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Welcome to Dallas

You don't have to wear cowboy boots in Dallas, but if you do, you’ll fit in just fine. This swinging city in northeast Texas just can’t hide its Lone Star pride, and in many ways, it epitomizes the state itself: sprawling, bold, and bursting with oversized charm (and yes, Western apparel). Although it’s no longer the fastest-growing skyline in US, as it was in the early 2000s, downtown Dallas still boasts enough activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Take a sightseeing tour through the museums, parks, and cafes lining the streets of the Dallas Arts District, the cultural hub of the city. Stand next to sparkling five foot–tall geodes at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, or roll through the streets of the West End Historic District on a Segway tour. Tour Dealey Plaza, the site of J.F.K.’s assassination, and the accompanying exhibits at the Sixth Floor Museum. Or treat your taste buds on a food tour: You’ll sample a range of delicacies, from upscale cuisine to down-home Lone Star specialties like chili and brisket. For a glamorous look at city lights, plan to see the city itself from the 470-foot (143-meter) GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower at night. In contrast to Dallas, nearby Fort Worth offers scaled-down walking tours featuring eclectic architecture and laid-back country vibes, which will help you understand how it earned its nickname, Cowtown.

Top 10 attractions in Dallas

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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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Simple but profoundly moving, the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Dallas comprises a granite slab bearing the assassinated president’s name etched in gold. The slab is surrounded by soaring concrete walls that appear to be free-floating, capturing the feeling of loss felt around the world following Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963.More
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Reunion Tower

Reunion Tower

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Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, Reunion Tower has been a city landmark since 1978. Referred to affectionately as “The Ball” by locals, the tower offers sweeping panoramic views from the only indoor/outdoor observation deck in the city, plus high-definition telescopes and cameras, interactive exhibits, and two rotating restaurants.More
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Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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John F. Kennedy’s presidency, ending with his assassination in Dallas, profoundly shaped American history. Explore his legacy at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Filled with insightful exhibits that celebrate JFK’s personal and political life, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of this notable American president.More
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Dealey Plaza

Dealey Plaza

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Dealey Plaza is a public park in Dallas, Texas, best known as the location where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, fired on by a sniper from the Texas School Book Depository. A museum focusing on Kennedy and the assassination now occupies the former depository, and there are various remembrances around the plaza.More
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Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

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Fort Worth, once known as Cowtown, is a city that never forgot its roots. You can see those roots still honored at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, where a Texas longhorn cattle herd takes to the streets daily. This festive ritual is exemplary of how the city continues to embrace its Cowboys and Culture brand.More
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AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium)

AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium)

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AT&T Stadium (previously named Cowboys Stadium) is a top attraction for sports fans visiting Dallas. Located in Arlington, Texas, the stadium is most famous for its resident Dallas Cowboys football team and giant retractable roof. In addition to football games, the venue hosts concerts and other events year-round.More
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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Based in downtown Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers a variety of exhibits at its Victory Park campus. The museum features 60,000 square feet (5,574 square meters) of hands-on activities, interactive displays, games, and activities. Special events are planned throughout the year for both kids and adults.More
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Six Flags Over Texas

Six Flags Over Texas

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The Arlington outpost of Six Flags Over Texas is home to about 50 rides, with new ones popping up every few years. Here you’ll find something for any age, from gentle Yosemite Sam’s Texas Tea Cups for little ones to Titan, a stomach-churning roller coaster, plus several water rides for cooling off on a hot Texas summer day.More
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Pioneer Plaza

Pioneer Plaza

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Pioneer Plaza, located in downtown Dallas’ Convention Center District, honors the 19th-century cattle drives on the Shawnee Trail with a bronze sculpture of 49 longhorn steer driven by three cowboys on horseback. With a waterfall and artificial cliffs, the park is one of the most popular tourist spots in Dallas.More
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Billy Bob's Texas

Billy Bob's Texas

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The famous roadhouse-style barbecue steak, brisket, and ribs are only part of the story at Billy Bob’s Texas, dubbed the world’s largest honky tonk. More than 6,000 people can squeeze into the Fort Worth venue to watch country music concerts, hit the dance floor, dine at the restaurant, play arcade games, or watch a bull riding contest.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dallas

