Dallas: Living Large for Littler Travelers
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Afterwards, we walked to the Dallas Arts District, heading to The Dallas Museum of Art, known for its ancient-through-contemporary art collections and extensive family programming. The museum is connected to The Nasher Sculpture Center, which has a huge garden. The museum's glass ceiling makes even the galleries appear to be outside.
There is another museum area, Fair Park, a National Historic Landmark with nine museums. The Museum of Nature and Science, the result of last year's merger of the Dallas Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History and The Science Place, truly espouses Dallas's living large motto. It has an 'urban farm' with a supermarket, wildlife dioramas, dinosaurs, an IMAX theater and a planetarium. It alone can occupy your family for days.
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Galleria Dallas: ice skating is $7, plus $3 to rent skates. (972) 392-3361; www.galleriarink.com
The Sixth Floor Museum: open daily 9am-6pm. Summer hours: 10am-6pm Tuesday-Friday, 10am-8pm Saturday, noon-6pm Sunday and Monday. Adults $10; seniors and ages 6-19, $9; 5 and under, free. Audio tours $3.50 each. www.jfk.org
The Dallas World Aquarium: open daily 10am-5pm. Adults $15.95; children 3-12, $8.95; 2 and under, free. www.dwazoo.com
The Dallas Museum of Art: open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm, till 9pm on Thursdays (and free from 5-9pm). Adults $10, seniors $7; students $5; children under 12, free. www.dallasmuseumofart.org
The Nasher Sculpture Center: same hours and admission as above. www.nashersculpturecenter.org
The Museum of Nature and Science: open daily 9am-9pm. Adults $8.50; seniors $7; children 3-12, $5; combo tickets with planetarium and IMAX available. www.natureandscience.org
For more info: www.visitdallas.com