THE DALLAS AQUARIUM AT FAIR PARK
Approximately 6,000 aquatic animals, including marine and freshwater fish, reptiles,
amphibians and invertebrates are housed in The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park. Its location is
the original Art Deco structure that opened for the Texas Centennial celebration in 1936. The
Aquarium is a leader in breeding critically endangered Texas species, such as the Texas blind
salamander and several desert fishes that are already extinct in nature.With the exception of
Christmas and Thanksgiving Days, the Aquarium is open daily
from 9:00a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Adults - $20.95
Children (3-12 Years) - $12.95
Seniors (60 & Older) - $16.95
Children (2 & Under) - No Charge
(Prices Do Not Include Tax)
All Major Credit Cards Accepted.
1462 First Avenue & MLK Blvd. For more information, call
214-670-8443 or go to www.dallaszoo.com.
THE DALLAS ARBORETUM
Sixty-six acres of year-round floral display makes the Dallas Arboretum one of the nation’s top
botanic gardens and home of the Southwest’s largest outdoor floral festival. Located on the
southeast shore of White Rock Lake, visitors of all ages enjoy flower gardens, sculpture,
fountains, two historic mansions, and scenic lake views. Gen.Ad. $8; Seniors 65+ $7; children 3-
12 $5; 2 and under and members of the Arboretum, free. $5 parking. For information on tours
and admission for groups of 20 or more, call 214-515-6512. DeGolyer Garden Cafe and Lula
Mae Slaughter Dining Terrace are open
from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.The Dallas Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. except
Thanksgiving, Christmas and NewYear’s Day when it is closes. 8525 Garland Rd., 214-515-
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
With its comprehensive collection, stimulating special exhibitions, and full schedule of family
programs, lectures, films, and concerts, the Dallas Museum of Art is an important part of the
cultural life of the downtown Dallas Arts District. The DMA’s permanent collection is
distinguished by major holdings in African,Asian, contemporary, South
Asian, and Indonesian art along with a wide representation of classical antiquities, later
European art, and fine holdings in American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts.
The Museum’s collection is complemented by a diverse schedule of touring exhibitions,many
of which are organized by the DMA’s curatorial staff.The Museum’s special exhibitions and
comprehensive collections, combined with a full range of concerts, tours, lectures, and
programs, provide a wealth of experiences to engage visitors of every age in the world of art.
Hrs:Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with the exception of Thurs. when late hours are from 5p.m. until
9.The Thurs. late hours are free, as is the first Tues. of each month. Closed Mondays, and major
holidays. Gen.Adm. $10; Senior citizens $7, students with a current school I.D. $5. DMA
members & children under 12 are admitted free, school tour groups are free with reservations.
1717 N. Harwood St., 214-922-1200 or
THE DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM
Featured at the DallasWorld Aquarium are an aquarium, a Venezuelan rainforest, plants and
animals from South Africa and the recently opened Mundo Maya exhibit.The aquariums hold
marine life representing the waters of four continents, three oceans and various seas around
the world.The replica of the South American Orinoco River basin features its tropical rainforest
and savannas which are home to unparalleled concentrations of flora and fauna.The
outdoor model of South Africa’s southern tip
biomes displays a lagoon-like exhibit presenting both plants and animals from the area.
Mundo Maya highlights the contributions of the ancient Mayan culture. Open seven days a
week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. General admission $15.95;
Seniors 60+ $12.95, children 3-12, $8.95, and children under 2, no charge. Prices do not
include tax. All major credit cards accepted. 1801 N. Griffin St. 214-
THE DALLAS ZOO:
On 95 developed acres, the Dallas Zoo is the largest zoo in Texas and was the first zoo in the
state. It is divided into the Wilds of Africa and ZooNorth.The 25-acreWilds of Africa features six
major African habitats.Take a 20-minute Monorail Safari (in season) to see animals in bush,
desert, forest,woodland, river and mountain environments.The Kimberly-Clark Chimpanzee
Forest along the NatureTrail is especially popular. ZooNorth is home to the newest exhibits: the
Betty Moroney Norsworthy Otter Outpost,TamarinTreetops and Bug U!. The ExxonMobil
EndangeredTiger Habitat features a natural setting with rocks, trees, grasses, and pools of
water where the tigers may swim. In Primate Place, the Zoo’s monkeys and lesser apes live in a
lush park setting.The Snout Route is home to animals
with distinctive noses.Nearby, visitors will find the elephants and giraffes and the Pierre A.
