Dallas is a cosmopolitan skyline.You may have all heard that everything is bigger in Texas.Well, Dallas does its best to fulfill that promise.
Dallas is Texas' most mythical city, with a past and present rich in the stuff that American legends are made of. The 'Big D' is famous for its contributions to popular culture notably the Cowboys and their cheerleaders, and Dallas, the TV series that once was a worldwide symbol of the USA. An upscale ethos makes for a vaunted dining and shopping scene, where the more conspicuous your consumption, the better.
The museums are not only excellent, but unique history buffs should not miss the memorials to President John F Kennedy's assassination. The most impressive addition to Dallas' cultural landscape in recent years is the massive 68-acre Arts District.Pick a neighborhood like Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville or the Bishop Arts District and stake out a space on a patio with a cold beer for the quintessential Dallas experience.
You'll find several museums with vast art collections and fascinating specialty museums like The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository, which, though small in size, offers an immense amount of information about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. And of course, visit a local steakhouse for a terrific (and enormous) meal.
The world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Dallas Theater Center is Kalita Humphreys Theater, a gorgeous performance space located in the Turtle Creek area of the city. According to the official DTC site, it is the only freestanding theater Wright designed that was built to completion. The last home Wright designed before his death in 1959, the John A. Gillin House, is also located in Dallas.
10:00am-2:00pm : The Dalls World Aquarium
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes wonders of the underwater world at The Dallas World Aquarium. Located in Dallas’ historic district, the aquarium and zoo complex features eight themed exhibits dedicated to education and the preservation of endangered animals and sea creatures. Wander through the tropical rainforest exhibit for a chance to see exotic birds, Orinoco crocodiles, and three-toed sloths, or get up close to dozens of sharks, rays, and sawfish at the Mundo Maya exhibit. Check the aquarium’s website for the daily schedule to attend a feeding with your favorite animal.
2:30pm-5:00pm : The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Located in the building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the three infamous shots that killed John F. Kennedy, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza examines the life, death, and legacy of the 35th president of the United States. The museum's exhibits use historic films, photographs, and interpretive displays to present the assassination in a historical context, drawing on government investigations that followed the event. This is the only place in the world where you can take a look through the very window on which Oswald leaned as he fired upon the presidential motorcade. Remember that only a limited number of visitors can enter at any one time, so be sure to book your timed-entry tickets well in advance.
5:30pm-6:00pm : Jhon F.Kennedy Memorial Plaza
The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a monument to U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA) erected in 1970, and designed by noted architect Philip Johnson. The John F. Kennedy Memorial was the first memorial by famed American architect and Kennedy family friend, Philip Johnson, and was approved by Jacqueline Kennedy. Johnson called it "a place of quiet refuge, an enclosed place of thought and contemplation separated from the city around, but near the sky and earth." The citizens of Dallas funded its construction entirely. The simple, concrete memorial to President Kennedy dominates a square in downtown Dallas owned by Dallas County. It is bordered by Main, Record, Elm and Market Streets, and is one block east of Dealey Plaza, where Kennedy was assassinated. Philip Johnson's design is a cenotaph, or empty tomb, that symbolizes the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit. The memorial is a square, roofless room, 30 feet (9 m) high and 50 (15 m) by 50 feet (15 m) wide with two narrow openings facing north and south. The walls consist of 72 white precast concrete columns, most of which seem to float with no visible support two feet above the earth. Eight columns extend to the ground, acting as legs that seem to hold up the monument. Each column ends in a light fixture. At night, the lights create the illusion that the structure is supported by the light itself. The corners and “doors” of this roofless room are decorated with rows of concrete circles, or medallions, each identical and perfectly aligned. These decorations introduce the circular shape into the square architecture of the Kennedy Memorial.
10:30am-12:00pm : Fort Worth Water Gardens
In the middle of an urban oasis, you can escape the heat at Fort Worth Water Gardens. The 1.7 hectare (4.3 acre) park features terraces with water flowing throughout, including the active cascading pool, which drops 11 m (38 ft) into a small body of water. Architects Phillip Johnson and John Burgee built this park in 1974. Take a stroll around one of the three pools of water for which the park is famous. View the blue meditation pool that is surrounded by cypress trees and the aerating pool, surrounded by oaks. The park is also well known for its terraced knoll, which helps keep the noise of the city out.
