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Apr 25, 2018
by Pam Thomas

Five Fun Facts About Dallas That Will Leave You Intrigued

1. Art-tistically Dallas

Dallas and Fort Worth metropolis is home to some of the most affluent people, families and is also home to 23 of the richest Americans; this could be one of the many reasons why the Dallas Art District is the largest urban art district in the country. The art district is meticulously managed by the Downtown Dallas Inc. non-profit organization and it has been under their jurisdiction since 2009. Downtown Dallas also promotes the city as a whole. Every year, together with other like-minded organizations and foundations, they run and manage Visitors Guides and offer them to tourists and potential new residents.

Located within the Dallas Art District are renowned establishments like Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Wyly Theater, TITAS, Winspear Opera House, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Perot Museum, Klyde Warren Park, Strauss Square, One Arts Plaza, Hall Arts, etc.

To meet and mingle with the locals, book a spot for yourself during the lively Arts District Block Party which has become a regular stomping ground for art lovers. The signature event brings communities, groups, and families together where they freely celebrate with food pouring out of food trucks, beers from breweries, an extravaganza of games, performances, scavenger hunts and kid activities.
  • Dallas Art District
    www.dallasartsdistrict.org
  • Nasher Sculpture Center
    2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 242.5100
    www.nashersculpturecenter.org
  • Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art
    2010 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 979-6430
  • Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
    2400 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 880-0202
    www.attpac.org
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 428-5555
    www.perotmuseum.org
  • Annette Strauss Square
    2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 880-0202
    www.attpac.org
  • Winspear Opera House, Dallas
    2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
    (214) 880-0202
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2. Back when Big Tex had a different job as Santa Claus

Fair Park
1300 Robert B Cullum Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75210
Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas has a long history, with the first page of its story beginning at its birthplace of Kerens, Texas. Starting out as a 49-foot Santa Claus made from nothing more than rope, iron drill casing and papier mache, the iconic figure has been turned into a cultural icon of both Dallas as a city and Texas as a state. Standing slightly taller than before at 55 feet, it continues to promote holiday sales in town and drawing large crowds of enthusiastic shoppers to the State Fair. 

An ambassador for the state of Texas, Big Tex had made its rounds to quite a few cities to celebrate their birthdays and anniversaries...otherwise, it would be stationed permanently on the fairgrounds. Although the iconic figure was destroyed by a fire in 2012, SRO Associates and Texas Scenic Co. were quick on the uptake of recreating it. It was a blessing in disguise. Today, Big Tex stands a little taller, needs less on-ground wire support, can withstand harsh weather conditions and wind, and has a bigger parcel of land to stand on at the fairgrounds. 

The figure went from being the world’s largest Santa Claus to being the tallest cowboy of them all.

3. Enjoy the oldest stock show and rodeo in the United States

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
3400 Burnett Tandy Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 877-2400
www.fwssr.com
The annual event, which is usually held at the beginning of the year, dates as far back as 1896. It has come to define Texas and its tourism industry, bringing in large droves of people from all walks of life for 3 weeks worth of musical performances, live entertainment, livestock contests, interactive commercial exhibits, family-friendly activities, food, drinks, carnival rides, games and much, much more. If you’ve only seen the bronco-bucking and bull-riding action on television, the event is the perfect place for you to see it up-close-and-personal. The event has the capacity to attract more than 100,000 people every year and the tickets sell out really fast, so, to avoid disappointment, our customers are always advised to purchase the tickets ahead of time.

Some participants profess that what really takes the cake is the tons of shopping to be done around the Richardson-Bass Building and Amon Carter Exhibit Hall as well as the glamorous All Western Parade. The parade is held on the first Saturday of the 3-week event which sees Cowtown traditions being displayed in full force. Participants on wagons and horseback, face-painters running rampant and lively balloon artists handing out blown-up and twisted balloon puppies and little rabbits are common sights around Sundance Square Plaza. On stage, either DJs are blaring their favorite tunes or a band will be playing. For those visiting with kids, look around for special family activities throughout the Stock Show grounds set up by people like the Bank of Texas Petting Zoo, FFA Children’s Barnyard and Planet Agriculture. They provide educational programs through amusing activities and presentation of barn animals like calves, chicks, piglets and baby lambs. The General admission of $10 for Adults and $5 for Children ages 6 to 16 will be well worth every cent; visitors are also encouraged to take advantage of the special discount days offered. Information is often listed way in advance on their website so, do check them out and get ahead of the crowd by booking online.

