Dallas Tourist Attractions
Dallas owes its origin to John Neely Bryan, who in 1841 built himself a hut on the banks of the Trinity River in north-eastern Texas.
Until after the Civil War Dallas was overshadowed by its sister city Fort Worth, but after the coming of the railroad in 1873 Dallas grew rapidly. While until the Second World War the city's economy depended on the grain and cotton grown in the surrounding area and later on oil, it later became home to numerous insurance corporations and banks, making it an important business and financial centre. It was natural, therefore, that the famous soap opera of power, money and intrigue should have Dallas as its setting. The city's main industrial products are electronic apparatus, oil drilling equipment, chemicals and, since the Second World War, aircraft, rockets and electronics. Important contributions to the economy are also made by textiles and publishing.Dallas is noted for its modern and post-modern architecture including I.M. Pei's Fountain Place, Renaissance Tower, Bank of America Plaza, and the Reunion Tower. An example of Gothic Revival architecture is the Kirby Building and a Neoclassic structure is the Davis and Wilson buildings. Swiss Avenue is a notable stretch of homes featuring architecural styles from Victorian to Neoclassical.Visitors to Dallas will enjoy the numerous art institutions such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Deep Ellum is a popular location for artists and their studios. The city is home to over 400 parks which provide opportunity for many outdoor activities including cycling, jogging, swimming, tennis, picnics and golf.
The Museum of Biblical Art
The Museum of Biblical Art is a state-of-the-art facility; a fine art museum focusing on art with a Biblical theme. There are 11 gallery exhibits highlighting European and American art, Jewish and Israeli art, rare Bibles, and Biblical Archaeology; works include bronze sculpture, drawings, fine prints, and oil paintings. The Michelangelo Exhibit includes an exact bronze of the Pieta. European Art includes a fresco from 1300s, a Veronese drawing, and an altarpiece from the School of Boticelli. Jewish Ceremonial Art includes objects for Shabbat and Holidays: Torah Shields, Seder Plates, and Menorahs. Some of the featured Jewish artists include Jacques Lipchitz, Leonard Baskin, William Gropper, Jack Levine, Max Weber, and Ben Shah. American works by Albert Pinkham Ryder, John Singer Sargent, and Andy Warhol are on display.
International Museum of Cultures
Dioramas offer a glimpse of areas such as Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific, and jungle dwellers in Ecuador and Peru. This anthropology museum is a great way to see and compare world cultures from around the world, some of which are very remote. The museum is broken out into various exhibits according to region or category.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum covers a total area of 50,000 square feet throughout four hangars. The museum displays an impressive collection which includes aircraft dating back to WWI, as well as related artifacts and art work.The museum is located just north of Dallas in Addison.
The Dallas Zoo is a 95 acre park housing thousands of exotic animals and a variety of habitats. This is a popular attraction with families. In summer temperatures can be a bit hot for strolling through the park. The landscape is one of slightly rolling hills, meaning there is some elevation to negotiate.
Address: 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203-3013, United States
Opening hours: 9am-4pm
Always closed on: Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $15.00, Child 11 & under $12.00, Senior over 65 $12.00
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service, Wheelchair loan or rental
The Meadows Museum began when Algur Hurtle Meadows donated his personal collection of Spanish art to the Southern Methodist University in 1962, to be set up in memory of his late wife. The collection has since grown into one of the most comprehensive Spanish art collections in the world, outside of Spain.
Address: 5900 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205-6306, United States
Opening hours: 10am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm; Thu: 10am-9pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $8.00, Senior over 65 $6.00, Students $4.00, Child 11 & under FREE
Useful tips: Complimentary admission on Thursdays after 5 p.m.
Mesquite Championship Rodeo
The Mesquite Championship Rodeo is a permanent rodeo venue which functions throughout the spring and summer. Home cooked barbeques, Texas music, bull riding, bronco riding, and calf roping are all part of the show. This is a very popular attraction and a good way to experience this western tradition.
Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family in the television soap opera "Dallas", has been reopened as a tourist attraction. It lies in Plano, 6 mi. east of U.S. 75 by way of Parker and Hogge Roads.Visitors can take a tour of the mansion. It also hosts special events.
Address: 3700 Hogge Road, Dallas, TX 75251, United States
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Always closed on: Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $9.50, Senior $8.00, Child 12 & under $7.00, Child 4 & under FREE
Useful tips: The first tour leaves at 9:30am and the last tour at 4:30pm.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
The Studios at Las Colinas (formerly Movie Studios at Las Colinas)
The Movie Studios at Las Colinas is a functioning studio that has produced numerous well know television shows and motion films. It has been responsible for such famous productions as: "Robocop," "Silkwood," "Problem Child," "Leap of Faith" and "JFK."
Age of Steam Railroad Museum
The Age of Steam Railroad Museum contains one of the oldest and largest collections of heavyweight passenger car collections in the country. The collection also features the largest steam, diesel, and electric locomotives ever used.
Bahama Beach WaterPark
Bahama Beach is a family waterpark, offering an opportunity to escape from the heat of the summer. The park is only open during the summer, while kids are out of school.
Address: 1895 Camp Fire Circle, Dallas, TX 75232, United States
Opening hours: May 28 to Aug 21: 10:30am-6pm; Sun: 12pm-6pm; Closed: Mon
Always opened on: Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $13.00, Child $9.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Dallas (Fort Worth International Airport)
The Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Located north of Dallas / Fort Worth, it is approximately a 35 to 45 minute drive to the airport from the city center areas.
Dallas Firefighters Museum
The Dallas Firefighters Museum is located in the Old No. 5 Hook and Ladder Company Station, built in 1907. The collection includes old fire trucks and equipment, and an 1884 horse-drawn steam pumper.
Dallas Holocaust Museum (Center for Education and Tolerance)
The Dallas Holocaust Museum / Center for Education and Tolerance serves to educated people about the Holocaust in an attempt to reduce prejudice. The museum is in transition and hoping for a new building in the near future.
Address: 211 North Record Street, Dallas, TX 75202, United States
Opening hours: 9:30am-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm; Sat: 11am-5pm
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Easter - Christian
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $8.00, Senior $6.00, Child 18 & under $6.00, Military discount $4.00
Useful tips: Closed for Rosh Hashanah (2 Days) and Yom Kippur.
Dallas Theater Center
The Dallas Theater Center offers a full season of performances. It is a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center but does offer performances at other venues. Check the DTC calendar to see about up coming performances.
Frontiers of Flight Museum
The exhibits feature items from the 1920's and 1930's - the Golden Age of Flight as well as more than 200 aircraft models representing nations involved in this conflict along with the uniforms of the men and women who flew them.
Conspiracy Museum (closed)
Texas Stadium (closed)
Pioneer Telephone Museum (closed)
The museum portrays the evolution of the telephone.
Map of Dallas Attractions