Fair Park, Dallas

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3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas.

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    Fair Park

    by keeweechic Updated Mar 23, 2003

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    Fair Park is home to the State Fair of Texas, which is runs for about 3 weeks in Autumn and attracts more than 3.6 million visitors annually. When the fair is not on, the 277 acre area serves as a popular city park. The grounds also house 8 museums and the largest collection of cultural facilities in Dallas and the largest collection of 1930’s art deco style architecture in the United States.

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    State Fair of Texas

    by btex Updated Dec 21, 2002

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    Lots of rides, games, animals, corny dogs, music, and so on.... A good way to spend a Fall day in Dallas. Another big attraction during the Fair is the OU-UT college football game played at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. The weekend of the game is known as Texas/OU Weekend, and it's a big deal for the two schools and for Dallas. The game is always sold out and the rivalry is intense. The streets of downtown Dallas and area bars/clubs/restaurants get packed the night before the game with supporters of both teams.
    Fairpark can be visited any time of the year. There you'll find museums, the science place, IMAX, restaurants, an aquarium, concerts, etc....

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    more Fair Park attractions

    by btex Updated Dec 21, 2002

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    elephant in front of the museums

    The Dallas Museum of Natural History gives a good overview of natural history: animals, dinosaurs...and, of course, specializes in Texas natural history. Many exhibits about animals native to Texas - as well as animals and dinsosaurs and etc...that have lived in Texas in the past.
    Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Address: 3535 Grand Avenue
    tel #: 214-421-DINO
    http://www.dallasdino.org/
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    The Science Place is a good place to take kids. There are exhibits on electricity, physics, dinosaurs, and much more...the good thing about it is that the exhibits are interactive...you get to participate while you learn. There's also an IMAX theatre...the best IMAX movies are always the ones that make you feel like you're on a rollercoaster or airplane.
    address: 1318 2nd Ave
    tel #: 214-428-5555
    http://www.scienceplace.org

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    Music Hall

    by keeweechic Written Nov 14, 2002

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    Music Hall has 3,420 seats and provides a very elegant surrounding for a variety of events from jazz, pop and broadway concerts to lectures and meetings. The Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, and the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet also perform here. There is a fabulous fountain out the front of the building.
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    by sdtex Updated Aug 26, 2002

    Built for the Texas Centennial in 1936, the 227 acres is on the National Historic Trust and is largest collection of Art Deco fair architecture in the nation. It houses museums and special events (including the State Fair of Texas every fall, a must-do if you're in town) but just looking at the buildings is fun in itself.

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    Fair Park

    by principesa Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fair Park's 277 acres encompass the nation's largest collection of Art Deco buildings. Fair Park, registered as a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1936 as a central exposition for the Texas Centennial celebration of independence from Mexico.
    Today, Fair Park includes an impressive list of year 'round special collections (African American Museum, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Science Place Planetarium, TI Founders IMAX Theater); the Music Hall (home of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Summer Musicals); the Dallas Aquarium and the Texas Discovery Gardens. The Women's Museum opened in September 2000. Fair Park also houses special events such as Irish Fest, Cinco de Mayo, Artfest and Crawfest. More than 7 million people visit the grounds each year.

    Other popular attractions include concerts at the outdoor Smirnoff Music Centre, college football in the Cotton Bowl, and the annual State Fair of Texas each fall.

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    Fair Park

    by pobrecita Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fair Park's 277 acres encompass the nation's largest collection of Art Deco buildings. Fair Park, registered as a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1936 as a central exposition for the Texas Centennial celebration of independence from Mexico.
    Today, Fair Park includes an impressive list of year 'round special collections (African American Museum, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Science Place Planetarium, TI Founders IMAX Theater); the Music Hall (home of the Dallas Opera and Dallas Summer Musicals); the Dallas Aquarium and the Texas Discovery Gardens. The Women's Museum opened in September 2000. Fair Park also houses special events such as Irish Fest, Cinco de Mayo, Artfest and Crawfest. More than 7 million people visit the grounds each year.

    Other popular attractions include concerts at the outdoor Smirnoff Music Centre, college football in the Cotton Bowl, and the annual State Fair of Texas each fall.

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    Fair Park is one of best...

    by brdwtchr Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Fair Park is one of best places in Dallas. Becky and I spent an entire day there. At Fair Park there are a number of buildings that surround a wide avenue. The buildings contain different museums. Becky and I tried to see it all in a single day. We had fun but walked our legs off.
    My favorite things at Fair Park were the Aquarium, Natural History Museum, Science Museum with hands on stuff, and Age of Steam Train Museum. There are is a place in center where there are walkways over a lake. The side walk goes over the water with flowering water plants all around. You walk surrounded by pickerel rush and water lotus.

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    Children's Aquarium

    by Jim_Eliason Written Dec 21, 2013

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    Small but still very nice aquarium at Fair Park. It's not as nice as the Dallas World Aquarium but for its price ( $8) it probably a better value. Definitely the best attraction at Fair Park.

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    Lagoon Pathways

    by keeweechic Written Aug 11, 2004

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    There is rather an interesting interwoven terracotta looking pathways at the north and sound ends of the lagoon and unusual arches in the water.

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    State Fair of Texas

    by mccalpin Written Sep 28, 2003

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    The State Fair of Texas is the largest state fair in the United States. It runs in late September and early October. It's like a giant Octoberfest - without the beer tents...

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