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Welcome to Dallas

You don't have to wear cowboy boots in Dallas, but if you do, you’ll fit in just fine. This swinging city in northeast Texas just can’t hide its Lone Star pride, and in many ways, it epitomizes the state itself: sprawling, bold, and bursting with oversized charm (and yes, Western apparel). Although it’s no longer the fastest-growing skyline in US, as it was in the early 2000s, downtown Dallas still boasts enough activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Take a sightseeing tour through the museums, parks, and cafes lining the streets of the Dallas Arts District, the cultural hub of the city. Stand next to sparkling five foot–tall geodes at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, or roll through the streets of the West End Historic District on a Segway tour. Tour Dealey Plaza, the site of J.F.K.’s assassination, and the accompanying exhibits at the Sixth Floor Museum. Or treat your taste buds on a food tour: You’ll sample a range of delicacies, from upscale cuisine to down-home Lone Star specialties like chili and brisket. For a glamorous look at city lights, plan to see the city itself from the 470-foot (143-meter) GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower at night. In contrast to Dallas, nearby Fort Worth offers scaled-down walking tours featuring eclectic architecture and laid-back country vibes, which will help you understand how it earned its nickname, Cowtown.

Top 15 attractions in Dallas

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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Simple but profoundly moving, the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas comprises a granite slab bearing the assassinated president’s name etched in gold. The slab is surrounded by soaring concrete walls that appear to be free-floating, capturing the feeling of loss felt around the world following Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.More

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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John F. Kennedy’s presidency, ending with his assassination in Dallas, profoundly shaped American history. Explore his legacy at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Filled with insightful exhibits that celebrate JFK’s personal and political life, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of this notable American president.More

Dealey Plaza

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Dealey Plaza is a public park in Dallas, Texas, best known as the location where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, fired on by a sniper from the Texas School Book Depository. A museum focusing on Kennedy and the assassination now occupies the former depository, and there are various remembrances around the plaza.More

Dallas Arts District

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The Dallas Arts District is a hub for performing arts, museums, and architecture, and at 69 acres and 19 blocks in size, it is one of the largest urban arts districts in the United States. Visitors interested in the arts will want to check out the Winspear Opera House, Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Wyly Theatre, among others.More

Pioneer Plaza

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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.More

Reunion Tower

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Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, Reunion Tower has been a city landmark since 1978. Referred to affectionately as “The Ball” by locals, the tower offers sweeping panoramic views from the only indoor/outdoor observation deck in the city, plus high-definition telescopes and cameras, interactive exhibits, and two rotating restaurants.More

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Based in downtown Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers a variety of exhibits at its Victory Park campus. The museum features 60,000 square feet (5,574 square meters) of hands-on activities, interactive displays, games, and activities. Special events are planned throughout the year for both kids and adults.More

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

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Fort Worth, once known as Cowtown, is a city that never forgot its roots. You can see those roots still honored at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where a Texas longhorn cattle herd takes to the streets daily. This festive ritual is exemplary of how the city continues to embrace its Cowboys and Culture brand.More

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum explores the two terms of the United States’ 43rd president. Several exhibits tell the story of American history from 2001 to 2009, including the terrorist attacks of September 11, while the nation’s second-largest presidential library welcomes visitors to peruse official records and artifacts from Bush’s presidency.More

AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium)

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AT&T Stadium (previously named Cowboys Stadium) is a top attraction for sports fans visiting Dallas. Located in Arlington, Texas, the stadium is most famous for its resident Dallas Cowboys football team and giant retractable roof. In addition to football games, the venue hosts concerts and other events year-round.More

SEA LIFE® Aquarium Dallas

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Beyond anything you’d expect inside a mall, atSEA LIFE® Aquarium Dallas you can immerse yourself in the oceanic environment filled with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, clownfish, jellyfish, touch tanks, and more. Visitors of all ages will love walking through the 360-degree ocean tunnel, watching fish swim overhead.More

