Learn the history of the airline industry at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum. You'll learn about the beginning of American Airlines in the 1930s and see how it developed through the years. Spectacular aerial photography and a DC-3 on site are just some of the attractions that make this an exciting adventure.
Thanks to moderate year-round temperatures, the Dallas Arboretum is perennially in bloom, boasting more than a dozen unique garden attractions that flaunt the flauna from a variety of regions. Green thumb or not, collections like the 6.5 acre Color Garden will take your breath away.
The Dallas Arboretum is among the best in the nation, situated on 55 sprawling acres on White Rock Lake. In fact, the gardens are listed among the top three in the U.S. by Southwest Spirit magazine.
The arboretum opened in 1984 and features a stunning array of thousands of species throughout more than a dozen different gardens. Thanks to the temperate Dallas weather, visitors can always find plants in bloom all year long.
You'll find a sea of blooms in the azalea collection that includes 2,400 varieties. Other plant collections showcase ferns, holly, and a 6.5-acre color garden.
Other gardens include the DeGolyer Gardens, Jonsson Color Garden, Lay Ornamental Garden, Boswell Family Garden, Paseo de Flores, McCasland Sunken Garden and The Palmer Fern Dell.
Recently, the Dallas Arboretum unveiled the Women's Garden, a gift from the center's Women's Council. The recent addition includes several small garden rooms. The most dramatic feature of the Women's Garden is a reflecting pool that overlooks White Rock Lake.
The Dallas Arboretum also includes a visitor's center with a gift shop, meeting room, and a patio area overlooking White Rock Lake.
Watch professional actors interpret children's productions and plays at the Dallas Children's Theater, where musicals and children's tales come to life. The theater was named one of the Top 5 theaters in the country performing for youth.
Dallas Children's Theater is a regional powerhouse training ground for young performers. In fact, the theater was rated as one of the top 5 theaters in the nation by Time magazine.
Each year, the Dallas Children's Theater features 11 main stage productions that showcase the talented youth of the Dallas area. The theater also supports a national touring company in addition to education and outreach programs.
The Dallas Children's Theater is headquartered in the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, where family and theater-lovers can enjoy any of the professionally produced plays.
Originally, the Dallas Children's Theater was created in 1984. From its inception, the Dallas Children's Theater has focused on collaboration - drawing local talent from artists, designers, playwrights and educators.
The Dallas Children's Theater draws from an interesting and eclectic library of material, including well-known children's stories, fairy tales and modern writings.
If you're wanting to experience the Big D the way the locals do it, check out historic Dallas Greenville Avenue. From famous local bars and restaurants, to one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques, and favorite retailers like Old Navy, this popular neighborhood is the perfect spot for shopping, food and fun. It won't take long for you to figure out why Greenville Avenue has been a vital Dallas neighborhood for over 150 years.
Discover nature's secrets under the sea at the far reaching Dallas World Aquarium, where you'll embark on a world tour of the Earth's oceans and unique bodies of water through unique exhibits and attractions. A special pedestrian tunnel takes you through the heart of a large shark tank.
The Dallas World Aquarium lives up to its name, taking visitors on a global tour of nature and its stunning beauty.
Natural wonders from the four corners of the earth cover five continents, 14 countries, 3 oceans and countless seas and rivers.
The fun begins before you enter the Dallas World Aquarium, where the Wilds of Borneo entrance ramp is lined with plants and animals that greet visitors.
Once inside, you'll delight in a bird's-eye view of the Orinoco - Secrets of the River rainforest exhibit. Birds fly freely throughout the exhibit and go about their business of building nests and bringing home food for their young. Mammals saunter about, sharing the habitat with amphibians and reptiles.
The Aquarium section includes species from around the world. Just outside, the special South Africa exhibit will transport you to the exotic land of Madagascar. Permanent exhibits include fish, jellyfish and coral from around the world. Visitors can walk through a special tunnel that runs through one of the large tanks, where sharks and manta rays swim about.
The Dallas World Aquarium also features two gift shops and three restaurants.
Enter the hub of cultural and entertainment activities in the heart of downtown Dallas at Fair Park Texas. Originally built for the 1936 Texas World's Fair, the 227-acre park houses many of Dallas most popular attractions.
True to its name, Fair Park is an exciting collection of Art Deco buildings from the 1936 Texas World's Fair. The buildings now house many of Dallas' unique and highly specialized museums, sports facilities and educational programs.
