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Planning a short break to Dallas? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Dallas. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Dallas. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Meadows Museum of Art

Located at 5900 Bishop Blvd, on the campus of Southern Methodist University, is where one of the finest collections of Spanish Art, outside of Spain, can be viewed. Collected by oil magnate Algur Meadows, on his visit to Spain, when he returned with works from the 15th to 20th century Spanish masters, such as Velazquez, Goya, Ribera, Murillo, and Zurbaran.

Admission to the museum is free, but a donation of $3 is welcomed.

For more information phone 214/768-2516 or go to www.smu.edu/meadows/museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

411 Elm St. this rather unremarkable place is one of the most significant sites in Dallas, as it is from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shot that killed the nation’s 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Or not? It is at least, the place where the drama was played out that has spawned numerous conspiracy theories.

For more info phone 214/747-6660, or go to www.jfk.org

The Dallas World Aquarium

Located at 1801 North Griffin, in the West End District, and housed in a former warehouse, is a good place to take children for a couple of hours entertainment. With stingrays, sharks, sea turtles and other marine life to interest them until they become bored, the next point of call can be the “Orinoco – Secrets of the River” an exhibit centre red on the tropical rainforest of Venezuela, and teeming with endangered Orinoco crocs, Peruvian squirrel monkeys, jaguars and soft-billed toucans. Admission is $11 adults, $8.66 seniors and children ages 3-12, free for children under 3.

For more information phone 214/720-2224 or go to www.dwazoo.com

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

Located at 8617 Garland Rd. (Tex. 78), this oasis of green around the White Rock Lake in the dry Dallas landscape is a welcome retreat. 15 minutes from downtown Dallas the natural woodlands and beautifully cultivated gardens of the almost 70 acres abound with colour and are interspersed with historic residences. Admission is $6 adults, $3 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6. (Prices are subject to change)

For more information phone 214/327-8263, 214/327-4901 information hot line or go to website www.dallasarboretum.org

Dallas Zoo

Located at 650 S. R. L. Thornton Fwy, in Oak Cliff, 3 miles south of downtown Dallas, this is the oldest zoo in Texas, and its 85 acre park is home to rare Sumatran tigers, the ‘Wilds of Africa” exhibit, and a chimpanzee forest, to name just a few of the attractions.

For more information phone 214/670-5656 or go to website www.dallas-zoo.org

The Dallas Cowboys

The home of the five-time Super Bowl Champions is Texas Stadium, 2401 E. Airport Freeway, Irving, and the team play here from August to December. Visitors can still see the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, as scantily clad as ever cheering on their home team. There are daily tours of the Texas Stadium available.

Phone 972/785-4800 for more information, or go to www.dallascowboys.com

Fair Park

Located at 3809 Grand Ave, recognised as a National Historic Landmark, this park was built to commemorate the Republic of Texas's independence from Mexico, and is a classic accumulation of Art Deco buildings. With several museums, the State Fair Coliseum, Starplex Amphitheatre and other such venues, there is a lot to do and see in this area, especially during the annual State Fair of Texas, which just celebrated its 50th year, and is held on the last weekend of September and first 3 weeks of October.

Phone 214/670-8400, 214/421-9600 for museum and event information or visit www.bigtex.com

State Fair of Texas

Held in September / October, The State Fair of Texas is the biggest annual exposition in North America, and dates back to 1886 when Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley were enthralling the crowds. Today the fair draws about 4 million visitors.

Located at Fair Park, 1300, Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas, two miles east of downtown Dallas, visitors can call (+) 1 214 670 8400 & (+) 1 214 421 9600 for 24-hour English & Spanish information, fax (+) 1 214 670 8907 or go to website www.bigtex.com/

North Texas Irish Festival

For the past 23 years, Dallas’ Fair Park, 1300, Robert B Cullum Blvd, has hosted the biggest Celtic festival in the Southwest. The festival features world famous musicians, award winning dancers, storytellers, and educational workshops, and some of the finest Irish and Scottish entertainment this side of the ocean.

For more information, phone (+) 1 214 670 8400 & (+) 1 214 421 9600 for 24-hour English & Spanish information. Fax (+) 1 214 670 8907, or go to website www.ntif.org/

The Plano Balloon Festival

This 3-day event held at the end of September in Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. is one of the country's largest and most family oriented.

Over a 100 colourful, and sometimes curious, hot-air balloons transport passengers’ skywards daily; while on the ground there is ongoing fun and festivities for kids and grown-ups alike.

For more information go to website www.planoballoonfest.org

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Salvador Dali Exhibit at the Martin Lawrence Gallery

Born in 1904 in Figueres, Spain, Salvador Dali was one of the most important leaders of the Surrealist art movement. Dali's work is renowned for its striking combination of bizarre dreamlike images and skilled craftsmanship. His art is as aesthetically innovative as it is intellectually rigorous. The gallery is proud to present a rare exhibition of original prints and unique works by this modern master.

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