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4. A Bright and Lively Holiday Season

It’s hard to deny the fact that some of the most elaborate and decked-out Christmas and end-of-the-year events in the United States happen around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Smithsonian's National Zoo (Washington D.C.), Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri), and Santa Claus House (North Pole, Alaska). While Christmas in Dallas, TX, is not always white and fluffy, the Galleria Dallas is home to the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree and you can bet your bottom dollar that it is as bright as it comes.

Come enjoy the millions of twinkling lights carpeting the grounds of Six Flags, sign up for chocolate tours to lighten up the festive mood, bring the charter bus to Grand Prairie where there's a unique drive-through lighting wonderland, while Fair Park will be kicking things up a few notches to welcome in the new year with its Holiday Wonder event by showcasing more than 2 million lights throughout its grounds. Located approximately 30 minutes away from Dallas, in the meantime, is the Christmas Capital of Texas which always has a thing or two up its sleeves to brighten up the holiday spirit. Starting from Thanksgiving weekend, the downtown area is transformed into a magical wonderful with 1,400 holiday events and an endless number of activities ranging from live entertainment, parades to strolling carolers.
  • Galleria Dallas
    13350 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75240
    972.702.7100
    www.galleriadallas.com
  • Six Flags Over Texas
    2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76010
    (817) 640-8900
  • Grand Prairie, TX
    20 minutes from downtown Dallas, TX via I-30 W and E Main Street
  • Lone Star Park
    1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050
    (972) 263-7223
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
    8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
    (214) 515-6615
    www.dallasarboretum.org
  • Grapevine, TX
    the Christmas Capital of the state of Texas
    less than 30 minutes from Dallas, TX, via TX-114 W

5. Explore the Dark and Intriguing Sides of Dallas, TX

There’s the delightful side, the delicious side and then...there’s the dark side. That’s part and parcel of being in the fair city of Dallas which was not-so-fondly known as ‘The City of Hate’, which began shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Even if it’s not Halloween, even if you don’t believe in ghosts and spirits and even if you don’t have the stomach for horror flicks, visiting haunted sites around the Dallas Fort Worth metropolis might be just the excuse you need to just duck out of the busy city for a little while. Most of the haunted stories are spawned from historic crimes which took place a long time ago, but just knowing the fact will leave you agog.

If you’re curious, bring the charter bus to the morbid Millermore Mansion which is said to be haunted by an unidentified female ghost, visit 10th street and Patton Avenue where President Kennedy was shot, or chance a hair-raising encounter with haunting ‘Elizabeth’ who is said to be slamming doors and moving objects around the auditorium of Lake Highlands High School. 40 minutes away from Dallas, make a trip to Goatman's Bridge (which is formerly known as Old Alton Bridge) where a demonic half-man and half-goat personality is reputedly roaming the night.
 
And it doesn’t end there. If it piques your interest, check out the graves of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, two of the most infamous Texas outlaws (they’re buried separately despite Parker expressing her wish to be buried together with Barrow), or learn about the many wild, tuberculosis- and alcohol-fueled gunfights, gambling sessions and side swipes with law enforcements that Doc Holliday (and his buddy, Wyatt Earp) had when he was in town. Suffice to say, Doc Holliday is better known for his loyalty to and friendship with Wyatt Earp rather than for his quick draw of the gun. If time permits, get the charter bus to take the trek to Tombstone, AZ (13 hours and 30 minutes away from Dallas) to learn more about the most infamous gunfight of all time at O.K. Corral.

Taking a peek into the dark histories and mysterious sides of a city DO make one feel closer to the city. Sometimes, the dark times help shape the city most, and many times over, this can be said for the Big D.

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