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You can’t go far wrong when looking where to choose vacation rentals in Dallas, TX. The city has so much to see and do, you’ll always be near many of the great places to visit in Dallas.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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The death of President John F. Kennedy had a profound impact on the United States, particularly in Dallas where his assassination took place. Once the site of a major crime scene, the sixth floor of what was previously the Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvard Oswald made the fatal shot is now a museum dedicated to the tragic event. The Sixth Floor Museum — also incorporating the building’s seventh floor — includes a re-creation of the southeast window setup that Oswald used, exhibits relating to the shooting and subsequent investigations, plus a replica of the rifle used and other historical artifacts. Take the self-guided audio tour to hear historical accounts of the event, including radio broadcasts and police statements from the time.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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To enjoy natural beauty in peaceful surroundings, one of the best places to visit near Dallas downtown area is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Along White Rock Lake’s shore, this 66-acre park has 14 displays that are world famous, numerous fountains and sculptures, picnic areas, historic homes and manicured gardens. Visit during the fall to see acres of chrysanthemums in bloom or visit in spring to see thousands of blossoming azaleas. Keep your kids amused in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Go sailing on the lake or hike along the trails to see what wildlife you can spot.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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With dinosaur fossils, robots, interactive displays and a 3D theater, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a great place to take your kids when you’re on vacation. There are five floors to explore as well as a courtyard, play area and the Moody Family Children’s Museum. See what the property looks like from above when you ride on the 54-foot escalator. This museum focuses on sustainability and incorporates this into its themed areas, such as earth sciences and energy.

Dallas Museum of Art

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Art lovers mustn’t miss a visit to the Dallas Museum of Art. As one of the United States’ largest museums, it holds over 24,000 artworks from America, Western Europe, Africa and Asia. Whether you’re interested in contemporary art, classical art or ancient artifacts, there’s something to suit every taste in this landmark institution. As well as the permanent collections, you can see historic collections, view traveling exhibitions, take part in educational sessions and see displays of prominent artists’ artwork.

Dallas World Aquarium

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A few blocks away from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science you’ll find the Dallas World Aquarium. There, living in a natural reef environment, you’ll see leafy seadragons, sharks, octopuses, turtles, jellyfish, eels and stingrays. You may also be surprised to find other wildlife in the aquarium, such as flamingos and penguins. An ocelot and a jaguar live in the Mayan exhibit while you’ll encounter monkeys, crocodiles, manatees, toucans, poison dart frogs and tree sloths in the Orinoco Rainforest. Time your visit to coincide with some of the animals’ feeding schedules for added fun.