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Fabulous Trip
Kelly_B, Feb 2022
6-Hour Guided Best of Fort Worth Historical Tour
The stop at the water gardens in Fort Worth on the trip back to Dallas was also a great experience to see such tranquility within the city.
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Good overview of downtown Dallas
Emile_H, Dec 2021
Dallas Cruizer Tour
It is helpful as there are so many attractions in Dallas.
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Awesome experience!! Worth the time!
Patricia_K, Oct 2021
Best of Dallas Sightseeing Bus Tour with CityPass Option
The tour was a great way to see a lot of Dallas in a short window of time.
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Amazing Tour
Robert_P, Sep 2021
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
Plenty to see and do with good food and shopping available.
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Amazing Dallas experience.
Irena_A, Oct 2021
Small-Group Dallas and Fort Worth City Sightseeing Tour
If you want to see around Dallas in a fun and educational way then Johnny is your man.
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Good food and beverages
John_R, Aug 2021
Dallas' Best Tacos and Margaritas Coach Tour
Really enjoyed our afternoon getting to see different neighborhoods in Dallas.
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Great way to see the dallas
suzy_L, Jul 2021
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
It was easy and and great way to see the city.
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Great way to tour Dallas
Janette_R, Jul 2021
Dallas Cruizer Tour
What a great way to see Dallas our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave clear explanations of all the stops and there were many.
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Great tour!
Betty_R, Apr 2021
JFK Assassination Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
If you have the chance to visit Dallas, this tour is a must!
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Amazing
Taylor_S, Mar 2021
JFK Assassination Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
It really made me fall in love with the history of Dallas and I hope to come back to enjoy this beautiful and historic city again some day.
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Quick Dallas visit
Raymond_O, Jan 2021
Small-Group Dallas City Highlights Tour by Minivan
It gave us ideas for what to do next time we're in Dallas.
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Awesome touring experience wonderful host.
Charles_J, Dec 2020
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
We got to see the city and discover many of the cultural differences which helped to create it.
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Learning about our new home state
MaryJo_T, Sep 2020
Dallas Highlights Tour
It was perfect for us who are new transplants to Dallas to see the sites and I was able to make a list of all of the places to take visitors when they come visit us.
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Dream come true.
Caroline_J, Sep 2019
Southfork Ranch and the TV Series Dallas Tour
Have wanted to visit Southfork for so long and it certainly exceeded my expectations.
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Great.
PAT D, Sep 2019
2-Hour Historic Dallas Segway Tour
They are a great way to see a city.
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Informative and fun
Shana_G, May 2019
Sightseeing Tour of Dallas
Got to see all the different sections of the city and learned some history of Dallas.
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We were able to do everything we...
Jessica S, Apr 2016
Dallas CityPASS
We were able to do everything we wanted in Dallas plus a little extra we were not expecting to see too - definitely worth getting this.
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Everything is good... we managed to...
SC L, Aug 2015
Dallas CityPASS
we managed to visit to all the places listed in the CityPASS.
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Dallas Highlights Must do
Bonnie_M, Mar 2021
Small-Group Dallas City Highlights Tour by Minivan
My sister was visiting from Nevada and wanted to see Dallas!
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Great Tour even w/o museum
Susan_G, Jan 2021
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour with Lee Harvey Oswald Rooming House
Had wanted to see 6th Floor of Book Depository, but museum closes on Tuesdays.

All about Dallas

When to visit

For a few perfect months between the chilly winter and steamy summer, Dallas celebrates spring with events such as Dallas Blooms, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Savor Dallas, and the Dallas International Film Festival, making this season a great time to visit. You’ll also find pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds in the fall, but be prepared for rain.

A local’s pocket guide to Dallas

Kristin Dorsett

Kristin grew up in Dallas and spent her formative years visiting theme parks and music venues. Now, as an adult who frequently visits family in the area, she's far more appreciative of the region’s food and culture.

The first thing you should do in Dallas is...

find a barbecue restaurant with an outdoor patio and order a beer or margarita. One of my favorites is Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ in the Design District.

A perfect Saturday in Dallas...

involves catching a show in Deep Ellum. While the names have changed since I spent my formative college years hopping from venue to venue, the laid back vibe and cold beer have not.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which covers the history of the JFK assassination. Although I didn’t appreciate it as a school kid, I learned a lot as an adult.

To discover the "real" Dallas...

you should visit when there’s a rodeo in town. The most famous is the Mesquite Rodeo which typically runs during the summer months.

For the best view of the city...

eat at the restaurant at the top of Reunion Tower. It’s a bit pricey but the views are phenomenal. Plus, Dallas is very flat, so you can see for miles and miles.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Dallasites all wander around in 10-gallon cowboy hats. Typically, if you see someone in a cowboy hat, they’re a tourist.

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