Dallas Journals

Things to see in Dallas

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A travel journal to Dallas by Jeffrey

Stonebriar Centre Mall Photo, Dallas, Texas More Photos
Quote: This journal focuses on things to do and see that visitors (and even some locals) may overlook. I hope you enjoy it. If you are looking for restaurant information in and around Dallas, be sure to see my other journal dedicated to that.

Things to see in Dallas

Overview

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The Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex is a huge diverse area with many things for everyone to do and see.

There are countless places to shop, sight-see and be entertained. I have a separate journal dedicated to places to eat in the Dallas metropolitan area.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

A car is almost a must in Dallas. The metropolitan area is huge, and the public transit system is up-and-coming.

You can arrive by air at either the Dallas/Ft Worth International airport (located far west of Dallas), or at Dallas Love Field located near downtown.

The Fairmont Dallas

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Hotel

The Fairmont Dallas Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Fairmont Dallas is in downtown Dallas, in the Arts district, very close to the Mort Meyerson Center (home of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra), and the Dallas Museum of Art. The Fairmont is also close to the entertainment districts of McKinney Avenue and the touristy West End district. The Fairmont is world-class. We stayed there to celebrate our anniversary. They have a "Romance Package" that includes a room, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and breakfast either in the lavish Pyramid Restaurant, or "Private Dining" (room service). During our visit, there were multiple huge Christmas parties and a wedding, so the valets (parking is $18/day) were very busy, and it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2000

The Fairmont Dallas
1717 N AKARD STREET
Dallas, Texas 75201
214 720-2020

Renaissance Worthington Hotel

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Hotel

Renaissance Worthington Hotel Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Renaissance Worthington Hotel (owned by Marriott) is in downtown Fort Worth's Sundance Square, which is home to much of Fort Worth's entertainment and nightlife. We got a very reasonable rate of $129 the weekend night of our stay. The Renaissance Worthington is a contemporary 12-story building (and over 500 guest rooms) that stretches across three blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The ends of the building are shaped like stair steps, and the hotel is built right over Houston Street, so downtown traffic literally drives right through the hotel, making it the dominant focal point of Sundance Square. The Renaissance is definitely a full-service hotel. It has several restaurants, a nic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 28, 2002

Renaissance Worthington Hotel
200 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 76102
(817) 870-1000

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden"

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Dallas Arboretum is recommended for anyone that enjoys flowers and plants. I took a visiting family member who is a huge plant buff, and they loved it. See informative web site at www.dallasarboretum.org. The photos in this journal are from their web page, except the one of the rear of the DeGolyer Mansion. The Arboretum is near downtown Dallas and sits on White Rock Lake. The Arboretum was formed by combining the DeGolyer (prominent Dallas oil family) Mansion and the adjacent Alex Camp estate. It is owned by the City of Dallas and operated by the Dallas Arboretum. Although our visit was during horrible weather on November 24th, I was amazed at the number of flowers t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2000

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, Texas 75218
+1 214 515 6500

Stonebriar Centre Mall

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Stonebriar Centre Mall Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Stonebriar Centre Mall is the newest mall in the area. It has been open about 3 months. It is in Frisco, a far north suburb of Dallas, at the north west corner of Preston and SH 121. Go north and Preston and you won't miss it. Stonebriar is a 2 level indoor mall with a wide range of stores (over 100). Merchandise includes shoes, apparel, specialty apparel, health and beauty, electronics, jewelry, toys, services, and etc. There is a 3rd level for an AMC 24 Theater. Anchor stores include Macy's, Foley's, JCPenney, Nordstrom, Sears, and Galyan's is still under construction. There are 3 restaurants, a large food court, and other food scattered throughout the mall. Li...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2000

Stonebriar Centre Mall
2601 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75034
(972) 377-4486

Galleria

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Attraction | "The Dallas Galleria"