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth

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Grapevine’s LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is a must for families with little and big builders. This vibrant space has an impressive number of rides and attractions, more than four million LEGO® pieces forming such amazing creations as a replica of the DFW area in striking detail, and 4D films included with your admission.More

Nasher Sculpture Center

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The Dallas Arts District’s Nasher Sculpture Center is home to some of the finest examples of modern sculpture in the world. With more than 300 pieces in the permanent collection, visitors can see works by Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, and Alberto Giacometti, plus special exhibits featuring artwork on loan.More

Dallas Zoo

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The oldest and largest zoo in Texas, the Dallas Zoo is home to hundreds of animals, including a herd of elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, ostriches, gorillas, and penguins. On the zoo’s 106 acres you’ll also find the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, a highly rated reptile and amphibian exhibit, and the only koalas in Texas.More

Billy Bob's Texas

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The famous roadhouse-style barbecue steak, brisket, and ribs are only part of the story at Billy Bob’s Texas, dubbed the world’s largest honky tonk. More than 6,000 people can squeeze into the Fort Worth venue to watch country music concerts, hit the dance floor, dine at the restaurant, play arcade games, or watch a bull riding contest.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dallas

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Small and crisp guided sightseeing
ARATI_S, Oct 2022
Small-Group Dallas City Highlights Tour by Minivan
As my mom had came to visit us .
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Beat Tour Guide Kevin
Penney_S, Oct 2022
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
This is must for visitors to the city that want to see Dallas without worrying about navigating the city:)
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Great tour of Dallas & Fort Worth
Carlo_M, Oct 2022
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
He told us all of the best places to see and stand in Fort Worth to see the cattle drive and where to taste the local food.
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Fun tour with lots to see
Tina_G, Sep 2022
Dallas/JFK Cruizer Tour 1 or 2 Hours
Great places to see and learned a lot about history of Dallas.
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Mitch did an amazing job....
Nancy_M, Aug 2022
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
The tour was excellent and it was great to see Dallas from the ground level rather than a tour bus.
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Remarkable tour
David_M, Aug 2022
Dallas/JFK Cruizer Tour 1 or 2 Hours
This was an excellent way to view and learn about the downtown Dallas history and view the area on a hot summer day.
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Great experience Zariah,...
Anthony_S, Jul 2022
Downtown Dallas Sightseeing & History 2 Hour E-Scooter tour
Thanks for the time and see a next time We come to visit Dallas.
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First time in Dallas and...
Florence_S, Jul 2022
Half-Day Dallas Highlights Tour by Foot, Train and Trolley
First time in Dallas and this tour gave me tips and ideas for other activities in town.
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Johnny is 5 star
Brent_J, Jun 2022
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
We'll worth spending a few hours to see the heart of the city.
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We had an awesome...
Madelyn_E, Jun 2022
Dallas and Cowboys Stadium Combo Tour
Would recommend to anyone coming to visit Dallas.
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I'd recommend this tour.
edkp58, Dec 2022
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
Horse drawn carriage rides, horseback riding, ice skating, a maze, and mechanical bull riding were some of the available activities.
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Highest Rating!!!
Rick_P, Oct 2022
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
Would heartily recommend these tours and Preston to anyone planning to visit Dallas.
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SO MUCH FUN
AmyReeves, Jun 2022
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
We wanted to see downtown Dallas but didn't know where we should go!
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A Must See Tour Experience
AmeliaPurvis, Apr 2022
Private Best of Dallas Sightseeing Bus Tour
Gave us great ideas on what to do next that we wouldn’t have found otherwise!
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Excellent Tour!!! Highly Recommend!!!
Patsy_D, Apr 2022
JFK Assassination Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
I am so incredibly glad that I had the time to visit the JFK site in Dallas and completely thrilled that I chose this tour!!
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1 year anniversary
Michael_V, Mar 2022
Dallas' Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Observation Ticket
To be up in a building my grandpa help build and to see all of Dallas above ground definitely pretty cool experience and to
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Awesome experience!! Worth the time!
Patricia_K, Oct 2021
Private Best of Dallas Sightseeing Bus Tour
The tour was a great way to see a lot of Dallas in a short window of time.
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Good food and beverages
John_R, Aug 2021
Dallas' Best Tacos and Margaritas Coach Tour
Really enjoyed our afternoon getting to see different neighborhoods in Dallas.
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Great tour!
Betty_R, Apr 2021
JFK Assassination Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
If you have the chance to visit Dallas, this tour is a must!
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The go-to tour while in Dallas and FW
Maria_A, Aug 2022
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
We managed to visit all the cities highlights and activities in a day so for those visiting Dallas for a day or two, this mainly addresses all you need to see.
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All about Dallas

