10 Best Attractions near the American Airlines Center

The American Airlines Center is the home to the world champion Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars teams, as well as the entertainment venue of Big D, featuring concerts by international music acts and performances by classics like the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. If you have tickets to one of these upcoming events, you're in luck - as this area of Dallas has a number of world-renowned attractions as well! Plan on coming early or staying late after your event and visiting one of these great spots.

If you're attending a kid-friendly event, take your family to the Dallas World Aquarium beforehand. This fun place is located within walking distance of the AAC and features shark tanks, jaguars and monkeys. If you know you're going to be spending a lot of money at the event, save a buck by bringing a picnic lunch and enjoying it at the always-free Klyde Warren Park, Dallas' newest innovative green space that features a children's playground, putting greens and other activities perfect for enjoying the beautiful weather in Dallas.

History buffs will love the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, to learn more about the life and death of JFK, and the Old Red Museum to get a unique look at the history of Big D. Art lovers can't miss the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, conveniently located in the Arts District near the AAC.

No matter what you're interested in, you can find a nearby attraction to complement your trip to the American Airlines Center.



This downtown museum focuses on preserving the memory of the Holocaust, as well as teaching the moral and ethical responses to prejudice and hate. It features self-guided audio tours and a wide variety of memorabilia from the Holocaust, such as...  Read More

Crow Collection of Asian Art
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Travel the globe for free at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, where more than 500 artworks dating from 3500 BC to the early 20th century serve as portals into the captivating cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Lovely and...  Read More

Old Red Museum
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This exquisite Romanesque revival-style structure, first erected in the 1890's, offers a unique look at Dallas history. The museum's mission to educate and inspire visitors on the "rich and varied cultural, economic, political and social history...  Read More



Originally dedicated as a tribute to a John F. Kennedy in 1970, the JFK Memorial Plaza has become an integral part of Dallas' urban landscape and cultural heritage. Designed by American architect Phillip Johnson, the memorial is located one...  Read More

Nasher Sculpture Center
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Located next to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the premier art museums in Dallas, Texas. The center seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor galleries: while it's reminiscent of an archaeological site, it is...  Read More

Klyde Warren Park
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Located between Downtown and Uptown, the innovative Klyde Warren Park above Woodall Rogers Freeway opened in October 2012. This new green space in Dallas features a wide variety of activities and features, including a dog park, children's...  Read More

Dallas Museum of Art
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As its name might suggest, the Dallas Museum of Art is the number one stop among art museums in Dallas, Texas. Its more than 23,000-item collection embraces everything from European paintings to Pacific Island sculptures, from ancient times to...  Read More

Perot Museum of Nature and  Science
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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is Dallas' newest museum. It is the combination of three already-established museums, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Dallas Children's Museum and the The Science Place. This new museum is...  Read More

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, located at historic Dealey Plaza in the former Texas School Book Depository building, examines the life, times, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Its impressive collection includes nearly 40,000...  Read More

Dallas World Aquarium
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From the outside, you may not even realize what a fantastic spot the Dallas World Aquarium really is! Frenzied crocodile feedings, exotic birds soaring freely overhead, a 40-foot waterfall and mesmerizing Mayan dance performances are just a...  Read More


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