Galleria Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Galleria is not to be missed if you love to shop at premier department stores and/or fancy specialty shops. It is located at the intersection of the LBJ Freeway (635) and Dallas Parkway (Tollway) in North Dallas. The Galleria has over 200 stores and dozens of restaurants on 3 levels, and a well-heeled clientele. It has an open architecture that is highlighted by a public ice skating rink at the main intersection of the mall. Anchor stores include Macy's, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and a Westin Hotel (shopping vacation?). They have many other well-known and little-known shops selling mens, womens and/or childrens apparel, accessories, art, cosmetics, eyewear, electronics, gifts...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 25, 2000

Galleria
13350 Dallas Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75240
+1 972 702 7100

Collin Creek Mall

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Collin Creek Mall is an indoor, 2 level mall in Plano, Texas right on the west side of I-75 between Plano Parkway (exit 28) and 15th Street (exit 29). There is a lot of parking available. This place is big. Anchor stores include Foley's, Sears, JCPenney, Dillard's, and Mervyn's. If they don't have what you want, there are well over 100 other stores that carry mens, womens, and/or childrens apparel, accessories, shoes, toys, jewelry, sporting goods, electronics, books, cards, gifts, luggage, home furnishings (you get the idea). There is a large food court typical of other malls, and 2 sit-down restaurants...a Luby's Cafeteria, and Tino's Mexican Restaurant (which is excellen...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 30, 2000

Collin Creek Mall
811 North Central Expressway
Plano, Texas 75075
+1 972 422 1070

Las Colinas-Mandalay Canal Shops: Canal Clothing

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Attraction | "Las Colinas Mandalay Canal"

Las Colinas-Mandalay Canal Shops: Canal Clothing Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Within Irving Texas, Las Colinas (The Colonies?) is a planned community and business development. It is an area of several thousand acres containing office buildings, restaurants, and a nice Omni hotel. In the surrounding area (it is not clear where Irving ends and Las Colinas begins), there are a lot of beautiful upscale condominiums and apartment communities. Running through Las Colinas is the Mandalay Canal, a man-made canal connected to a man-made lake, creating a very attractive setting for the area businesses and residences. The Mandalay Canal and area around the canal create a European market appearance and environment. The canal is lined with trees, and was originally lined...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2001

Las Colinas-Mandalay Canal Shops: Canal Clothing
(Closed) 215 Las Colinas Blvd E
Dallas, Texas
(972) 556-0111

Mustangs of Las Colinas

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Attraction | "The Mustangs of Las Colinas"

Mustangs of Las Colinas Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Mustangs of Las Colinas are a bronze sculpture of nine wild mustang horses galloping through a water fountain that creates the illusion that they are splashing water as they run. The Mustangs are a popular North Texas landmark, and a memorial to Texas heritage created by Robert Glen in 1984. The Mustangs are said to be the world's largest equestrian sculpture. The sculpture is located in Las Colinas in the large courtyard of Williams Square--a large office building. Las Colinas is a planned community within Irving, Texas, close to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. To get there from the airport, take the north airport exit to Highway 114 East ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2001

Mustangs of Las Colinas
5205 North O'Connor Road
Irving, Texas 75039
+1 972 869 9047

Dallas West End Historic District

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Attraction | "West End (Entertainment District)"

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Phone number is 214-748-4801 The West End is a historic warehouse district that has been restored and converted into one of Dallas' most popular attractions. It has several square blocks of museums, restaurants, shopping, bars, clubs, and cafes. The West End is in downtown Dallas, and is (approximately) bordered by Main Street to the south, Woodall Rogers Freeway to the north, Field Street to the east, and Record Street to the west. Market Street runs north/south between Field and Record streets through the heart of the West End, and dead ends at Dallas Alley and the West End Marketplace (see other journal entry). Although the buildings are warehouses converted into restaur...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2001

Dallas West End Historic District
208 N. Market Street
Dallas, Texas

West End MarketPlace

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Attraction

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Phone number is 214-748-4801 The West End Marketplace Shopping and Entertainment Center is a restored warehouse converted to an entertainment complex filled with several dozen retail shops, cart vendors, food, arcade, and an outdoor stage. It has 5 levels, including a large arcade (called Tilt) in the entire basement and part of the ground level. Additionally, there are 4 levels of souvenir, gifts, antiques and food shops. The top level has a bar, a mall-like fast food court, and an indoor minature golf course. Open escalators take you from one level to another (elevators are also available). The West End Marketplace is adjacent to both the very popular Dallas Alley entert...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2001

