Valley House Gallery, with its sculpture garden that spans 5 acres (20,234 square meters), is located in North Dallas far from the usual art district traffic. Bought by artist Donald Vogel and his wife, Margaret, in 1954, this beautiful area still evokes a feeling of solitude. Their son, Kevin, currently owns and operates the gallery. The exhibit hall is always full and often must enlist the aid of the Dallas police to coordinate parking for events and showings. Valley House was the first gallery in the Southwest to be invited to join the Art Dealers Association of America. Admission is free.
Dallas' historic trolley system transports locals and visitors along its everyday route from downtown to uptown McKinney Avenue, all year round. Workers discovered the original trolley tracks under layers of asphalt and concrete in 1983, and today five authentic streetcars use those restored lines, preserving a piece of Dallas history. Rides are free (except charters). In the future, the city plans to extend the tracks to run farther south into the West End Historic District. Current stops include the Dallas Museum of Art and Hard Rock Cafe. The trolleys can be chartered for private events, including birthday parties and wedding receptions.
The Nasher Sculpture Center on Flora Street is a significant landmark in Dallas. The gallery, designed by Renzo Plano, displays works by Rodin and Picasso. This monumental structure with glass ceilings is bordered by a beautiful garden. The works are just as striking as the building itself. Rodin's Eve is an excellent example of how a simple subject can be sculpted beautifully. Picasso's elegant sculpture, Fleurs dans un vase, uses a mix of materials and will mesmerize you.
The Edge at Allen Station Park features facilities for thrill-seeking sports enthusiasts. Here, you'll find the largest skate park in Texas, which blows the competition out of the water at 37,915 square feet (3522 square meters). You'll also be able to hone your skills at the BMX track. This facility provides a lot of opportunities for fun, but be sure to bring a helmet and other safety equipment.
Nicknamed JerryWorld as an ode to Jerry Jones, the owner of Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium is among the premier football arenas in the nation. This state-of-the-art stadium with its striking dome and the retractable roof is a popular landmark in the city. Besides being the turf of Dallas Cowboys, it is also the base of Cotton Bowl Classic. It hosts almost all of the major NFL and college football matches as well as wrestling and basketball games. It is also a popular choice for concerts and has had artists such as Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé performing to a full house.
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.
Long the symbol for the Mobil Oil Company, the giant Pegasus sign has become more than just a corporate logo to the people of Dallas. A local landmark, the brightly lit red-winged horse rotates above the Magnolia Building. The Pegasus Project, a local nonprofit effort, rebuilt it at a cost of $650,000 between the years 1999 and 2000, while the original Pegasus sign, taken down while the new one was being built, can still be seen displayed at the Dallas Farmers Market.
Downtown Dallas is the vibrant heart of Dallas which is not only a business hub but also an entertainment zone for anyone who wants to explore its surroundings. From hip nightclubs, creative restaurants to lively dive bars, the Downtown has a lot to offer for everyone. Choose from any of its fifteen districts such as the Arts District, the Main Street District or the Reunion District, you will just be amazed by its versatility. Don't forget to visit the Reunion Tower which offers magnificent vistas of the city's skyline from its top.
Dallas' Central Public Library's namesake is J. Erik Jonsson, a civic leader who worked for Texas Instruments. In honor of his heritage, the library has a handcrafted scale model of an eighth-century Viking ship, the Drakkar, in permanent exhibit on the second floor Children's Center. The library's copy of the Declaration of Independence may be viewed in the Declaration of Independence Room on the seventh floor. While there you should check out the First Folio, the authentic first printing (in 1623) of William Shakespeare's plays. If your visit is more literary in nature, roomy aisles and shelves hold a tremendous collection worthy of a large city's main library. The wooden library tables and chairs create a comfortable atmosphere in which to study or read for enjoyment.
The monthly art exhibits at the Fairmont Gallery feature works of over 20 artists. Situated in between Fairmont and Fairdale Street at the MacArthur Boulevard, the gallery, whilst largely housing art painted neatly on canvases, also stacks a modest collection of still life photography. Home to budding talents and established professionals alike, the gallery has raised many a Texan eye-brows over the years with various works being pocketed by art enthusiasts.