20 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Dallas
This sprawling cosmopolitan metropolis stands on the banks of the upper branches of the Trinity River and is one of the premier cities in the US. Home to the huge Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the city is the third largest in Texas.
Unlike most US cities, Dallas is no longer under threat of being annexed by a bigger city, but rather the cities with increasing influence over the years have been Dallas and Fort Worth. Dallas has one of the largest urban parks in the world, the Fort Worth National Cemetery, and the first skyscraper in North America; these are just a few of the many points of interest in the city. The home of the NBA and NHL is the American Airlines Center, and Fort Worth hosts a soccer stadium where the Mexican national team plays.
Dallas is one of the biggest city hubs of Texas. Plan your trip with this travel guide to discover what this city has to offer, from the greatest American art and historic buildings to the most memorable Dallas food.
Dallas Museum of Art
The acclaimed Dallas Museum of Art is justifiably popular and can be visited with both paid admission and membership. The museum is located in the neoclassical Dallas Art Center at Fair Park, a 19th-century building that was originally used to display the paintings of the 1878 Centennial International Exhibition. The museum houses a very wide collection of art from antiquity to the present, with major holdings in Asian and western art and an emphasis on sculpture. It features the work of noted artists such as Pablo Picasso and Edward Hopper, along with pieces by other lesser-known but highly respected artists. Tours of the building offer insights into the historical background of the Art Center and various interesting exhibits.
Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is located in downtown Dallas, Texas, USA. The City Center is home to more than 150 specialty stores, restaurants and first-run movie theaters including one of the largest repertory theaters in the United States. Among the mall's stores are Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's and Belk's. Dallas Market Center, opened in 1981, is the second largest mall in Texas. It is adjacent to the Sam B. Reily Theatre and the Reily Arena, and has a pedestrian bridge over the Trinity River that connects to Fair Park. Some of the mall's stores include a Water Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings and The Source, the last two of which are major anchors.
Six Flags Over Texas
There's a big theme park in the city of Fort Worth, but in the region of Texas, it's down south where you'll find Six Flags Over Texas. Get down to the theme park where you will be exploring some of your favorite thrill rides, which include America's first vertical drop ride, inversion rides, family rides, and of course, the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Also, don't miss out on the many themed events at the park, such as the Halloween Haunt and holiday celebrations. Before you leave, there are also amusement parks and other activities in the region, like Maverick Manor, just a short drive north from the theme park.
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts in the world-famous MFA is the biggest museum in the country with more than 400,000 items including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and decorative arts as well as more than 1.5 million art books and publications. To fully experience the art treasures, visit the Gallery Replicas to enter the museum and experience the displays in another setting. Also make sure to take a tour. During the day, there are permanent exhibitions, some to be discovered, some to be seen in order to appreciate the vast collection. A few that may appeal are: The Art of the Book; French Impressionists; Timeless Design; Ancient Chinese Art; and Romano-Byzantine Art. The museum also presents a year-round range of art-related events, including exhibitions, artist talks, and children's events.
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Catch the largest red-carpet event in the US every February when the Grammy Awards are held at the much-loved AT&T Performing Arts Center, a top-notch theatre with an outdoor stage in the south Dallas suburb of Highland Park. Built in 2002, the new 7,400-seat venue is one of the most attractive auditoriums in the country, making it the mainstay for a host of acclaimed musical acts, comedians, and other major events. The hall is a combination of state-of-the-art technology and state-of-the-art acoustics that also make it perfect for intimate performances, dance recitals, operas, and musicals, and the extended outdoor stage and high-quality seating make it perfect for hosting outdoor festivals, concerts, and other types of performances.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Located on the sixth floor of the former office building for The Dallas Morning News, this small museum was the place where John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. The exhibit takes visitors on a tour of the small, quiet room where Lee Harvey Oswald shot the president, offering an audio-visual display on what it was like to be there at the time.
Dallas World Aquarium
DirecTV shows More than 100 full-time employees work tirelessly on the countless activities that occur in the Dallas World Aquarium, including feeding thousands of dolphins, excavating and cleaning river rocks, cleaning up the 100-acre wildlife rehabilitation facility, and implementing plans for the aquarium's expansion and beautification. There are many things to see and do at the World Aquarium, including feeding with Santa Claus, a tour of an ocean training center, a petting zoo, a dolphin show, and a labyrinth tour. In the Fishbowl there is a film on shark attacks in Dallas and a fish family.
White Rock Lake
About 50 miles northwest of Dallas, White Rock Lake, a 21-square-mile reservoir with 2,000 acres of lake and surrounding open space, has an extensive system of trails. The trails provide beautiful scenery along the south shore and loop through the woods on the north shore. Popular with locals, a strenuous 6-mile hike along a water-level trail takes you up to a waterfall. Another popular recreational activity is fishing, with public launch sites located throughout the lake. Some of the lake's natural features include caves, a lake-bottom forest and several unusual formations.
American Airlines Center
Also known as "the house that J.R. built," American Airlines Center is home to the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks. It was constructed in 1999 and it's worth a visit for that and also for the sound and spectacle of live sports. In addition to sports events, American Airlines Center hosts performances by local and touring acts. Some of the artists have included Chris Cornell, Hootie and the Blowfish, and Cher. The venue has seen presidential visits as well, including Barack Obama. Among the many food options at the venue are the Cheesecake Factory, Chili's, Domino's, and Arby's.
