Rich in History
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 sculptures. While at the Fair Park during the State Fair of Texas, be sure to visit the Dallas Children’s Aquarium, African American Museum, Texas Discovery Gardens, Hall of State, Texas Vietnam Memorial, or one of the many points of interest located in the historic 277-acre park.
Children’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.
Texas 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.
African 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.
Music Hall at Fair Park
The Music Hall at Fair Park is 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.
- Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
- Friday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hall of State
The 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.
Texas 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.
Continental DAR House
Enjoy American history memorabilia at the Continental DAR House. The center features exhibits, artifacts, flag displays, patriotic videos, and music.