A Dallas History Lesson
Explore these places to discover our city's roots and beloved traditions.
The State Fair of Texas is lauded as one of the best state fairs in the country and the biggest of its sort. Big Tex, the emblematic 55-foot cowboy, welcomes over 3 million visitors to this annual event lasting 24 days. Attractions include the heated college football game between Texas and Oklahoma (the Red River Rivalry), the must-try fried Oreos and corn dogs, an auto show, a jam-packed midway, petting zoo and tons of other fun activities and exhibits for the entire family.
The Dallas Heritage Village, located at the site of what was Dallas’ first city park in 1876, is a preserved image of what life was like in North Texas in the late 19th century. The buildings and the surroundings seen at this “village” offer visitors a unique glance at the roots of what today is the bustling metropolis of Dallas.
The Mary Kay Museum pays tribute to a local magnate: Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay, the very popular Dallas-based cosmetics company. The museum chronicles the company's success over its more than 50 years and showcases the businesswoman's accomplishments and legacy.
The Majestic Theatre is the centerpiece of the Downtown Dallas's historic entertainment center. The theater, recognized as a historical landmark at both the state and national level, opened its doors in 1921, and remains to date one of the most elegant performing arts venue in the city and possibly the Southwest.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy with documentary films, photographs and artifacts. Walk through a timeline of Kennedy's life and presidency and the moments of November 22 as an entire nation stood by. A live feed from the museum webcam features a real-time view from the sniper spot, and two areas in the museum were recreated to appear as they did in 1963.
The Old Red Museum serves as a treasure box for Dallas heritage. Important artifacts are housed in special exhibits that aim to educate people about the cultural, political, social, and economic history of the flourishing city of Dallas.