If you want a taste of what the medieval times looked it, get deep into the history and then come to the recent times with just a snap of the fingers and find modern architecture around yourself, then Dallas is the place for you. The second largest city in Texas still has preserved history in its pure form with cowboys and barbecues being a normal sight. Nicknamed as Big D, Dallas offers various culturally rich choices in tourist attractions. The city, which is home to over 400 parks, has a lot more to offer than jogging, swimming, tennis, picnics, and golf. The number of things to do in Dallas is uncountable, so let’s know about a few which are extremely famous for their own reasons:
- Arboretum and Botanical Gardens: since you already know that Dallas is most famous for parks and gardens, head to one of the best parks of Dallas, first. Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is not only gorgeous but is spread over 66 acres of land, giving you plenty space to play games and roam around with your family and kids. Head to the wonderful 8 acres Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden be a part of its fun play and exploration area along with the Children’s Garden Café. Choose any café around you or bring your own refreshments to the picnic area and enjoy your family time in the quiet, well-manicured grounds.
- The Sixth Floor Museum: with the beauty, one incident is majorly attached to the history of Dallas and that is the assassination of the 35th President of the United States—John F Kennedy. At this same place, the much loved President had his last moments before being shot from the window of this building and as a remark of honor, The Sixth Floor Museum documents his assassination and legacy, housing many facts about the tragic day as well as covering the President’s early life and presidential policies. It might get emotional but a trip to Dallas is incomplete without a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum. Each visitor enters the premises with a self-guided audio tour which doesn’t make them feel left out and give detailed information about the place and the tragedy. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get a chance to stand at the same window from where those fateful shots had been fired. Get yourself souvenirs from the award-winning gift shop offering a considerable selection of books and films and treat yourself with a nice café filled with freshly brewed coffees, teas, pastries, and sandwiches.
- The Perot Museum: a completely children-friendly place, The Perot Museum is also famous for its interesting hands-on learning experiences. The museum has five floors of 11 permanent exhibit halls that contain state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation with awesome, life-like simulations, educational games, and interactive kiosks. In the children’s museum, you can let your kid free in the outdoor play space and courtyard. Guide your kids towards the 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil, one of many, as well as the robots.
- Dallas Museum of Art: step in into the most famous museum of Dallas—Dallas Museum of Art for free and drool over the vast collection of a variety of arts that this museum accommodates. Dallas Museum of Art has close to 23,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of humanity from all cultures and famous artisans including Picasso, Rodin, Monet, Gauguin, and many more. The ever-changing galleries showcase the many areas of World Art from Greek and Roman to African, American, Asian, and Western European.
- Reunion Tower: Why not visit Reunion Tower and get a bird-eye view of Dallas and its famous landmarks from the dizzy height of 561 feet. Being the 15th tallest building in the city, Reunion Tower allows the visitors to enjoy a 360-degree view of the city while the Tower’s platform revolves. Do not forget to treat yourself to the legendary chef Wolfgang Pucks’ Five Sixty restaurant at the top of the tower and enjoy the lip-smacking meal.
- Adventure Landing: after a lot of architectural and museum/garden visits, head to the most fun part of Dallas—the Adventure Landing. This exciting complex offers an array of fun games for people of every age group. From three mini-golf courses and laser tag room to monster Video and Redemption Gaming Arcade and Speedway go-karts, Adventure Landing has it all for you. The bumper boats are undoubtedly kids favorite to bounce upon. Grab some snacks and energy drinks to refresh yourself in the end.