Fair Park was built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and its buildings, artwork and sculptures reflect the Art Deco style of the era.
The 227-acre park is noted for drawing more than 7 million visitors each year. The museums and facilities at Fair Park in Dallas include:
Besides museums, you'll find these entertainment venues bustling with activities:
Round up the kids and head out to Kiest Park Fantasy Landing, a nautical-themed play structure that's completely handicapped and wheelchair accessible. It features a custom Lighthouse, a SwayFun glider, ships, a two seat tuffrider, and more.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild with creative inspiration at every turn. Featuring a whole host of exciting attractions from the Kingdom Quest ride to an amazing recreation of the local area’s most iconic buildings, the Center not only provides fun for LEGO fans young and old, but fantastic educational benefits too.
Enjoy the original theatrical dinner show that recreates the regal world of knights in shining armor and ladies in waiting. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will bring you back to the romanticized world of the Middle Ages, where you'll enjoy a live jousting tournament as you feast on dinner and ale.
Here ye, here ye. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rule a kingdom in the Middle Ages as a King or Queen?
Well, Your Majesty, ponder no more. When you visit Medieval Times in Dallas, you'll be treated like royalty from the moment you arrive in your gas-guzzling carriage.
After a tour of your castle, enter the Hall of Arms celebration arena and prepare thyself for an evening of gorging, drinking and entertainment.
Medieval Times is an experience that can't be pinned down in a few words. It's a hybrid of live dinner theater with audience participation − set in a medieval castle and jousting arena, naturally.
The concept was inspired by the historic tradition of royal families, who would invite guests to join them for a festival and feast. The reproduction 11th century castle provides the perfect backdrop to an evening of revelry and entertainment.
Dinner is served in pewter goblets and dishes, with nary a fork or napkin to be found. Instead, guests dig in with their bare hands in the tradition of Medieval Times. Before the final belch, the tournament begins. Falconry, sword-fighting and jousting take center stage in the arena below.
The Battle of Champions comes complete with sizzling special effects and choreography. Weaponry and costumes are true-to-tradition.
If you've already been here, it's worth a return trip. Medieval Times continually updates and enhances the performances, ensuring that all guests are treated like royalty.
Make a day of discovery at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Eleven permanent exhibit halls with many programs and events for all ages. Get ready to amaze your brain through hands-on learning experiences.
One of the oldest and still the biggest amusement park in the state, Six Flags Over Texas delivers just your dose of adrenaline. If you're a roller-coaster junkie, you'll find plenty to ride all day. Or if family-friendly attractions are your style, check out the Looney Tunes USA section.
Six Flags Over Texas deserves its king-sized name: Here you'll find more excitement, more entertainment, and more rides to satisfy your sense of adventure.
The major amusement park opened in 1961 and is the oldest park in the Six Flags family. Roller-coaster lovers will find paradise here, since Six Flags boasts 13 coasters and the tallest roller coaster in the state of Texas.
The park is located in Arlington, about 15 miles west of Dallas.
Six Flags Over Texas boasts a series of firsts that won't disappoint. They include:
Naturally, the Six Flags oil derrick is the largest land-based derrick of its kind in any amusement park, or drilling site for that matter. The park hosts a series of other one-of-a-kind rides, including:
Are you a Shark lover, Seahorse fanatic or a Clownfish groupie? Perhaps it’s the graceful Jellyfish or our newest family member- the Green Sea Turtle that you love the most. Maybe you simply can’t decide! Here at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium you can make up your mind and see them all - from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.
What goes up, must come down. And when you go up at Zero Gravity, expect to come down out of the sky at top speeds! Try all five rides, because with names like The Texas Blastoff, Nothin' But Net and The Skyscraper, you know you're in for one wild ride at this attraction.
Get ready to experience high-flying thrills at Zero Gravity in Dallas. This collection of gravity-defying rides has got your name on it. So strap yourself in, keep your eyes open and brace yourself for a free-falling afternoon of excitement.
As one of the top attractions in Dallas, Zero Gravity offers five adrenaline-pumping rides. Choose just one (bet you can't!) or go for the whole enchilada for a specially reduced price.
Zero Gravity opened in 1992 with just one ride − the seven-story Bungee Tower − and hasn't slowed down since.
Other death-defying thrill rides at Zero Gravity include: