Dallas Marathon & Half Marathon
Dallas, TX USA
March 24, 2013

Attractions around Dallas

If you have been intrigued by Dallas, Texas and want to explore the city, there are a number of interesting attractions for you to see. Dallas has a long and unique history and many of the attractions in the city provide an interesting look into the past. Here are five of the most exciting attractions for you to check out when you visit Dallas.

Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District:
As the location where the assassination of President John F. Kennedy took place, The Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District is home to many landmarks and displays concerning the assassination. The District also includes the Sixth Floor Museum that features a number of exhibits and photographs about the shooting as well as details about the events of that day.

McKinney Avenue Trolley:
Visit a part of the history of Dallas when you take a ride on the McKinney Avenue Trolley. First operated in the 1930s', the McKinney Avenue Trolley serves the Uptown Dallas area and is a great example of the trolley system that was the main public transportation mode of the early 20th century in Dallas. Operated today by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the Trolley operates by overhead electrical lines along the route.

Pioneer Plaza:
As one of the most visited locations in Dallas, the Pioneer Plaza is dedicated to the early pioneers and cowboys of Dallas. Located next to the Dallas Convention Center, Pioneer Plaza features bronze statues that recreate a cattle drive scene, a common event in the early days of Dallas. The Plaza statue also includes a waterfall along with a stream flowing through the area. Pioneer Plaza is definitely worth a stop on your travels through Dallas.

Old Red Museum:
If there was only one attraction you could see in Dallas, it would have to be the Old Red Museum. Located on the West Side of Dallas, the Old Red Museum includes a broad look at the history of Dallas. The four story museum includes a restored 1892 courtroom as well as the original plat maps of Dallas, laid out by founder John Neely Bryan, a reconstruction of the Cockrell Bridge, a number of artifacts from the Civil War including a dragoon pistol and many other displays and exhibits. The museum also features exhibits from the early railroad years of the 1870s' in Dallas as well as details about the early oilfields in the Dallas area.

Texas Museum of Automotive History:
If you enjoy the history of automobiles, you need to take a look at the Texas Museum of Automotive History. The museum features a broad range of vehicles that span the years of automotive design, including a 1957 Ford Fairlane, a 1935 Packard Deitrich, a 1913 Mercer 35 Raceabout and many more. The museum includes over 50,000 square feet of automotive displays and exhibits with vehicles from the muscle car age to the classics, antiques and even movie related automobiles. The museum is also available to host special events such as weddings and corporate events.