12:30pm-4:30pm : Fort Worth Stockyards National History
Nestled in the old town heart of the city, the epicenter of the western cattle industry comes to life at Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. The stockyards today are the last of their kind in America and retain their Wild West charm. Stroll through the town to experience, Texas barbecue, real leather boots, and cowboy hats. Get down and dusty at a rodeo or western show, or slosh back a cold one at the old-time saloon.
5:30pm-6:00pm : Reunion Tower
Reunion Tower is a 561 ft (171 m) observation tower in Dallas, Texas and one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. Located at 300 Reunion Boulevard in the Reunion district of downtown Dallas, the tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, and is the city's 15th tallest building. A free-standing structure until the construction of an addition to the Hyatt Regency Dallas in 1998, the tower was designed by architectural firm Welton Becket & Associates.
10:00am-2:00am : Dalls Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Wander through 27 hectares (66 acres) of stunning floral displays and tree-lined paths at Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Situated on the shores of White Rock Lake, the complex boasts a collection of landscaped gardens, open green spaces, and fountains, all with lakeside views overlooking the Dallas city skyline. Admire the garden’s impressive collection of over 2,400 varieties of azaleas, or visit the original estate, the Spanish-style Degolyer House, now home to a garden cafe and the Degolyer Restaurant. Check online for a list of shows happening year-round at the garden’s outdoor concert stage.
2:30pm-4:00pm : The George W.Bush Presidental Library and museum
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Presidential Library system formally began in 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and Presidential papers to the Federal Government. With its state-of-the-art interactive exhibits, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum gives visitors an in-depth look at eight years of American history, the American Presidency, and important issues of public policy.
4:30pm-5:30pm : Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District
Forever associated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District provides intriguing insight into this period of history. The area was named a National Historical Landmark in 1993 to preserve buildings, structures, and streets, which have been identified as possible assassin locations. Visit the associated museum in the book repository or view the contemporary JFK memorial.
10:00am-11:30am : Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Perot Museum of Nature and Science serves as home to several permanent exhibit halls filled with interactive activities, multimedia displays, and artifacts. Start by taking the T. rexcalator to the top of the museum, then work your way down to ensure you don’t miss a thing. You'll be able to experience an earthquake, dig deep in real-time dinosaur research being done by real paleontologists in the paleo lab, see one of the largest displays of rare gems, and more. The onsite 3D, 4K projection theater provides an immersive, educational film experience. Buy tickets online in advance to avoid waiting in line.
12:00pm-1:30pm : Top O'Hill terrace
Beulah Adams Marshall bought land here along the Bankhead Highway in the early 1920s and opened a tea room, hosting teas and serving dinners to Dallas and Fort Worth Patrons. In 1926, Fred and Mary Browning purchased the property and shortly began converting the facilities into a casino, adding an escape tunnel and secret room for hiding the gambling paraphernalia during raids. Known as Top O’ Hill Terrace, the popular spot attracted gamblers as well as visitors who were often unaware of the gaming activities. The restaurant, along with the tea garden that exists today, was a legitimate business, operating alongside the casino, which benefited from the nearby Arlington Downs Racetrack. Top O’ Hill Terrace facilities included a horse barn and a private stable for Browning’s prized horse, Royal Ford, purchased from oilman and Arlington Downs owner W. T. Waggoner. Contemporary to the Top O’ Hill heyday was the outspoken Dr. J. Frank Norris (d. 1952), longtime pastor of First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. The conservative Norris, co-founder of Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute, later known as Bible Baptist Seminary and later as the Arlington Baptist College, was an ardent proponent of prohibition and gambling reform. One of his targets was Top O’ Hill Terrace, which he reportedly vowed one day to own. In 1947, Texas Ranger Captain M. T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas led a raid on Top O’ Hill, catching the gambling operation in full swing. In late 1956, under the leadership of Earl K. Oldham, the Bible Baptist Seminary bought the property and relocated here, fulfilling Norris’ promise, although neither he nor Browning (d. 1953) had lived to see it. Today, the Arlington Baptist College continues to use the site, which retains many of its original structures and features a statue of Norris by noted Sculptor Pompeo Coppini.