West End MarketPlace
603 Munger Ave
Dallas, Texas 75202
+1 214 748 4801

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

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Attraction | "Old City Park"

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Old City Park is Dallas' first city park. It was first established in the 1800's as a park and in the 1900's became a historical park to preserve the architecture and history, and represent daily life in the North Texas region. Prior to its use as a park, the site was resident to Indians. Old City Park contains a village of about 27 buildings from around Dallas dating between 1840 to 1910. They have guided tours available twice a day. We opted to self-tour (there is no difference in admission cost). The park is situated on 13 acres of nice sweeping landscape with colorful wildflowers and a dirt road for the merchants. If you turn left from the ticket office, you can tour the build...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2001

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
1515 S. Harwood
Dallas 75215
(214) 421-5141

Dallas Farmers Market

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Dallas Farmers Market Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Dallas Farmers Market (214-939-2808) is a large collection of retail and wholesale merchants in downtown Dallas, that set-up huge stands 7 days a week, all year around except Christmas and New Year's Day. It was established in 1941. They have a huge selection of all fruits, vegetables, and vegetable and decorative plants and flowers. They all look fabulous. It looked like watermelons and asparagus were in season during our visit (April 2001). I didn't see any great deals, but if you are looking for quality and freshness, this is the place. If your not looking for anything, you can enjoy a day out, and see lots of local color. As far as I could tell, prices were comparable to supermarkets (...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2001

Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S Pearl Expy
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 939-2808

Pioneer Plaza

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Pioneer Plaza Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Pioneer Plaza is a 4+ acre city park in downtown Dallas created (opened in 1995) to capture Dallas' western heritage. To do this, artist Robert Summers created a series (about 3 dozen) of spectacular and larger than life bronze longhorn steer and cowboy sculptures that collectively (and very effectively) recreate a cattle drive, in a park setting of plants, trees, water stream, and waterfall. Pioneer Plaza is one of the world's largest bronze monuments. Pioneer Plaza is located downtown at the corner of Young and Griffin streets, between the Dallas Convention Center and Dallas City Hall. The location of the park was near the original Shawnee Trail, and the site of many cattle drives. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2001

Pioneer Plaza
Young and Griffin Streets
Dallas, Texas 75202
+1 214 953 1184

Interurban Railway Museum

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Interurban Railway Museum Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Interurban Railway Museum is a small museum in Haggard Park that is in the old train station building that was used on the old electric railway that ran between Dallas and Denison from 1908 until 1948, after cars became the primary mode of travel. The City of Plano restored and converted the building into the museum in 1990. You can't miss the restored train car outside next to the museum. The museum contains lots of railroad artifacts from the Interurban Line, and information on the history of Plano, all in the original brick and wood frame train station. There are exhibits of antique maps of the train routes and train schedules. They also have antique phones and morse code ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 5, 2002

Interurban Railway Museum
901 East 15th Street
Dallas, Texas
(972) 941-7250

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

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Attraction | "The Ballpark in Arlington (MLB)"

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Photo, Arlington, Texas
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The Ballpark in Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball. The ballpark was built in 1992-1993 at a cost of $191 Million, and opened in 1994. The ballpark was designed after great ball parks built in the early 20th century, and Texas architecture. The baseball architecture is seen in the exposed steel beams and a home run porch in right field. The Texas architecture is seen in the Lone Stars at the top of the steel beams, and on the side of all aisle seats. The ballpark is more than just a place for Texas Ranger home games. There is "Legends of the Game" baseball museum behind Home Run Porch in right field; a children's learning center; a 650 seat kids ballp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 26, 2001

