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
2.GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
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 the George W. Bush Foundation
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.
4.KLYDE WARREN PARK
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 for playing games
5.DALLAS ARBORETUM AND BOTANICAL GARDEN
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 two-story tree house.
6.DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
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
7.DALLAS HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM
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 exhibition hall
8.PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE
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, interactive kiosks and a state-of-the-art multimedia cinema
9.DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT
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
10.SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA
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.