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They say everything is bigger and better in Texas, and the State Fair of Texas-- going strong since 1886-- is no exception. Held for three weeks every fall, the fair (drawing in more than three... Read More
They say everything is bigger and better in Texas, and the State Fair of Texas-- going strong since 1886-- is no exception. Held for three weeks every fall, the fair (drawing in more than three million attendees each year) not only is one of the largest and longest-running fairs in the nation, it also touts the largest Ferris wheel in North America. But there's more to Fair Park then country's biggest fair. The 277-acre complex was also the site of the 1936 World's Fair, and as such, it's a treasure trove of early twentieth-century architecture, boasting one of the largest collections of Art Deco structures in the United States. In addition to architectural eye-candy, the park houses a variety of year-round venues, including the Children's Aquarium, the African American Museum and the Texas Discovery Gardens, a 7.5 acre botanic garden complete with a two-story butterfly house and insectarium. Be sure to keep an eye out for festivals, events and concerts taking place here too.
- Sightseeing: "Before planning your visit to the State Fair, be sure to check the website for ways to score deals and discounts on admissions, midway rides and admissions. More discount coupons, for Texas Discovery Gardens and Fair Park's Music Hall can be found at visitdallas.com."
- Best for Sightseeing Because: Along with hosting the State Fair of Texas, Fair Park boasts a variety of museums and performance venues that are open year round.