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas 76011
(817) 273-5222

American Airlines Center

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American Airlines Center Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The American Airlines Center is Dallas' newest sports arena and home to the Dallas Mavericks (Basketball) and Dallas Stars (Hockey). There are also concerts and other events held there. The American Airlines Center was completed in 2001, at a cost of $350 million dollars. The 840,000 square foot arena sits on 72 acres, and seats about 20,000 people. The American Airlines Center combines beautiful architecture with technology to create a very impressive sports venue and entertainment complex. Technology is used throughout the facility, from hundreds of TVs, flat screen monitors, and high-speed internet access, to the Times Square-like scoreboard inside the arena and all the au...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 3, 2002

American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave
Dallas, Texas 75219
+1 214 665 4213

The Centre at Preston Ridge

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Attraction | "Centre at Preston Ridge (cattle sculptures)"

The Centre at Preston Ridge Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Centre at Preston Ridge is a large outdoor shopping center (on over 50 acres), that is way too big to be called a strip mall, but it is not what I consider a mall either. The Centre at Preston Ridge shopping center has many shops of all types, from small specialty shops and boutiques (in 18 separate buildings), to a HUGE Target (discount store) Supercenter that combines their discount store with a grocery store. However, the stores are not what make The Centre at Preston Ridge special. After all, there are countless places to shop throughout the Dallas/Ft Worth metropolitan area. Rather, it is the setting it is built in. The Centre at Preston Ridge is built around the theme of T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

The Centre at Preston Ridge
Preston Road north of Highway 121
Dallas, Texas
972-668-2986

Frisco Central Park

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Attraction | "Central Park (in Frisco Bridges)"

Frisco Central Park Photo, Frisco, Texas
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Central Park is an 8-acre public city park in the Frisco Bridges development in Frisco, Texas (a far north suburb of Dallas). Central Park has large sculptures of a cattle drive, situated among water fountains and man-made creeks and ponds. Central Park commemorates "The Oldest North-South Trail," the Shawnee Trail that led settlers and cattle drives in the 1800's through what would become Frisco, Texas. The park has documented historical facts and quotes from the cattle drives on the Shawnee Trail all over the park on flat stones and on all the stairs that lead to the highest point in the park. The dozens of facts and antedotal quotes are too numerous to list, but I will include one...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 29, 2001

Frisco Central Park
Parkwood Boulevard
Frisco

Plaza of the Americas

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Attraction | "The Plaza of the Americas"

Plaza of the Americas Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Plaza of the Americas is a 25-story office building in the central business district in downtown Dallas that is adjacent to a huge atrium with retail shops, restaurants, gift shops, a large ice skating rink, and a world-class 400+ room Le Meridian Hotel. The inside of the building is incredible...white marble is used everywhere, including the floors, walls, crown molding around the roof and more. The focal point of The Plaza of the Americas is the incredible huge atrium that all the offices, businesses, retail shops, and hotel face, and containing the ice skating rink. It is a huge wide open space, with 3 glass elevators, glass roof panels, and lots of windows and daylight. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2001

Plaza of the Americas
700 North Pearl St
Dallas, Texas 75201
+1 214 720 8000

Old Red Courthouse

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Old Red Courthouse Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The "Old Red" Courthouse is a historic and stately courthouse in downtown Dallas, that was built in 1892 out of red sandstone, hence its distinctive color and affectionate nickname. "Old Red" has Romanesque style architecture with spires on each corner of the building (our young daughter called it a castle), and beautiful arched entrances. Inside, the building has intricate tilework, grand arched hallways, and colorful glass windows over the entrances. Right now, the building is being renovated, and is vacant, except for an incredibly useful "Dallas Visitor Information Center" on the ground floor. They have lots of free brochures and maps of area sights, and of sights around town and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Old Red Courthouse
100 South Houston St
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 571-1300

