"Museums of Fair Park" Fair Park Tip by CruisingGoddess

Fair Park, Dallas: 41 reviews and 78 photos

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Though Fair Park is most famous for hosting the Texas State Fair every year, Fair Park is home to 8 museums year round: Hall of State, African American Museum, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, Dallas Aquarium, Dallas Museum of Natural History, Science Place, Texas Discovery Gardens, and Women?s Museum. Hall of State follows the history of Texas and famous Texans. We visited the week after the State Fair and the Hall of State seemed very empty. Several of the rooms didn?t have exhibits. The few rooms that did featured a few Texans that served in the Texas Revolution, World Wars, and Civil War. My husband and I didn?t find the Hall of State very interesting at all. The Dallas Aquarium features 6,000 aquatic animals, including many from the region and Gulf of Mexico. We watched the sharks being fed, which was fun. The Aquarium is not very big though. We spent only an hour there. The Texas Discovery Gardens is an outdoor botanical garden featuring local plants and blooms. Though the gardens aren?t very large either, it does feature a butterfly garden and lovely open area with a water fountain. Overall, I?m a little disappointed in the offerings of the museums at Fair Park. Though there is a little bit of everything, there wasn?t any exhibits that were particularly impressive. Fair Park is also home to the Cotton Bowl Stadium, Coliseum, and Texas Star Ferris Wheel.

Address: 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas
Directions: Two miles east of Downtown Dallas
Phone: 214-670-8400
Website: http://www.fairpark.org

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 19, 2006
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