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​4 Dallas Attractions Your Parents Will Love

Dallas is a vacation hotspot for all ages. While kids love zoos and theme parks, older adults visiting the city flock to more refined spots for education and adventure. If you’re visiting the city with a few members of the Boomer Generation, here are five Dallas attractions that your parents (or grandparents) will love.
 
1. Southfork Ranch: Ask your parents about J.R. Ewing and you’ll get instant name recognition. Even if your family members weren’t die-hard fanatics of the 1980s primetime TV series Dallas, they likely were among the 90 million Americans who tuned in for the famous 1980 cliffhanger episode “Who Done It.” On your next Dallas visit, treat them to a tour of Southfork Ranch, the show’s iconic exterior filming site. While Southfork’s tour guides are a wealth of show info, your parents may want to kick in a few facts of their own. Let them tell you all about their Dallas memories while walking through the Ewing mansion and viewing memorabilia from the show like the infamous gun, Lucy’s wedding dress and Jock’s massive Lincoln. Tickets are available here.
 
2. The Dallas Symphony: If your family appreciates highbrow culture, schedule a visit to the Dallas Symphony. Founded in 1900, the 40+ piece orchestra performs major works by celebrated composers including Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Rossini under the director of conductor Jaap van Zweden. Most of their concerts are held at the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas. However, if you’re looking to improve your enjoyment of the experience, consider checking out their 2018 Remix series, which features free wine or beer, appetizers and music in more intimate locations. Tickets to their concerts can be purchased online or by calling 214-TIX-4DSO.
 
3. The Sixth-Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza: If your visiting parent or grandparent is a history buff, no visit to Dallas would complete without a tour of the area’s most visited historical spot. Frankly, it’s a little macabre that thousands of visitors from around the globe flock to see the site of the 35th President’s assassination. However, most come to honor JFK’s legacy and respect a moment in U.S. history that’s imprinted in the minds and hearts of the public. On the sixth and seventh floors of the Texas Book Depository is a museum dedicated to Kennedy’s life, and death. See historical memorabilia and view Dealey Plaza from a webcam, exactly as it appeared in 1963. Afterwards, tourists can pop down to the modern Plaza to see how it has changed in 50+ years. Purchase your tickets and get info at the Sixth Floor Museum website.  
 
4. The Kimbell Art Museum: U.S. News & World Report’s #2 pick for things to do in Dallas (Dealey Plaza is #1), this small museum has gained prominent standing in the art world. The original building, constructed in 1972, is a masterpiece of modern architecture with round vaulted ceilings, skylights and an outdoor sculpture garden from renowned artist Isamu Noguchi. The newer Piano Pavilion, named for an Italian architect, provides additional space for a collection that spans centuries, from ancient Roman and Syrian artifacts to masterworks by Donatello, Monet and Picasso. Though the museum is petite, your parents can expect to spend a couple of hours here. Admission is free, although there may be a fee for special exhibitions. Visit the Kimbell Art Museum’s website for more info.   
From art museums and botanical gardens to historical cattle stockyards and the Dallas Cowboys stadium, the Dallas-Fort Worth area offers a variety of attractions for older adults. Start your visit off right with a trip down memory lane at Southfork Ranch, then mosey on over to downtown Dallas’ cultural sites. Guests can even choose to spend a full day on the ranch, or schedule a trail ride on the scenic property at Southfork. Call 972-442-7800 or book a tour online today!

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