Designed by architect Philip Johnson and dedicated in 1970. The “open tomb” style symbolizes the freedom of JFK’s spirit, and gives visitors a space for reflection and remembrance. Within walking distance is Dealey Plaza, the site of John F. Kennedy’s assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
John F. Kennedy Memorial and Dealey Plaza
Dealey Plaza | 411 Elm St.
John F. Kennedy Memorial | 646 Main St.
The mission of the DFACP is to enrich and enhance the quality of life for North Texas area residents, especially families and children, through FREE concerts of classical music and educational activities.
Dallas Fine Arts Chamber Players
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard | Dallas
214-520-2219 | www.fineartschamberplayers.org
Featuring 70 bronze steers and three bronze trail riders by artist Robert Summers, this larger-than-life cattle drive sculpture is situated on the actual Shawnee Trail drive of the 1850s, located in front of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
Downtown, Young & Griffin Streets
1428 Young Street | Dallas | 214-953-1184
Visitors can spot this square easily in downtown by the beautiful, white spiral Chapel that breaks up the angular lines of the office buildings around it. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, the Thanks-Giving Foundation promotes the unifying spirit of giving thanks to communities near and far, and welcomes people of all nations, cultures and religions.
1627 Pacific Avenue | Dallas
214-969-1977 | www.thanksgiving.org
Dallas City Hall is one of the most distinctive and iconic structures in town. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect I.M. Pei, the inverted wedge shape is a site to see and also features a 7-acre plaza with sculptures by Henry Moore.
1500 Marilla Street | Dallas
214-670-3011 | www.dallasparks.org/
This free, self-guided tour is a 3.3-mile route highlighting 30 pieces of art and architecture in the Arts District and downtown. See classic architecture, contemporary sculptures, Dallas icons and everything in between.
2001 Flora Street | Dallas
Of Dallas’ many different neighborhoods, none are quite as intriguing as Deep Ellum, the city’s music epicenter. More than 100 years ago, this area was where jazz and blues musicians cut their teeth, and where gamblers and rabble-rousers danced the night away and attended minstrel shows. Now, it is home to much of the city’s avant-garde culture, where art galleries, music venues, restaurants and theaters line the streets, just as they did in the early 1900s.
Between Good-Latimar and Exposition Avenue, Main, Elm and Commerce Streets
214-984-7300 | http://deepellumtexas.com
This open park area in the center of downtown next to the Old Red Courthouse houses the replica of John Neely Bryan’s log cabin—the home of the city’s founder. The site also includes a fountain, terrazzo map of Dallas County in the 1800s and the John F. Kennedy Memorial.
600 Elm Street
To get around Uptown and the Arts District for free and in style, hop on the M-Line Trolley—restored, vintage trolleys that run the length of McKinney Avenue between Blackburn and St. Paul streets. The trolleys stop at several points of interest, including West Village, Hotel Zaza, Shops at The Crescent, Dallas Museum of Art and more.
3153 Oak Grove Avenue | Dallas
214-855-0006 | http://www.mata.org/
Another free transportation service provided by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the D-Link is a shuttle that runs throughout all of downtown and into the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff. The buses run every 15 minutes, Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Stops include Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Omni Dallas Hotel, The West End, The Sixth Floor Museum, Main Street Garden, Arts District, Victory Park and the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff.
Free Admission Museums—Who says one needs money to get cultured? The Dallas Museum of Art is completely free and features more than 22,000 works of art spanning all mediums and time-periods, from ancient civilization to modern art. Other must-see museums include The Samurai Collection at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Crow Collection of Asian Art, African American Museum and the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art. The Meadows Museum of Art, with one of the largest Spanish art collections outside of Spain, at Southern Methodist University is free on Thursdays after 5 p.m.
Spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks, the Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the country. The area showcases more than a dozen different attractions and world-renowned venues, such as the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Museum of Art (free admission), Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art (free admission), Klyde Warren Park and much more.