Built to be the world's tallest building at 641 meters, the aptly named Reunion Tower opened its doors in 2012, replacing the older and relatively plain 555 meters-high Kimbell Art Museum. The 52-story, glistening steel and glass architectural masterpiece was built on the site of the former National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The tower's pyramid-shaped design is inspired by the Spiro Mound in Missouri, the human-shaped mounds of the dead on Malta and the tower of the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Once the home of the venerated Lady of Guadalupe, the Old Main Library and the South Residence of the President of Texas A&M University and Texas's first governor are also on the site.
The Union Station Train Station is one of the most prominent and ornate train stations in North America. When it opened in 1907, the new passenger station in Dallas, the central part of the American railway network, was considered as grandiose as the skyscrapers in its city surroundings. Today the trains have departed and the place is converted into office premises. Union Station offers two to five trains daily and has a railway museum for visitors who like trains. To get to Union Station, take train to Houston’s Centrail Station, the sister city.
Autry Museum of the American West
The Autry Museum of the American West, one of America's top five museums of American history, traces the story of the West from 1492 to the present day through more than 15,000 historic objects and displays. It's all housed in two dozen purpose-built buildings and a series of outdoor exhibits including the authentic reconstructed homestead and surrounding archaeological site. For the open range West that inspired so much American frontier development, visit the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center, then tour the state's collection of small and frontier-design Western museums and historic sites.
Only a few blocks from the center of Dallas, this Spanish-style hacienda is a peaceful hideaway with old-world charm and a genuine Texas welcome. Dating back to 1917, it was the first air-conditioned hotel to be built in the United States. Its 39 rooms are decorated in an eclectic mix of African and Spanish styles. They are well equipped and offer views of the stately courtyard or the surrounding blocks. Decorated in classic Spanish style, the hotel has no restaurant of its own but its members of staff are friendly and will recommend local restaurants.
Kimbell Art Museum
Civic Center, which is home to the Kimbell Art Museum, is one of Dallas's best-kept secrets. Unlike the extravagant art museums in New York and Los Angeles, this wonderful little museum features the best in modern art: sculptures and paintings by Henri Matisse, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol, among others. The museum is found along the shores of the White Rock Creek. Highlights include Matisse's 1905 dramatic geometric _Atelier_ and the light-filled interior galleries of _The Kiss_. The majority of the collection was acquired in 1970 by Morris and Helena Rexford Kimbell Jr., major oilman and philanthropist, who in 1979 donated it to the city.
Originally known as "farmers' lane," the tree-lined streets of Preston Hollow are the wealthiest area of Dallas. Built by affluent ranchers, this is where oil tycoons built their own mansions and farms. Inside these mansions are numerous museums and a variety of magnificent chateaux, many that have been restored and converted into elegant homes. Other attractions include a multitude of beautiful golf courses (a club membership is a popular perk of owning a home), horse stables, a stately Spanish Renaissance Revival-style convention center, a botanical garden, a research and zoo, and the Dallas Arboretum, which covers more than 350 acres of wilderness. Many of these features are on the website of the Preston Hollow Improvement Association.
Southfork is a prime location in one of the most famous TV shows in history. The ranch is a 55-acre estate and place of enormous historical significance: it is the largest private house in Dallas, the structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and some of its features were used in the TV series. The ranch has been inhabited since 1865 and is now the Southfork Museum and Learning Center. The museum has displays with information about the history of the site, including details about the notorious JFK assassination. The Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame is also located on Southfork.
Fort Worth Stockyards
The most colorful neighborhood in Texas has the one-of-a-kind Fort Worth Stockyards. The Stockyards was built in the 1920s and once housed some of the largest rodeos in the world. At that time, the Western landscape looked very different than it does today and included dirt streets, live nativity scenes, and quite a few horses. If you're visiting the city's west side, you'll see the stockyards, a few historic buildings, the Art Deco Stockyards Station and various museums. But you'll also see much more today, such as the success of rodeo cowboy Rodeo Sammy Davis Jr., several art galleries, fantastic restaurants, and antique shops.
Texas Renaissance Festival
Not to be confused with the all-tarted-up county fair in Arkansas, this is a weekend-long Renaissance extravaganza set in a miniature English town. Expect to see lots of hams, headgear, jousting and jousting contests, sword-fighting and fencing, a life-size mechanical dragon, stilt-walkers, and plenty of carousing. An open-air market, street food stalls, performances of sword-fighting and jousting, entertainers, and entertainment set the scene for a trip back in time. Spectators are encouraged to come early, as competition tickets are in high demand. Rides are offered on some stages, and the park also has a large riding arena and a number of stables and barns to rent for horse lovers. The festival is held for three weekends, one on the first Saturday in October, then the second and third Saturdays in November.
South Beach is a residential neighborhood in Miami Beach, part of the city of Miami. It is a quiet, calm, and scenic neighborhood with a great selection of food, clothing, and art. Street walking is especially nice in South Beach. Take special note of the place names - they are the footprints of history! Many of the streets were named for the developers of the area: names such as Perlin, Eisler, and Downing.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach, called Palm Beach for short, is one of Florida's largest cities. Its county, Miami-Dade, extends further to the south, but West Palm Beach's distinctive skyline marks the county's northern boundary. Located in a panhandle between Biscayne Bay and the Florida Intracoastal Waterway, West Palm Beach is best known as a waterfront resort town and winter home for Palm Beach's members of the very rich and famous. But there is much more to the city than exclusivity. It is one of the best places in the country to see alligators, and offers a top-quality selection of golf courses.