Our first stop on our Texas road trip is Dallas, which makes sense because it’s the northernmost big city in the state. I’m just thrilled to be here because it’s a city that I didn’t get to see last time I came to Texas.
The only thing I really know about Dallas is that they filmed a season of ‘Storage Wars’ there. After arriving, my first impression is that it’s s a very cosmopolitan city with a lot of restaurants and typical city shops and night life. That made it a little tricky to decide what to do, so we searched for something that was specific to the city. We ended up seeing the Sixth Floor Museum and the World Aquarium in Dallas, Texas.
The Maple Leaf Diner
This is a Canadian diner that we visited for breakfast. I knew that there would be genuine maple syrup, so of course, I had to order pancakes!
I had considered getting one of their chicken and waffles towers because they just looked so good, but maybe it was for the better that I didn’t, because I barely finished my pumpkin pancakes.
All of the breakfast items come with a cream puff on top. Delightfully sweet and greatly appreciated!
The Sixth Floor Museum
Dallas, Texas holds a very important, and tragic piece of United States history. It’s the city where President J.F. Kennedy was shot in 1963.
The sixth floor window of the warehouse from which he was shot has been converted into a museum documenting the assassination, called the Sixth Floor museum.
It’s breadth of information about Kennedy’s presidency and the investigation following his death was so impressive, and I was just grateful that they provide an audio-tour, because otherwise it’s a LOT of reading. The most memorable exhibit to me was the corner of the room containing the window where the assassin had sat. He’d arranged the packing boxes around him like a barrack. Looking down onto the street below just as he had made me feel an emotion I can’t really describe.
Another exhibit that I found interesting was the wall of conspiracies. There were so many theories surrounding why such a beloved president had been targeted, and some of these included, mob activity, the CIA, and the Soviet Union. Fascinating stuff!
Though I should probably mention that none of these groups were found guilty.
The Dallas World Aquarium
Despite the name, the aviary here wowed me way more than the aquarium did!
The first part of the building is a huge open terrarium-like room, built like a jungle with bridges, waterfalls, and covered in jungle-y plants. While a lot of the animals (mostly birds) here are behind glass, most of them fly out and about the room, right over your head!
I loved it!
Especially because you could see the nests they’d built in the trees, and other signs of activity that you would see in the wild. They even had a sloth just hanging from the trees. I didn’t even notice him until he was a few inches from my face!
The aquarium itself was pretty cool too. I’d never seen a sawfish before today, but they were swimming all around us with the other sharks in the shark tunnel.
Another area had tanks that were labeled with seas and oceans from all over the world, so you could see the kinds of fish that you would see if you went snorkeling in those places.
It really made me want to do some more snorkeling!
Overall, I loved our day in Dallas.
I think one day was enough to see everything I wanted to see in this city, but I guess the only way to know for sure is to come back someday!
We had a great time seeing the Sixth Floor Museum and the World Aquarium in Dallas, Texas, and so I can’t wait to have even more fun in San Antonio tomorrow!