2301 Ross Avenue | Dallas
On the bottom floor of the free Crow Collection of Asian Art in the Arts District sits a shaded sculpture garden with a serene atmosphere, featuring 15 historical and contemporary Asian sculptures as well as vegetation, manicured trees and more.
Sculpture Garden - Crow Collection
2001 Flora Street | Dallas
214-979-6440 | http://www.crowmuseum.org/
At The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum—Nestled in a unique location on the second floor of the Saint Ann restaurant and bar, this collection includes Japanese armor, artwork, helmets, masks, horse armor, weaponry and accessories. It’s one of the largest collections of its type in the world. Then afterward, pull up to the bar downstairs for craft beer and charcuterie.
The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum
2501 North Harwood Street | Dallas
This nationally ranked private university is situated in the heart of central Dallas. Opened in 1915, the school is rich in Dallas history and architecture, and the campus is gorgeous. Stroll the tree-lined boulevard and beautifully manicured landscape, and visit the school’s libraries or the classic Dallas Hall—built in 1915 with a three-story rotunda.
6425 Boaz Lane | Dallas
214-768-2000 | www.smu.edu
Tour the Symphony Center—Located in the Arts District, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center was designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, I. M. Pei, and it has impressive architectural features, open spaces, unsurpassed acoustics and is surrounded by stunning sculptures and works of art. It’s visually spectacular, and seeing it with your own two eyes does not require a concert ticket.
2301 Flora Street | Dallas
214-670-3600 | http://meyerson.dallasculture.org/
Dallas’ first public library opened in 1901 with help from Andrew Carnegie. The current locale, named after a former mayor, opened in 1982. Visitors can view not only the extensive book collection, but an original print of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), and William Shakespeare’s first folio, compiled in 1623.
1515 Young Street | Dallas
Take a walk through history and experience a dream that began more than four decades ago, when Mary Kay Ash set out to build a company that would give women unlimited opportunity. The cosmetics headquarters offers a free museum that showcases the accomplishments and business ideas of Mary Kay Ash, and includes a theater and Hall of Honor. Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
16251 Dallas Parkway | Addison
972-687-5720 | http://www.marykaymuseum.com/
Neighborhood sightseeing—Dallas is home to several scenic and historically rich neighborhoods and communities. Check out the luxury homes and greenspaces in Turtle Creek and Highland Park. See the largest collection of Prairie-Style homes in the country in the Munger Place Historic District and breathtaking mansions and historical landmarks on Swiss Avenue.
Old East Dallas and Swiss Avenue
Dallas’ popular Uptown district is exploding with new residential, retail and entertainment centers with a variety of elements coming together for an experience that will appeal to all types and tastes. Hop on the free M-Line Trolley and explore the sights of one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods. The West Village shopping center is the unofficial epicenter; start there, or sight-see historic homes off McKinney Avenue.
3699 McKinney Avenue
This historic neighborhood offers a glimpse to Dallas’ past with masterfully restored buildings. Visitors can stroll the cobblestone streets, people watch and experience street festivals. A myriad of shops, restaurants and entertainment abound, including The Sixth Floor Museum and Wild Bill’s Western Store.
603 Munger Avenue
This area of Greenville Avenue, south of Mockingbird Lane and north of Ross Avenue, is one of the city’s liveliest nightlife spots. Lower Greenville is bar, after café, after live music venue, jam-packed on the weekends and decently populated during the week. One of Dallas’ biggest yearly festivals happens on Lower Greenville, too. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches each year down this street, and culminates in a green-beer-flowing block party with local and national acts and fun costumes.
Greenville Avenue between Mockingbird
Lane and Ross Avenue
Originally opened in 1907 and permanently moved to its current location on the corner of Main and Ervay streets in 1914, the Neiman Marcus flagship store is a must-see for any sartorialist. Stroll the street and window shop, or venture inside for luxury goodies.
