Visit Dallas: what are the best things to do and see in the so-called Big “D” in Texas?
Visit Dallas ? Immediately two images come to your mind: the TV series of the 80s with the cruel JR and the Ewing ranch and all that oil, but also the date of November 22, 1963, the day that American President JFK was assassinated. But can the city of Dallas be summed up in this? Let’s see together the great places of interest to do in Dallas, this city that continues to emancipate and grow over the decades.
1.Bank of America Plaza
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With a height of 281 meters, it is the tallest tower in all of Dallas. It has 72 floors and was inaugurated in the mid-1980s when the real estate market was booming. Since then, the economic and financial crisis has passed through there and there is no other building of this scale that has been launched in downtown Dallas.
2. Reunion Tower
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It is one of the most emblematic towers of the city which was built in 1978. At the top of this tower, there is a ball which contains a revolving bar-restaurant, the famous Five-Sixty (this is a reference to the height of the tower, 560 feet or 171 meters). The ball itself is surrounded by a metal mesh that contains nearly 260 lights, which helps to spot the tower in the dead of night, wherever you are in Dallas. Climb to the top to enjoy a drink in this bar while admiring a most surprising view.
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It is a large park of more than one square kilometer which is located east of downtown Dallas. This huge space includes several museums but also an aquarium, a music hall for opera and a fantastic 92,000-seat stadium called the cotton-bowl which is used for both American football matches and large-scale concerts. The Fair Park is not a park like the others because it also hosts the famous Texas Star Ferris Wheel which is a Ferris wheel 65 m high (surely the highest in all of the United States) as well as the Dallas Fair which welcomes nearly 7 million visitors each year for 3 weeks.
4. Pioneer Plaza
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The only interest of this place is simply the biggest bronze statue in the whole world. It very realistically depicts Texan cowboys driving cattle. Note that this is a park with free parking.
5. Dallas Botanical Garden and Arboretum (or Dallas arboretum and botanical garden)
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This botanical garden is simply magnificent. A small paradise of greenery and serenity in the middle of all this concrete, these bricks, these dry spaces that make up Dallas. Within the botanical garden is a must-see museum with various fountains and fantastic landscaped gardens. The Dallas Botanical Garden includes nearly 2,400 varieties of plants.
6. The Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas Museum of Art)
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This museum is a high-level discovery of decorative art and fine arts. The visit notably includes the enigmatic Lighthouse Hill by Edward Hopper (1927) or even The Sculptor and his Muse by Rodin. The Spanish colonial art section is extraordinary. Overall, the museum’s collection contains over 22,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years. Kids (and parents) will enjoy the Young Learners Gallerywith fun projects for children
7. The Texas Fire Department
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A very special place to visit. To live, know, learn everything about the world of Dallas firefighters, this is the place to be. A friendly and warm welcome. For more information, visit the official website of dallas fire department.
8. The Women’s Museum
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It is THE museum dedicated to women and their history throughout the Great History of the United States. You will be able to discover the contributions of women in the economic, social and cultural life of the USA.
9. The Museum of Biblical Art (Museum of Biblical Art)
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This building has works that are intended for both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Many architectural works bathed in spiritual art are represented. This center of biblical arts is considered as a high place covering various disciplines related to art, whether for paintings or art collections.
10. The City Hall
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Built in 1978, this building is used to house the municipal services of the city of Dallas. It is easily recognized for its inverted pyramid shape on 7 floors. Each floor is 3 meters wider than the previous one. This place is worth a look for its unconventional architectural structure.
11. The Dealey Plaza
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This plaza is now infamous as it was here that President JFK was assassinated in November 1963. For those who want to learn more, the plaza is full of commemorative plaques on buildings and structures to provide more in-depth information such as route map, possible location of the killer, exact location of the shooting, etc…
12. Texas School Book Depository and the Six Floor Museum
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In the same spirit, on the edges of Dealey Plaza, there is the famous deposit of books, building from which the alleged killer Lee Harvey Oswald would have shot President Kennedy. A memorial plaque exists on the 6th floor along with a museum dedicated to the present deceased, called the Six Floor Museum.
13. Union Station
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This neo-classical style building erected in 1916 was once a railway station. Today, it has been converted into offices and contrasts with the very large glass building of the Hyatt Regency hotel.
14. The Farmer’s Market
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It is a considerable market where you will be able to meet nearly 1000 farmers who have been coming to Dallas to sell their production for half a century. All the stalls are considerable and follow one another in a large open hall.
15. Other ideas for visiting Dallas
- Visit a ranch in Texas from Dallas
- The Perot Museum of Nature and Science (science museum)
- The Meadows Museum, a Spanish art museum
- The African American Museum
- Take advantage of being in Texas to go see Rodeo
- Attend a Dallas Mavericks basketball game
Tips for discovering Dallas
Tourists are strongly advised to go directly to the tourist office (located at Old Red Courthouse, 100 South Houston Street) to take a map of the city to better orient yourself in the streets. You should know that the rainy season is in spring and that tourist programs can be interrupted or canceled due to storms and long rains. Better to visit Dallas in summer or fall.
For those who really want to immerse themselves in Texan life in Dallas, take the streetcar and the bus, it will save you the endless traffic jams by car. Tickets for these means of transport are sold in kiosks. Finally, for gourmets and coffee lovers, you should know that Dallas is full of tasty little places that compete in ingenuity to make tempting promotions. The most interesting are offered on weekends.
Dallas has one of the largest airports in the United States, namely Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. To find the cheapest plane tickets for your flight France – Dallas, do not hesitate to use the flight comparator Skyscanner.
Dallas is the third largest city in Texas, and is far apart. To best visit the monuments and unmissable places of the city, it is important to choose your destination carefully. neighborhood to stay in dallas. To find a cheap hotel in Dallas, search our Compare hotels Generation Voyage.
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