DALLAS could be a symbol of glamour, glamor, and huge sums of money, but it doesn’t mean that you have not been an oil tycoon to take a trip to Dallas.
There’s something to suit anyone in The Big D from green spaces to museums and well-known trails to secret art spots. Here are 16 of our most-loved activities for kids in Dallas.
1. Crow collection of Asian Art
The museum is housed in a contemporary building situated in Dallas Downtown’s Arts District; this small but beautiful museum offers visitors the opportunity to take an intricate path through an array of artifacts and paintings that come from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia, dating from 3500 BCE until the beginning of the 20th century. Do not miss the beautiful exterior of sandstone dating that is a remnant of North India.
2. African American Museum
The museum is home to more than 1000 items that provide a rich insight into the art and culture of African American people from pre-colonial Africa up to the present. Its collection of folk art is among the finest in the country.
3. Dallas Museum of Art
The museum is the world’s most pleasing excursion of both contemporary and ancient art. The archaeological treasures are diverse, across Greek, Roman, and Etruscan masterpieces, to beautiful ceramic bowls found in the Mimbres Pueblos of New Mexico and a pre-Columbian Peruvian gold mask.
Alongside works of Picasso, Monet, and Van Gogh, American works include Edward Hopper’s intriguing Lighthouse Hill and Frederic Church’s stunning The Icebergs. A recreated house modeled on Coco Chanel’s Mediterranean mansion houses canvases painted of Statesman Winston Churchill.
4. Pioneer Cemetery
It’s the final resting place of many early Dallas residents and has gravestones dating from the 1850s to the 1920s. It’s a dark, mysterious spot in the middle of the city’s roar.
5. Hall of State
Fair Park is full of stunning 1930s art deco architecture, but none is quite as inspiring as this ode to everything Texan. Its Hall of Heroes pays homage to luminaries such as Stephen F Austin and Samuel Houston. In addition, the Great Hall of Texas features massive murals that depict events in Texas history from the 16th century and onwards.
After leaving from the Hall of State, stop at the reflection pool in front of the entrance. The golden statues based on Greek mythology will delight fans of art deco.
6. Pioneer Plaza
To take a photo of a Texas-sized or just a glimpse of what is claimed to be the most impressive bronze sculpture on earth, visit Pioneer Plaza. The main attraction – 40 bigger-than-life bronze longhorns gathered like an actual cattle drive, absolute power, and awe-inspiring appeal.
7. Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll
It is famous for its location along the road on which John F. Kennedy’s motorcade was attacked in November 1963. The tiny park known as Dealey Plaza is now a creepy, hauntingly famous National Historic Landmark. The park was first established in 1935 but to mark the central point of the initial settlement of Dallas.
Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shots from the former Book Depository immediately north. Some witnesses saw shots emanating from the grassy knoll along the hillock that runs across Elm St to the railroad yards. The findings of the 1970s Senate Select Committee on Assassinations and the alleged shooter actually fired (and missed) out of the fence was a confirmation of the notion that Kennedy’s assassination was a part of a plot.
8. John F. Kennedy Memorial
You are able to pay tribute at the memorial to the late president. It was designed by the architect Philip Johnson, and the unusual memorial is a roofless area with an open view of the sky. The carvings of the words “John Fitzgerald Kennedy” are a cenotaph or open tomb. It’s designed to convey a sense of the freedom JFK was a symbol of.
9. Katy Trail
For a walk that you can see and be seen or cycling, head to the trees-lined Katy Trail. It follows a railway track for 3.5 miles starting from to the American Airlines Center downtown, almost all up to Southern Methodist University (SMU) and through intriguing neighborhoods. Sometimes, it gives an authentic rural vibe. An extension program is gradually connecting it to other routes for walking.
10. Ride the Trolly
Dallas could be known as a town for cars, but you’re right. It’s the easiest way to move around when you own your own vehicle. Public transportation is also accessible from busses to trains, along with the DART M-line offers a nostalgic and fun-free ride that comes with air conditioning and is located across downtown Dallas Arts District and the Uptown neighborhood. If you’re staying in one of Dallas the many hotels downtown or have shopping on your schedule, this is an ideal way to travel from one location to the other – and kids love funky transportation.
11. Deep Ellum Street Art
The hotspot for arts and music in Deep Ellum is chock full of public art and murals and other artistic delights on the walls of structures, in plazas, and even filling the area beneath Dallas Seussical’s overpasses. It’s free to walk through the site and enjoy every street artist, especially in the art parks under that I-30 highway. So we’re not going to blame you for letting the aromas of Serious Pizza inspire you to pay a couple of dollars before leaving.
12. The Trinity Skyline Trail
To take in the breathtaking panoramas of downtown, including The Jolly Green Giant (aka the Bank of America Plaza) as well as the disco ball-inspired Reunion Tower, head to the Trinity Skyline Trail. It’s 4 miles long and will lead passengers to Trinity Overlook, where you can enjoy the city’s skyline, as well as a view of The Trinity River and Dallas’ flood plain.
13. Klyde Warren Park
This unique 5.2-acre park is an urban green area constructed over the recessive Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It is home to its own programs and, in addition to spaces for outdoor chess, croquet, yoga, and many other sports, there are performances and various other special activities. It is very popular with families during weekends.
14. Sweet Pass Sculpture Site Sweet Pass Sculpture Site
The former site of dumping located at 402 Fabrication Street in west Dallas has been turned into a sculpture park that is geared towards emerging as well as mid-career art. Some of the past installations have included Navild Acosta as well as Fannie Sosa’s “Black Power Naps Park / Parque Siestas Negras,” which provided a place for BIPOC to sit comfortably against the systemic racism and mass incarceration. Other works that are part of Sweet Pass have been a soundscape developed by Azikiwe Mohammed titled “Away Message III” and the San Antonio collective, BUXTOOF’s study of baseball in an installation piece that they call “Bush League.”
15. Ronald Kirk Bridge Ronald Kirk Bridge
Previously known as the Continental Avenue Bridge, this pedestrian bridge was named in 2016 to honor Ronald Kirk, the first African-American mayor of Dallas. It’s more than just a method to connect the west of Dallas to downtown by foot; however, the Ronald Kirk Bridge has been transformed into a High Line-like green space, which is in harmony with Klyde Warren Park nearby that includes a play area with a splash pad, shaded lounge seats and a chessboard that is human-sized and many more. It also offers stunning views of the cat cradle bridge and Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge has been a major element of the Dallas skyline since its design was created by Santiago Calatrava in 2012.
16. Thanksgiving Square
In all the bustle of driving, traffic, and shopping malls, Dallas has a surprisingly peaceful side. A triangular part of the city’s prime real estate that is reserved to reflect and spiritual renewal. Thanks-Giving Square was established by the Thanks-Giving Foundation as a ‘place where people can experience gratitude as a base to dialogue, mutual understanding, and healing.’ The design was also created through the work of Philip Johnson; the tranquil center features a meditation area and the Wall of Praise, an interdenominational chapel of Thanksgiving, and the museum of gratitude.
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