About This Place
With a population of roughly 1.25 million and growing steadily, the city of Dallas is a vibrant and expansive playground. An attractive selection of districts and neighborhoods beyond the skyscraper-laden Downtown add to the many things to do in Dallas where, in true Texas style, everything really is bigger.
At the turn of the 20th century, the discovery of oil in the state kick-started Dallas’s economic boom. Today, this Northeast Texas city is the third most-popular destination for business travel in the nation, reflected in its abundance of commercial buildings and highways, along with a massive convention center. Beyond business, Dallas offers visitors attractions that range from culture and history to food and fashion.
Dallas is a work-in-progress in the best sense. This dynamism adds to the energy and modernity of the city and presents an ever-changing lineup of things to do. Sightseeing staples in downtown include touring the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination memorialized with a chronicling of his life. Less than a mile southwest of the plaza, linger over views of the city at 561-foot-tall Reunion Tower. Hitch a ride on the vintage McKinney Avenue Trolley, and head uptown to join the bustle of people, shopping and entertainment in this upscale district. Back downtown, art fans and night owls will love gallery- and club-hopping in the eclectic neighborhood of Deep Ellum. And downtown Dallas, the nation’s largest arts district at 68 acres, offers tours of the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art, where over 24,000 works of art are displayed.
Satiate yourself between visits to Dallas attractions by dining at one of the fine steakhouses in the city. Pappas Bros. and Al Biernat’s are consistently top rated. For more eclectic choices, hit the Knox-Henderson neighborhood to sample the diverse, innovative cuisine served at its restaurants and outdoor cafes.
The city’s status as a global shopping contender is upheld by its impressive retail destinations and malls. Among top Dallas shopping attractions are the Galleria Dallas and the sprawling NorthPark Center. These sophisticated malls are enhanced by natural lighting and feature a skating rink and an ever-changing display of sculptures. Those seeking international labels and high fashion will find them in abundance at Highland Park Village, an outdoor collection of shops in moneyed Highland Park. Uptown and North Dallas are neighborhoods for boutique shopping and familiar retail chains, while Greenville Avenue and Deep Ellum are hubs of independent, often funky, shops.
A top draw for locals and visitors, Fair Park is a place to enjoy history, culture and the temperate Dallas climate. Spanning 277 acres, this National Historic Landmark is a manicured cluster of performance venues, landmarks and museums, including the African-American Museum and the Museum of Nature & Science. Home of the Texas State Fair for over a century, Fair Park boasts the largest Ferris wheel in North America. Green space, fountains and authentic Art Deco buildings, erected in 1936 for the Texas Centennial Exposition, enhance the Fair Park experience.