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Be it a day out to Klyde Warren Park or a few hour excursion to Reunion Tower, you can't miss a tour of the best attractions in Dallas. Browse story at the Sixth Floor Museum on Dealey Plaza to discover President John F. Kennedy's estate and don't miss a stop at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, where you can see September 11th artefacts and seat in a life-size Oval Office replication.
Don't miss your Dallas CityPASS, a discounted brochure that can save you 41% on the top attractions in Dallas. Drive downtown Dallas and discover the West End, one of Dallas' most historical districts. It is just a few paces from the Dallas World Aquarium, where you can discover the rain forest before you come up to see a large penguin population.
You can' t get out of downtown Dallas without a bird's perspective of the town from the renowned Reunion Tower. When you choose to go on an adventure outdoors, drive eastwards to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, where the little ones can spend a whole night walking the Texas Skywalk or learning how herbs work at the Plant Are Ave.
Whatever you're looking for, there's something big in Dallas.
Dallas 12 world-class tourist attractions & day excursions
Dallas has a long tradition of animal husbandry, agriculture and petroleum extraction, which grew quickly into a trading centre after the railway was introduced in 1873. In the aftermath of World War II, the town became home to a number of insurers and bankers, making it an important commercial and finance centre - the ideal feed for the most celebrated opera soaps about might, wealth and intrigue:
Dallas. Visitors will also be able to admire the diversity of architectural styles, especially those of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Gothic Kirby building and the Victorian and Neo-Classical houses on Swiss Avenue. It is home to several award-winning institutions, such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, as well as top attractions such as the Dallas World Aquarium and Reunion Tower.
There is also a lot to do outside, visiting the beautiful Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and the stunning sculpture in Pioneer Plaza. The former Texas School Book Depository at the crossroads of Houston and Elm Streets in Dallas now houses a contemporary history remembrance centre devoted to one of the most dramatic and formative events in the country.
First, multi-media displays introduce the visitor to the museum's historic background, describing the early 1960' politics and then illuminate President Kennedy's November 1963 visit to Texas and the last few abandoned years. All the other artefacts lead you through the strained time after the filming, memories of the state of shocks that surrounded the country and the whole planet, the following research and the heritage of JFK.
Other artefacts on display are historic artefacts such as a replication of the Mannlicher Carcano gun at the site, the Dealey Plaza used by FBI operatives during the investigations, as well as court evidences and objects such as Lee Harvey Oswald's ring and Jack Ruby's head. The Sixth Floor Musuem at Dealey Plaza offers a sightseeing and audioguided tours to get the most out of your stay.
Only a few steps from the Municipal Court, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is an impressive but unobtrusive memorial to the Mayor. A few mins from Dallas town centre, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden are 66 hectares on the south-eastern shores of White Rock Lake. Fourteen world-famous exhibitions show saisonal cathedrals, decorative bushes, as well as tree and vegetable collection.
Though it was created in the early 1930', this magnificent touristic site did not become a realm until 1984, when the gardens were created on the site of a manor house constructed in 1939. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science by Thom Mayne is an attractive place for family and inquisitive people.
It has been built with the main objective of sustainable design, which includes saving energy from condensate recovery from climate control and droplet watering, the use of recyclable and local construction material and solar-powered hot-waters. It is subdivided into themed areas with hands-on education stops, toys and high-tech display.
There is also a 3-D theatre, the Moody Family Children's Museum, a play area and a 54-foot moving staircase overlooking the site from a glazed façade. Dallas Museum of Arts has been an old establishment in the town since it opened in 1903. As one of the ten biggest musees in the United States, it has a permanent collections of more than 24,000 works from America and around the world, from antique artefacts to modern music.
Highpoints of the collections are classic and artefacts from old Egypt, Greece and Rome, works by Claude Monet in the Europaean Kunstgalerie and some of Jackson Pollock's work. The Wendy and Emery Reves Collections, which is a replica of the Reves Villa and features impressionistic painting, old rugs, china and early Renaissance and seventeenth cent. china as well as Europe.
The Dallas World Aquarium is just a few minutes' walk from the historical centre of the town and is an entertaining and instructive trip for young and old. The Pioneer Park, which is managed by the adjoining Dallas Convention Center, is conceived to look like a section of the Shawnee Trail, a key Texan bovine trail of the nineteenth cen.
In Dallas' downtown commercial area, this large garden has a brook falling over a rock of lime, but its most notable characteristic are the 49 full-size Texas Longhorn bovine bronzes, driven through the gardens and across the brook by three riding cowsboys. Dallas Zoo is a 106 hectare large zoo with more than 2,000 alien creatures of 406 different wildlife types living in different environments.
