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Downtown Dallas

Welcome to Dallas. There are so many  fine art galleries, shops, restaurants and entertainment all ideally positioned in the heart of lively Uptown Dallas. Nearby in the West End Historic District, you’ll find even more shops and restaurants, and the Dallas Arts District, with museums and performance centers are all only minutes away from each other. I have written just a brief blurb about each place and  will write some reviews later. Don't let all these possibilities overwhelm you because you can always come back more than one time. I love coming over to Dallas because it is only a couple of hours from my home. If anyone would like to visit some of these places, drop me a line and let's meet up. I hope you have just as much fun explore the area as I had.

Looking at the Reunion Tower from City Hall
It is pretty fun to go back time and time again as so much is always changing. Most of the info is pretty current.

I have broken it up in to sections and so you can pick and choose what you like to experience.

Entertainment Districts

Dallas World Aquarium
Featuring saltwater life from around the globe, Dallas World Aquarium represents the waters of four continents and three oceans. Here you can experience a panoramic view of reef life and the excitement of the predators exhibit.

Fair Park
Home to nine museums and six performance facilities, including the Music Hall, Smirnoff Music Centre, Band Shell and the Cotton Bowl Stadium, Fair Park is just two miles east of downtown Dallas. This National Historic Landmark is located on 277 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and has the largest collection of 1930’s Art Deco exposition-style architecture in the United States.

Reunion Tower
It also happens to host the great State Fair of Texas each fall. This is were such noteable food was discovered such as the deep fried Twinkie and the deep fried Oreo.

Knox-Henderson is known for its collection of dining and shopping choices, including trendy furniture and home accessory shops. 

Lower Greenville
This interesting neighborhood of restaurants and bars is as popular with locals as it is with visitors.

Oak Lawn
Oak Lawn is home to an eclectic mix of small bars, trendy restaurants and luxury high-rise condos.

West End Historic District
This turn-of-the-last-century warehouse district on the west side of downtown has more than 80 restaurants, shops and nightclubs. Vintage street lamps, red-brick streets, horse-drawn surreys and a large plaza for gathering add to the color and ambiance of the area.

Reunion Tower Dallas

West Village
McKinney Avenue is the new and very popular West Village, featuring more than 60 restaurants, cafes, shops and theater, all set in the narrow-street style of Europe.


Dallas Museum of Art
Best known for its exceptional collection of European, Greek and modern art, as well as its special exhibits, the Dallas Museum of Art is just a great place to spend the day.

Sixth Floor Museum
The site of the former Texas School Book Depository is now the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. This thoughtful museum examines the life, times and death of President John F. Kennedy.

Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is a serene setting for quiet reflection in the heart of the big city.

Its permanent collection and changing exhibits include spectacular examples of jade, sculpture, painting, architecture and decorative arts from China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia.

Nasher Sculpture Center
Designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano, Nasher Sculpture Center houses one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture, including works by Matisse, Picasso, Rodin and more.

Performing Arts

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s year-round performances include classical, pops and a summer series. Located in the internationally acclaimed Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

Majestic Theatre
Earning its name, the Majestic Theatre is an elegant and beautifully restored historic site in Downtown Dallas.

Local and Broadway productions are offered 7 days a week and include comedy and jazz, plays and dance theater.

Theatre Three
The authors, the actors and the audience ��" without these three elements, there could be no theatre art and certainly, no Theatre Three. Theatre Three has been providing quality theatre-in-the-round for over 40 years.

Dallas Theater Center
Producing classic, contemporary and new plays at the highest artistic level, Dallas Theater Center creates communal experiences that inspire new ways of thinking.

Points of Interest

American Airlines Center
As the focal point of Dallas’ Victory Park, the American Airlines Center is home to the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Mavericks. The Center also hosts concerts and special events like Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice.

Downtown Dallas

Dallas Convention Center
Housing the world’s largest singular column-free Exhibit Hall, the Dallas Convention Center is also the site for many conventions held in Dallas.

Dallas Market Center
The Dallas Market Center is the site of Dallas’ many fashion markets.

