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Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas is no exception. After all, this is where Big Tex, the 52-feet-tall cowboy, calls home. Visitors can see the many different sides of this larger-than-life city by exploring what the various neighborhoods have to offer. The Fair Park area is the location of the annual Texas State Fair and the "Big Tex" statue, but even when the rides aren't running there is still a lot to do. For example, the Texas Discovery Gardens provide year-round beauty, and the Smithsonian-affiliated Women's Museum tells the story of the American woman. Additionally, the Art Deco buildings erected here for the 1936 Texas Centennial Celebration still stand for passersby to admire. Downtown's West End, visitors can revisit the past at the Sixth Floor Museum, dedicated to the life and death of JFK; and while there also take in Pioneer Plaza, the world's largest bronze monument. The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library displays one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence. The Dallas Arts District, also downtown, is home to the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center. The McKinney Avenue Trolley connects this area to Uptown, where visitors can find a bite to eat and peruse the local art galleries. For Dallas nightlife, Deep Ellum provides bars, clubs, and restaurants for socializing. Formerly a warehouse district, this area served as the center for the Southwest blues culture and now provides live music of all kinds. The city of Dallas is served by Love Airfield and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Dallas/Fort Worth provides nonstop service to more than 100 domestic destinations, so finding flights to Dallas is an easy task from most cities.

When To Go

Dallas rarely experiences cold weather, as most of the year is warm and sunny. Most people visit in the spring, when sporting events and outdoor activities are at their peak. Business travelers come to Dallas in the spring and fall for conventions, creating a rise in hotel prices. Summer is a popular time with families, even though the weather can get hot, as this is when schools are on break, festivals happen all over the city, and prices are lower. Winter is the least expensive time to visit, though during the holidays people come to shop and prices rise.

high season: March to May
low season: November to February
shoulder season: June to October

Weather Information

With a temperate climate, Dallas experiences warm weather throughout the year and has an annual average high of 76 degrees. Spring and fall have the most favorable weather, with high temperatures ranging between 66 and 89 degrees. Summer can be hot, with highs reaching 96 degrees, while winter cools down to an average high of 58 degrees.

Crowd Information

The city gets busy in the spring, with baseball, basketball, hiking, and biking around White Rock Lane as a major draw. Dallas also sees more visitors in the summer with sporting events and concerts at the American Airlines Center, and in December at America's oldest shopping center, Highland Park Village for shopping. Many annual events and festivals also draw large crowds, including Savor Dallas in March, Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum in March and April, and the CityArts Celebration during the second week in June.

Closure Information

Hotels, shops, and attractions remain open year-round.

When to Save

As Dallas is a big city, deals are offered year-round, but are the most prominent around the holidays and special events. Room rates are lowest during the summer and winter. The most expensive time to visit is in the spring and fall because of the rise in convention and business travel.

Information provided by the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau