Dallas,the third largest city in Texas and the center of the state’s largest metropolitan area, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is in the north central portion of the state. This populous city is home to the Dallas Mavericks and you’ll regularly be reminded of the city’s mass enthusiasm for the team. A shopper’s paradise, Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the US.
Things to see in Dallas:
- The Sixth Floor Museum, dedicated to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is located downtown in the same building from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots. It features a lobby on the first floor, after which only the museum on the sixth floor and the post-assassination themed exibit on the seventh floor are accessible. Note the gift shop is located in a different building.
- Dallas Museum of Art - Great works of art from eastern and western cultures, from all ages.
- Meadows Museum of Art - Houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish Art outside of Spain, including works by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso, and a 40-by-90 foot moving sculpture, Wave, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Admission is free on Thursdays after 5PM
- The Dallas Cowboys - Dallas’ famous football team, plays at Cowboys Stadium, a short ways west of Dallas in Arlington.
- The Dallas Mavericks play at the American Airlines Center in Dallas/Downtown. They won the 2011 NBA Championship.
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Located along the south banks of White Rock Lake in East Dallas.
- Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park - See over 6,000 aquatic animals at this aquarium located on the state fairgrounds in the southern part of town.
- Dallas World Aquarium. More than just an aquarium, this unique zoo tour starts at the canopy level of a rain forest and winds its way down past many types of animals and into the aquarium below.
- Dallas Zoo, in south Dallas. Over 8,000 animals can be seen at this 97-acre zoo.
- The Texas Rangers are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Dallas/West, specifically from the city of Arlington. Dallas’ professional baseball team is the 2010 & 2011 American League Champions.
- The Dallas Stars play at the American Airlines Center in Dallas/Downtown. Dallas’ professional ice hockey team.
- The SMU Mustangs representing Southern Methodist University and members of Conference USA, are the most prominent college sports program on the Dallas side of the Metroplex. SMU’s main athletic facilities are on its campus in University Park. The most prominent venues are Gerald J. Ford Stadium (football) and Moody Coliseum (basketball).
- Zero Gravity Thrill Rides Amusement Park - The world’s only “Thrill Amusement Park” featuring 5 different extreme thrill rides. Most rides can be done with a friend, so everyone can achieve their adrenaline dreams together. Open year round. $29 -$69.
- Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas/Downtown. Gallery and outdoor display of significant modern and contemporary sculpture.
- The Texas Theatre. A movie theater and Dallas Landmark located in Oak Cliff, the Texas Theatre gained historical fame for being the place Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy and Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit, was arrested after a brief fight. Open daily, today it hosts a mix of repertory cinema and special events.