Fontaine Bird & Reptile Building. Pass the kangaroos and hike up to the Hill where you’ll find a
camel, rhinos, antelope,warthogs, and other hoofed animals.Have lunch at the Prime
Meridian by the Flamingo Pond then visit the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo.There are pony
rides, a petting zoo, a koi pond and a bubbling stream to get feet wet.The Underzone has
naked mole rats, mongooses and other underground creatures and
the Nature Exchange offers a special kind of swap shop for natural artifacts. Find an extensive
collection of birds in BirdValley and throughout the park.The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. except Christmas Day.Tickets for those 12-64 are $8.75; 65+ $5.50; children 3-11 $5.75,
under 3, no charge. Parking is $5.The Monorail runs Sept. 2 through Nov. 30. 650 S. R. L.Thornton
Frwy. (I-35E at Marsalis). For more info, call (214) 670-5656 or go to www.dallaszoo.com.
Fair Park is located 2 miles east of Downtown Dallas off I-30.This 277-acre national historic
landmark was the site of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exhibition, celebrating Texas’
independence from Mexico.The grounds are home to nine museums, sporting events,
corporate events, national exhibitions and festivals. Special features include the Texas
Vietnam Memorial, the lushly landscaped Leonhardt Lagoon, the Smith Fountain and the Old
Mill Inn Restaurant. Other unique historic features include six mammoth statues representing
the six governments that have ruled Texas which line the Esplanade flanked by two buildings
both of which have 1936 Art Deco murals and base reliefs adorning their facades. More than
6.5 million people attend musicals, concerts, and more than 100 festivals and exhibits there
annually. Each year, from the last Friday in September
through the third Sunday in October, Fair Park is the site of the State Fair of Texas with more
than 3.5 million people attending each fall.The museums have varying hours and admission
prices and take most major credit cards. For more information, call 214-670-8400 or go to www.
LOUISTUSSAUD’S PALACE OF WAX & RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Grand Prairie’s Palace ofWax is the place to view wax figures of the best and worst of
humanity from Hollywood stars to characters who lived in the old west: the heroes and villains
of our history. Wax figures includeTom Hanks as Forrest Gump, the menacing Captain Hook,
the saintly Mother Teresa (1910-1997), and the present President Bush along with his 42
predecessors. Entering Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! visitors find themed
galleries with videos, artifacts, and activities.You can experience an earth quake, aTexas
tornado with 200 mph winds,walk on the ocean floor, or a bed of live coals.Visitors will also see
“The Lord’s Prayer” written on a grain of rice and the ruins of a mystic temple.Hrs. are Mon.-Fri.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Gen.Ad. for one attraction is $14.95 (combo
ticket–$17.95); children 4-12, $8.95 or combo $9.95. 601 E. Safari Pkwy.,
972-263-2391 or go to www.placeofwax.com.
THE MAJESTIC THEATRE
The Majestic Theatre opened April 11, 1921 during the Vaudeville era.Over the years it hosted
various acts such as Houdini and Bob Hope.As movies pushed aside vaudeville, the Majestic
became a center for premieres bringing such stars as Jimmy Stewart, Gregory Peck and
JohnWayne to Dallas. Live entertainment continued by Big Bands featuring such musicians as
Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington. But July 16, 1973, the
Majestic Theatre went dark.The Hobilitzelle Foundation, who owned the Majestic Theatre,
presented it to the City of Dallas January 31, 1976. Restoration and renovations were carried
out including restoring the Renaissance Baroque exterior and the reapplication of the 23K
gold leaf to interior accents and molding.The Majestic was named to the National Register of
Historic Places and re-opened as a center for the performing
arts on January 28, 1983. Besides the main stage is the Experimental Theatre that
opened in April 1999. It is designed for smallerscale plays, dance and theatrical productions,
and seats up to 100 patrons. 1925 Elm St.
www.liveatthemajestic.com or call 214-880-0137.
