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Dallas chose to honor the memory of President Kennedy by erecting this stately monument. This 30-foot-high, 50-foot-square monument was built in 1970. The open-air structure in the historic West End resembles an ancient tomb. It is the first memorial by famed American architect and Kennedy family friend, Philip Johnson. The monument, built with the help of private donations from the citizens of Dallas, is open 24 hours daily and is lighted at night.
Virtually unchanged from the time of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, this historic site is a tragic reminder of one of the most shocking and difficult times in American history. The landmark district, which includes the Dealey Plaza as well as the Texas School Book Depository, is one of Dallas's most important historical landmarks. You'll feel like you've stepped through time as you walk around the area, as the skyscrapers form a modern backdrop, chronicling the years gone past. Visitors can visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to learn more about the tragic event.
A wide variety of artifacts at this museum remind us of the tragedy which we must never forget. Among the graphic reminders on display is an actual boxcar that was used to transport victims to their death. Rotating exhibits from all over the world stop here on a regular basis. Call ahead to learn about the special current and upcoming displays. Tours led by a Holocaust survivor can be arranged by appointment.
The Old Red Courthouse is an outstanding feature of the Dallas County Historic Plaza. It was built in 1892 in Romanesque Revival style. It is constructed of rough-cut, Pecos Red Sandstone and trimmed in Arkansas blue granite. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a City of Dallas Landmark and a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark. Four prior courthouses have graced the same location. The Old Red Courthouse contains the Old Red Museum.
Located in the historic district on the west end of Downtown, this cabin is dwarfed by the towering skyscrapers that surround it. This cabin is actually a recreation of the actual one-room cabin built by Dallas founding father John Neely Bryan. John Neely Bryan Cabin stands alone, much like the original cabin must have stood on the plains of the fledgling city of Dallas.
Step into West End and you are instantly taken back in time. Beautifully restored and renovated old buildings among tree-lined streets and brick sidewalks, testify to the historical importance of this district that was established in 1872. Apart from the ancient buildings whose architecture never ceases to marvel, the district also has museums, amazing stores and delicious restaurants. Host to various events throughout the year, West End is definitely a hit amongst visitors and has something to offer for every individual!
Rising to a height of 921 feet (280.7 meters) over the surrounding Dallas metropolitan area, Bank of America Plaza is the tallest building within the city. The third largest building in Texas, this iconic skyscraper was completed in 1985, featuring 72 floors of office space within its modernist glass and steel structure. Recent renovations have seen two miles of green argon lighting replaced by energy efficient LEDs, allowing this landmark to shine brightly in the night sky with its contemporary illuminated design.
Discover a South American rainforest filled with monkeys, colorful toucans, crocodiles, manatees and otters. The aquarium portion of this popular attraction features 85,000 gallons (321,760 liters) of saltwater containing marine life from around the world. Giant turaco, Three-toed sloths, Weedy and Ribbon sea dragons are but a few of the intriguing animals on display. An outdoor lagoon-like exhibit features Black-footed penguins.