Dallas City Facts
|Country||USA (United States of America)|
|Counties||Harris, FortBend, and Montgomery|
|Total Area||997.1 sq miles|
|Population||1.341 million (2017)|
|Lat Long of Dallas||32.7828° N, 96.8039° W|
|Zip Code of Dallas||75201 to 75398|
|Time Zone||CST (UTC−06:00)|
|Area Code||(1)214, 469, 972|
|Major Religion||Roman Catholic, Christian|
|Museums||Dallas museum of art|
|Universities||University of north texas|
Welcome to Dallas – a cow-town with bright neon lights in Texas. Its sprawl and skyline has completely transformed since the The Flatlanders last saw Dallas from a DC-9 at night and . Holding tight to its Texan identity and Western roots, ‘The Big D’ is relatively young, compared to other American cities, and likes to be larger than life with an entrepreneurial spirit. It is a glittering metropolis that rises above the vast Texas prairie.
Made popular by Dallas, the TV series, and recently Dallas Buyers Club, the Hollywood movie, there’s more to the city than cowboys and oil-rigs. Bonded by 30 miles of suburbs, Dallas and Fort Worth – merged like Siamese twins – are a major hub of Tex-Mex culture, culinary offerings, spectator sports, and high-end shopping.
How to Reach? (Getting In and Around)
The city is located along the banks of the Trinity River in northeastern Texas in the United States. It is around 240 miles from Houston and 195 miles north of Austin.
- By Air – Conveniently located in Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is among the busiest airports in the world. Served primarily by Southwest Airlines, Dallas Love Field (DAL) lies only six miles northwest of downtown.
- By Train – Union Station is connected with Amtrak’s Texas Eagle which runs between Chicago and Los Angeles. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) operates commuter rail system and bus routes in the metropolitan area.
- By Road – Interstate 20, Interstate 30, Interstate 45, U.S. Route 67, U.S. Route 75, and State Highway 121 provide road access. Megabus, Greyhound, and Vonlane run inter-city bus services.
Best Time to Visit
September through November (fall) is the best time for sightseeing and attending festivals that are in full swing. Weather between March and May is also milder but hotel prices might be relatively higher than fall due to the football season. Best deals can be availed in winters.
What’s in Dallas?
The 68-acre Arts District, now the largest in the country, lives up to its hype. Over 100 years old, Dallas Museum of Art exhibits a collection of 22,000 works of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art from ancient days along with contemporary works. Turn the page to a darker chapter in the red-brick building of Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza where the nightmare on Elm Street happened in November of 1963. Don’t forget to visit the ‘X’ spot – where the JFK assassination took place – and the President Kennedy Memorial. Perot Museum of Nature and Science displays state-of-the-art exhibition halls with 3D simulations and educational programs for all age groups.
Reunion Tower –
In a city renowned for Gothic Revival, Neoclassical, and postmodern architecture styles, this 171-m-tall tower, that watches over the downtown, is the most distinguished landmark. Its observation deck features light shows, 360° city views, and restaurants.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden –
Sixty six acres of landscaped garden sprawls along the southeast shore of White Rock Lake. It features trees, shrubs, and gardens – with fountains, exquisite sculptures, and historical mansions. It also hosts seasonal festivals such as Dallas Blooms, Autumn at the Arboretum, and Pumpkin Village.
Dallas World Aquarium –
Opened in 1992, its 87,000 gallons of saltwater houses sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and jellyfish: all living in natural reef settings. Stare at exotic birds in Mundo Maya and learn about South American rainforest ecosystem in Orinoco replica exhibit. A 22,000-gallon tunnel allows visitors panoramic view of a reef and cultural exhibits. The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park also has a wide collection of thousands of aquatic animals. Surprise your kid by booking a birthday party here or be a Luca Brasi who “sleeps with the fishes.”
Dallas Zoo –
Home to more than 2,000 exotic animals representing 406 species, it is the largest and oldest zoological park in Texas. It has habitats from the African savanna to the Australian outbacks and the South American rain forests. This splendid family wonderland is located three miles south of downtown. Visitors can enjoy Safari Nights on Saturdays during summers and Halloween Nights in October.
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Nasher Sculpture Center, American Airlines Center, Pioneer Plaza, Zero Gravity Amusement Park, Majestic Theatre, and Dallas City Hall are other places to visit in Dallas.
Things to Do in Dallas
If you’re ever down in Dallas and wondering what to do, ask good-natured but hell-bent-for-leather Dallasites to show the way. Catch a game of Dallas Cowboys on home turf, trace city’s history at Dallas Heritage Village, hang out at Thanks-Giving Square, visit the cemeteries of Bonnie and Clyde, attend a concert at Annette Strauss Square, tour the wineries in Grapevine, and take a look around to the other side of DFW in Fort Worth Stockyards. Dallas gives all the feels one seeks.
Parks and Recreation –
Outdoor thrills around White Rock Lake include kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and standup paddle-boarding—all available on rent. Its 10 miles of biking trails are known for its excellent birdwatching and wildlife spotting. Klyde Warren Park offers oodles of activities and performances by local theater and dance troupes. Lake Cliff Park features a rose garden, strolling paths, ball fields, and tennis courts. Also the nature trails within 600 acres of Cedar Ridge Preserve are heaven for hikers, botanists, or parents looking to get their kids out in the woods. Fishing in Lake Ray Hubbard is the locals’s favorite pastime.
From the high-end boutiques of West Village to the original Neiman Marcus store downtown, the city is catching up with major shopping destinations in the US. A mecca of dining and entertainment, the boutiques and antique stores at McKinney Ave. are trendy to the nth degree, so make sure you’ve got the full wallet. During holiday season, Galleria Dallas is the place where locals like to spend it all. While Dallas Farmers Market sells seasonal produce and specialty foods, Wild Bill’s and Western Warehouse are good options to invest in a good pair of cowboy boots, hats, belts, and shirts.
Live performances and music-themed venues such as South Side Music Hall, Trees, and House of Blues make Dallas a lively city. If you want the blues, head on to the music epicenter Deep Ellum neighborhood which is also a hotbed for street graffiti. Buy a drink for a cowgirl, feast on ribs and brisket with preferred poison, and hit boot-scootin’ dance floors at Gilley’s. To get around the Arts District and Uptown for free, hop on the restored vintage M-Line trolleys that run on McKinney Avenue.
Many long to see the 52-ft-tall ‘Big Tex’ statue in the annual State Fair of Texas held here. Other famous festivals in Dallas are: Untapped Dallas, March Madness Music Festival, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Dallas Blooms, USA Film Festival, Addison Oktoberfest, South By So What, and The Great American Trucking Show.
Cities near Dallas Metropolitan Area
|Highland Park, TX||Richardson, TX|
|University Park, TX||Addison, TX|
|Irving, TX||Carrollton, TX|
|Balch Springs, TX||Garland, TX|
|Duncanville, TX||Lancaster, TX|
|Farmers Branch, TX||DeSoto, TX|
|Mesquite, TX||Rowlett, TX|
|Grand Prairie, TX|