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Sights and Attractions in Dallas – Fort Worth Texas

American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum

4601 Texas Hwy. 360 at FAA Road
Fort Worth, Texas 76155
817-967-1560
www.crsmithmuseum.org
Much more than a museum, the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum allows visitors to experience the history of commercial aviation through sight and sound with hands-on exhibits. Explore the world of aviation from the unique perspective that allows you to hear, feel, touch and see it for yourself.

American Airlines Center

2500 Victory Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
214-222-3687
www.americanairlinescenter.comView behind-the-scenes action of the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, Stars and Vigilantes. Find out how the facility transforms to host concerts, sporting events and other spectator events on stage and get a sneak peek of the backstage suites for visiting celebrities.  Visit the pros’ locker rooms and take a tour of the Platinum Club, Jack Daniels Old #7 Club, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant and the Miller Sky Bar.

American Museum of the Miniature Arts

Sharp Gallery at Hall of State – Fair Park
3939 Grand Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75210
214-421-4500
www.hallofstate.com/html/sharp_gallery.html
On display at the Sharp Gallery in the Hall of State, the collection includes dolls and antique toys as well as 15 large, multi-story dollhouses furnished to scale and in the rural and urban periods they represent.

Amon Carter Museum

3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817-738-1933
www.cartermuseum.org
The assortment of American art housed within the Amon Carter Museum is breathtaking – from the first landscape painters of the 1830’s to modern artists of the twentieth century. The collection includes works from Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and Alfred Stieglitz. Benefactor Amon G. Carter’s collection of works by the two greatest artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, are also housed here. The museum’s photography collection, one of the premier collections in the nation, boasts more than 30,000 exhibition-quality prints that cover the breadth of the medium’s history.

AT&T Stadium

One AT&T Way
Arlington, Texas 76011
817-892-4000
www.stadium.dallascowboys.com
AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, has been the proud home of the five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys since 2009. Seating 80,000 fans, it features state-of-the-art amenities under a domed cover. In addition to professional football, it plays host to a variety of events year-round, including concerts, festivals, carnivals, college football and high school football.

Bass Performance Hall

4th and Calhoun Streets
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
817-212-4325
www.basshall.com
The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall serves as the home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions, enhancing the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; promoting arts education; and contributing to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

1462 First Avenue
Dallas (in Fair Park), Texas 75210
469-554-7340
www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com
Designed with children in mind, the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is managed by the Dallas Zoo, and is home to a collection of approximately 6,000 aquatic animals. This aquarium features marine and freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, and also participates in a number of national and international conservation and research projects. It is a leader in the breeding of critically endangered Texas aquatic species, such as the Texas blind salamander and several desert fishes that are already extinct in nature.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

8525 Garland Road
Dallas, Texas 75218
214-515-6515
www.dallasarboretum.org
One of the most magnificent gardens in the nation, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is in bloom year-round. This special gardener’s delight is home to the nation’s most notable azalea collections, as well as a mist garden, all on 66 acres along the shores of White Rock Lake overlooking downtown Dallas.

Dallas Firefighters Museum

3801 Parry Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75226
214-821-1500
www.dallasfiremuseum.com  
One hundred years of firefighting history comes to life through rare firefighting memorabilia – including a horse-drawn steam pumper, a 1936 hook-and-ladder truck, helmets, tools and uniforms – all displayed in a vintage fire station located across from Fair Park.

Dallas Mozzarella Company

2944 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75226
214-741-4072
www.mozzco.com
The Dallas Mozzarella Company is located near downtown Dallas and specializes in making fresh mozzarella and other cheeses. Take a tour of the factory, shop, or learn to make the cheese in a hands-on cheese making class.

Dallas Museum of Art

1717 N. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-922-1200
www.dm-art.org
For more than 100 years the Dallas Museum of Art has celebrated connecting art and people. The Museum has an encyclopedic collection of more than 22,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of history representing all cultures.

Dallas Museum of Natural History (Perot Museum of Nature and Science)

3535 Grand Avenue (1318 S. Second Avenue at Fair Park)
Dallas, Texas 75210
214-428-5555
www.perotmuseum.org
The museum, which is part of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, features 60 dioramas of the flora and wildlife of Texas, a fully reconstructed Texas tenontosaurus dinosaur, a giant 90-million-year-old protostega sea turtle and a mosasarus. Special traveling exhibits are featured throughout the year.

