The Top 10 Must See Attractions in Dallas

Dallas may be the state’s third most populous city, but in terms of visitor destinations, it ranks among the top in the nation. Which should come as no surprise, considering the city has so much to offer.

To start, Dallas is home to the largest concentrated urban arts district in the nation, boasting 19 blocks of world-class performance halls, museums and eateries. Then there’s the Dallas Arboretum, a nature lover’s utopia featuring sixty-six acres of endless seasonal plants in a serene setting overlooking White Rock Lake.  

Of course, one of the city’s most visited attractions is the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, where visitors can get a glimpse into the life, death and legacy of John F. Kennedy. Speaking of presidential history, the George W. Bush Presidential Center is located here too.

And these are just a few of the city's many attractions. Read on to see the essential ones you won’t want to miss.

Reunion Tower
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When you think of Dallas, the first image that comes to mind is Reunion Tower, which has graced the city's skyline with its flickering orb since 1978. The tower is not only the city's most iconic landmark, but it's also one of the most visited....  Read More

George W. Bush Presidential Center
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Second in size behind Ronald Reagan's Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, this stunning complex on the Southern Methodist University campus encompasses not only a library and museum but also the George W. Bush Policy Institute and...  Read More

Dallas Zoo
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Boasting over 2000 animals from roughly 400 species, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo, founded in 1888, is the largest and oldest zoological park in the state. But there's more going on here than your usual walk-through animal exhibits. Most of the...  Read More

Klyde Warren Park
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Perched atop a sunken freeway in the Dallas Arts District, this 5.2-acre linear park is considered one of Dallas' premier community gathering spots, boasting everything from a butterfly garden to special areas allocated for kids, for dogs and...  Read More

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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Set along the shores of White Rock Lake, this 66-acre oasis boasts endless seasonal flowers and plant displays as well as an 8-acre, interactive children's garden featuring everything from cascading waterfalls to a treetop canopy walk and a...  Read More

Dallas World Aquarium
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Nestled inside a massive refurbished warehouse in Dallas' Historic West End District, this privately-owned aquatic wonderland is home to countless varieties of marine and animal life (many of which are endangered) from all over the world. In...  Read More

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
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Founded by Holocaust survivors in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum aims to educate visitors on the history of the Holocaust as well as to promote tolerance and human rights. In addition to traveling exhibits, the museum houses a permanent...  Read More

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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Opened in 2012, this stunning 180,000-square-foot architectural gem, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm, Morphosis-- features five floors of mind-blowing exhibit halls filled with hands-on activities,...  Read More

Dallas Arts District
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Spanning 68-acres and 19 contiguous blocks, the Dallas Arts District is considered as the largest urban entertainment complex in the nation. Not only does the District offer several superb performance venues, including the nationally acclaimed...  Read More

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
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Whether you're a history buff or a conspiracy theorist, you'll find the Sixth Floor Museum an interesting source of information about the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The museum's exhibits contain over 45,000 items,...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene