Dallas, TX

Dallas, Texas inspires BIG ideas and larger than life experiences. The city offers the best shopping in the Southwest, a thriving culinary scene, over 70,000 hotel rooms, more than 200 golf courses and impressive arts districts. The Dallas metropolitan area is also home to 6 major professional sports leagues, including our legendary Dallas Cowboys!

Top Activities

Downtown’s Dealey Plaza, The Sixth Floor Museum, JFK Memorial and the Old Red Courthouse: Learn about the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy and see the infamous Grassy Knoll. Explore the history of Dallas at the Old Red Courthouse and Founder’s Plaza, then go to the West End district to shop authentic Western wear. Also visit the Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas City Hall.

The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower: The newly renovated Observation Deck at Reunion Tower is a sight for sore-eyes—and that’s before visitors see the 360-degree, breathtaking view of the Dallas skyline. Its highlights include a 30-panel digital information system with interactive features and zoom options, live cameras and the Cloud Nine café.

The Dallas Arts District: The largest urban arts district in the country includes the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art and more. Docent-led architecture tours are available featuring Pritzker Prize-winning structures. Catch a Broadway show at the AT&T Performing Arts Center or see the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The 5.2-acre urban deck park, Klyde Warren Park, offers lush green space with food trucks, lawn games, an outdoor library, concert stage, kid’s playground, a dog park and more.

Southfork Ranch: One of our most visited attractions, Southfork Ranch is the setting of the famous TV drama, “Dallas.” Visit the Ewing Mansion, take a guided tour of the property and see the “Legends” exhibit with memorabilia like the gun that shot J.R. and Lucy’s wedding dress. Family-friendly horseback trail rides are also offered.

Family-friendly fun at Perot Museum of Nature & Science, Children’s Aquarium, the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas Arboretum: See spectacular gem specimens and dinosaur fossils at the Perot Museum, feed giraffes and take a monorail tour at the Dallas Zoo, romp through the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum, and touch live sting-rays at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park and much more!

 

Ideas for First Time Visitors:

  • Downtown attractions: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, Pioneer Plaza, The Eye at the Joule
  • Exceptional shopping at NorthPark Center, Dallas Galleria Mall or Highland Park Village
  • Dallas Arts District and Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Horseback riding at the Texas Horse Park
  • Southfork Ranch

Ideas for Repeat Visitors:

  • AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, or a Dallas Mavericks (NBA) or Dallas Stars (NHL) game at the American Airlines Center
  • Outlet mall shopping (Grand Prairie, Allen or Grapevine)
  • The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  • The George W. Bush Presidential Library
  • Culinary or Brewery Tours

Special Events

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed at the Perot Museum

Elaborate royal tombs, ancient languages, human sacrifice, sports and extraordinary architecture. All define the fascinating Maya civilization that is the bedrock of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s upcoming traveling exhibition – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opening February 11th. The largest traveling Maya exhibition ever to tour the U.S., the 10,000 square-foot display brings together more than 200 authentic artifacts and immersive environments to explore the astonishing accomplishments of one of the most powerful indigenous Mesoamerican civilizations, which still has millions of living descendants today. The bilingual exhibition, presented in English and Spanish, is presented by Highland Capital Management and will run through Sept. 4, 2017.

This exhibition is fun for the family and a great place to take young ones during their spring break! General hours of operation for the Perot Museum are 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Please visit the museum website for more information about the extended hours on first Thursdays and members hours on Saturday mornings.