Dallas World Aquarium

1801 North Griffin
Dallas, Texas 75202
214-720-2224
www.dwazoo.com
The Dallas World Aquarium, located in the heart of downtown Dallas, features exhibits and animals from around the world, including a South American rainforest alive with exotic birds and life local to that environment.  The aquarium areas houses various marine life that reside both in and out of water.

Dallas Zoo

650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E)
Dallas, Texas 75203
469-554-7500
www.dallaszoo.com
The Dallas Zoo encompasses over 100 acres and features a variety of exhibits and activities such as the “Wilds of Africa,” LaCerte Family Children’s Zoo, the Exxon Mobil Endangered Tiger Habitat, and “SOAR, A Festival of Flight”. Located just three miles south of downtown, the Zoo is a great family destination.

Dallas Farmers Market

1010 South Pearl Expy
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-939-2808
www.dallasfarmersmarket.org
Open seven-days-a-week and 362 days a year, you will find the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers and homemade delights here, where farmers sell their wares directly to the public. The Dallas Farmers Market is one of the country’s largest open-air markets.

Fair Park

1121 First Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75210
214-426-3400
www.fairpark.org
Designated as a National Historic Landmark, Fair Park is known for its American Art Deco architecture during its heyday in the 1930’s. Located only two miles east of downtown Dallas, the 277-acred park is home to some of the city’s best museums, the Music Hall, Band Shell, the Cotton Bowl, several historic landmarks and hosts the State Fair of Texas every autumn. Other special features include the Leonhardt Lagoon, the Texas Vietnam Memorial and Smith Fountain.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

1600 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817-255-9300 or 888-255-9300
www.fortworthmuseum.org
Established in 1941, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was the very first children’s museum in Texas, and one of the first children’s museums in the nation. Dedicated to offering exceptional learning experiences in science and history to the diverse populations of North Texas, the museum hosts nine galleries featuring exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to computers, and is home to an IMAX theatre as well as a planetarium.

Fort Worth Zoo

1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas 76110
817-759-7555
www.fortworthzoo.com
The nationally ranked Fort Worth Zoo is home to nearly 7,000 exotic animals, and is the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas. Since 1992, the Zoo has opened 16 permanent exhibits and support facilities, and features Texas Wild!, which is actually seven distinct exhibits within its 8-acre complex. The Zoo has been ranked as a top zoo in the nation by Family Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, and as one of the top zoos in the South by Southern Living Reader’s Choice Awards.

Frisco RoughRiders

Dr Pepper Ballpark
7300 RoughRiders Trail
Frisco, Texas 75034
972-334-1900
www.ridersbaseball.com
The AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the RoughRiders summer games are action packed and filled with family fun. Enjoy the fireworks show after a Friday night game and catch the zany characters of the ZOOperstars entertainment act.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

6911 Lemmon Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75209
214-350-3600
www.flightmuseum.com
From Kitty Hawk to the Moon Walk, relive the history of aviation amid one of the world’s finest collections of artifacts, scale models, photography and other exciting memorabilia.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

2943 SMU Bouleard
Dallas, Texas 75205
www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public in May 2013.  This new, must-see Dallas site is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University.   The Library houses records and documents from Bush’s presidency and his governorship of Texas.  The Museum has exhibits aimed at telling the story of George W. Bush’s presidency, including the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing.  An interactive Decisions Theater takes the visitor through the decision making process of the Bush Administration.  Visitors can also enjoy a life-size re-creation of the Oval Office as it was during the Bush presidency, as well as a Texas Rose Garden.

Gilley’s Dallas

1135 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75215
214-421-2021
www.gilleysdallas.com
Gilley’s Dallas is a one-of-a-kind place where great entertainers strut their stuff, all to the delight of an audience that always feels a part of the show. Gilley’s Dallas features 93,000 sq ft of event space with a spectacular view of the stage from every seat, a walnut hardwood dance floor and the latest in sound, lights, and video production equipment. Gilley’s entertainment calendar reflects Dallas’ diversity, including contemporary Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Blues, Latino/Tejano music, and even sporting events, while not forgetting its Urban Country roots.

Hall of State

3939 Grand Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75210
214-421-4500
www.dallashistory.org
Built by the State of Texas for the 1936 Centennial Exposition, the Hall of State is located within Fair Park and continues its dedication to Texas history and culture. The Hall of State is a virtual treasure trove for historians, housing more than 3 million historic documents, photographs, garments and other objects in its vast collection.

