City Orientation Walk, Dallas

Like every city in the world, Dallas features many remarkable landmarks that are both historic and cultural symbols of the city's heritage. This tour will offer you the opportunity to discover the rich history of Dallas, including but not limited to: the Reunion Tower, Old Red House, Dealey Plaza, and Sixth Floor Museum.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Dallas (See other walking tours in Dallas)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: Caroline
Pioneer Plaza

1) Pioneer Plaza (must see)

Pioneer Plaza shows a wonderful mix of a very modern convention center juxtaposed against statues of a cattle drive from a long gone Dallas past. It is this wonderful blend that keeps the Plaza in the top five visitor destinations in downtown Dallas. The statues are amazing and in total, it is the largest sculpture project in the world.

The cattle drive depicted here is a nod to the very old Shawnee trail. This was the first route by which Texas longhorns were driven through the state,...   view more
Reunion Tower

2) Reunion Tower (must see)

Reunion Tower has been a fixture on the Dallas skyline since 1978. At 561 feet tall, it was one of the tallest structures in Dallas, and at night - one of the city's most recognizable features. The top of the building is surrounded by a superstructure in the shape of a sphere. This sphere is constructed like a geodesic dome that has over 250 lights placed at all the joints. It makes for a dazzling sight at night, as the lights put on a serious show.

Inside the three outside legs that...   view more
Old Red Courthouse

3) Old Red Courthouse (must see)

The Old Red Courthouse was built in 1890 in the Romanesque revivalist style and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautiful facility gets its lovely color from red sandstone taken from nearby Pecos, Texas. Blue granite from Arkansas is also used in the building, and it complements the red in the sandstone. The Courthouse has recently undergone a loving restoration that really makes it a must see attraction in Dallas.

There are over 100 stained glass windows...   view more
Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum

4) Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum (must see)

The Dealey Plaza is a park that was named after George Dealey. The area was where three main roads in Dallas came close together. There was a train tunnel that was built to accommodate the change out of traffic and trains, and then allow everything to go on their divergent paths. There were benches and trees and a place for city workers to take a moment outside. The Plaza is surrounded by large buildings, one of those being the former Texas Book Depository.

It was from this building that Lee...   view more
Dallas World Aquarium

5) Dallas World Aquarium (must see)

The Dallas World Aquarium was opened in October 1992 in an old 1924 warehouse that had been gutted and rebuilt on the inside. It is a for-profit aquarium and zoo located in West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, Texas. The zoo aids conservation and education by housing many animals that are threatened or endangered as part of a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the world.

The upper level of the aquarium is an artificial reproduction of the Orinoco Rainforest. The...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Perot Museum of Nature and Science

6) Perot Museum of Nature and Science (must see)

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a conglomerate of three older Dallas museums. It used to be the Dallas Museum of Science and Natural History, the Science Place, and the Children’s Museum. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science (shortened to Perot Museum) is a natural history and science museum consisting of two campuses: the primary campus located in Victory Park, and a secondary campus in Fair Park. The Victory Park campus museum was named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot.

The...   view more
Fountain Place

7) Fountain Place (must see)

Fountain Place is one of the most uniquely shaped buildings anywhere in the world. It is a 60 story building that stands 720 feet high. It is the fifth tallest skyscraper in Dallas and certainly one of the most beautiful. As interesting as the building is, this is not what was originally envisioned for the property.

During the oil boom days, there were to be two towering skyscrapers and a hotel on the site, along with a host of fountains. As the economy changed, only one building was built...   view more
First United Methodist Church of Dallas

8) First United Methodist Church of Dallas (must see)

The First United Methodist Church is a very old part of the downtown section of Dallas. It is also quite famous. In fact, it has been part of that overall landscape since 1860. The actual worshiping community has been together since 1846. At that point in history, there were three small Methodist Churches in the area, which were served by an itinerate preacher. Those congregations merged together by the time the First Church was formed in 1860.

The current building was finished in 1928. It is...   view more
Arts District

9) Arts District

The Arts District is a performing and visual arts district in Downtown Dallas, Texas. It is located south of State Thomas; southeast of Uptown; north of the City Center District; west of Bryan Place; and east of the West End Historic District. The Arts District is home to 13 facilities and organizations including The Annette Strauss Artist Square, the Belo Mansion/Dallas Bar Association, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

10) The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

The Cathedral Shrine is one of the largest churches in Dallas, with over 17,000 families. It is also one of the most historic churches in town, as this was the first Catholic community formed in the area. It is also the Mother Church for the local diocese.

The local worshiping community was founded in 1869. It was called the Sacred Heart Church then. They built their first building in 1872. In 1890, the church was reformed into the Cathedral for the area, after the Dallas area became a...   view more
Deep Ellum

11) Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum is a neighborhood composed largely of arts and entertainment venues near downtown in East Dallas, Texas. As one of Dallas' first commercial districts for African-Americans and European immigrants, Deep Ellum is one of the most historically significant neighborhoods in the city. The district boasts the city's largest collection of commercial storefronts from the early 20th century and includes many individual structures significant in their own right. Deep Ellum's real...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Dallas, Texas

Create Your Own Walk in Dallas

Create Your Own Walk in Dallas

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dallas is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Arts District and Deep Ellum Walk

Arts District and Deep Ellum Walk

The Arts District is a performing and visual arts center located in the heart of Dallas and is home to several of Dallas' cultural landmarks. Since the 1970's, the "village of the arts" has offered facilities for the visual, performing, and developing arts. Deep Ellum is the famous, avant-garde entertainment district in Dallas. The district is a vibrant community known for its vast array of talent and creativity. Deep Ellum is also open to the public for art viewing, shopping, live music, as well as food and drink. The district is also a hot-bed for graffiti.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Live Music in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Live Music in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Deep Ellum, a unique Art and Entertainment District near downtown Dallas, is a tight-knit community in a large city. Deep Ellum is an eclectic and progressive neighborhood and the home of fashion-forward, trend-setting style. It's also a birthplace for several new bands. Here you will find many terrific live music venues.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Places of Worship in Dallas

Places of Worship in Dallas

Dallas is one of the biggest cities in the world and one that is rich in religious congregations. Every place of worship in Dallas is worth visiting, yet the downtown concentrates are especially memorable. Cathedrals, churches, and chapels are all here for your enjoyment.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Attractions for Kids at Fair Park

Attractions for Kids at Fair Park

Fair Park is the biggest park in the city and one of historic and cultural significance. Established in 1880, this landmark is located not far from downtown Dallas. Fair Park offers plenty of cultural and entertainment facilities, especially for children. Here you will find many places of interest, including museums, exhibitions, performance stages, landscaped grounds, a big aquarium, and the splendid Texas Star.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km