Dallas Alley

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Dallas Alley Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Dallas Alley is the focal point of Dallas' historic West End entertainment district (see other journal entry). Dallas Alley is a group of night clubs and bars in immediate proximity to each other on one side of the alley entrance to the West End. You pay one cover charge and have access to any or all of the night clubs. To ensure everyone has a good time, the clubs are diverse, and include live music and dancing. Dallas Alley is a great place to go with a group of people, since you can move around from one club to another into completely different environments/atmospheres. The crowd is generally young and attractive, the energy high, and the music loud. The nightclubs to choose fro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 25, 2001

Dallas Alley
2019 N Lamar St
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 880-7420

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial

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Attraction | "John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Plaza"

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Plaza was built to honor the late US president, assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The memorial is plain, simple, and unassuming by design at the request of the family. Although the memorial looks like a tomb, it is not (Kennedy is buried at Arlington Cemetary near Washington DC). It was designed by architect Philip Johnson. The memorial is a white concrete square structure, with an open roof that is about thirty feet tall, and fifty feet square. It is entered on the north side of the memorial up a short walk. Inside, there is a black granite square with name John Fitzgerald Kennedy carved in it, which are the only words in the entire ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2001

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial
Main St and Market
Dallas, Texas 75202
No phone number avai

Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park

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Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park is located just inside Fair Park, the home of many other attractions (The Science Place, Museum of Natural History, Smirnoff Music Center, Fair Park Music Hall, and more), and the State Fair of Texas. The Aquarium resides in an Art Deco style building that was built in 1936 during the Texas Centennial celebration. The Aquarium is part of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department. The Aquarium has a collection of about 6,000 animals, including salt and freshwater fish, reptiles, and more. The animals live in a series of (about 100) viewable tanks ranging in size from 3 feet wide by 3 feet tall, to very large floor to ceiling tanks that are 15 or more feet wide...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 8, 2001

Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
1500 Marilla Dr
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 670-8443

Reunion Tower

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Attraction | "Reunion Tower, Hyatt Regency Dallas"

Reunion Tower Photo, Dallas, Texas
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Reunion Tower is a landmark on the Dallas skyline, built adjacent to (and operated by) the 1,122 room Hyatt Regency Dallas. Reunion Tower is a 50 story, 560 foot tower in downtown Dallas with a 118 foot sphere at the top. The sphere is covered with lights that when turned on at night, provide a light show for all of downtown to see. The sphere at the top provides three levels of activities, reached by fantastic glass elevators, that take you up or down the entire height of the tower in just over a minute. If you prefer the stairs, there is an 837-step stairway. The first and lowest level of the sphere is The Lookout, a panoramic public observation deck ($1 kids, $3 adults)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2001

Reunion Tower
300 Reunion Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75207
+1 214 651 1234

Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art

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Attraction | "Trammell Crow Center"

Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art Photo, Dallas, Texas
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The Trammell Crow Center/Building is a large office building in downtown Dallas, built, named after, and owned by developer Trammell Crow. I left the exploring of the inside of the building to the hundreds of workers (after all, I am on vacation). The grounds outside and the permanent Asian exhibit are the real attractions. There are about 30 bronze sculptures around the building and grounds that comprise the "Trammell Crow Bronze Collection." While walking through the grounds you can enjoy soothing music being played through inconspicuous speakers hidden throughout the grounds. The collection has mostly traditional/classical pieces. In the front of the building facing Harwood Str...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 15, 2001

Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora St
Dallas, Texas 75201
(214) 979-6430

Traders Village Grand Prairie

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Attraction | "Traders Village"

Traders Village Grand Prairie Photo, Grand Prairie, Texas
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Traders Village is a large open air flea market with 1,800 indoor and outdoor vendors on over 100 acres. Traders Village is open every Saturday and Sunday from 8am to dusk all year long. Every weekend, the market becomes a small city. The RV park and campground next door fills up with vendors, and Traders Village comes to life. You can literally find just about everything here. There are a lot of permanent vendors set up in "stores" at Traders Village selling new merchandise. However, the majority of them sell used merchandise. You will find everything from car parts to a family pet. Vendors range from someone selling junk out of the trunk of their car, to indoor stores that are air cond...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 16, 2002

Traders Village Grand Prairie
2602 Mayfield Road
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
(972) 647-2331