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Pioneer Plaza Tours

Pioneer Plaza
Pioneer Plaza, located in downtown Dallas’ Convention Center District, honors the 19th-century cattle drives on the Shawnee Trail with a bronze sculpture of 49 longhorn steer driven by three cowboys on horseback. With a waterfall and artificial cliffs, the park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Dallas.

The Basics
The highlight of Pioneer Plaza is the larger-than-life bronze cattle-drive sculpture by Texas artist Robert Summers. The steer, each of which stands 6 feet tall (1.8 meters tall) and contains realistic details, appear to be traveling across a flowing stream, roaming the Texas landscape just as they did in the 1800s. Several guided tours stop here to allow you to take photos and learn more about the area’s history.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pioneer Plaza is a must for families and a worthwhile Dallas photo stop.
  • The park is open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset.
  • It’s possible to walk among the sculptures, but wheelchairs will have to traverse grass, dirt, or gravel to reach them.

How to Get There
Pioneer Plaza covers 4.2 acres downtown at Young and Griffin streets, near the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas and adjacent to Pioneer Cemetery. Within 1 mile (2 kilometers) are such major attractions as the Sixth Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza, and the Dallas Museum of Art. The park is easily accessible by car, less than one-half mile (0.8 kilometers) north of Interstate 30. By public transit, take a DART bus to Young and Griffin. 

When to Get There
For the best photos, visit Pioneer Plaza during the day. The sculpture is a popular photo spot, and weekdays are less crowded than weekends (watch for tour buses unloading here). Spring and fall offer the most pleasant temperatures for visiting Dallas, while peak summer heat makes for some hot bronze statues baking in the sun.

Don’t Have a Cow, Man
When the sculptures were first installed in Dallas in the mid-1990s, local residents caused an uproar over their historical inaccuracy—neighboring Fort Worth, not Dallas, claims the “cowtown” heritage. A group of local artists even tried to bring a lawsuit to stop the project from moving forward. Today, however, the statues are so beloved by visitors that they are the second-most visited site in Dallas (after Dealey Plaza).
Address: 1428 Young Street, Dallas, Texas, USA
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Small-Group Tour: Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing

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Expect only the best of times on this tour of two Texas cities. Get acquainted with Dallas and Forth Worth on a tour that takes you to both cities' main attractions, such as the JFK Memorial and the Cowtown Museum. This tour includes all transportation in an area that's difficult to navigate without a car,.
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Sightseeing Tour of Dallas

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See the sights of Dallas on this small-group tour. Traveling with a guide who provides insider knowledge as you go, you'll check out attractions such as Pioneer Plaza, Dallas City Hall (designed by I.M. Pei), the Dallas Arts District, and Dealey Plaza, where JKF was shot. Plus, choose a morning or afternoon departure time to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
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Explore Dallas in style on a 2-hour Segway tour that takes in historic landmarks and other important sites throughout the downtown. Travel in comfort on the Segway after your guide provides easy-to-follow instructions on its operation. You'll visit landmarks such as Pioneer Plaza, the John F Kennedy Memorial, and Dealey Plaza, and pass through the Dallas Arts District, covering more ground in depth by Segway than you could on a walking or coach tour.
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Discover the highlights of Dallas and Southfork Ranch on a 6-hour excursion that combines these two popular tours. See city landmarks such as the JFK Memorial, Pioneer Plaza, and the Old Red Courthouse as your guide shares commentary about the sights and Texas history. Afterward, continue to Southfork Ranch, home to J.R. Ewing and family on the popular American TV show 'Dallas.' The small-group tour is limited to 11 people, which allows for a more personalized experience. 
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Get an overview of Dallas during this whirlwind small-group tour of the city's highlights. Hear live commentary from your guide as you ride in a comfortable minivan past landmarks such as the Old Red Museum, Pioneer Plaza, and Dallas City Hall. Learn more about the life and death of President John F. Kennedy as you see Dealey Plaza and the JFK Memorial. With a choice of morning or afternoon departure, and a short running time, this tour is easy to fit into your schedule.
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Combine two popular Dallas tours for a day of sightseeing that covers the city and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. The small-group tour starts with an overview of city landmarks such as Pioneer Plaza, the JFK Memorial, and the Old Red Courthouse, then continues with a guided tour of the Dallas Cowboys stadium. You'll see the press box, locker rooms, private suites, and post-game interview room, and you can step onto the field to throw a football.
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