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.
The historic Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park features lush, manicured gardens and a recreated Victorian-era town. Nestled near downtown, the expansive park is accentuated with beautiful homes and establishments. Volunteers demonstrate weaving, cooking and welding among other activities from that time period to those looking for an insight into Texan history. The site is an official history museum and is affiliated with The Dallas County Heritage Society. The society plays host to several events throughout the year; the annual Candlelight Country Fair and Old Fashioned Fourth of July draw major crowds.
This is a permanent exhibition of the tragic events leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza opened in 1989 and is located in the Texas School Book Depository building, the site from where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot the President. Displays include a moving overview of the time period, and the life and accomplishments of the 35th President of the United States. Enlarged police photographs, news footage, and audio tools allow visitors to learn about the tragic events of November 22, 1963.
One of the largest urban cultural districts nationwide, the Dallas Arts District is home to numerous performing and visual arts venues. Visitors will marvel at unique masterpieces on display in the district's museums and galleries. World-class culture abounds with ongoing art, music, drama and dance performances. The 17-block area also includes the Dallas Theater Center and the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe.
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.
Opened at the beginning of 2013, Community Beer Company likes to think of itself as more than just a craft brewery. The brewery hosts tours every Saturday afternoon and the price gets you a pint glass and four drink tickets so you can sample the wares. They usually have a few food trucks posted up during touring times too so you can delight all your taste buds. In addition to the tours, Community Beer Company hosts all kinds of community events at the brewery like art shows, concerts and beer school just to name a few.
Tower Building is a landmark of the city of Dallas and is located in the heart of Fair Park. The most outstanding feature of the building is a tower that rises up to the sky and is topped by a sculpted Eagle that was designed by artist Raoul Josset. The building was built in the 1930's and originally housed United States government agency exhibits. Today it is occupied by the City of Dallas Fair Park Administration offices. This building is a true architectural marvel that you have to see to appreciate.