If your impression of Dallas is one of oil barons and dusty cattle ranches, you are in for a great surprise. It is also the home of some of the world’s great modern attractions, art exhibits and of course, the all-important Dallas Cowboys. Here are some fantastic attractions that would be perfect for a stop over in this Texan city.
GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower
Any first trip to Dallas should start with a visit to the observation deck of Reunion Tower. Atop the 171-m structure, the GeO-Deck (300 Reunion Blvd East) was re-opened in October 2013 for the Tower’s 35th anniversary. Stepping onto one of the inside or outside viewing areas, you will take a large sigh as you take in vistas of Dallas and its surrounds.
Loaded with an extravaganza of interactive features, adults and children will spend hours exploring the deck before even taking in the 360-degree views of the city.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
One of the most significant historical venues in all of America is the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (411 Elm St). Was President John F. Kennedy shot by Lee Harvey Oswald from a window here? Visitors to the former Texas School Book Depository can take a walk through the showcased evidence about the assassination of the beloved President.
You’ll thoroughly enjoy the audio guide, narrated by Pierce Allman, who was the first reporter to broadcast from the building in 1963. I also recommend the Dealey Plaza Cell Phone Walking Tour available at the museum, which takes you on a stroll to the nearby grassy knoll and John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.
AT&T Stadium: Home of the Dallas Cowboys
The one and only home of the beloved Dallas Cowboys – America’s team – is located nearly 30 km to the west of the city’s downtown precinct (1 AT&T Way, Arlington), although is well worth the journey. You will be awestruck at the beauty of the space.
Whether you are a sports’ lover, or have little knowledge of gridiron, you will walk away with a peak into the glitz that is one of the best-known sporting teams in the world. On one of the many tours, you can visit the field, throw a football about and walk around the locker and media rooms. For your trouble, you will also be treated to the stadium’s world-class art exhibit.
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (2943 SMU Boulevard) offers an opportunity to explore the life and times of one of the most polarising figures in modern US politics. Explore the 9/11 exhibit for a glimpse into one of the most horrific periods in American history and the decisions that emanated from the event. Also on show is a full-sized replica of the Oval Office and a Texas rose garden.
Klyde Warren Park
One of the most beautiful and innovative public spaces in North America, Klyde Warren Park (2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway Dallas, between Pearl and St. Paul Sts) opened in October 2012 and covers 2.1 ha atop a freeway. This urban park in downtown Dallas, takes you on a mythical voyage as you move through its different rooms.
Featuring up to five coordinated activities each day, this is the best place to see Dallas locals in their natural habitat. Whether you want to partake in the local theatre scene, a yoga class, a stroll in the dog park, want a break in one of the dedicated reading nooks complete with books and magazines, or want the children to simply explore, the park is part of the Dallas landscape at its best.