Title: Fair Park
Category: Area Attractions and Pro Sports Teams
Phone Number: 214-670-8400
This 277-acre National Historic Landmark is home to the State Fair of Texas every October and is visited by over seven million people annually. While at the Fair, you will find the African-American Museum, Dallas Aquarium, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, The Cotton Bowl, The Science Place, TI Founders IMAX ® Theater, The Science Place Planetarium and much more. See the map here.
Just east of downtown Dallas, Fair Park has one of the world’s largest collections of Art Deco Art and Architecture. The park opened in 1886 with what was called the Dallas State Fair. Several structures – including the Centennial Building and Cotton Bowl Stadium – made their debut on the grounds between 1900 and 1930. But Fair Park really became a part of the nation’s consciousness in 1936, when state leaders chose it to host a world’s fair commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Texas Republic. Texas’ history, economy, flora and fauna were highlighted in the buildings, statues and murals designed for the event. Architects and artists designed all the new Fair Park amenities in the then-contemporary Art Deco style.
Today, Fair Park stands as the only intact and unaltered pre-1950s world fair site in the United States.