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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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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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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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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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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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
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George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

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
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Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

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
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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

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dallas

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Madelyn_E, Jun 2022
Dallas and Cowboys Stadium Combo Tour
Would recommend to anyone coming 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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Find it all
Thomas_L, Jun 2022
Dallas Evening Cruizer Tour
See almost everything to tease you to want to see more of Dallas.
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Awesome tour
Izabella_S, May 2022
Dallas Cruizer Tour
Tanja, our guide, was super nice and knowledgeable and made sure we got to see the very best of Dallas.
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Donna_S, May 2022
Dallas Cruizer Tour
The driver was funny and very informational we got to see a lot in downtown Dallas on wheels.
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Great experience!
Genna_D, May 2022
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
Great way to see Dallas!
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This was a fantastic way...
Susan_G, Apr 2022
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
This was a fantastic way to see Dallas!
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A Must See Tour Experience
AmeliaPurvis, Apr 2022
Best of Dallas Sightseeing Bus Tour with CityPass Option
Gave us great ideas on what to do next that we wouldn’t have found otherwise!
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Easy and entertaining way to see the sights of Dallas
Rachel_H, Apr 2022
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
A great way to see some of the main sights of Dallas, but also some of the lesser known ones.
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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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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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Fabulous Trip
Kelly_B, Feb 2022
5-Hour Guided Best of Fort Worth Historical Tour
The stop at the water gardens in Fort Worth on the trip back to Dallas was also a great experience to see such tranquility within the city.
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VERY hot tour in Texas. Loved Fort Worth
Tammy_M, Jun 2022
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
We felt rushed and was unable to see everything.
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The tour guide Johnny was...
Dean_C, Apr 2022
Southfork Ranch and the TV Series Dallas Tour
I've been to several similar tours and by far this was the most accessible to see everything.
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Interesting and factual walking tour
Frank_C, Apr 2022
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Awesome walking tour to see JFK’s final moments and where things happened - was able to learn a lot more and put things in perspective because you are right where it happened.
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Awesome experience!! Worth the time!
Patricia_K, Oct 2021
Best of Dallas Sightseeing Bus Tour with CityPass Option
The tour was a great way to see a lot of Dallas in a short window of time.
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Dallas up close and personal
Linda_C, Apr 2022
Dallas Cruizer Tour
Best way to see and get a feel for downtown Dallas.
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Amazing Tour
Robert_P, Sep 2021
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
Plenty to see and do with good food and shopping available.
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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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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.

Currency
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Time Zone
CDT (UTC -6)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English

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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