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Local Attractions Open for Business.

Dallas attractions are ready to start (safely) welcoming you back!

Visit Dallas Staff
Posted on Jun 4, 2020

Whether you are looking for family-friendly activities for the kiddos (and adults) to enjoy on summer break, or hoping to pick a perfect daytime date activity, we've got you covered. These Dallas favorites are open or coming soon, and they're ready for business!

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
This outdoor oasis has programming for each season, and we're partial to spring and summer, when you can spend the extended daylight hours perusing each corner of the gardens (we challenge you to pick just one favorite!) The Arboretum suggests visitors let nature nurture you as you enjoy the blooming grounds including begonias, impatiens, salvias, zinnias and more. Visitors are also encouraged to bring their own food and drinks for a lakeside picnic.

To ensure visitor safety, The Dallas Arboretum has put in place the following guidelines:

  • Required online reservations for 4-hour blocks and assigned parking.
  • Colored wristbands indicating exit times.
  • Groups are limited to no more than 5 people.
  • Continue practicing social distancing and bring a mask, which will be required in restrooms.

Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
Take your weekend plans to new heights – literally! The GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower is now open each weekend, Friday through Sunday. Grab your family or friends and enjoy spectacular views from 470 feet in the air! The GeO-Deck allows you to see a 360-degree view of the sites of Dallas from its indoor/outdoor observation deck.

The GeO-Deck requests that visitors adhere to the following guidelines during their visits:

  • Pre-book your tickets on their online scheduling system for timed ticketing.
  • Reunion Tower Ambassadors will be wearing face masks; while not required for guests, they are still encouraged.
  • Groups are limited to six visitors per group or one family unit.

The Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo
has officially re-opened and is ready to welcome visitors with new entry processes and safety protocols. While the Zoo has been closed to the public, it did not stop welcoming new animals to its grounds! On your next visit, make sure to stop by and see the new animals: Kendi a male giraffe calf, two new zebras including Wanda from B Bryan Preserve in California and zebra foal Malawa who was born in January and lion Kijani from Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

The Zoo requests that visitors observe the following protocols for their visit:

  • All visitors must reserve tickets online for admission, parking and entry time.
  • The Zoo has designated recommended paths to control the flow of visitors, including some one-way walkways.
  • Mask are strongly encouraged in outdoor areas and required in restrooms.
  • Special hours have been put in place for seniors and guests with underlying medical conditions. Guests in this group will have specialty access to the Zoo on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Sweet Tooth Hotel
Victory Park's favorite interactive museum is set to re-open on Saturday, June 6 with its latest exhibit Intangible, a Fiber Fairytale. Sweet Tooth Hotel's latest artists in residency have been working for months to bring the museum's fiber fairytale to life – including yarn bombs, pompoms, latch-hook art and more. This chapter's tactile art is sure to be a visual explosion with health benefits! That's right, tactile art is beneficial to your mental health from stress relief from using your hands to create to the calming effect it has on the viewer.

Sweet Tooth Hotel has implemented a set of new procedures for visitor safety:

  • Time slots will include no more than 10 guests per entry period. All tickets will be pre-sold online.
  • Nose and mouth coverings are required during the check-in process and recommended throughout the exhibits. Guests will have their temperatures checked upon arrival.
  • The museum will be shortening entry times Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Nasher Sculpture Center - Window Series
While the Nasher Sculpture Center is not currently accepting visitors inside, the museum is making it possible for the public to view pieces by local artists from outside in their new series Nasher Windows.  The installations can be seen from the Nasher's entrance windows on Flora Street, and will run Friday through Wednesday with a rotating display of North Texas artists. Visitors are encouraged to follow the Nasher's social media accounts as they reveal, week by week, the next artist in the series.

Klyde Warren Park
The days are getting warmer, why not spend an afternoon in the park? Paired perfectly with a visit to the Nasher Sculpture Center's window series, Klyde Warren Park is ready for your next visit! Whether you want to support a local food truck for breakfast or lunch, change up your remote work scenery (the park offers free WiFi!) or soak up some sun, Klyde Warren has something for everyone – you can even partake in their free fitness classes, which have resumed on a limited basis. Check out their calendar of events for upcoming programming. The park advises visitors to practice social distancing during their visit, and notes that the Children's and Dog parks are both currently closed.  

VisitDallas will continue to update you on local attraction openings. Visit our website for a comprehensive listing.