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

1515 S. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75215
214-421-5141
www.dallasheritagevillage.org
Take a trip back in time when visiting Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, a living history museum portraying life in North Texas circa 1840-1910. The museum’s 20 acres is home to 38 historic structures, including a working Civil War-era farm, a traditional Jewish household, Victorian homes, a school, a church and commercial buildings. Dedicated to preserving structures, artifacts and other historical materials related to this period, the museum provides living interpretations of this period for the public to experience.

Hurricane Harbor, A Six Flags Water Park

1800 E. Lamar Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
817-640-8900
www.sixflags.com
The largest water park in North Texas and part of the Six Flags family, Hurricane Harbor has more than 26 slides, rides, pool attractions and events to help you beat the Texas heat.

Kimbell Art Museum

3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817-332-8451
www.kimbellart.org
Designed by the great American architect Louis I. Kahn, the Kimbell Art Museum has been called “America’s best small museum.” Kimbell’s world-class collection includes holdings that range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including works by Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Cézanne and Matisse. It is one of the only Southwest institutions with a substantial collection of Asian arts, and has a small but select group representing Mesoamerican and African pieces as well as Mediterranean antiquities.

Latino Cultural Center

2600 Live Oak Street
Dallas, Texas 75204
214-671-0045
www.dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter/
Opened in 2003 to celebrate and share Latino culture and designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Center serves as a catalyst for the preservation, development and promotion of Latino arts and culture in Dallas.

The Lookout Atop Reunion Tower

300 Reunion Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75207
214-651-1234
www.dallasregency.hyatt.com
This landmark tower adjacent to downtown’s Hyatt Regency Hotel features a spectacular view with high-definition cameras from a newly designed 50-story observation deck, renamed GeO-Deck, including a private dining room, a revolving cocktail lounge and Antares restaurant.

Louis Tussard’s Palace of Wax and Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

601 E. Palace Pkwy.
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050
972-263-2391
www.grandprairie.ripleys.com
Mingle amongst over 200 life-like figures from Hollywood, history, horror, religion and fantasy in Louis Tussard’s Palace of Wax. Ripley’s Believe It or Not features an eye-popping collection of oddities from around the world in 11 galleries spread over 10,000 sq ft of fun!  There is also a Mirror Maze and LaseRace Challenge, if you’re up for a more interactive experience.  Everyone will find something to do in this place.

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority / M-Line Streetcar

214-855-0006, ext. 1
3153 Oak Grove Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75204
www.mata.org
The FREE McKinney Avenue Trolley, the only historic streetcar system in Texas, connects the Arts District and the bistros and boutiques along McKinney Avenue to the new West Village dining and retail development.  The trolley runs every 15 minutes on the weekdays and every 20 minutes on the weekend.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo

1818 Rodeo Drive
Mesquite, Texas 75149
972-235-8777
www.mesquiteprorodeo.com
Since 1958, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has been Dallas’ link to the Old West.  The seasonal rodeo features high-flying broncos, 2,000-pound bulls, daredevil clowns, Texas shops, Chuck wagon races, a barbeque buffet and children’s activities.

 

Meyerson Symphony Center

2301 Flora
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-670-3600
dallasculture.org/meyersonSymphonyCenter/
Opened in 1989, The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other Dallas-based cultural organizations.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817-738-9215
www.themodern.org
The oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the most celebrated collections of postwar art in the central United States. The Modern’s current home was designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando and features more than 53,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to showcasing modern and contemporary American and European art from 1945 to the present, and includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography.

Nasher Sculpture Center

2001 Flora Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-242-5100
www.nashersculpturecenter.org
The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern sculpture. Considered one of the foremost collections, private or public, of 20th-Century sculpture in the world, the Nasher collection is composed of more than 300 sculpture pieces together with twentieth-century paintings and drawings, and features works by Calder, de Kooning, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Rodin and Serra, among many others. The museum’s holdings are rotated in thematic installations throughout the Center’s seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

1720 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
817-336-4475
www.cowgirl.net
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is like none other – the only museum in the world honoring and celebrating the women of the American West through extraordinary courage and a true pioneering spirit. Take a ride on a bronc or peruse the galleries filled with artifacts and stories of how women shaped the West.

