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Top 10 Things to do in Dallas

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  • Dallas downtown - Arts district

    Masterworks of Art

    The Dallas Arts District makes it simple to visit three world-class museums. Dallas Museum of Art houses an extensive collection spanning 5,000 years of history. The Nasher Sculpture Center's collection of modern and contemporary sculpture, displayed in luminous galleries and gardens, includes signature works by Calder, de Kooning and Hepworth. The Crow Collection of Asian Art features sculptures and the applied arts from Asia.

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    Attend a Performance

    The 10-acre site of the strikingly modern AT&T Performing Arts Center, includes the distinctive Winspear Opera House and the flexible Wyly Theatre among its performing arts venues. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra considers the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by I. M. Pei and considered one of the world’s best concert halls, to be their home. The historic Kalita Humphreys Theater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was the original home the Dallas Theatre Group.

  • John F. Kennedy Memorial

    The Legacy of JFK

    The assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy is recounted through the multi-media exhibits of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, located in the former Texas School Book Depository building. Items about 1960 presidential campaign, the quest for Civil Rights and oral histories are also part of the museum’s collections. The Kennedy Memorial, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, is in the West End Historic District in downtown Dallas, near the site of the president’s assassination.

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    Stroll Pioneer Plaza

    Situated near the Convention Center, Pioneer Plaza is one of Dallas' most iconic landmarks. The centerpiece is a massive sculpture consisting of a majestic group of 49 bronze longhorns and three cowboys on horses driving the cattle. Noted Texan artist Robert Summers created the work. This tribute to the 19th-century cattle drives across Texas is set against a backdrop of native plants and a small stream.

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  • Dallas cityscape in the morning

    A Texas-sized View

    Reunion Tower is one of the best-known features of the Dallas skyline. Its 561-foot observation tower affords viewers panoramic views of the city. Its central cylindrical shaft ends in a three-story glass dome housing an observation deck, a casual café and Wolfgang Puck's Five Sixty restaurant. The tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city, especially at night when it is illuminated with computer-generated designs that change according to the occasion.

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    Life-long Learning

    The cube-like structure of Perot Museum of Nature and Science houses 11 permanent exhibition halls dedicated to nature and science and is a perfect marriage of engineering and ecology. The building's base features native Texan grasses and an exterior escalator encased in glass. The interior of the museum is equally unique, with interactive exhibits, massive dinosaur skeletons and hands-on opportunities. Permanent exhibits cover everything from the universe to what it means to be human.

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  • Women doing yoga

    Soak Up the Texas Sun

    Located one block past the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center, Klyde Warren Park provides a central gathering place to enjoy outdoor events and activities. Built over Woodall Rogers Freeway, this 5.2-acre space has a trail for jogging and hosts yoga and Pilates classes on its sprawling lawn. There’s a fenced dog park and a botanical garden of seasonal plants. Concerts, theater and other events take advantage of various pavilions and the Great Lawn.

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  • Spiral Stained Glass Windows

    Give Thanks

    Thanks-Giving Square, in the City Center District, was established to promote peace and thanksgiving. The square contains the Wall of Praise, with its mosaic after Norman Rockwell's The Golden Rule, and a tower with three bronze bells designed after the Liberty Bell. Noted American architect Philip Johnson designed the Chapel of Thanks, with its graceful spiral roof inset with glowing stained-glass windows. Under the chapel, there is an exhibit about the tradition of giving thanks in America.

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    More than a Stadium

    The massive AT&T Stadium, featuring a retractable roof and seating for 80,000 spectators, is in Arlington (midway between Dallas and Fort Worth). Sports fans will want to try and catch a Dallas Cowboys game. But if you can’t, perhaps you can catch one of the many rock concerts scheduled throughout the year. Self-guided tours give you behind-the-scenes access, and there’s also an art tour to see the amazing collection of modern art at the venue.

  • Two women shopping

    Indulge Yourself

    Luxury department store Neiman Marcus was founded in Dallas, and its flagship store is an integral part of Downtown. The six-story edifice offers unrivaled window displays and an excellent restaurant on the sixth floor. For a more modern take on shopping, the tri-level Galleria Dallas is home to high-end and international shops. It’s where to go when you want to ice skate, catch the latest Hollywood release or browse the latest fashions from ready-to-wear designers.

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