This city is known for its cultural activities, including opera, musicals, ballet, and symphony concerts. A notable place is the Kalita Humphreys Theater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Located just a few minutes away from downtown, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden sprawls across over 66 acres along the southeast shore of the White Rock Lake. The property holds about fourteen world-famous displays that showcase seasonal flowers, plant collections, ornamental shrubs, and trees. The gardens also host seasonal outdoor festivals, art shows, concerts, educational programs, and guided tours of the property. Although built in the early 1930s, this incredible tourist attraction wasn't a botanical garden until 1984. So make sure to do a little exploring around White Rock Lake Park, too.
The Dallas Museum of Art has been a long-standing institution in the city since it opened in 1903. Among the ten most prominent museums in the United States, it has over 24,000 works, including ancient artifacts and contemporary art. Highlights include Classical art and artifacts from ancient Greece, Egypt, and Rome. In addition, to the permanent collections, they house temporary exhibits that highlight prominent artists' work, explore thematic topics, and display historical collections.
This museum is a top attraction for families and tourists in a massive architectural masterpiece that Thom Mayne made. The building was designed with 'sustainability as a primary goal with innovative eco-friendly design features include summer water conservation using condensation from air conditioners and drip irrigation. It is divided into areas with games, interactive educational stations, and high-technology displays.
Located within walking distance of the city's historic downtown core, the Dallas World Aquarium is a fun and academic excursion for young and old. Placed in some 87,000 gallons of saltwater is a massive array of sea life, including stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, bonnethead sharks, giant groupers, and rare seadragons, all living in natural reef settings. The main highlight is the Orinoco Rainforest exhibit. This fun attraction comes complete with several free-flying birds, like toucans, tree sloths, and aquatic species such as Orinoco crocodiles and the poison dart frogs.
The Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre park housing more than 2,000 exotic animals from 406 species in various habitats. This fun attraction was always popular with families was established in 1888, making it one of the oldest zoos in the United States. The newly refurbished 'Wilds of Africa Adventure Safari' monorail takes park visitors to the Great Rift Valley and habitats of African countries like Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Another attraction that children love is the 'Zero Gravity Thrill,' Amusement Park. This features enough bungee jumps and free-falling rides to keep them amused for hours.
The prime time to visit Dallas is between September and November. The temperatures aren't overwhelmingly hot, the tourist traffic has died down, and the Texas State Fair is in full swing. Keep in mind: The Cowboys football season can drive hotel prices up, especially in the Metroplex areas.