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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 10 attractions in Dallas

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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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
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Dealey Plaza

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
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Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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
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Pioneer Plaza

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
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Dallas Arts District

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
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Billy Bob's Texas

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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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth

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
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Reunion Tower

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
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SEA LIFE® Aquarium Dallas

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
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Nasher Sculpture Center

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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 3 Days in Dallas

How to Spend 3 Days in Dallas

JFK History in Dallas

JFK History in Dallas

Food Lover’s Guide to Dallas

Food Lover’s Guide to Dallas

Recent reviews from experiences in Dallas

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Quick Dallas visit
Raymond_O, Jan 2021
Small-Group Dallas City Highlights Tour by Minivan
It gave us ideas for what to do next time we're in Dallas.
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Awesome touring experience wonderful host.
Charles_J, Dec 2020
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
We got to see the city and discover many of the cultural differences which helped to create it.
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Learning about our new home state
MaryJo_T, Sep 2020
Private Dallas Highlights Tour
It was perfect for us who are new transplants to Dallas to see the sites and I was able to make a list of all of the places to take visitors when they come visit us.
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Great Tour even w/o museum
Susan_G, Jan 2021
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
Had wanted to see 6th Floor of Book Depository, but museum closes on Tuesdays.
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A history must
Valeria_C, Oct 2020
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
We not only got to see where President Kennedy was assassinated, but the locations where Lee Harvey Oswald went right after shots were fired.
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Dream come true.
lemoncurd, Sep 2019
Southfork Ranch and the TV Series Dallas Tour
Have wanted to visit Southfork for so long and it certainly exceeded my expectations.
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Great.
PAT D, Sep 2019
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
They are a great way to see a city.
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Informative and fun
shana146, May 2019
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
Got to see all the different sections of the city and learned some history of Dallas.
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This is a relaxed and easy way to see...
Gordon C, Sep 2017
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
This is a relaxed and easy way to see the sights of Dallas.
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We were able to do everything we...
Jessica S, Apr 2016
Dallas CityPASS
We were able to do everything we wanted in Dallas plus a little extra we were not expecting to see too - definitely worth getting this.
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Everything is good... we managed to...
SC L, Aug 2015
Dallas CityPASS
we managed to visit to all the places listed in the CityPASS.
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JFK Assassination Bus Tour
Debbie57892, Nov 2019
JFK Bus Tour with Oswald Rooming House, optional CityPass
We got to see all the buildings that were involved in this event.
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Educational and Eye opening
Hunterdias83, Oct 2019
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
We wanted to see and learn as much as possible.
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Something a little different from Dallas and Arlington
Russ W, Oct 2019
Half-Day Fort Worth Highlights Tour
We had time after the drive to see some of the sights in Fort Worth and even to stop in a Walmart on the way back to buy a couple of souvenirs.
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Must do trip!
varadipanni, Mar 2019
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
Get your coffee fix though because it is a looking trip with a lots of sites to see and lots of stories to hear makes your head spin.
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our tour guide Jim was very good and...
Phyllis S, May 2017
JFK Food and Culture Tour in Dallas
We went to see architectural things that most of us did not care about.
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My husband will be moving to Dallas for...
Dawn R, Jul 2015
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
We thought this would be a great way to see the city...
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BRILLIANT
PAT D, Sep 2019
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
Its a great detailed way to see Dallas, slows down at certain spots to have a close look too.
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I'm a big believer in CityPass for...
flex21, Feb 2018
Dallas CityPASS
We enjoyed many of the included attractions didn't get to do them all but did almost 3/4 of them and really got to see a lot of Dallas in a very efficient and cost-effective way.
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Excellent hour and a half tour. Guide...
Janis S, Mar 2016
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
And I live in Dallas but still found it a great way to see the city while entertaining my out of town guests!

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.

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.

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