Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
Experience 360-degree views from Reunion Tower's indoor and outdoor observation decks that sit 470 feet (143 meters) above the ground. Peer through high-definition telescopes on the outdoor deck, or look through zoom cameras on the inner deck for unobstructed close-ups of Dallas sights and Fort Worth. Interactive touch screens allow you to create your own light show, and you can choose from six different backgrounds to take a digital photo.
With 106 acres (43 hectares) to explore and thousands of animals to see, the Dallas Zoo — established in 1888 — is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas. Located a few miles south of downtown Dallas in Marsalis Park, the zoo features many opportunities to learn about wildlife and engage in activities. Journey through a variety of habitats, from the African savanna to the South American rainforest to the Australian Outback. Feed a giraffe, visit the lorikeet aviary or watch a bird show that highlights the wonders of the avian kingdom. In ZooNorth, kids can enjoy the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, along with Primate Place, the Herpetarium, Texas Cats, the ExxonMobil Endangered Tiger Habitat, Wings of Wonder, Snout Route and the Koala Walkabout.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
This educational exhibit examines the life of President John F. Kennedy, as well as his presidency, his tragic death in Dallas, the aftermath of his assassination and his legacy within the context of American history. The museum’s permanent exhibit is located on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository where significant evidence of a sniper was found, and uses historical television and radio broadcasts, photographs, artifacts and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination. With an audio guide, explore the permanent collection, and then head to the seventh floor for a variety of special programs.
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Get an in-depth look at eight years of American history during the George W. Bush administration. Use a handheld audio guide to peruse state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that feature presidential artifacts, historical documents, photographs and videos from the library’s extensive collection.
Step into the Decision Points Theater to learn about the decision-making process and policies developed during George W. Bush's presidency, and discover his stance on education reform, the global war on terror, the financial crisis and efforts to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS. The museum also features a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, a full-size replica of the Oval Office and a Texas rose garden.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Just minutes from downtown Dallas, this world-class, 66-acre (26-hectare) urban oasis boasts 19 finely manicured gardens. Stroll the Paseo de Flores, the central walkway, and stop for photo ops at the Magnolia Glade, Toad Corners Fountain, Shadow Garden and Pecan Grove.
Visit A Woman’s Garden, which includes the Poetry Garden, or check out the Majestic Allee for a view of White Rock Lake just beyond a dramatic reflecting pool. Sweeping trees enclose a stone walkway to create the magnificent Crape Myrtle Allee, and many rose varieties are on display at the Boswell Family Garden. The Color Garden is home to more than 2,000 varieties of azaleas, which bloom in the spring along with daffodils and tulips, while more than 90 varieties of ferns, camellias, azaleas and mature trees border a peaceful brook along the Palmer Fern Dell.
Also available is the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, which requires a $3 fee at your own expense, if you wish to enter.