Ever-familiar among the family, this landmark - just three leagues from the town centre - was founded in 1888 and is one of the oldest in the United States. Focused on two large areas - ZooNorth and the wilderness of Africa - the Wildlife Centre features the Savannah giants, the Otter Outpost, the magnificent wildlife amphitheatre with its flying shows and the endangered tiger habitat with its wooded environment.
The Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Parc is another children's delight, a funny amusement with enough freefall trips and enough jumping to keep them entertained for you. Although not the highest in Dallas, the Reunion Tower is without doubt the noblest and most distinguish. Following its renovation in 2011, the Reunion Tower now has a rotating dining area with a 360-degree view of Dallas and the GeO-Deck viewing plane with an information-rich, interactivity displays offering detailed information about the edifice and remarkable sights.
The Nasher Skulpture Center, opened in 2003, has a permanent exhibition of works of modern as well as temporary statues and shows works from the area. Situated in the centre of the Dallas Arts District, large open-air statues can be seen in the tree-lined area. There are also regular performances with presentations and concentrations in the museums and Skulpturenpark.
The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, a local art and culture museums in China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia, is another interesting venue. At the Frontiers of Flight Musuem you will find more than 30 airplanes and comprehensive objects showing the voyage from Leonardo da Vinci's aeronautics origins to contemporary aerospace research.
Among the museum's collections are a full-size Wright flyer scale miniature, artefacts from Hindenburg, First and Second World War airplanes and artefacts, complete restoration of a Stearman PT-17 Kaydet double-decker, and the Apollo VII spaceship. The Cavanaugh Flightuseum in Addison, just off Dallas, is another outstanding aeronautical history centre. Situated in a huge hanger, the exhibition houses a large selection of World War I planes, related artefacts and works of art.
Established in 1974, the Africa America Center has a wide range of exhibitions of Afroamerican art, culture and history. Featuring links to some of Africa's most ancient motives and iconic cultures, the museum's collections include many works of art, a history archives and a local university. The Dallas Holocaust Memorial and Memorial Center, with its movable exhibitions such as a freight car used to carry Jews during the Second World War, and the name of members of the Dallas Holocaust Memorial Center for Education and Tolerance is another important show.
When you' re looking for activities, the Bishop Arts District in Dallas's North Oak Cliff neighbourhood has almost unlimited opportunities for grocery, food and entertain. When you were around in the 1980s and you had a TV, a newspaper or an offi ce, there is little likelihood that you would have managed to escape the interest that gripped the entire planet when Dallas met the small display.
Approximately 25 leagues from Dallas, the manor receives guests for a tour of the villa. Texans were known for their great trains, and the American Railroad is the place to see them. Housing one of the oldest (and largest) collection of automobiles, trains and railway-related artefacts in the land, the collection includes the biggest ever used rail, road, diesel and electrical trains, all just 29 leagues in the city of Frisco just a few kilometres from Dallas.
Though about two hour by car to the north-west of Dallas, it is worthwhile for those who love a little bit of cultural life, as the city offers a symphonic orchestras, a dance troupe, many professionally staged theatres, many beautiful museuses, arts galeries and festival venues. If you are a lover of the past, the Kell House Museum alone is definitely a worthwhile trip.
Constructed in 1909 for Frank Kell and his wife and daughter, the Wichita Falls exhibits authentic items from the Kell and daughter families, while the visitor steps through the lovely oaks and sloping glazed doors into a Victorian-style reception room.
Here you will find the Lake Meredith Aquatic and Wildlife Museum with its interesting exhibitions about the Texas Panhandle and its wildlife. The Downtown Dallas is the place to explore the attractions, and many first-time visitor will find a place to live. Uptown, another good place for dining and entertaining, is located just upstate.
Situated in a magnificent setting, near the art district and just a few minutes walk from several art galleries and other attractions, is the Omni Dallas Park with a patio swimming pools with views of the city centre. Homewood Suite by Hilton is an all suite city centre resort located near the Arts District, the Convention Centre and a number of local businesses and dining.
Situated in the former Magnolia Petroleum Company House, constructed in 1922, the historical Magnolia Hotel provides contemporary suite and guest rooms for longer stays and is easily accessible from the town centre. The Indigo Hotel in a historical house that used to be the Dallas Opera House is another good mid-range alternative. Budgeting opportunities in Dallas town centre are restricted, but there are good opportunities outside the town centre.
Uptown is home to the inexpensive La Quinta Inn Dallas. Days Inn Market Centre and Candlewood Suites are not far from the town centre, but offer good value for money.