Things to Do in Dallas
Simple but profoundly moving, the open-air John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza focuses on the granite slab bearing the assassinated president’s name etched in gold.The granite memorial is surrounded by soaring concrete walls, creating a roofless space for private contemplation and reflection, free from outside distractions.
The Memorial was dedicated in June 1970, and was envisioned by architect Philip Johnson as an open tomb or cenotaph. The plain white walls appear to be free-floating, capturing the feeling of loss felt around the world following Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
By day, the floating white walls are reflected on the monument’s gilt lettering. At night, the monument is a beautifully floodlit city landmark.
The Sixth Floor Museum chronicles the events leading to the assassination of President Kennedy in November 1963.
It’s a moving and eerie experience to visit the museum, taking up the very spot Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that perhaps killed the president.
Film, photographs, artifacts and exhibits examine the event and the ensuing investigations.
Oral history and eyewitness accounts form an important part of the museum’s collection, and you can take an audio walking tour of the area.
The famous roadhouse-style barbeque steak, brisket and ribs are only part of the story at Billy Bob’s Texas Honky Tonk, dubbed the world’s largest honky tonk.
More than 6,000 people can squeeze into Billy Bob’s to watch concerts, hit the dance floor, dine at the restaurant, play the casino and catch the live bull-riding shows.
There’s a gift shop, live bulls ridden by real cowboys, bucking-bull photos, boot-scootin’ dance instruction and arcade games.
Billy Bob’s is also a renowned venue for country music stars, from Garth Brooks to Merle Haggard. The club’s won the Country Music Association’s Venue of the Year award eight times.
More Things to Do in Dallas
For sports fans visiting Dallas, Texas, one top attraction is Cowboys Stadium, newly renamed the AT&T Stadium. There are many reasons to visit, some of which include watching a Cowboys football game, taking in the stadium’s impressive architecture or taking a tour.
The first thing you’ll notice when arriving to the AT&T Stadium is its retractable roof, which is the one of the world’s largest domed sports structures and the largest single span roof structure. Here you’ll also find the world’s largest retractable end zones. And when the roof is closed, the venue becomes the largest enclosed NFL stadium ever built. As the saying goes, “everything is bigger in Texas.”
This is your first indication that AT&T Stadium is more than just a sports arena. While the stadium itself is a work of art with its stylish concourses and a facade of soaring arches and canted glass, you can also find an impressive contemporary art collection inside.
This public Dallas park was completed in 1940 and named for George Bannerman Dealey, a civic leader, early publisher of The Dallas Morning News and an advocate for the revitalization of the area. Most notably, Dealey Plaza is also where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. In 1993, the National Park Service designated Dealey Plaza a National Historic Landmark District, encompassing the area between Pacific Avenue, Market Street, Jackson Street and the former railroad tracks. John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza is located about a block away from Dealey Plaza.
Located at Dealey Plaza, the Sixth Floor 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 the United States and the world. The museum is located on the top two floors of the former Texas School Book Depository.
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