Temperatures are soaring, sidewalks are sizzling and the kids are starting to make your blood boil. What do you do? Head for the lake? Maybe visit the relatives in Canada? How about sightseeing in Dallas? Is it even possible there are things to do in Dallas, TX that would keep you cool or at least be cool to do? Sure! Just keep the windows rolled up, crank the AC and check out these three hot tourist places in Dallas where everyone can have a good time.
The Sixth Floor Museum/Texas School Book Depository
It’s an eerie sense of history to stand at the window on the sixth floor of the Texas school book depository and gaze at the large white “X” that marks the spot president John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The museum tells the story of that fateful day, a sunny November 22, as well as reflecting on the life and legacy of the United States’ 35th president. The museum lays out the events of the day in minute detail although it can be equally entertaining to stop and chat with one of the conspiracy theorists that hang around in front of the building and get the “real story”. A fascinating and worthwhile stop even though it recounts some of Dallas darkest days.
Spend a Day on the Katy Trail
If the weather is on your side and you’re feeling all cooped up the Katy Trail is a great way to get out and go sightseeing in Dallas. You don’t even have to drive. The trail is open to walkers, joggers, in-line skaters and cyclists. The trail runs 3.5 miles from the American Airlines Center Arena in downtown Dallas to Mockingbird Station just south of Southern Methodist University. In its former life the Katy trail was the Missouri-Kansas-Texas line of the Union Pacific Railroad. After being abandoned in the 1980s the old tracks were an eyesore that divided downtown Dallas. Now the Katy trail is the favorite outdoor space for many Dallas residents and has been credited with raising the property values of bordering neighborhoods. There are many great things to see in Dallas along the trail including Reverchon Park, Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail Ice house, once a dilapidated abandoned machine shop turned popular downtown Dallas eatery featuring casual fare, cold beer and a view of the trail. Now that will cool you off.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Since opening its doors on December 1, 2012 the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has become one of the top places to visit in Dallas. Its amazing displays with glimpses into the mysteries of the expanding universe, the human body, the natural world and the very design of the building itself have all set new standards in interactive museum design.
The building includes 11 permanent exhibition halls, two additional halls for traveling exhibits and a 297 seat digital 3D capable theater. Popular attractions include the Run Experience where participants can line up to race Kansas Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. In addition to Charles, runners can choose to go head to head with a cheetah or a life-size 3D T-Rex as well.
The name of the museum was a result of a 50 million dollar donation from the Perot family in honor of their parents, former presidential candidate and successful Dallas businessman Ross Perot and his wife Margot. The donation kick-started the 185 million dollar fundraising campaign that acquired the site, planned the exhibits and built the museum without a dime of public funds. The project came in a year ahead of schedule with enough funds leftover to maintain a sizable endowment for the future needs of the museum.