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Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Dallas

Dallas was founded in the mid-19th century and has grown into one of the largest and most-populous cities in the state of Texas. The city, located in the north central part of the state, is a major financial and transportation hub. Tourists have a lot to see and do in Dallas. The city is noted for its architecture – ranging from Gothic Revival to post modern and modern architecture. There are plenty of museums for this historically inclined. Dallas has the highest number of shopping centers per capita in the US, so the city is certainly a haven for shopping enthusiasts. Dallas is ideal for a visit with the whole family on a long weekend. Here is our pick of the top 10 attractions of the city.

 

  1. Nasher Sculpture Center
Nasher Sculpture Center

The Nasher Sculpture Center is a gallery and museum of sculpture located in the Dallas Arts District. It showcases the collections of Raymond and Patsy Nasher, a couple who acquired one of the finest private sculpture collections in the late 20th century. The center was opened in 2003 in a facility that was entirely funded by the Nasher Foundation. It is located right next to another prominent attraction of the city – the Dallas Museum of Arts. There are several permanent and temporary exhibits in this complex that spreads over 2.4 acres. Major masters featured in the Center include Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

 

  1. Dallas World Aquarium
Feeding manatee in the Dallas World Aquarium

The Dallas World Aquarium is a fun attraction for the whole family. It is located in downtown Dallas. The museum opened in 1989 in a refurbished warehouse from 1924 that had been gutted in a fire. It was extended in 1997 to its neighboring warehouse which was also transformed after a fire. While the upper level of the museum has the recreated Orinoco rainforest, the lower level has several aquariums having marine animals from all over the world. A good time to visit the Dallas World Aquarium is during the feeding schedule when the animals are at their playful best.

 

  1. NorthPark Center
NorthPark Center

The NorthPark Center is one of the largest shopping malls in the whole of the US. This enclosed mall was the first shopping center that was featured in the Vogue magazine. It was opened in 1965 and presently is home to 225 stores spread over 2 million square feet in 4 floors. It is located at the intersection of the Loop 12/Northwest Highway and the Central Expressway. Other than the shops and restaurants, the center also has a library for children. So if you are looking for high-end shopping, then this is the place to be.

 

  1. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a slice of nature in the city of Dallas, perfect for a quiet stroll in the afternoon. It is located on the southeastern bank of the White Rock Lake, within walking distance from downtown Dallas. The garden was originally built in 1940 and is spread over 66 acres. It gained prominence after major landscaping in the mid 1980s. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden has a series of gardens, each with its unique look. Sculptures and fountains enhance the look of these gardens. Guided tours are available of the Garden.

 

  1. Dallas Zoo
Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo is one of the most prominent attractions in the city of Dallas. It was established in 1888 and presently spreads over 106 acres, making it the oldest and largest zoo in the state of Texas. The zoo is home is home to over 2000 animals belonging to 406 different species. It attracts nearly a million visitors every year. The zoo has several attractions and is divided into a number of sections. Some of the most popular are the T-Rex Express Mini Train, Cheetah Encounter, Endangered Species Carousel, Lemur Lookout, Koala Walkabout, Wild Encounters Stage, and Giants of the Savanna. The Dallas Zoo offers Photo Safaris and Safari Nights which are popular with the visitors.

 

  1. Frontiers of Flight Museum
Apollo 7 Module in the Frontiers of Flight Museum

The Frontiers of Flight Museum is an aerospace museum and a must-visit attraction if you are in Dallas. It was founded in 1988 and has a large collection of aircraft on display. The museum is dedicated to the history of aviation and the exploration of space, with a special focus on the Fort Worth and Dallas area. It is spread over 10,000 square feet in the Love Field on Lemmon Avenue and is affiliated with the famous Smithsonian Affiliation program. Some of the most popular displays include the Apollo 7 Command Module, items from the iconic German airship Hindenburg, and the famous fighter aircraft Sopwith Pup.

 

  1. Meadows Museum
Meadows Museum

The Meadows Museum is a major museum in Dallas housing one of the most comprehensive and largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. It was established in 1965 and is also called the Prado on the Prairie, a nickname acquired from the Prado Museum in Madrid. The Meadows Museum  has an extensive collection of paintings and artworks from the 10th to the 20th centuries. From Renaissance altarpieces to Rococo paintings, and from Goya to Rodin, the range is wide and interesting.

 

  1. Reunion Tower
Reunion Tower

The Reunion Tower is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city of Dallas. This observation tower is a part of the Hyatt Regency Dallas and is located in the downtown area. Locally known as The Ball, this tower stands 561 feet, and is home to a revolving restaurant and an observation platform. Try to visit the tower after sundown, when it is beautifully lit up. There is also a gift shop selling souvenirs at the base of the tower. The Reunion Tower is located within walking distance from the Dealey Plaza.

 

  1. Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art is a major art museum and one of the largest in the USA. It is located in the Arts District in the downtown neighborhood of Dallas. The museum was founded in 1903 and presently has a collection of more than 24,000 art works and artifacts. These collections range from the 3rd millennium BC right up to the present day. The Dallas Museum of Art is also home to the Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library which has a collection of over 50,000 volumes. The museum has the works of several masters including Vincent Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Auguste Rodin, to name a few.

 

  1. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
The gun said to be used by Oswald at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Even with all its glory, Dallas is infamous for being the city where US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The Sixth Floor Museum is a tall brick building believed to be the place from where the fatal shot that killed him was fired. The museum has been set at the exact site where, according to  government investigators, Lee Harvey Oswald shot at the President. The museum is dedicated to the legacy, life, and death of John F Kennedy.

Originally posted 2017-07-18 06:30:28.

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