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority
Linking Downtown with Uptown,  the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority (MATA) is a wonderful heritage streetcar system still running along the original tracks. MATA is responsible for preserving, refurbishing, operating and maintaining this historical jewel.

Pioneer Plaza
This is a Dallas original with a larger-than-life bronze sculpture depicting a cattle drive from Dallas’ past.

Reunion Arena
Host to many of Dallas’ sporting and entertainment events, Reunion Arena is one of the most versatile facilities of its kind in the nation.


Smirnoff Music Center
The lovely outdoor Smirnoff Music Center hosts both national and local celebrities from all music genres.

Nokia Theatre @ Grand Prairie
Every seat in the house enjoys the venue’s unparalleled acoustics and intimacy in this superior performance environment. Enjoy everything from music concerts to Broadway productions and family shows at the Nokia Theatre @ Grand Prairie.


NorthPark Center
Featuring over 230 stores and restaurants with the finest names in retail, including such classics as Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Nordstrom and Macy’s, it’s no wonder that NorthPark is Dallas’ number one tourist attraction. Newly renovated in 2006, the mall is also home to AMC NorthPark 15 movie theater, a 1.

4-acre landscaped garden and a world-class art collection.

McKinney Avenue Antique Mall
The McKinney Avenue Antique Mall features quality antiques from America and England with a sampling of collectibles.

Neiman Marcus’ Flagship Store
Since its grand opening in the early 1900’s, Neiman Marcus’ flagship store in Downtown Dallas has set the standards for fashion and elegance. The store is also home to a fifth-floor museum that tells the story of this ready-to-wear couture retail legend.

Stanley Korshak
An award-winning crown jewel of American specialty stores, Stanley Korshak offers the finest in men’s and women’s apparel, cosmetics and shoes. A unique home collection and exquisite linen boutique make it one of the most interesting shopping destinations in the world.

A reflection of the city

Highland Park Village
Highland Park Village is at the center of fashion, in the heart of Dallas. As an internationally recognized destination for individuals seeking exclusive brands and haute couture, it’s an experience beyond compare.

West Village
This popular European-style district, straight up McKinney Avenue, is home to more than 60 restaurants, cafes, shops and theater.

The Shops at Willow Bend
With lush landscaping, soft lighting and rich wood, the Shops at Willow Bend are a new way to shop and a fashion-lovers playground. This is just a short drive from this area in Plano.

The Galleria
This famous mall is home to some of the finest stores in the world, with three levels of spectacular shopping for your convenience.

The lights at night


University of Texas/University of Oklahoma Football
The annual meeting of these famous rivals is held every October at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park.

Dallas Cowboys
The five-time, world champion (’71, ’77, ’92, ’93, ’95) Dallas Cowboys call Texas Stadium. next season the Cowboys will have a new stadium in Arlinton very close to the Ballpark. You have to check them out on line at:http://stadium.dallascowboys.com

Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks bring new energy and excitement every year to the American Airlines Center.

Dallas Burn
Exciting Dallas Burn soccer action is at the Cotton Bowl. Went to see Beckham when the played LA, but of course he was hurt.

Dallas Stars
Their quest for the Stanley Cup means a new level of ice hockey for the Dallas Stars.

Looking up. I like to look up
Home is the American Airlines Center.

Texas Rangers
From April through October, the beautiful Ballpark at Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers. The Ballpark complex also includes the Legends of the Game of Baseball Museum, Children’s Learning Center and the Dr. Pepper Youth Ballpark.

Dallas Desperados
Catch a show of thrilling arena football with the Dallas Desperados at Reunion Arena.

williamsworld says:
Thanks so much for your comment. I love Dallas. I really need to update this and get some more photos posted.
Posted on: Feb 26, 2011
soonthiam says:
First time reading your blog and I must say it is first class. Very good. You have raised the bar. Really enjoy going through it. Cheers
Posted on: Feb 24, 2011
williamsworld says:
Thanks. I guess I will have to do a little updating as well. Headed there for shopping tomorrow.
Posted on: Nov 25, 2010
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