Sometime next month, I will be taking a trip to Dallas with some family, my aunt and two cousins. Three of us are adults and one cousin is sixteen, but she’s one of the most mature sixteen year olds I know. My cousins parents by ever take her anywhere, and she’s my aunt’s former foster daughter, so my aunt and I do our best to take her places. Last year we took a trip to Huntsville and Nashville. This year it looks like it will be Dallas. Honestly, other than the Dallas-Forth Worth Airport, I know little about Dallas. That’s where I am hoping my readers can be of some help.

We will have three days in Dallas, and I want to see as much of the city as I can. The question is: what are the must sees? I know we will go to Dealey Plaza to the Sixth Floor Museum in the Texas School Book Depository. What trip to Dallas could be complete without seeing where JFK was shot? I also know we will be going to Southfork Ranch as seen on Dallas, the TV show. My aunt and I are both big Dallas fans. As a kid, I used to spend the night with my grandmama every Friday night and would watch Dallas with her, so it would be kind of special to me to see Southfork. The other thing I want to do is go to the Dallas Museum of Art. For what I’ve read, it has a fantastic collection. I would also love to see the Amon Carter Museum of American Art which houses Thomas Eakins’ The Swimming Hole (see below), but the Amon Carter a Museum is in Fort Worth, so I’m not sure how feasible it would be to see one painting, although there are plenty of other pieces there as well.


From the look of things on the map (though I am horrible with map scale), Dealey Plaza and the Dallas Museum of Art are all downtown and relatively close, so they can be visited on the same day. Southfork is 25 miles north of Dallas, so that will take up a chunk of one day. So what else should I see while in Dallas? We’ve discussed the Dallas World Aquarium and the Reunion Tower, but I’m not sure. Is anyone familiar with Dallas and can give me any pointers? Things that I should know or be aware of?

I am hoping to see plenty of sexy cowboys, but I’m not sure how realistic that will be.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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