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Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas

Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, the KBHCCD has been and continues to be a fixture in the Dallas skyline offering 1 million square feet of exhibit space, three ballrooms, 88 meeting rooms, 1,750-seat theater, and a 9,816-seat arena. The award-winning facility is connected to a 1,001-room hotel via skybridge and is adjacent to two Vertiport landing pads.

World Trade Center

Trade Mart is home to hundreds of showrooms featuring gifts, decorative accents, lighting, tabletop and stationery. Opened in 1959, its four floors surround an atrium called The Grand Pavilion at the Trade Mart, featuring the largest indoor marketplace pond complete with live fish and palm trees. Many special events are held here including the Dallas Fashion Awards gala, ARTS Awards gala and private parties.The Dallas Market Center is not open to the public. If you do not own a retail business, you are welcome to shop on the seventh floor as a showroom guest, however you will have to call the showroom you are interested in visiting to setup an appointment and gain access.

AT&T Discovery District

The AT&T Discovery District is the go-to spot to hang out with your friends and family – and the entire district will be connected by 5G, making it even easier to share your experiences with those who aren’t with you.

Here’s a look at what you can expect to enjoy when you’re at the district:

  • A diverse selection of destination-worthy food and drink, including the Exchange Food Hall and Jaxon Beer Garden.
  • Watch parties for sporting and entertainment events, and performances from local musicians.
  • Access to exclusive entertainment experiences from WarnerMedia, like movie props, costume exhibits and more.
  • Art gallery exhibits and showcases

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

Located just a few blocks away from Dealey Plaza, across from the city courthouse, stands the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza. This imposing yet understated monument to President Kennedy was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, and its construction was completed in 1970 after years of controversy.

Resembling a cenotaph, the open tomb concept was designed by Johnson to represent what he saw as Kennedy’s free spirit. Standing some 30 feet tall and 50 feet wide and made from large marble slabs, it’s certainly an impressive site. Be sure to read the two epitaphs located at the entrances to the monument; they contain a thought-provoking remembrance of the President.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

The Frontiers of Flight Museum is home to more than 30 aircraft and has extensive exhibits that display the journey from the roots of aviation from Leonardo da Vinci through modern space exploration. The museum’s impressive collection includes a full-size model of the Wright Flyer, artifacts from the Hindenburg, as well as numerous WWI and WWII aircraft and artifacts.

Vintage aircraft on display include a fully restored Stearman PT-17 Kaydet Biplane, and the Apollo VII spacecraft. On display at the museum’s Love Field location, the Braniff Gallery and Virgin America exhibit highlight the history of commercial aviation.

The Nasher Sculpture Center

Opened in 2003, the Nasher Sculpture Center has a collection of modern and contemporary sculpture and contains exhibits exploring the history of the art of sculpture. Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District and just steps away from the Dallas Museum of Art, it also features a number of large outdoor sculptures on display throughout the tree-lined grounds.

Highlights of its interior exhibits include pieces by Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, and Andy Warhol. The museum and sculpture park also regularly host events, including lectures and concerts. Located in the University of Texas at Dallas, this art museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia.

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