1618 Main Street | Dallas | 214-741-6911 www.neimanmarcus.com/stores/dallas/tx/dallas%20-%20downtown
1.4-acre CenterPark—NorthPark Center is Dallas’ premier shopping and dining favorite and a not-to-be missed destination for art enthusiasts. The art collection features major works by renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others. NorthPark’s 1.4-acre landscaped garden, CenterPark, doubles as a serene urban retreat and an exciting venue for free community events. Relax and dine amid world-class sculpture, canopies of trees and a lush green space.
NorthPark Center’s Art Collection
8687 North Central Expressway | Dallas
214-363-7441 | http://www.northparkcenter.com/
Inspired by Italy’s famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Galleria Dallas is touted by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Places to Shop.” Featuring an impressive international collection of more than 200 shops and boutiques, Galleria Dallas sets the standard for world-class shopping. It even has a full-sized ice-skating rink, and during the holiday season it boasts the largest indoor Christmas tree in the United States.
13350 Dallas Parkway | Dallas
972-702-7100 | www.galleriadallas.com
At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport—From the observation area known as Founders Plaza, visitors will see some of the 2,300 daily takeoffs and landings of the world’s fourth busiest airport. The area features long-distance binoculars, parking, a graph board to help identify different aircrafts, speaker systems featuring audio straight from the Control Tower and four picnic areas.
Founders Plaza Observation Station
1700 Airfield Drive | DFW Airport
972-973-5270 | www.dfwairport.com/founders/
Housed in the lobby of the hospital, this is the largest permanent model train display in the country. Eight trains run simultaneously at the free exhibit that’s open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
1935 Medical District Drive | Dallas
This playground seamlessly incorporates kid- and handicap-friendly structures, and earned an A” on Dallas Child's Safety Report Card. The slides are vented, there are customized ramps, tennis courts and pull-tunnels with bars for children in wheelchairs. Brightly colored brick paths help visually impaired children find their way through the play area.
3080 S Hampton Road | Dallas
Seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., local farmers display and sell a mouth-watering selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, locally purveyed honey and nuts, and plants at the Dallas Farmers Market. It’s a perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Also check out Shed 2, where specialty products are offered, or watch a cooking demonstration.
920 S Harwood Street | Dallas
The weather in Dallas is mostly mild, which makes for great festival weather, and there are plenty free events throughout the year, including: Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Earth Day Texas, Oak Cliff Earth Day, Texas Veggie Fair, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Easter in Lee Park and Pooch Parade, Dallas Cinco de Mayo, Cottonwood Art Festival, Asian Festival, Chinese New Year in Dallas Arts District.
For more than 20 years, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has presented the Community Concerts Series throughout Dallas in the spring. These free outdoor performances include the popular Memorial Day Concert at Flagpole Hill, which is topped off by a stirring fireworks show. Other locations are selected on a rotating basis.
Water dances and leaps skyward at Downtown’s Fountain Place. At the base of this dramatically sculpted, 1.2-million-square-foot office tower of green reflective glass lies an oasis of colorful flowers, waterfalls, 172 bubbler fountains and a central fountain. The latter is one of the world’s most complex and consists of 217 water jets. Designed by the acclaimed architectural firm of I.M. Pei & Partners, Fountain Place has received international recognition.
1445 Ross Avenue at Field Street | Dallas
The Adrian E. Flatt, M.D. Hand Collection at Baylor University Medical Center—Named after one of the foremost hand surgeons in the world, The Adrian E. Flatt, M.D. Hand Collection is an extraordinary private collection of more than 100 cast, bronze-coated hands. The contrast of sizes, and sense of personal capability, when simply viewing life-size hands is intriguing. Personalities include Katherine Hepburn, Walt Disney, Louis Armstrong and Winston Churchill, just to name a few.
The Adrian E. Flatt, M.D. Hand Collection
Baylor University Medical Center
Truett Building, 1st floor
3500 Gaston Avenue | Dallas | 214-820-6684
The Pegasus has long been recognized as the symbol of Dallas and her indomitable spirit. Located in the heart of downtown in Dallas City Center, Pegasus Plaza at City Center features a limestone fountain and winding stream that anchor the design of the plaza.
