This historic site sprawls over 227 acres (918,636 square meters) and has one of the nation's largest collections of Art Deco buildings. Built in 1936, Fair Park is registered as a National Historic Landmark. It was built by the WPA to house the Texas Centennial Exposition, celebrating Texas' independence from Mexico. It boasts an inspiring list of museums including the African American Museum, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, Museum of Nature and Science, Music Hall At Fair Park, Dallas Aquarium and Dallas Horticulture Center. You will also find concerts at the outdoor Coca Cola Starplex, college football in the Cotton Bowl, and the annual State Fair of Texas. The Visitor Center shows a 10-minute film about the park and offers walking tours by appointment.
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.
For a thrilling day, visit the Zero Gravity Thrill Park. You'll find extreme rides that are sure to please even the most adventuresome. Go on the "Skyscraper" and experience incredible speed. Then, test your courage by riding "Nothin’ but Net", a 16 story free fall. You'll be sure to have a thrilling time!
Take a cruise on Lake Grapevine and watch as your cares float away. You'll board the Black Watch, a wooden ship with a sail that has a timeless elegance. Chart the ship and relax as you experience a trip like no other. The Romantic Dinner Cruise is the perfect cruise if you want to enjoy amazing food while watching the sunset with your loved one.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can't miss this fantastic tour! Get to know Dallas by visiting sampling the best chocolate the city has to offer. You'll board a private bus with your food lover guide and head to each location, such as chocolate shops and bakeries. If you're not in the mood for chocolate, this company has other delicious tours, including a bacon tour.
Dallas Zoo encompasses 106-acres of exotic and traditional zoo animals. Visitors are greeted at the entrance by one of the tallest statue in Texas - a 67.5 foot (20.5 meters) giraffe. The Wilds of Africa attraction includes the chimpanzee forest, the gorilla center and an aviary on a quarter-mile nature trail where six natural habitats are featured: forest, mountain, woodland, river, desert and brush. A 20-minute monorail ride runs the course of the attraction and costs an additional fee. The ZooNorth attraction includes a bird and reptile building, children's zoo with touchable animals, cheetah exhibit, elephants, giraffes, flamingos and other traditional animals.
The George W. Bush Presidential Center is a massive space with a huge urban park in the Southern Methodist University Campus. It is the base of the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, George W. Bush Policy Institute, and the George W. Bush Foundation. Its limestone and brick American Georgian structure is environment-friendly. It also features a full-fledged restaurant called, Café 43 and a museum store. You can get a glimpse of this former president's life through the archives, documents and exhibitions in this stately building.