Dallas – Fort Worth Travel Guide

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1-day Itinerary in Dallas – Fort Worth

Explore the best things to do in Paris in 1 day based on recommendations from local experts.

Day 1

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    #2
    The Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza
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    #2 in Dallas – Fort Worth
    Museums, Sightseeing
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    On Nov. 22, 1963, shots from Lee Harvey Oswald's gun echoed through Dealey Plaza as President John F. Kennedy's motorcade turned off of Houston Street onto Elm. Today, this scenic green space in downtown Dallas is visited every year by thousands who gather to honor the 35th president.

    This tragic day in United States history has been immortalized on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald pulled the trigger just more than 50 years ago. The Sixth Floor Museum (which actually occupies the sixth and seventh floors of the building) houses exhibits detailing JFK's life, presidency and assassination. According to many recent visitors, one of the most fascinating exhibits is a recreation of Oswald's set-up at the southeast window, accompanied by touch screens that detail the events of that day. (If you're interested in seeing Dealey Plaza and Elm Street the way Oswald saw it that day, you can watch the live Dealey Plaza Cam, a streaming webcam set up at the very window through which Oswald tracked the presidential motorcade.)

    To reach the museum, you can take the free D-Link bus, or hop on any one of the DART lines to West End station, which connects to all DART lines. The museum sits just three blocks west from the station. You are free to visit and explore Dealey Plaza at any time; there is no admission fee. You can visit the Sixth Floor Museum Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from noon to 6 p.m. The museum recommends setting aside about 90 minutes to tour the exhibits. Admission to the museum is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $13 for youths ages 6 to 18; kids 5 and younger can enter for free. The use of audio guides is included in the entry cost. Because of the attraction's popularity, the museum recommends purchasing your tickets in advance online. If you purchased a Dallas CityPASS, your admission is covered. To learn more about the museum and Dealey Plaza, visit the facility's official website.

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    5-10 minutes by car; 15-20 minute walk
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    Dallas Museum of Art
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    #7 in Dallas – Fort Worth
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    The Dallas Museum of Art houses a collection that spans artistic eras and continents: On gallery walls and behind glass display cases art aficionados will find ancient works from Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean; European art spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries; and contemporary pieces by such artists as Mark Rothko and Roy Lichtenstein. The museum also plays host to various traveling exhibitions, which have in the past included works by Georgia O'Keefe and Vincent van Gogh.

    If you can, recent travelers recommend taking advantage of the various educational programming offered at the museum. For example, the third Friday of each month features a "Late Nights" session that can be anything from a lecture to a film screening to a family game night. And speaking of families, the Dallas Museum of Art also runs a host of kid-friendly activities such as art classes and workshops.

    Sitting across the street from the Nasher Sculpture Center in downtown Dallas' Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art welcomes visitors Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursdays, it stays open until 9 p.m. To get there, take the M-Line Trolley to the intersection of North St. Paul Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway, or to the corner of North St. Paul Street and Munger Avenue. You can also take any DART train to the St. Paul station and walk north to the museum's Ross Avenue entrance. You don't have to pay to visit the general collection, and some special programming is free as well; however, you will need to pay $16 to tour any temporary exhibits. To learn more, visit the Dallas Museum of Art website.

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    5 minute walk
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    #11
    Nasher Sculpture Center
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    #11 in Dallas – Fort Worth
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Museums
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Sitting across the street from the Dallas Museum of Art in the Big D's lively Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Garden repeatedly wows locals and visitors with its striking indoor and outdoor galleries (a particular highlight for past visitors). The center houses more than 300 works of art by modern and contemporary artists like Matisse, Picasso and Rodin. Pieces here range from small marble sculptures to massive installations. Some recent travelers recommend participating in a docent-led tour, available Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 and 11 a.m., which is included in the admission price. To participate in a tour on Tuesday or Thursday, you must make reservations at least three weeks in advance.

    The Nasher Sculpture Center also hosts a variety of lecture series and workshops geared toward adults interested in learning more about the museum's collection. And if you've got kids in tow, recent visitors recommend planning your visit for the first Saturday of the month when admission is free and family-friendly programs take place. There is also free admission on the third Friday of the month after 5 p.m.

    You'll find the Nasher Sculpture Center just north of downtown Dallas, within walking distance of the M-Line Trolley Olive and Flora stop. You can also reach the Nasher Sculpture Center by taking the Blue, Green, Orange or Red light rail line to the Pearl/Arts District or St. Paul stations, located three blocks southeast of the museum. Additionally, there are parking lots and street parking available nearby, for a fee. The sculpture center (and its gift shop) is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; the on-site cafe stays open until 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students; children ages 12 and younger can get in for free. Save $2 on admission by presenting your DART ticket. To learn more about the Nasher Sculpture Center, visit its official website.

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    5 minute walk
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    Klyde Warren Park
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
    TIME TO SPEND
    Parks and Gardens, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    With free Wi-Fi, weekly events, a dog park, walking trails, a children's park, several restaurants, food trucks and a performance pavilion, Klyde Warren Park is not your typical green space. Built over the Woodall Rogers Freeway and managed by the Woodall Rogers Park Foundation, the urban space in the heart of Dallas hosts events ranging from yoga and concerts to outdoor films and lectures series. The park, which sprawls across more than 5 acres, can also be reserved for public or private events – the skyline and location make it an ideal backdrop for weddings and concerts.

    Recent visitors appreciated the park's close proximity to museums and art institutions, including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center, and said it's a great spot to relax in between sightseeing. Parents love the variety of food trucks that congregate around the park, but some say the food is a bit expensive. Travelers also love the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn, which is a prime place for picnics. Visitors add that it's a fun spot for people-watching and the bathrooms are clean.

    The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visitors can reach Klyde Warren Park from downtown by driving or by taking the McKinney Avenue Trolley. The two closest DART stations are St. Paul and Pearl Street/Arts District. The free D-Link bus stops just north of the park on Olive and Pearl streets. Metered parking and garage parking are available nearby. Check out the park's website for more information and a schedule of events.

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