National Scouting Museum, The Official Museum of the Boy Scouts of America

1329 West Walnut Hill Ln.
Irving, Texas 75038
972-580-2100
www.bsamuseum.org
A tribute to the rich history of the Boy Scouts of America, the state-of-the-art facility features a Norman Rockwell art gallery, rescue adventure, laser shooting gallery, Pinewood Derby track, hands-on exhibits and a large historical collection.

NRH2O

9001 Boulevard 26
North Richland Hills, Texas 76180
817-427-6500
www.nrh2o.com
The NRH2O waterpark features body slides, double-rider inner tube slides, a 12,000-square-foot wave pool, mat racing, food and other water-based attractions for the whole family, as well as special events and discounts.  There are three single-riders and 5 multi-riders, adding to the adventure and offering something for everyone to make a day in the sun more fun!

Perot Museum of Nature and Science (formerly The Dallas Children’s Museum)

2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-428-5555
www.perotmuseum.org
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science immerses children and their families in an environment that stimulates exploration and discovery.  The facility provides opportunities for cultural exploration, dramatic play, outdoor activities, artistic endeavors and educational growth.

Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art

309 Main Street, Sundance Square
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
817-332-6554 or 888-332-6554
www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org
Come visit the American West, as depicted in paintings by famous Western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The paintings reflect both the myth and the reality of the American West, and are the legacy of the late oilman and philanthropist, Sid Williams Richardson. More than 50,000 come each year to the museum, which is housed in a replica of a turn-of-the-century building in historic Sundance Square.

 

 

Six Flags Over Texas

2201 Road to Six Flags
Alrlington, Texas 76010
817-640-8900
www.sixflags.com/overTexas/
In the spirit of all that is Six Flags, ‘Over Texas’ features more than 100 thrilling rides and attractions, as well as a variety of family-friendly shows and attractions.  There area about 30 rides to keep your young ones happy, while Family Rides allows for all to enjoy a thrill.  If you’ve got the stomach for it, take a stab at one of the more than 10 thrilling rides that will have your hair standing on end and adrenaline shooting through your veins.  Whatever you choose, it will be a day you’ll never forget!

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

411 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
214-747-6660
www.jfk.org
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a permanent historical exhibition located in downtown Dallas, receiving more than two million visitors each year. The exhibition explores the life, times, death and legacy of John F. Kennedy, focusing on the impact of his death. The museum is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) at 411 Elm Street at Houston in downtown Dallas. Visitors enter through the Visitors Center on the north side of the building where twin elevators take them directly to the museum’s permanent exhibit.

Southfork Ranch

3700 Hogge Rd.
Parker, Texas 75002
972-442-7800
www.southforkranch.com
Internationally renowned as the filming location for the “Dallas” television series, Southfork Ranch is known the world over as America’s most famous ranch. Today, Southfork welcomes several thousand tourists annually and lavishly hosts guests for more than 1,400 special events.

Stockyards Station

130 E. Exchange Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
817-625-9715
www.stockyardsstation.com
Located in the heart of the Stockyards National Historic District, Stockyards Station creates an exciting blend of old and new Fort Worth. Visitors enjoy walking tours, hopping an operational steam train and visiting the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the numerous shops. There’s even The Fort Worth Herd – a daily Longhorn cattle drive!

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

128 E. Exchange, Historic Barn A
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
817-626-7131
www.texascowboyhalloffame.com
The newest attraction to the Fort Worth Stockyards, the museum pays tribute to more than 40 rodeo and cutting horse championships and features over 60 antique wagons.  It hosts exhibits and exploratoriums sharing a wealth of knowledge and hands on activities for all to experience.

Texas Discovery Gardens

3601 Martin Luther King Blvd.
— Gate 6 at Fair Park —
Dallas, Texas 75210
214-428-7476
www.texasdiscoverygardens.org
A year-round urban oasis, Texas Discovery Gardens is located at historic Fair Park.  The first certified organic public garden in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens showcases beautiful native and adapted plants grown using sustainable methods that conserve water and protect the environment.  Family festivals, free admission days, events, classes and exhibitions round out an assortment of natural wonders waiting to be explored.

Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora Street
Suite 500
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-443-1043
www.dallasopera.org
Home of the Dallas Opera, this 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional opera house features the 2,200-seat Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, designed with an environmentally conscious, state-of-the-art standard against which future opera houses will be measured.  With shows to please young and old alike, everyone can partake in the spine-tingling thrill of live theatre paired with dynamic sounds.

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