You’ll notice the Dallas skyline before anything else in this large city! Dallas is rated as the fifteenth tallest city in the world as it has a number of buildings which stand over 210 metres (700ft) high. Several of these are open to the public, the most prominent of which is the Reunion Tower, fondly called a number of other names as well, including the Dandelion and the Big Golf Ball!
The excitement begins in the elevator, as the outer wall of the shaft is made up of glass panels which means you get to see the view during the 68 second ride to the top. At the top is an observation deck and above that the revolving restaurant, above this is a club called The Dome. At the time of writing, Reunion Tower is closed for renovation which is set to complete by autumn 2008.
Dallas is the place where President John F Kennedy was famously assassinated and there are various reminders of this around the city. The Sixth Floor Museum is located in the downtown building from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shot and the museum is in dedication to Kennedy.
Other museums include the Dallas Museum of Art and the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture which tells of the history and development of Dallas County.
Dallas World Aquarium is said to be well worth visiting. There is much more to it than just an aquarium as you enter through a rainforest then make your way down, seeing all types of animals along the way until you reach the aquarium at the bottom. If one aquarium isn’t enough for you though, Dallas has another – Aquarium at Fair Park has over 6,000 aquatic animals. Following the animal theme, Dallas Zoo has an impressive collection of over 8,000 animals within this 97 acre zoo, located in South Dallas (as is the Aquarium at Fair Park).
If you’re visiting Dallas in September and October it would be hard to miss the State Fair. The Texas State Fair in Dallas has an ongoing competition with the one in Iowa as being the largest in the country, and whether it is or not, it’s huge! The Fair lasts for 24 days from the middle of September and is full of events and entertainment.
For theme park lovers, Dallas has a couple of these – in the Arlington area of the city you’ll find Six Flags Over Texas. This has multiple rides, from thrill rides to kids rides. And if you enjoy water parks, Six Flags Over Hurricane Harbor is said to be the best in the area.