As the ninth-largest city and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas covers approximately 343 square miles and has a population of 1,223,229. The ultra modern and sophisticated city attracts worldwide travelers, making the area the No.1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas.
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Come explore the rainforest and the mammoth aquarium that features 80,000 gallons of saltwater exhibits including sharks, stingrays, and hundreds of reef fish all in living coral reef ecosystems. Exotic plants and creatures from around the world inhabit The Dallas Word Aquarium, where you can explore a South American rainforest or take a walk through a water tunnel surrounded by reef life from the Continental Shelf. Observe monkeys, stingrays, piranhas and penguins.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 747-6660 http://www.jfk.org
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located in the former Texas School Book Depository where significant evidence of a sniper was found following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Museum presents the social and political landscape of the early 1960s, chronicles President Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath, and reflects upon his lasting impact on our country and world.
The revolutionary Perot Museum extends beyond the typical "museum" perception. The extraordinary building and outdoor space will serve as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation.
650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203
(214) 670-5656 www.dallaszoo.com
The world-class Dallas Zoo covers 106 acres and features many rare and endangered species. Don't miss the award-winning Giants of the Savanna. The 11-acre multi-species habitat is home to elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and more. Key exhibits include the ExxonMobil Endangered Tiger Habitat the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo with interactive, educational exhibits for children. The Don Glendenning Penguin Cove, and the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center.
Never before seen in the Southwest, the Chinese Lantern Festival features a collection of authentic Chinese art featuring pandas, flamingos, even a 110-yard-long, larger-than-life dragon made from 15,000 porcelain dishes tied together by hand.
Dale Chihuly creates free-standing sculptures, large-scale artwork installations and drawings, which have been exhibited at museums, gardens, architectural environments and galleries throughout the world.
The Nasher Sculpture Center is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. On display in the Galleries and Garden are rotating exhibitions of works from the Nasher Collection as well as special exhibitions drawn from other museums and private collections.
See the real Dallas Cowboys! The Plaza commemorates Dallas’ beginnings by celebrating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas. Includes a re-creation of a cattle drive in bronze with longhorn steers being driven by three cowboys.
NorthPark Center is the ultimate shopping, dining and entertainment experience in the Southwest. NorthPark Center offers the finest collection of more than 235 stores and luxury designer and trendsetting boutiques including, Gucci, Bvlgari, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Versace, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, and top-tier anchors – Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s and AMC NorthPark 15.
Galleria of Dallas
13350 Dallas Parkway
(1-635 LBJ at the Dallas North Tollway)
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 702-7100 http://www.galleriadallas.com
Recognized by USA Today as “One of the top 10 places to spend it all,” Galleria Dallas is the most dynamic shopping environment in North Texas. An international collection of shops and boutiques sets the standard for world-class shopping in Dallas. From its legendary Ice Rink, to its fusion of hip fashion and chic dining, Galleria Dallas truly is Dallas’ premier shopping destination.
Known as Uptown’s Downtown, West Village is Dallas’ most vibrant walkable shopping and dining district. This genuine in-town neighborhood boasts highly differentiated retail shops and a carefully curated collection of boutiques. Adding to this dynamic experience is a nationally significant lineup of 19 full-service restaurants and local, chef-driven concepts. With access to the DART Rail, the McKinney Avenue Trolley and the Katy Trail, West Village has become one of the city’s top Landmark destinations.
While Dallas is relatively young when compared to many cities, its past is as colorful and eventful as any.
The 19th Century
In 1839, John Neely Bryan, a lawyer from Tennessee with a taste for adventure, wandered into the area. He was impressed with what he believed to be the perfect ingredients for a trading post and eventually a town: plenty of raw land, Indians with whom to do business, and the river. Bryan went to Tennessee to close out his affairs, and he returned to Dallas in 1841. He laid claim to 640 acres and sketched out a town, designating a courthouse square and 20 streets.
Gradually and with some adversity, the young city grew. A "can-do" spirit helped bring the railroads to the area in the 1870s, the Federal Reserve Bank in 1914, Southern Methodist University in 1915, Dallas Love Field Airport in 1927, the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 1973 and the Republican National Convention in 1984 -- to name just a few.
For every one of these major public endeavors, there have been countless private enterprise initiatives that have helped put Dallas on the map.
The 20th Century
In 1907, fashion and elegant living were redefined when Neiman Marcus opened in downtown Dallas and J.S. Armstrong opened his exclusive Highland Park shopping development north of the city.
In 1930, C.M. "Dad" Joiner struck oil 100 miles east of Dallas. With the discovery and development of the East Texas Oil Field -- the largest petroleum deposit on earth at the time -- Dallas became a center of oil-related activity. Although Dallas County has never had a working oil well, the region's role as the financial and technical center for much of the state's drilling industry has been as good as gold. Commerce and industry have followed suit, adding to the city's success and progress.
The 1960s was a time of turmoil in many U.S. cities, and Dallas had its share. The lowest point in Dallas history came on Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on a downtown street. The event cast the city in an awful light, as people throughout the world asked, "What kind of place is Dallas?"
Although history would show that Dallas itself was not to blame, the people of Dallas took it hard and entered a period of deep self-evaluation and introspection. Under the leadership of Mayor J. Erik Jonsson, the city regained its self-esteem.
Besides, there was much to be proud of at the time. Football's Dallas Cowboys began their march to fame in the 1960s, as did entrepreneurs such as Ross Perot and Mary Kay Ash. The Dallas Market Center continued to grow, and Six Flags Over Texas opened in nearby Arlington.
But most importantly, it was in 1965 that the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth agreed to build an airport to serve the entire region. With the opening of giant Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 1973, John Neely Bryan's dream of a major inland port was finally realized.
As the 1980s came to a close, Fortune Magazine named Dallas/Fort Worth -- site of many major corporate relocations -- the No. 1 business center in the land. Dallas also gained international attention as a dominant force in the convention, meetings and tourism industry. Dallas is one of the leading convention destinations in the U.S., due to the city's outstanding convention and meeting facilities, world-class accommodations, numerous restaurants, and endless variety of entertainment and recreational opportunities.
Important to this effort was the rejuvenation of downtown Dallas as a major center for entertainment and other pursuits. The Dallas Arts District, the West End Historic District along with continued renovation and upgrading of downtown hotels, has been a driving force in this renaissance.
The 21st Century
As the 21st century advances, Dallas continues to build on its strengths: friendly people, entrepreneurial spirit, flair for style and innovation, mild climate, excellent accessibility, and outstanding quality of life. Visitors and residents alike enjoy exceptional opportunities.