In the culturally diverse city Dallas, from the stylish Greenville Avenue to the soulful Deep Ellum neighborhood, there is truly something for everyone. Museums galore feature everything from shocking moments in history to conspiracy theory propaganda, and art galleries offer a chance to see some of the most incredible works of Asia and Europe. One of the most popular attractions in the city is the Dallas Arboretum, which features 66 acres of utopian, intricately tended gardens that are sure to please everyone from big-city types to all out nature enthusiasts. As a fashionable, cutting-edge city, Dallas is also known for one of the world’s best collections of 20th Century architecture; just wandering around the glittering streets is a way to take in the eye candy that enriches the city’s skyline.
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas TX; Tel. 214.922.1200
With a permanent collection that ranges from impressionist paintings to contemporary sculpture, and representing the world¹s many artistic heritages, the 100-year-old Dallas Museum of Art is a world-class art museum located in downtown Dallas. The building itself offers unhindered views of the downtown skyline from outdoor gardens, waterfalls and grassy areas. Admission is free on the first Tuesday of every month, as well as every Thursday evening from 5pm-9pm.
650 S. R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas TX; Tel. 214.670.5656
Texas is known for doing things large, and the Dallas Zoo is no exception. Located on over 95 hilly acres and showcasing some of the largest animals in the wild, including lions, tigers, elephants and giraffes, the recently renovated Dallas Zoo is best known for its ³Wild of Africa² exhibit. Part fantasyland, with zoo-themed restaurants and entertainment, and part conservatory, the Dallas Zoo is a popular Dallas attraction, especially with families and school children visiting the Lacerte Family Children Zoo.
The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora Street (between Harwood and Olive), Dallas, TX 75201; Tel. 214.979.6430
The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art contains more than 700 scrolls, paintings, objects of metal and stone, and large architectural pieces from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. Over 300 works are on display in three galleries including precious jade ornaments from China, delicate Japanese scrolls and a rarely seen 28-foot by 12-foot sandstone facade of an 18th century Indian residence.
110 S. Market St., Dallas TX 75202; Tel. 214.740.3040
A Dallas museum built for skeptics and conspiracy theorists everywhere, Dallas¹ Conspiracy Museum (a left-leaning Dallas attraction) tackles the questions behind the propaganda, implicating far-reaching plots driving the JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy assassinations with documentation and persuasively subversive arguments, photography and film footage.
8525 Garland Rd., Dallas TX; Tel. 214.327.8263
The Dallas Arboretum is pure Zen on 66 acres of meandering and diverse gardens, fountains and serene knolls on the edge of White Rock Lake, minutes from downtown Dallas and accessible from many locations around the Texan metropolis. With Dallas¹ characteristic warm, sunny days, the Dallas Arboretum is a popular attraction for Dallas weddings and family outings. In the spring, over 2,000 azaleas bloom in the Dallas Arboretum¹s signature Historic DeGolyer Gardens, complete with sculptures and a gazebo.
2121 Main St., Dallas TX 75226; Tel. 214.747.DEEP
A bohemian enclave in Dallas, Deep Ellum is a funky and eclectic mix of shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs in what was once an impoverished warehouse district in Dallas. One Dallas' top attractions, Deep Ellum is alive with graffiti art coloring the walls and a big slice of humanity carousing the streets of Deep Ellum shopping, drinking and eating.
1445 Ross Ave., Dallas TX
One of the most impressive buildings in Dallas is shaped like a prism and has a green, otherworldly glow. The fifth tallest building in Dallas, Fountain Place is an oasis Dallas attraction with over 175 crashing, pouring and gurgling fountains on its grounds.
Sixth Floor Museum
Elm & Houston Sts. (West End Historic District), Dallas TX; Tel. 212.747.6660
Located on the Sixth Floor of the Dallas County Administration Building in the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District, the Sixth Floor Museum is one Dallas¹ best museums and most popular attractions. An ode to everything John F. Kennedy, the museum is located around the site from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired his deadly shot on November 22, 1963. The Sixth Floor examines the cultural climate of the 1960s and JFK¹s political legacy through artifacts, film and memorabilia from the era.
1627 Pacific Ave., Dallas TX 7520; Tel. 214.969.1977
Conceived in 1961 by the City Dallas, Thanksgiving Square is an all-faith shrine to the divine and Dallas' most serene attraction. Dedicated to a spirit of gratitude, downtown Dallas¹ Thanks-Giving Square features the spiral-shaped Chapel of Thanksgiving and the Glory Window, a 60-foot vertical stained-glass work of art is an attraction in its own right. Also designed by Philip Johnson, the Meditation Garden is sloped to hide the surrounding traffic and create the illusion of isolation amid skyscrapers.