Located in downtown Dallas, the Main Street Garden is a park that was created as a part of a sort of downtown revamping program of the Dallas Government. Opened in 2009, the landscaped lawns of the garden have since welcomed visitors and locals alike, whether they seek a leisure stroll, or wish to attend a concert at this park. Designed by the Landscape Architects Firm, Thomas Baisley Associates, this park has facilities like a dog run, a playground, a splash fountain, and even a cafe, called Lily Pad Cafe. The park has free Wi-Fi, and its premises are given on rent for a range of events. See the website to know more.
This spiral-shaped chapel was designed by Philip Johnson, the noted American architect, and features stained glass by Gabriel Loire. It honors the spirit of gratitude as it is represented in world religions. The chapel comprises just part of this lovely downtown oasis, which includes the Bell Tower, a garden, walkways with reflecting pools and waterfalls.
Long the symbol for the Mobil Oil Company, the giant Pegasus sign has become more than just a corporate logo to the people of Dallas. A local landmark, the brightly lit red-winged horse rotates above the Magnolia Building. The Pegasus Project, a local nonprofit effort, rebuilt it at a cost of $650,000 between the years 1999 and 2000, while the original Pegasus sign, taken down while the new one was being built, can still be seen displayed at the Dallas Farmers Market.
Dallas' Central Public Library's namesake is J. Erik Jonsson, a civic leader who worked for Texas Instruments. In honor of his heritage, the library has a handcrafted scale model of an eighth-century Viking ship, the Drakkar, in permanent exhibit on the second floor Children's Center. The library's copy of the Declaration of Independence may be viewed in the Declaration of Independence Room on the seventh floor. While there you should check out the First Folio, the authentic first printing (in 1623) of William Shakespeare's plays. If your visit is more literary in nature, roomy aisles and shelves hold a tremendous collection worthy of a large city's main library. The wooden library tables and chairs create a comfortable atmosphere in which to study or read for enjoyment.
The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas in Dallas' Historic District was founded in 1856 and has been through many incarnations. This church has been a mother church, spawning many of Dallas' other Presbyterian churches throughout the years. The Greek Revival style of the church features monolithic Corinthian columns which were shipped individually on their own flatcars from Indiana.
Situated just a few blocks away from the Park Plaza in Downtown Dallas, the Dallas City Hall is a majestic and very modern piece of architecture. Constructed by architects Theodore Musho and I.M. Pei, the building resembles an inverted pyramid. The city hall stands as the seat of Dallas's civic and government operations. Spread over seven floors, the Dallas City Hall has 1,400 workstations with very high partitions as a separator. The main area of the building is the second floor which is rightly named as the Great Court because of its high vaulted ceiling and 250 feet length. The building also houses a conference center and an state-of-the-art auditorium. The place is surrounded by the City Hall Plaza which is often used for open air events, protests, speeches and rallies.
Travel three blocks east of Downtown Dallas and you will find Deep Ellum. It is a conglomerate of unique shops, eclectic restaurants and residential lofts. Previously deserted historic buildings and warehouses are now alive with people eating, working, living and playing. Deep Ellum is home to numerous clubs, featuring an array of musical genres, from blues and jazz to reggae and alternative rock. It is also home to various theatrical and artistic venues.
Built in early 1900's, First United Methodist Church in the Downtown region has become one of the major landmarks of the city. Staunch believers of liberal thinking, this church has gracefully adapted to changing times, yet retaining their core belief in God and humanity. Choirs, plays and music form an integral part of this worship house. Moreover this church also serves as a venue for weddings. Say "I do" in a perfectly elegant 'sanctuary' within the church. Head to this tranquil place, if only to admire its beauty and simplicity.
Pioneer Plaza is more than just your ordinary park. A bronze ensemble of lifelike cattle punctuates this 4.2-acre park overlooking City Hall and the Dallas Convention Center. Nationally-acclaimed artist and native Texan Robert Summers is the artistic force behind the unique sculptures. The 70 bronze steers memorialize the cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail back in 1854.
Artist Square is an open-air outdoor facility that lends it space for the hosting of several events. The Annette Strauss Artist Square is a park-cum-staging venue that comes under the administration of The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and The Arts District Friends, whose major objective is to establish a niche where visitors can have a gala time watching performances. The venue can befit several music, dance, arts and theatrical productions for as many as 3,000 at a time.
Discover a South American rainforest filled with monkeys, colorful toucans, crocodiles, manatees and otters. The aquarium portion of this popular attraction features 85,000 gallons (321,760 liters) of saltwater containing marine life from around the world. Giant turaco, Three-toed sloths, Weedy and Ribbon sea dragons are but a few of the intriguing animals on display. An outdoor lagoon-like exhibit features Black-footed penguins.
One of the largest urban cultural districts nationwide, the Dallas Arts District is home to numerous performing and visual arts venues. Visitors will marvel at unique masterpieces on display in the district's museums and galleries. World-class culture abounds with ongoing art, music, drama and dance performances. The 17-block area also includes the Dallas Theater Center and the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe.