Top 15 things to do in Dallas

Texas School Book Depository et le Six Floor Museum, Dallas

Visiting Dallas: what are the best things to see and do in Texas’ Big « D »?

Visiting Dallas? Two images immediately come to mind: the 80s TV series with the cruel JR and the Ewing ranch and all that oil, but also the date November 22, 1963, the day on which US President JFK was assassinated. But is that all Dallas has to offer? Let’s take a look at the major places of interest to visit in Dallas, a city that has continued to grow and emancipate itself over the decades.

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1. Bank of America Plaza

Bank of America Plaza, Dallas

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At 281 meters, it’s the tallest tower in Dallas. It contains 72 floors and was inaugurated in the mid-80s, when the real estate market was booming. Since then, the economic and financial crisis has passed and no other building of this scale has been launched in downtown Dallas.

2. Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower, Dallas

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One of the city’s most emblematic towers, it was built in 1978. At the top of the tower is a ball containing a revolving bar-restaurant, the famous Five Sixty (a reference to the tower’s height, 560 feet or 171 meters). The ball itself is surrounded by a metal mesh containing some 260 lights, which helps you spot the tower at night, wherever you are in Dallas. Climb to the top to enjoy a drink in this bar while admiring the most amazing view.

3. Fair Park

Fair Park, Dallas

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The Cotton Bowl is a large park covering more than a square kilometer, located to the east of downtown Dallas. This immense space includes several museums as well as an aquarium, an opera house and a fantastic 92,000-seat stadium called the Cotton Bowl, which is used for both American soccer matches and large-scale concerts. Fair Park is also home to the famous Texas Star Ferris Wheel, a 65-metre-high Ferris wheel (surely the tallest in the United States) and the Dallas Fair, which attracts some 7 million visitors every year over a 3-week period.

4. Pioneer Plaza

Pioneer Plaza, Dallas

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The only attraction here is quite simply the world’s largest bronze statue. It depicts Texan cowboys driving cattle with great realism. Note that this is a park with free parking.

5. Dallas arboretum and botanical garden

Jardin botanique, arboretum, Dallas

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This botanical garden is simply magnificent. A little paradise of greenery and serenity in the midst of all the concrete, bricks and dry spaces that make up Dallas. The botanical gardens include a must-see museum with various fountains and fantastic landscaped gardens. The Dallas Botanical Garden boasts some 2,400 plant varieties.

6. DallasMuseum of Art

Musée d'art, Dallas

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This museum is a high-level discovery of decorative and fine arts. Highlights include Edward Hopper’s enigmatic Lighthouse Hill (1927) and Rodin’s The Sculptor and his Muse. The Spanish colonial art section is extraordinary. Overall, the museum’s collection contains over 22,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years. Children (and parents) will love the Young Learners Gallery, with fun projects for kids.

7. Texas Fire Department

Texas Fire Department, Visite Dallas

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A very special place to visit. If you want to experience, know and learn all about the world of Dallas firefighters, this is the place to be. A warm and friendly welcome. For more information, visit the official Dallas Fire Department website.

8. The Women’s Museum

Women's Museum, Dallas

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This is THE museum dedicated to women and women’s history through the Great History of the United States. Discover the contributions of women to the economic, social and cultural life of the USA.

9. Museumof Biblical Art

Musée d'art biblique, Dallas

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The building contains works for both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Numerous architectural works bathed in spiritual art are represented. The Biblical Arts Center is considered to be a mecca for a variety of art-related disciplines, from paintings to art collections.

10. The City Hall

City Hall, Dallas

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Built in 1978, this building houses the municipal services of the City of Dallas. It is easily recognized by its 7-storey inverted pyramid shape. Each floor is 3 meters wider than the previous one. It’s worth a look for its unconventional architectural structure.

11. Dealey Plaza

Dealey Plaza, lieu exact de l'assassinat de Kennedy, Dallas

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This square is now infamous as the place where President JFK was assassinated in November 1963. For those who want to know more, the square is packed with commemorative plaques on buildings and structures to provide more detailed information, such as a map of the route, the possible location of the killer, the exact site of the shooting, etc…

12. Texas School Book Depository and Six Floor Museum

Texas School Book Depository et le Six Floor Museum, Dallas

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In the same spirit, on the edge of Dealey Plaza, there’s the famous Book Depository, the building from which alleged killer Lee Harvey Oswald is said to have shot President Kennedy. A memorial plaque exists on the 6th floor with a museum dedicated to the present deceased, called the Six Floor Museum.

13. Union Station

Union Station Dallas

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This neo-classical building, erected in 1916, was once a railway station. Today, it has been converted into offices and contrasts with the very large glass building of the Hyatt Regency hotel.

14. The Farmers Market

Farmers Market, Dallas

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It’s a huge market where you’ll be able to meet almost 1,000 farmers who’ve been coming to Dallas to sell their produce for half a century. All the stalls are huge and follow one another in a large open hall.

15. Other ideas for visits to Dallas

  • Visit a Texas ranch from Dallas
  • The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • The Meadows Museum, a Spanish art museum
  • The African American Museum
  • Rodeo in Texas
  • Attend a Dallas Mavericks basketball game

Tips for discovering Dallas

Tourists are strongly advised to go directly to the tourist office (located at the Old Red Courthouse, 100 South Houston Street) to pick up a map of the city to help them find their way around the streets. Be aware that the rainy season is in the spring, and tourist programs may be interrupted or cancelled due to storms and long rains. It’s best to visit Dallas in summer or autumn.

For those who really want to immerse themselves in Texan life in Dallas, take the streetcar and bus, which will save you the endless traffic jams by car. Tickets for these means of transport are sold at kiosks. Finally, for gourmets and coffee-lovers, Dallas is full of tasty little places that compete in ingenuity to offer tempting promotions. The best deals are on offer at weekends.

Dallas: How to get there Where to stay?

Dallas has one of the largest airports in the United States, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. To find the cheapest air tickets for your flight from France to Dallas, use the Skyscanner flight comparison service.

Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas, and it’s spread out far and wide. To make the most of the city’s monuments and must-see places, it’s important to choose the right area to stay in Dallas. To find a cheap hotel in Dallas, use our hotel comparator Generation Voyage.

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