Fair Park, a National Historic Landmark and site of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exhibition, is home to some of Dallas’ best museums, educational discovery centers, and the world’s largest collection of Art Deco exhibit buildings, art and sculpture.

While at the State Fair, be sure to visit the Dallas Children’s Aquarium, African American Museum, Texas Discovery Gardens, Texas Vietnam Memorial, or one of the many points of interest located in the 277-acre historic park.

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Museums and Points of Interest

aquariumChildren’s Aquarium at Fair Park

The Children’s Aquarium has been designed with kids in mind. With eye-level interactive zones and exhibits, everyone can enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world.

Visit the Aquarium’s Website

texasdiscoverygardensTexas Discovery Gardens

Texas Discovery Gardens’ mission is to teach effective ways to restore, conserve and preserve nature in the urban environment, with a focus on organic and sustainable gardening. The garden also houses thousands of unique butterflies in an enclosed environment designed to educate young and old alike.

Visit the Texas Discovery Gardens Website

africanamericanmuseumAfrican American Museum

The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwest devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials. The museum has one of the largest African American Folk Art collections in the United States.

Visit the African American Museum’s Website

14_culture_musichallMusic Hall at Fair Park

The Music Hall at Fair Park will be open to visitors during the State Fair. Visitors are able to wander through the lobby to view memorabilia, purchase snacks and drinks, and buy tickets for upcoming events.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dallas Summer Musicals

hallofstateHall of State

Hall of State debuted in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial Exhibition. Crafted from Texas limestone, The Hall of State, at a cost of $1.2 million, was the most expensive building per square foot built in Texas at the time.

Visit the Hall of State’s Website

texasvietnammemorialTexas Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Native sons killed or missing in action are commemorated at the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The inscriptions include Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Located in a contemplative spot near the front gates of Fair Park.

darContinental DAR House

Enjoy American history memorabilia at the Continental DAR House. The center features exhibits, artifacts, flag displays, patriotic videos and music.

Visit the Continental DAR’s Website