When to visit

For a few perfect months between the chilly winter and steamy summer, Dallas celebrates spring with events such as Dallas Blooms, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Savor Dallas, and the Dallas International Film Festival, making this season a great time to visit. You’ll also find pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds in the fall, but be prepared for rain.

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A local’s pocket guide to Dallas

Kristin Dorsett

Kristin grew up in Dallas and spent her formative years visiting theme parks and music venues. Now, as an adult who frequently visits family in the area, she's far more appreciative of the region’s food and culture.

The first thing you should do in Dallas is...

find a barbecue restaurant with an outdoor patio and order a beer or margarita. One of my favorites is Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ in the Design District.

A perfect Saturday in Dallas...

involves catching a show in Deep Ellum. While the names have changed since I spent my formative college years hopping from venue to venue, the laid back vibe and cold beer have not.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which covers the history of the JFK assassination. Although I didn’t appreciate it as a school kid, I learned a lot as an adult.

To discover the "real" Dallas...

you should visit when there’s a rodeo in town. The most famous is the Mesquite Rodeo which typically runs during the summer months.

For the best view of the city...

eat at the restaurant at the top of Reunion Tower. It’s a bit pricey but the views are phenomenal. Plus, Dallas is very flat, so you can see for miles and miles.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Dallasites all wander around in 10-gallon cowboy hats. Typically, if you see someone in a cowboy hat, they’re a tourist.

People Also Ask

What is Dallas known for?

Think of Dallas and you can’t help but think of the Dallas Cowboys—arguably the most famous football team in the NFL. The Texan city is also famous for the TV show “Dallas”, the birthplace and headquarters of 7-Eleven, and as the city where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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What attractions are there in Dallas?

Head up the landmark Reunion Tower for a view over Dallas, visit the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum, and take a stroll around the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Football fans won’t want to miss a behind-the-scenes tour of the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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How can I have fun in Dallas?

Watch a show in the Arts District, ride a rollercoaster at the Six Flags Over Texas theme park, or dive into the interactive exhibits at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. In the evening hours, head to the Deep Ellum entertainment district to sip frozen Margheritas and enjoy live music.

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How can I spend 3 days in Dallas?

Three days in Dallas gives you enough time to take in the top attractions and explore Dallas’ neighborhoods. Visit the Reunion Tower, John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, and Dallas Arboretum, tour the AT&T Stadium, and party in the Deep Ellum entertainment district, then take a day trip to Arlington or Fort Worth.

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What entertainment is there in Dallas?

Dallas is a cultural hub, where you can discover the museums of the Arts District, hit the shops at the NorthPark Center or Dallas Galleria malls, or catch a football game at AT&T Stadium. The Deep Ellum entertainment district is buzzing at night, packed with bars, restaurants, and live music venues.

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Is Dallas safe to visit?

Yes, Dallas is generally a safe city to visit. However, crime rates are still reasonably high, and, like all major US cities, you should take care at night and keep an eye on valuables. South Dallas, Cedar Crest, and the Convention Center District are some of the less safe areas.

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