Mexico 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde

The Dallas Museum of Art announced that it will be the exclusive U.S. host of a major exhibition of modern Mexican art, featuring work by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and other giants of the first half of the 20th century. The survey of more than 200 works, including some of Rivera’s famous murals and pieces by lesser-known Mexican artists, premiered in Paris last October. The Dallas exhibition, its only appearance in the U.S. will include some pieces from the DMA collection. The DMA has a rich history of collecting and presenting Mexican art, and this exhibition offers our visitors the opportunity to explore in-depth the diverse and vibrant voices that distinguish Mexican art during the first half of the 20th century, showcases not on the greats of Mexican art but also those who may have been eclipsed on the international level by names lie Rivera and Kahlo. The exhibition helps broaden our understanding of what modern Mexican art means, and diversify the artistic narratives attributed to the country. Enjoy this meaningful exhibit, and a make a visit to the DMA part of your Spring Break festivities. [image:  Rosa Rolanda, Self-Portrait (Autorretrato), 1952, oil on canvas, Acervo Museo de Arte Moderno/INBA © Courtesy of El Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes Y Literatura, 2017]


Divine Pathways: South and Southeast Asian Art

The main influences in artistic history in South and Southeast Asia were Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. To celebrate this, this exhibition features works from India, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia to keep the legacy of these religious and philosophical traditions.

Local Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit: Dallas’ public transportation system connects 13 cities in the area with rail, bus and rideshare services. DART can take visitors to and from major attractions like Fair Park, Dallas Zoo, NorthPark Center and more, and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, local hospitals and universities. Their mobile-friendly site lets users see maps, fares, stops and more.


D-Link: The free D-Link busses can shuttle visitors, locals and large groups to and from several areas in and around downtown, including Dealey Plaza, the Arts District, Victory Park, the Omni Convention Center Hotel and across the Jefferson viaduct to Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff. It runs Monday through Saturday, 11am to 11:30pm.


Silvercar Dallas: Rent a luxury Audi A4 with the touch of a button on your smartphone. Simply download their app, reserve the car, use the app to unlock the car, and you’re ready to go with a receipt emailed to you. The cars come with free WiFi, GPS, Satellite Radio and toll tracking.


360 Limo, Inc.: 360 Limo is a transportation and chauffeured service provider. Professional chauffeurs, latest model vehicles, and the latest technology to serve corporate and leisure markets. Ph:  214-348-9898.


American Transfers & Tours: We are a “destination management service” devoted to hotel shuttle service for large conventions.  We represent most area bus companies and limousine services and we will match you with the best equipment for your needs. Ph: 972-389-1900.


Distance from Major Airports

  • Dallas Fort Worth Airport (to downtown) – 20 miles
  • Love Field Airport (to downtown) – 7 miles

Local Tour Guides

All In One Tour Services: Alice, alice@allinonetourservices.com Specializing in events and tours coming to Texas. Handle all convention and tourism needs, such as transportation, accommodations, tours, meet and greet, and event planning. We’re your “one stop shop” for all of your tour and meeting needs. All major languages available.


Big D Fun Tours: Michael “Scott” Aston, info@bigdfuntours.com Go back in time to November 22, 1963.  Experience the JFK assassination as if you were there.  Ride in the comfort of our climate controlled trolley and travel the motorcade route and the timeline of Lee Harvey Oswald.  Was it as simple as a lone gunman?…or something more? Big D Fun Tours provides two tours to FITs, their award-winning JFK Trolley Tour and the Dallas City Tour. English.


Discover Dallas Tours, Inc.: rebecca@discoverdallastours.com  A local tour company and receptive tour operator specializing in sightseeing tours led by experienced tour guides. We provide customized group tour itineraries and assist with attractions, accommodations, dining and transportation requirements. Whether you are with a student group, convention, family reunion or senior travel, we are your resource for all your travel needs. English.


Heritage Tours, LLC: byronwc@texastourstrade.com A Dallas-based tour operator since 1992, we specialize in historical and cultural tours of the area.Tours are customized to the time, length and cost of the group.We serve individuals as well as groups of any size.Most popular themes are Dallas history and culture, the Arts Scene, and JFK Assassination sites.A+ Rating from the BBB.


Dallas Fort Worth Area Tour Guide Association: info@dfwtourguides.com The Dallas/Fort Worth Area Tour Guide Association, organized in 1999, provides continuing education, training and certification programs. DFWATGA provides a forum for tour guides and hospitality professionals. The Dallas CVB recommends requesting a Certified Tour Guide when reaching out to the DFW Tour Guide Association. English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Russian, Cantonese, Mandarin, German, Italian.