Planning your Trip to Dallas

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Dallas is perhaps best known for the Dallas Cowboys, oil, and John F Kennedy, but this great city has so much more to offer visitors. With a population of 1,288,457, it is the 9th largest city in the United States, and has plenty to offer visitors of all ages and tastes. If you’re planning on visiting anytime soon, then you need to check out our guide to the must-see sights in Big D.

Reunion Tower

The Reunion Tower was originally built in 1981, and thanks to its geodesic sphere design, it is known locally as The Ball. Measuring a mighty 561 feet in total, brave visitors can access the observation deck, or GeO-Deck, which is 470 feet high, and offers stunning 360-degree panoramic view of the city with touch-screen displays that point out iconic landmarks. If you can, visit at sundown when the views are even more spectacular. The tower also provides a nightly spectacle for visitors who favour staying on the ground, with a light show that can be seen 15 miles away on a clear day.

See the Dallas Cowboys in action

To many people, Dallas is football, and it’s one of the things the city is most famous for. The Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington at AT&T Stadium, and at a cost of around $1.2 billion, it is one of the most expensive sports venues ever built. Completed in 2009, the famous domed stadium has a retractable roof and seats 80,00 fans.

The five-time Super Bowl champions haven’t lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy since 1995, but after making the play offs two years in a row, their odds to win the Super Bowl are getting shorter every year. So, to guarantee the best Dallas experience ever, make sure you get tickets to see a Cowboys game when you visit, and soak up that great game day atmosphere. 

Perot Museum of Nature & Science

With exhibits and films to inspire, educate and entertain all ages, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a stunning building in the heart of Downtown Dallas. Designed by world-renowned architect, Thom Mayne, the museum is worthy of a visit for its architecture alone, but step inside and you’ll discover hands-on-activities, interactive kiosks, eleven permanent exhibits and a state-of-the-art 3D theatre showing dinosaurs and deep sea adventures.

Take a ride on the T. Rexcalator, an escalator on the outside of the building with views of downtown Dallas, then explore the Rose Hall of Birds, the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, Expanding Universe Hall, Tom Hunt Energy Hall, Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall, Discovering Life Hall, Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall, and the Moody Family Children’s Museum. 

Dallas Museum of Art

Located in the heart of the impressive Dallas Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the United States, and provides visitors with access to some of the world’s most famous masterpieces. The 370,000-square-foot building houses more than 25,000 pieces of art spread over multiple floors and galleries.

The museum’s huge collection represents cultures from around the world, covering every time period from the third millennium BC to the present day. Some of the famous artists on show include:  Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Vincent Van Gogh. There’s also an excellent café for weary feet and minds to relax and refuel.

Dallas World Aquarium

Located in Downtown Dallas, the Dallas World Aquarium will take you on a trip to the rainforest and deep under water, as you travel the world experiencing the wonderful wildlife our planet has to offer.

The spectacular Cloud Forest Trek opened in 2020 and includes a 25’ high and 52’ wide LED screen that extends the exhibit to the clouds of the Columbian rainforests, integrating display technology within live jungle foliage and unique animal exhibits indigenous to South America, such as exotic birds. The impressive aquarium features Japanese crabs, sea dragons, penguin’s sharks, rays, sawfish and many more. 

Tips for travellers

How to get there:

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field are the two major airports, with daily direct flights from over 260 destinations. The city of Dallas is only four hours flight time from almost anywhere in the U.S. 

Getting Around:

Dallas is well served with public transport. Check out the Mckinney Avenue Trolley, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light Railway DART, and the Dallas Streetcar for more details about getting in and around the city. Hiring a car is also a good option.

Dallas City Pass:

CityPASS®, is a mobile ticket that saves you 51 percent off admission to four attractions in Dallas. Even better, Dallas CityPASS® saves you time by skipping the ticket line and giving you easy access at most attractions, including:

  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
  • Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
  • Plus, get admission to two more attractions of your choice:
  • Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
  • Dallas Zoo
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

Weather

The Dallas climate is humid, with hot summers and mild winters, meaning it’s an all-year-round destination. July is the warmest month of the year while January is the coldest, but Spring and Fall are the best times for exploring the city thanks to their cooler temps.

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