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Sixth Floor Museum (2 hrs)
The history of the United States was irrevocably changed when President John, F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. On 22 November Lee Harvey Oswald shot the President from a window at the sixth floor of Texas School Book Depository. Nowadays the sixth and seventh floor of this building houses the Sixth Floor Museum.
The museum has helped visitors explore the tragic events. There’s a wonderful audio-tour. A wonderful voice takes you along the story and real sound bites illustrate the tour. It is amazing to stand next to the window where Oswald must have shot the President. You see Dealey Plaza, with marks on the street where it all has happened. After your visit to the museum there’s an outside audio-tour for your phone as well. Unfortunately it only works if you have a USA-registered mobile phone.
The museum is located at 411 Elm Street. The opening hours are Sunday and Monday from 12 am to 18 pm, the rest of the week from 10 am to 18 pm. A normal ticket costs $13,50, this includes the audio tour.
West End Historic district (1 hr – unlimited)
The Historic West End, offers visitors a window to Dallas' past with beautifully preserved and masterfully renovated historical buildings. The West End is the heartbeat of Downtown Dallas, and only a short train-ride away from the Dallas Convention Center, Fair Park, or Dallas many suburbs.
The West End has come a long way since its days of warehouses and railroad stations. You will find beautiful shops, many nice restaurants, some hotels and a lot of entertainment and museums in this old neighborhood. And the West End is still Dallas' premier destination for special events such as Taste of Dallas every July and street festivals such as the West End Block Party series.
Best place to start is West End Station where many busses and trains stop. From there you can find your way on foot.
Nasher Sculpture Center (2 hrs)
The Nasher Sculpture Center features a regularly changing selection of works from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection in both its indoor galleries and outdoor sculpture garden.
The birth and growth of this collection started more than sixty years ago. In 1950, Raymond and Patsy traveled to Mexico and bought the first works in what would become a sizable collection of objects from ancient Latin America. They soon purchased other ethnographic and archaeological works and also acquired a number of important American modernist works.
During the 1980s, the Collection grew at an accelerating pace. Outstanding works by virtually all the great masters of modern sculpture were added. By 1987, the Nasher Collection had gained international recognition and was one of the first exhibitions in the Dallas Museum of Art’s new downtown building. In 2003 the Nasher Sculpture Center became a permanent museum.
The museum is closed July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and every Monday. The rest of the week it opens from 11 am to 5 pm. The ticket is $10 and all admissions include a free audio tour and entrance to special exhibitions. You can find the Nasher Sculpture Center at 2001 Flora Street.
Southfork Ranch (½ day)
The name Dallas was also given to one of the longest running series in television history. Internationally renowned as the filming location for this television series, Southfork Ranch is known worldwide as America's most famous ranch. The TV series' exteriors were shot on the ranch beginning with the second season (1978–1979) of Dallas, and shot there until 1989 when the series' production shifted entirely to studios in California.
The ranch is currently an event and conference center. You can organize a party there for 10.000 people. But Southfork is also open daily, year round, for guided tours. Re-live some of the memorable moments from ‘Dallas’. See the gun that shot J.R., Lucy's wedding dress, video clips from the series, interviews with the stars, and other memorabilia that will make you feel right at home with the most infamous Texans of them all, the Ewings, and see the Ewings Mansion of course.
The operating hours are 9 am to 5 pm. A ticket is $9,50. Southfork is located at 3700 Hogge Drive in Parker, Texas. Best way to go there is by car. Driving time from Downtown Dallas is 40 minutes. For directions click here.
The Old Red Courthouse Museum (2 hrs)
If you like to learn more about the Dallas County history and culture, you should go to the Old Red Museum. This building originally was built as a courthouse in 1892.
Today, the beautifully restored Old Red Courthouse contains some of Dallas County’s most fascinating historical artifacts. There is a special exhibit gallery located on the first floor, while the second floor of Old Red is filled with exhibits, 41-touch screen computers, an educational learning center and four mini theatres.
The museum is located at 100 S. Houston Street, in walking distance of Sixth Floor Museum. The Museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The museum admission is $8.
DFW Gun Range (1-3 hrs)
If you like to learn how to handle a gun, or just want to shoot with some weapons, go to DFW Gun Range. You don’t need to be experienced, but if you don’t have any experience at all, let the super friendly and helpful staff assist you.
If you have some experience already, just pick your weapon(s), get your ammunition, go to your lane and have fun. 50 bullets for a weapon like a Glock or Sig Sauer cost $40.
They even have a ladies night on Tuesdays. The ladies don’t pay for the range and the firearms rentals. Men are welcome of course but they have to pay.
The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. DFW Gun Range is conveniently located near Downtown, Love Field, and the Stemmons Corridor Market Center. The address is 1607 West Mockingbird Lane. For the directions, click here.
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