2:00pm-3:30pm : Kimbell Art Museum
At Kimbell Art Museum see the Old Masters amid modern, architecturally designed splendor. Opened in 1972, the museum holds approximately 350 works with many examples by famous artists, including Rembrandt, Gauguin, and Matisse. The museum's permanent exhibits focus on ancient, European, Asian, pre-Columbian, and African/Oceanic art, plus a number of visiting and temporary exhibits. Book tickets online for temporary exhibits to avoid lines. You'll find audio and group tours scheduled regularly for no extra charge with an admission ticket; group tours with a guide must be scheduled.
4:00pm-6:00pm : AT&T Stadium
Home to the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium represents one of the largest domed structures in the world, capable of accommodating up to 105,000 people. Opened in 2009, this stadium today hosts entertainment and sports events including basketball, concerts, and boxing. Learn more about the building and its interior through one of the guided tours, which focus on themes such as the stadium's artwork, construction, and sports facilities. Take home a souvenir from the Pro Shop, home of Cowboys apparel and merchandise.
10:00am-6:00pm : Six Flags Over Texas
The first Six Flags theme park, Six Flags Over Texas boasts over 35 amusement rides. Thrill seekers should head to the mighty Texas sky screamer or Titan roller coaster to experience speeds of 137 km/h (85 mph) and a 78 m (255 ft) drop. Children and the less adventurous can enjoy the swinging ship, log flume, and spinning teacups. You can take a break from the rides at one of the park’s live entertainment shows. Dining options include American fare, international cuisine, healthy options, and amusement park classics. Lines can be long, but flash pass holders have much shorter waiting times.
11:00am-1:30pm : Fort Worth Zoo
Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 with just a handful of animals, making it the oldest zoo in Texas. Today the zoo has been ranked as the fifth best in the country by USA Travel Guide and is home to almost 7,000 animals. You can discover an array of exotic creatures, such as penguins, Asian elephants, chimpanzees, poison dart frogs, and parrots, as well as see an extensive collection of native Texan species. To view aquatic animals, visit the Great Barrier Reef exhibit. The zoo features a number of rides and activities, including a carousel, rock-climbing tower, and hurricane and tornado simulators.
2:00pm-6:00pm : Globe Life Park
The home of the Texas Rangers baseball team, Globe Life Park is a modern stadium with an old-school feel. Opened in 1994, this open-air arena has a capacity of over 48,000, making it one of the biggest in the league. Following the trend often seen in early 20th-century stadiums, the stadium has asymmetrical outfield dimensions and seats fans very close to the action on the field. The facility is equipped with HD screens, a state-of-the-art audio system, numerous restaurants, concession stands, and a play area for kids. Protect yourself from the sun during hot summer days, because the stadium has no roof and the Texas weather can be scorching.
10:00am-12:30pm : Klyde Warren Park
Located downtown, Klyde Warren Park has a kids’ play area, dog park, putting green, petanque and crocket fields, and much more. Go for a stroll or jog, or take a free class, such as yoga or tai chi. For a more cerebral activity, borrow books or magazines from the park’s library, or play chess, checkers, or backgammon. If you're hungry, head to the restaurant or food trucks, or enjoy a meal in the grassy picnic area. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi and plenty of restrooms. Check the park's website to find out about upcoming performances on the stage and other events.
1:00pm-3:30pm : Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art is a major art museum with over 24,000 objects dating back from over 5,000 years ago up to the present day. Established in 1903, the museum famously houses art from all around the world. Some of the highlights of the museum’s collection are its large ancient Mediterranean collection and European Renaissance pieces, such as Francesco Bacchiacca's "Madonna and Child." When visiting, make sure to take a closer look at the outside of the museum, which earned its chief architect a gold medal from the American Institute of Architects in 2007.
3:00pm-5:30pm : The Escape Game Dallas
Plan a prison break, steal a masterpiece, or find the secret stash of a greedy gold prospector before the mob does at The Escape Game Dallas. This immersive adventure has all the twists and turns of a Hollywood blockbuster. Pick your challenge and book well in advance, since the games fill up quickly.