The cosmopolitan city of Dallas, Texas, is buzzing with life and is also steeped in history. There are plenty of activities travelers can indulge in such as wine tours, museum visits, and more. The most popular tourist activity is undoubtedly a visit to the Kennedy Memorial and a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum, which commemorates the life of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. A visit to Texas is incomplete without sampling authentic Tex-Mex food, especially nachos and margaritas. Kids will enjoy a visit to Sea Life Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, whereas thrill seekers would love it at the Zero Gravity amusement park. Here’s a look at some activities you can engage in over the weekend while in Dallas.
While this is an offbeat tourist activity when in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination continues to intrigue people visiting the city. This tour will take you to the spot where JFK’s assassination occurred in 1963 while his entourage was driving past in a car. You will have a tour guide who will fill you in on the events that led to the assassination, as well as the aftermath. The tour takes you to the Kennedy Memorial and Grassy Knoll. You are ferried in an air-conditioned van throughout the tour, which also takes tourists to the home of Lee Harvey Oswald–who is said to have shot Kennedy. The guide gives live commentary and you also make a pit stop at the Texas Movie Theater and downtown Dallas. You can choose from the 10 AM or 2 PM slot.
JFK Assassination and Museum Tour in Dallas
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Adrenalin junkies and thrill seekers will enjoy their time at the Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park. This unique amusement park is known for being one of the most extreme in the world. If you are looking for some hair-raising experiences, then rest assured this amusement park will not disappoint. It offers five extreme rides, namely: Bungee Jumping, Skycoaster, Texas Blastoff, Nothin’ but Net, and Skyscraper. The bungee jump is done from a seven-story tower, whereas the Skycoaster will have you whizzing at 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour)! Did we mention you get raised 110 feet (33.5 m) into the air! The Texas Blastoff, on the other hand, is like a massive slingshot where you get rocketed into the air. Another ride for the not-so-faint-hearted is the 16-story high free fall i.e., Nothin’ but Net. The Skyscraper is the latest craze and counted among the must-do things while in Dallas. You are strapped securely to a huge propeller and you can imagine the rest! The pricing depends on how many thrill rides you choose to do and includes the entrance fee.
Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park in Dallas
Duration: 4 hours
Gastronomes will enjoy this foodie-oriented tour where you can sample the best nachos and margaritas Dallas has to offer. The half-day tour clues you in on the history of Tex-Mex beverages and foods as well. The Dallas Tacos and Margaritas Coach Tour begins at the award winning Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant around noon. You enjoy a taco and queso and then journey to a part of town where you can indulge in authentic tacos. The tour also takes you to areas where you can relish street tacos and homemade salsa. The tour wraps up around 4:30 PM and drops you back at Desperado’s Mexican Restaurant. The minimum age for the tour is 21 years and gluten-free and vegetarian options are available. The tour starts at 12:30 PM.
Dallas Tacos and Margaritas Coach Tour
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Fancy enjoying a four-course royal-style medieval dinner inside a castle? If you answered yes and are raring to whet your appetite, then a visit to Dallas’ Medieval Times is a must. Here you can soak in the atmosphere of the castle, which is replete with armors, artifacts, and a coat of arms. Watch the knights battle it out in a jousting match at the Grand Ceremonial Arena as you cheer for your favorite. The winner is then crowned with a lot of fanfare by King Carlos and Princess Catalina, bringing alive the medieval era. Post-match you can enjoy the medieval dinner served to you. Vegetarians need not fret as there are options for them too. The show is approximately 3 hours long and the timings vary between 2 PM and 8:30 PM.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Admission Ticket in Dallas
Duration: 2 hours
A visit to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center should be on your list if you are visiting Dallas with kids. There are plenty of activities children can indulge in such as making racing cars out of LEGO and testing them out on the speed track. You can even build miniature Dallas landmarks! That’s not all, the entrance ticket is inclusive of access to 15 types of attractions. You can take the Merlin’s Apprentice or Kingdom Quest Laser rides. Head to the DUPLO Village so that the smaller children can create houses and forts from the bricks. There is even a fire station jungle gym! Learn about the work of LEGO artists at Miniland and enjoy a 4D movie at the theater. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is open from Monday to Sunday.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas Admission Ticket
Duration: 3 hours
A great weekend activity for families is a visit to the Sea Life Aquarium Dallas. Children will have a grand time marveling at over 5,000 sea dwellers such as the stingray, jellyfish, sharks, crabs, sea turtles, and more. You can listen to talks on these sea creatures and watch them being fed. The ticket price is 19.49 USD for people aged 13 years and upwards. It is 15.69 USD for kids aged between 3 years to 12 years and free for infants. It is open from Monday to Sunday.
SEA LIFE Aquarium Dallas Admission Ticket
Duration: 2 hours
This fun 5-hour long wine tasting tour is perfect for those looking for an exciting Saturday evening activity. You travel in luxury in a motor coach and get pampered with meals and some live music! The tour begins at a prominent winery in Dallas where you get to try five kinds of wines along with pizza and cheese. After this, the coach takes you to local chocolatiers to indulge your sweet tooth. The guide will keep you updated throughout the journey. The ticket price includes transportation, beverages, and food samples. The minimum age to be eligible is 21 years.
Dallas Wine Tasting Tour with Bites and Transportation
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
This self-guided scavenger hunt is a great group activity where you need to solve 15 clues in just 2 hours. The target is to solve as many clues as possible before time runs out. One clue leads to the next and during the hunt, players get to learn about Dallas’ historical landmarks and some fun trivia. The scavenger hunt begins at Houston Street.
Self-Guided Fort Worth Scavenger Hunt
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Visit the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas to check out the extensive collection of rotating exhibits, as well as works from Picasso, Giacometti, and Matisse. The museum has indoor and outdoor galleries and houses over 300 masterpieces. It also has an auditorium and tourists can grab a bite at the Nasher Café or pick some souvenirs at the Nasher Store. The museum is open from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Nasher Sculpture Center Admission
Duration: 1 day
History buffs who are fascinated with JFK will enjoy a visit to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza. Tourists get a pre-recorded audio guide (available in multiple languages) and can soak in the exhibits at a leisurely pace. The museum houses the personal pictures of the Kennedy family. You can also watch a documentary on JFK and learn about the legacy one of US’ most popular President. The museum is open from Monday to Sunday.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Admission
Duration: 90 to 180 minutes
Explore the wonders of Dallas
A weekend getaway to Dallas can be packed with fun-filled activities as travelers marvel at and revel in the delights this Texan city has to offer. You can take wine tours, enjoy a medieval dinner in a castle, and take kids to the aquarium or the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
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