Dallas was a prime-time soap opera that aired from 1978 to 1991.
The show presented its namesake city as the land of big oil, big money, big hair and even bigger egos. But, the “Big D,” as Dallas is affectionately nicknamed, has a far more nuanced and easygoing nature. Sure, you can still find a few oil tycoons driving around town in luxury cars, but there are also artists, musicians, chefs and entrepreneurs.
Activities for All
Dallas prides itself on Texas-sized attractions and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is no exception. Consisting of five and a half levels of science fun, The Perot Museum offers a full day of discovery. See dinosaur bones and rare gems, a 4K digital theater and 11 permanent halls filled with state-of-the-art exhibits that touch on subjects ranging from dinosaurs to DNA.
Of course, history buffs won’t want to miss the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Located on the sixth and seventh floors of the former Texas School Book Depository warehouse, the museum uses films, photographs and other artifacts to chronicle the life, death and legacy of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated from this spot in Dallas in 1963.
For more presidential history, head over to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Get an in-depth, interactive peek inside the presidency of George W. Bush. Explore presidential documents and artifacts, including gifts from foreign heads of state and a full-scale replica of the White House Oval Office. Each piece tells the story of the USA’s 43rd president.
Giant glowing bullfrogs in Leapfrog Forest at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
City Sights and Sounds
If history isn’t your thing, Dallas still has you covered. Head over to the Dallas Zoo and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of animals. Hand-feed a giraffe and go on an urban safari at Giants of the Savanna, where you can witness elephants, giraffes and other African animals interact in a natural setting. As a home for more than 2,000 animals and over 400 species, the Dallas Zoo will bring you up close to the animal kingdom.
Enjoy breathtaking views and vibrant color any day of the year at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Take time to enjoy the outdoors at this world-class urban oasis featuring 19 finely manicured gardens and seasonal festivals and activities. And get your camera ready; the foliage and flowers make for gorgeous backdrops.
Speaking of photo opportunities, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck has some of the best views of Dallas. Ride the elevator up to the top and experience 360-degree views of Dallas from 143 meters up. This iconic landmark features high-definition zoom cameras, interactive touch screens and telescopes. Visit in the daytime and then again at night for a different take on the city. Top off your day with a meal in one of the GeO-Deck’s two restaurants, complete with stunning skyline views.
Beautifully landscaped lawns at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Start your exploration of Dallas by flying into Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Dallas has a lot to explore, and CityPASS offers the ideal way to see famous attractions at a significant savings.
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