Posted by: RasmaSandra | June 24, 2021

Delightful Dallas

Dallas is located in north Texas and is a well-known city in the state especially due to the TV series “Dallas” that ran from 1976 – 1991. It is the commercial and cultural hub of the region.

The Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza No one ever will forget what occurred at the intersection of Houston and Elm Streets in Dallas. It was one of the nation’s most tragic and defining moments: the assassination of the 35th President of the US John F. Kennedy. Here today you’ll find the former Texas School Book Depository that is home to a museum dedicated to this moment.

Visitors are introduced to the historical context with multimedia exhibits describing the political climate of the early 1960s. Then you learn of the highlights of President Kennedy’s trip to Texas in November of 1963 and the last days of his life. Just past this point you can see the sniper’s perch in the corner window from which the deadly shots were made. There are exhibits that will take you step by step though all that occurred.

The John F, Kennedy Memorial is just a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, across from the city courthouse. It was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson and construction was completed in 1970. The memorial resembles a cenotaph and stands 30 feet tall and 50 feet wide. It is made of large marble slabs.

Dallas County Courthouse sits on the south-east side of Dealey Plaza and is an impressive Romanesque Revival building. It is affectionately called Old Red, the courthouse is impossible to miss with its turest and soaring central tower. It was closed by 1966 and no longer used as a courthouse when the new one was built. It became the Old Red Museum in 2007.

On the second floor is a permanent exhibition that takes you through the city’s past from prehistory to the present.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located just minutes from downtown and stretches along the southeast shore of White Rock Lake. There are fourteen world-famous displays that showcase seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, tree and plant collections. The garden hosts seasonal outdoor festivals, concerts, and art shows. Educational programs and guided tours are available. There are wonderful sculptures and fountains.

Take the time to look around White Rock Lake Park offering hiking and biking trails. It is a great place to see birds and wildlife, You can enjoy fishing and sailing.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a top Dallas attraction. The building was designed with an innovative eco-friendly design featuring summer water conservation with the use of recaptured condensation from air conditioners and drip irrigation, recycled and locally sourced building materials, and solar powered water heaters.

The museum is divided into thematic areas that have interactive educational stations, games, and high-tech displays. The is also a 3D theater. the Moody Family Children’s Museum and playground as well as a 54-foot escalator the overlooks the property from a glass enclosure.

The Dallas Museum Of Art opened its doors in 1903. It is among the ten largest museums in the US. The museum has a collection of over 24,000 works of art from the Americas to all over the world. The art include everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary art.

Among the highlights are Classical art and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Besides the permanent collections there are also temporary exhibits that highlight the artwork of prominent artists, explore thematic topics, and display historic collections.

Dallas World Aquarium is within easy walking distance of historic downtown. Here you can see a vast array of sea life in 87,000 gallons of saltwater like bennethead sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, giant groupers, and rare leafy seadragons.

One of the highlights is the Orincoco Rainforest exhibit. It is a fun attraction with flying birds like toucans, tree sloths, and aquatic species like Orinoco crocodiles and poison dart frogs.

Dallas Cattle Drive Sculptures at Pioneer Plaza

Pioneer Plaza has been designed to look like a section of the Shawnee Trail, a major Texas cattle drive route in the 19th century. This beautiful green space in the business district is a wonderful place to take a walk and enjoy such features as a stream falling over limestone cliffs.

You can enjoy 49 larger-than-life bronze sculptures of Texas longhorn cattle being herded through the park and across the creek by three mounted cowboys. These sculptures were designed by artist Robert Summers.

The Dallas Zoo is home to over 2,000 exotic animals from 406 species living in different habitats. The zoo is located just three miles from the city center and was established in 1888. It is one of the oldest zoos in the US.

The zoo focuses on two major regions – ZooNorth and the Wilds of Africa the zoo includes such highlights as Giants of the Savanna, the Otter Outpost and the Wildlife Amphitheater with displays featuring birds in flightt and the Endangerd Tiger Habitat with a forest-like setting.

The Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari monorail will take you on a journey through the Great Rift Valley and habitats of African countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

The Reunion Tower in Dallas in not the tallest building in the city but it is the most recognizable. The building was completed in 1978 and appeared as a geodesic ball perched atop five cylindrical concrete poles. It is 560-feet in length and looks amazing lit up at night.

The tower went through renovations in 2011 and now has a revolving restaurant with 360-degree views all over Dallas. Other highlights include the Geo-Deck observation level with an informative and interactive display that provides details about the building and notable landmarks.

The Nasher Sculpture Center opened in 2003 with a collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. It features exhibits that explore the history of the art of sculpture. The center is located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District and also features many large outdoor sculptures displayed on the tree-lined grounds. There are also hosted events that include lectures and concerts.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum has over 30 aircraft and exhibits that display the journey from the roots of aviation from Leonardo da Vinci through modern space exploration. Among the displays here are a full-size model of the Wright Flyer, artifacts from the Hindenburg, and many WW I and WW II aircraft and artifacts.

Walking along Main Street on the edge of the Dallas Arts Distcit you can be startled by a humongous blue Giant Eyeball. This is a 9.1 meter fiberglass sculpture created by multimedia artist Tony Tassed.

Fair Park is a 277-acre outdoor complex on the right shoulder of downtown Dallas. It was a fairground dating back to 1886. The space was transformed in the Great Depression, when Dallas hosted the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1836. Many of the attractions can still be found here and the park hosts over 1,200 events each year from concerts to sporting events.

This is the venue for the Texas State Fair for 24 days that begins the last Friday in September. The fair is attended by more than two million people every year and presided over by the iconic Big Tex.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is a popular aquarium that opened with the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. There are six main exhibits – Freshwater Zone, with red-bellied piranhas and Australian rainbows; Inter-tidal Zone, for sea stars and sea urchins; Shore Zone, inhabited by seahorses, bat fish and home to a Caribbean reef; Near Shore Zone, which has Moray eels, clown fish and porcupine fish, and the Offshore Zone, where you’ll see the ominous-looking Queensland groupers and zebra sharks.

You’ll also find the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park. This is a botanical garden that has native and exotic plants from all around the world. It is the first public garden that has been certified 100% organic and is irrigated by sustainable water conservation methods. The gardens provide habitats for wildlife including birds and butterflies.

Among the highlights are the Native Butterfly Habitat, Shakespeare Garden with plants that were mentioned in the Bard’s plays and sonnets, and the Master Gardener’s Garden.

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was designed by world-famous architect Santiago Calatrava. This is an impressive cable-stayed bridge that spans the Trinity River and was named for the oil heiress and philanthropist Margaret Hunt Hill.

Southfork Ranch was made popular in the 1980s by the TV series Dallas. Now you can visit the location where the series was set. The ranch is located about 25 miles north of Dallas and offers guided tours of the mansion. After the tour you can enjoy an authentic Texas chuckwagon dinner on the grounds.

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