Main at Akard Streets in Downtown Dallas
This 5.2-acre urban deck-park is a popular, lush green space in the heart of downtown that connects Uptown with the Arts District and is a favorite among locals. Built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in 2012, the park features a large children’s playground area, a concert stage, free lawn games, an outdoor library, free Wi-Fi, footpaths, a dog park, free exercise classes, water fountains, food trucks and two restaurants. The area teems with people when the weather is nice, and block parties and events happen frequently.
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway | Dallas
214-716-4500 | https://www.klydewarrenpark.org/
Located in the middle of central Dallas off Mockingbird Lane, White Rock Lake is a man-made water and park area built in 1911. It’s a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, and features several points of interest including Winfrey Point, Bath House Cultural Center, Big Thicket, White Rock Boat Club, White Rock Dog Park and more. A 9.3-mile paved path around the lake is perfect for running and biking, and scenic views lend themselves to picturesque picnics. For those looking to get onto the water, paddle boarding, canoeing, rowing and sailing are great options for a fun day at the lake.
8300 East Lawther Drive
Every city has supposed haunted places, and armed with a little historical knowledge and a good camera, visitors may just find something unexpected at these places around town (please note: these venues are only allegedly haunted, and may not be free admission to enter), including: Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum, Historic West End, Millermore Mansion at Old City Park, The Adolphus Hotel, Majestic Theatre, White Rock Lake, Lizard Lounge and Hotel Lawrence.
Through interactive exhibits and multimedia displays, learn about the Federal Reserve, money and the economy. Visitors will see exhibits about historical money, the founding of the FED, monetary policy, moving money and more.
2200 N Pearl Street | Dallas
214-922-6000 | https://www.dallasfed.org/
Promoting, preserving and developing Latino and Hispanic arts and culture, the Latino Cultural Center showcases local and national talent via live entertainment, film, performances, arts & crafts for kids, exhibitions and more. Most of the events are free. Please check its site for the latest happenings.
2600 Live Oak Street | Dallas
214-671-0050 | http://lcc.dallasculture.org/
Located on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Art Deco-style Bath House is a welcoming venue for visual and performing artists from an array of backgrounds, and houses a 116-seat black-box theater, three gallery spaces, the White Rock Lake Museum and a number of multipurpose spaces.
521 E Lawther Drive | Dallas
214-670-8749 | http://bathhouse.dallasculture.org/
The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwest devoted to the preservation and display of African-American artistic, cultural and historical materials. Visitors will find African art, African-American fine art, extensive archives and more housed in four vaulted galleries, augmented by a research library. The museum also hosts entertaining and educational programs presented in the theater, studio arts area and classrooms.
African American Museum
3536 Grand Avenue | Dallas
214-565-9065 | http://www.aamdallas.org/
Crown Hill Memorial Park in North Dallas is where the female counterpart of the infamous Bonnie & Clyde is buried. While Clyde Barrow’s resting place in Western Heights Cemetery in South Dallas is not open to the public, Bonnie Parker’s is.
Bonnie Parker's Final Resting Place
9178 Webb Chapel Road | Dallas
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance is a Holocaust museum located in Dallas, Texas. In 1977, 125 Jewish Holocaust survivors and North Texas residents joined together and formed an organization called Holocaust Survivors in Dallas.
Dallas Holocaust And Human Rights Museum
211 N Record Street, #100 | Dallas
214-741-7500 | https://www.dhhrm.org/
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is among the 10 largest art museums in the country and is distinguished by its commitment to research, innovation and public engagement. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 24,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.
1717 N Harwood Street | Dallas
214-922-1200 | https://www.dma.org/
Pioneer Plaza is a large public park located in the Convention Center District of downtown Dallas. It contains a large sculpture and is a heavily visited tourist site. Adjacent to the plaza is the Pioneer Park Cemetery which features the Confederate War Memorial.
1428 Young Street | Dallas
For more than 20 years, the DSO has presented the Community Concerts Series throughout Dallas in the spring. These free outdoor performances include the popular Memorial Day Concert at Flagpole Hill, which is topped off by a stirring fireworks show. Other
locations are selected on a rotating basis.
