt water aquarium that is home to a variety of sea life including stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, octopuses within the expansive tanks. Visitors will also find an array of other fascinating wildlife like penguins, flamingos, a living rainforest with manatees, monkeys, and crocodiles, and a Mayan exhibit with a jaguar and an ocelot.
Get a bird’s-eye view at the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower
Perfect for the first stop on any Dallas itinerary, the GeO-Deck at the Reunion Tower gives visitors a breathtaking bird’s-eye view 470 feet above the ground. Impressive day or night, its one of the best places to get a view of the entire city. In addition to the observation level, the tower also has a revolving restaurant and an interactive display detailing notable landmarks spread across the city’s skyline.
Visit the famous cattle drive at Pioneer Plaza
A 4-acre park with of historical significance and focal point of downtown Dallas, Pioneer Plaza highlights the trails that originally brought settlers to Dallas. Here visitors will find native plants, towering trees, and 50 1,200 pound bronze re-creation sculptures of a cattle drive complete with longhorn steers being driven by three cowboys atop valiant horses. What was once a parking lot, Pioneer Plaza now stands as the largest public open space in the central business district and offers visitors man-made cliffs, waterfalls, and the ultimate Dallas photo backdrop.
Cheer on the Cowboys in the AT&T Stadium
Considered Dallas’ football palace, the Dallas Cowboys football team are the heartbeat of the city’s culture. Boasting an impressive 3 million square feet with a capacity for 80,000 screaming fans, here visitors can tour the venue and peek into the Cowboys’ locker room, post-game interview room, and Cowboys Cheerleader locker rooms. The massive AT&T Stadium can even be seen from the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower 18 miles away on a clear day.
Take an adventure through the Dallas Zoo
With over 2,000 exotic animals, the Dallas Zoo sits on 106-acres and a variety of different habitats with a highlight on the Giants of the Savanna in Africa, Wildlife Amphitheater with birds in flight, and an Endangered Tiger Habitat. A family-friendly attraction, the zoo provides opportunities to learn about diverse wildlife, engage in interactive exhibits, and has a fun theme park to keep kids entertained for hours. Founded in 1888, it is one of the oldest zoos in the United States.