THE MORTON H.MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER
The Meyerson Symphony Center is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Turtle Creek
Chorale, the DallasWind Symphony and the Greater DallasYouth Orchestra. It also
hosts concerts, band and choral festivals, and religious services. In its construction, 30,000
square feet of Italian travertine marble and 22,000 pieces of Indiana limestone were used.
Also included in the Meyerson Symphony Center is 918 panels of African cherrywood and 216
panels of America cherrywood.Architect of the acoustically superb structure was I. M. Pei.
Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra,Andrew Litton, says “Performing here is one of
the greatest privileges of my position.” 2301 Flora Street, 214-670-3600 or www.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, offers dynamic experiences to stimulate curiosity in
visitors of all ages. With 180,000 square feet of space, standing
170 feet tall (equivalent to an average 14-story building) the revolutionary Perot Museum
extends beyond the typical "museum" perception. The extraordinary
building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations
of engineering, technology and conservation.
Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3-D
computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains
through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The lower level of the
cube houses a state-of-the-art, modular traveling exhibit hall; an education wing with six
learning labs; a flexible space auditorium; and a children's museum including outdoor play
space and a courtyard. The museum is located in Victory Park at the corner of Field Street
and Woodall Rodgers Freeway in the heart of Dallas.
THE MUSIC HALL AT FAIR PARK
This theater, that premiered with Sigmund Romberg’s The Student Prince in the fall of 1925, is
home stage for the Dallas Summer Musicals,Dallas Opera, Texas BalletTheatre (along with
other ballet dance troupes), and Broadway Musical touring companies.The summer musicals
run from May to October and the Dallas Opera season is from
November to February. The Spanish Baroque-style structure,with touches of Moorish influences,
is located at Fair Park where a world renowned collection of Art Deco architecture stands,
much of it built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.
909 First Avenue. For information go to www.dallassummermusicals.org.
OLD CITY PARK
The Historical Village of Dallas - Old City Park’s mission is to bring history to life so that visitors
may relive some of the experiences of the years from 1840- 1910 in Dallas and North Central
Texas. Old City Park’s thirteen acres hosts 38 historic structures, a working farm, a traditional
Jewish household, elegant Victorian homes, a school, a church
and commercial buildings.Visitors may interact with lively characters, do historic crafts,
or help with chores around the historical village. Monthly programs explore different aspects of
Dallas history with crafts, music, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Summer hours until
Sept. 15 are Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sun. noon-4 p.m.
After that hours will be Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with Sun. hrs. remaining the same. Open daily
except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and NewYear’s Eve and New Year’
s Day. Gen. Adm. $7, 65+ $5, and children 3-12 $4. Self-paced tours or guided tours are
available. A multi-lingual audio tour is $3 extra. 1717 Gano St.,
SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUM AT DEALEY PLAZA
“Dallas’ Most Visited Historic Site” uses walls of photographs and videos to examine
the life and death of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the USA.The place at
the 6th floor window from which the assassin fired upon the motorcade, is marked off
by wooden crates, and Walter Cronkite still announces to the nation that its president
is dead. Visitors are encouraged to write their own thoughts about that day after
viewing the exhibition. Daily except Christmas. 9a.m.-6 p.m. Gen. Adm. $13.50, Seniors and
youth 6-18 $12.50. Children 5 and under no charge or $3.50 with audio. Audio guides in seven
languages included in admission. Please replace with this: Admission
$16 Adults, $14 Seniors (60+), $13 Youth (6-18); Children 5 and under are free or $4
with audio guide. An audio guide is included with admission and is available in
English, Spanish and a Family version (English only). 411 Elm St., (the former School
Book Depository). For more information call 214-747-6660 or go to www.jfk.org.
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