Dealey Plaza is a 3.1 acre special use city park in the West End district of downtown Dallas, established in 1935. It is sometimes called the "birthplace of Dallas". It also was the location of the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, on November 22, 1963.
At the corner of Cedar Springs Road and Hood Street, Dragon Park is privately-owned secret garden in Dallas’s Oak Lawn neighborhood, and offers a quiet reprieve from a city often mired in traffic. The entrance is shrouded in thick green trees that largely obscure it from the sidewalk and at a casual glance. Two Chinese guardian lions which sit watchfully greeting visitors with a fierce cordiality.
Dragon Park Garden
3520 Cedar Springs Road | Dallas
Fort Worth is where the West begins, and nothing embodies Western heritage better than the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. From the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals, every inch of the Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’s famous livestock industry.
Fort Worth Stockyards
2501 Rodeo Plaza | Fort Worth
817-624-4741 | https://www.fortworthstockyards.org/
Located less than one mile north of downtown Dallas, the Freedman’s Cemetery is a pre-Civil War, African-American burial ground in what was once the Freedman’s Town Area—a small Dallas community formed by African-Americans freed from slavery in the mid-1860s. This historic and state landmark memorial features larger-than-life-size figures cast in bronze by African-American artist, David Newton.
Freedman's Cemetery & Memorial
2525 N Central Expressway | Dallas
Knox Henderson is one of the city’s most vibrant nightlife districts, packed with colorful Tex-Mex diners, upscale gastropubs and mellow, late-night cafes. The shopping scene centers on high-end home furnishings, both retro and contemporary, plus consignment stores for antiques and vintage fashion finds. The Katy Trail, a former railroad that’s now a popular jogging and cycling route, runs along the area’s west edge.
Oak Lawn -Between Uptown, Lower Greenville Avenue and the town of Highland Park
Since its founding in 1966 by Mattie Caruth Byrd, The Museum of Biblical Art Dallas has greeted over 50,000 visitors annually as a beautiful space where Biblically-themed art is exhibited and boasts eleven galleries.
Museum of Biblical Art
7500 Park Lane | Dallas
214-368-4622 | https://www.biblicalarts.org/
Opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center houses the Patsy and Raymond Nasher collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. Experience one of the finest Collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world in a setting of unparalleled beauty. It is located on a 2.4-acre site in the Dallas Arts District.
2001 Flora Street | Dallas | 214-242-5100
The OCCC provides the residents of Oak Cliff with art and cultural experiences reflecting the diversity of the surrounding neighborhood. The renovated OCCC replaced the Ice House Cultural Center, which provided cultural services to the neighborhood for more than a decade. Participate in free theatre workshops, dance classes, art exhibits and receptions, and more.
Oak Cliff Cultural Center
223 W Jefferson Boulevard | Dallas
214-670-3777 | http://occc.dallasculture.org/
Dedicated to inspire and educate visitors about the rich and varied cultural, economic, political and social history of the Dallas County Area, it serves as a symbol of Dallas heritage. Built in 1892.
Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
100 S Houston Street | Dallas
214-757-1914 | https://www.oldred.org/
This a 561 ft. observation tower is one of the Dallas's most recognizable landmarks. The tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, and is the city's 15th tallest building. A free-standing structure until the construction of an addition to the Hyatt Regency Dallas in 1998. Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, Reunion Tower offers panoramic views, dining, cocktails, and more!
300 Reunion Boulevard E | Dallas
214-712-7040 | https://reuniontower.com/
Dallas has five professional sports teams. This means that at any given time in any given local sports bar, visitors will find sports fans cheering for the home team. Join the fun at one of the city’s many sports hangouts.
Located in Dallas' historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders. We have 7.5 acres featuring native and adapted plants, as well as a climate controlled Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium, featuring tropical butterflies.
3601 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard | Dallas
214-428-7476 | https://txdg.org/
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