Thursday, August 25, 2016

All About Dallas – And Some Things To Do When You Get There

Dallas is the third largest city in Texas, after Houston and San Antonio, and the ninth largest in the US, with a population of 1.3 million. In 2013, the latest figures available, Dallas was 14th in the world rankings of cities’ GDP by the OECD.

Long claimed by the Spanish, Texas became a republic in 1836 with the majority of the population being Anglo-American settlers. Dallas County was established in 1846 and the city of Dallas was incorporated on February 2nd 1856. The city became a major industrial and trading center and was booming by the end of the 19th century.

On November 22nd 1963 John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Elm Street and the top two floors of the building from where the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot him are now a museum dedicated to Kennedy.

During a peaceful protest on July 7th 2016 against the police killing of two black men in other states, Micah Johnson began shooting at police and killed five officers in protest, saying that he wanted to kill white people, especially police. Johnson was eventually killed by a robot bomb.

Dallas was founded along the Trinity River and the land around the city is mainly flat. The river now has 50’ high earthen levees on each side to protect the city from frequent flooding.

White Rock Lake is a popular place in the city for boating, joggers, and bikers, and on its’ Eastern shore is the 66 acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Water Lily

The climate in Dallas is humid sub-tropical with temperatures easily reaching 100º and sometimes 110º in August.

Things To Do In Dallas

Apart from the Arboretum, which is well worth visiting, especially during August Dollar Days - $1 admission and $5 parking – there is the Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium which is home to more than 5,000 creatures and includes a turtle rescue center.

The kids will love a visit to the Legoland Discovery Center, while some of the most fascinating modern and contemporary sculpture are to be found at the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Then there is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, with displays of strange artefacts from around the world covering 7,000 square feet. Or you might like to try indoor skydiving at the Indoor Skydiving Experience where you can float and enjoy the thrill of skydiving in a vertical wind chamber.

There is also the Lake Carolyn Lear Boat Cruise. It is on a spacious electric boat designed by the Lear Jet Company and takes you down the Mandalay Canal which is like a corner of old world Italy.

You can also hire a Segway and ride down the streets of Dallas on two wheels.

Yes, there is a whole ton of things to do in Dallas, and you can be certain that a two week holiday won’t be enough.