Travelling to Dallas and not sure where to go or what to do? Here are our top three picks for each!
Where to go in Dallas:
1. The Sixth Floor Museum
A landmark both in Texas and American history, this is the building from which Harvey Lee Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy. The sixth floor of the building is now a museum dedicated to JFK's life and work, and it's prime exhibit features a recreation of Oswald's set-up for the shot at the southwest window. With a minimal entrance fee, the Sixth Floor Museum is open on Monday from 12 PM to 6 PM and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 AM to 6 PM.
2. Dallas Arts District
An incredible district dedicated to the arts, the Dallas Arts District is the home of the lion's share of the city's cultural exhibits. The Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center are among the most notable. The District is also famous for its restaurants.
3. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
Occupying 66 acres of White Rock Lake Park, this emerald paradise to the northeast of central Dallas is a must, especially for nature lovers. Home to one of the nation's largest collections of azaleas, it also features the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, an 8-acre museum with 150 unique exhibits including canopied walkways and an Exploration Center with plant and soil labs.
What to do in Dallas:
1. Forth Worth Stockyards National Historic District
A living museum that depicts Forth Worth in it's prime, the museum features daily cattle drives, numerous Wild West-themed stores and tons of places to grab some grub. Definitely not your ordinary museum. The District is free to visit, though some attractions may require an entrance fee.
2. Cowboys Stadium
A necessity on any football fan's travel itinerary when going to Dallas, the stadium is largely seen as a destination well worth the journey. With guided tours to take you behind the scenes of America's largest domed stadium, the stadium's architecture by itself makes it a destination worth your time. Tickets to games need to be booked well in advance and can be obtained at the team's website.
3. Billy Bob's Texas
The world's largest honky-tonk, a trip to Billy Bob's Texas is always fun. Occupying three acres in the Forth Worth Stockyards National Historic District, it boasts such attractions as 40 separate bar stations, an arcade, a bull ring and a Texas-sized dance floor. Open from 11 AM to 2 AM Monday to Saturday and 12 PM to 2 AM on Sunday, enjoy live entertainment with famous names on Fridays and Saturdays if you grab tickets in advance.