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
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.fairparkdallas.com.
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.meyersonsymphonycenter.com.
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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