The world got to know Dallas during the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and has been captivated by the city’s storied history ever since. Dallas is a major commercial, financial, and education center, and its influence is felt across the state. The Bankhead Highway winds its way through the heart of downtown, past the historic 1892 courthouse (now housing the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture), and into Dealey Plaza and the site of the Texas School Book Depository, places that forever remind us of the death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Continue east on Commerce Street and you’ll find yourself in Deep Ellum, a former Freedmen’s community with a powerful heritage relating to music and the arts, which are now celebrated in the area’s live music venues, cafes, and lively murals.
Dallas is packed full of history, entertainment, recreation and interesting sites, so hop in your car, get on the road and let it lead you, like it has so many others, to Big D!
Fair Park, 1200 S. Second Ave.
In 1886, Fair Park opened as fairground and city park. Fifty years later, a great building project for the Texas Centennial Exposition transformed the site into the Art Deco masterpiece that it is today, and earned it the designation of National Historic Landmark. Home to museums, performance facilities, gardens, North America’s largest ferris wheel, and a shiny new Big Tex, there’s something here for everyone.
Dallas Tourist Information Center at the Old Red Courthouse