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Top 10 Accessible Attractions in Dallas
By: Danielle Max | Jul 23 2017

If you come to Dallas looking for oil rigs, oversized cowboy hats (or cowboys in general) or big hair, it’s time to leave the 1980s behind and stop watching “Dallas” re-runs! Real-life Dallas is brimming with museums, art, culture and enough attractions to keep you busy for many visits. Art, nature, history. This is one city that has it all.


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1. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
411 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202
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Sixth Floor Museum | VisitDallas

Anyone who is old enough knows where they were when they heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot. Learn about Kennedy’s enduring influence at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The museum explores the life, assassination and legacy of JFK within the context of 1960’s history and culture – all at the very site from which Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have shot and killed the president on that fateful day in November 1963.

The museum is wheelchair accessible. An accessible entrance is located at the northwest corner of the museum. Wheelchairs can be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis.

An American Sign Language (ASL) translation of the museum’s audio guide is available and can be requested from the Admissions Desk. A limited number of the ASL players are available on a first come, first served basis. Transcripts of the tour are also available.

All videos in the permanent exhibition are captioned in English.

Public Transportation: DART to West End Station (7-minute walk).

The free D-Link bus, with connections to the Arts District and other downtown locations, stops directly outside the Museum at Houston & Elm.

Parking: Paid visitor parking is available adjacent to the museum.

Top Tip: Plan your visit in advance to make sure you don’t miss out on this popular site. Mornings tend to be the most crowded and weekends often sell out completely.

2. Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201
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Entrance to the Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has more than 24,000 objects in its collection, some of which date back more than 5,000 years. Don’t worry about seeing them all; a more manageable 3,700 are on display. Not such an art fan? With general admission free every day, it’s worth dropping in even for a quick taste.

The museum is wheelchair accessible. Courtesy wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All of the entrances and restrooms are accessible.

The DMA offers amplified hearing aids for lectures and other programs. Call 214-922-1818 in advance to ensure availability.

The museum offers various Access Programs.

Find out more here.

Parking: Accessible parking spaces are located on Levels P1, P2, and P3 of the Museum’s parking garage.

Public Transportation: DART to St. Paul Station (7-minute walk).

Top Tip: Visitors can be dropped off and picked at the Flora Street Entrance (east side of the museum).

3. Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201
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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science designed by the architect Thom Mayne. | Philipus

Get ready to amaze your brain through hands-on learning experiences at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The museum, which is located in Victory Park, near Downtown Dallas, isn’t just for kids - it inspires curiosity in visitors of all ages.

All public entrances and all levels of the Perot Museum are accessible by either elevator or walkways to accommodate both manual and motorized wheelchairs, as well as electric mobility scooters and visitors who prefer to avoid stairs.

Courtesy wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis from the concierge desk on Level 1 (photo ID required).

All restrooms have fully accessible stalls.

Bench seating is available in most galleries and demonstrations. 

The theater is equipped with assisted listening headsets.

The museum exhibits were developed to be tactile with consideration for those with low vision.

There is a strong contrast of black carpet and light furniture/cases in the exhibit halls and audio elements incorporated in the exhibits to help those with low vision to navigate the exhibit halls.

“Discovery carts,” facilitated by gallery experience presenters are all intended to be tactile experiences that increase accessibility of the museum.

Most of the gallery experience presenters have been trained use verbal imaging throughout all of the galleries. This is a form of descriptive language that museum interpreters can use to verbally paint an image for those with varying degrees of vision or blindness. 

Contact 214-428-5555 in advance to discuss any questions or specific needs. 

Find out more here.

Parking: A limited number of accessible parking spots are available in the museum parking lot (Lot B) under Woodall Rodgers. An attendant will direct you to the closest available accessible spot.

If all accessible parking spots in Lot B are full, limited additional accessible parking is available in the Special Permit lot, located on the west side of the building. Entrance to the Special Permit Parking lot is located on River Street and controlled with a gated entry. At the gate, press the button to speak with security and request access to the accessible parking.

Public Transportation: DART to the West End or Akard Station.

Bus routes #27,29 and #183 pass alongside the museum or the free D-Link/route £722 bus.

Top Tip: Given the size and scope of the building, you may have to do a good deal of standing and walking. Should you need a wheelchair, be aware that on busy days (holidays, special events and summer weekends) wheelchairs rent out quickly and may not be available at the time of your visit.

4. Dallas Zoo
650 R.L. Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203
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Dallas Zoo | VisitDallas

It will feel as if you’ve shifted continents as you board the monorail for a safari through the Wilds of Africa exhibit at the Dallas Zoo. The 20-minute, one-mile ride takes visitors through the six habitats of the exhibit where you can see elephants, giraffes, impalas, zebras, lions, cheetahs, warthogs and more. Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas, with more than 2,000 animals in residence.

The zoo is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair and motorized scooters are available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis at the Zoofari Market, located just inside the front gate.

Parking: On-site paid parking.

Public Transportation: DART Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station.

5. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden 8525
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218
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Dallas Arboretum | VisitDallas

Take a break from the urban jungle and spend some time in the series of gardens and fountains that make up the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Courtesy wheelchairs are available at the Information booth on a first-come, first-served basis.

The gardens are mostly all accessible, with wide smooth paths. There are paths to avoid any steps.

Parking: Paid parking is located across the street from the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden with a secure underground walkway underneath Garland Road for safe access. From its lowest point underneath Garland Road, the walkway gently slopes up to meet ground level at the entrance of the Children’s Adventure Garden. The garage and underground walkway are both accessible.

Public Transportation: Bus #60 to Garland Road (2-minute walk).

Top Tip: Admission is offered on a buy-one, get-one-free basis each Wednesday.

 

6. Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201
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Nasher Sculpture Center | VisitDallas

The Nasher Sculpture Center is located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District and is home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. Wander among the statues and sculptures and thrill to works by Matisse, Picasso and Giacometti. The museum was designed to seamlessly integrate the indoor galleries with the outdoor garden spaces, creating a museum experience unlike any other in the world.

The museum is fully wheelchair accessible. Courtesy wheelchairs are available at the front desk.

Auxiliary hearing devices are available at the front desk for the audio tour, as well as large font scripts.

Nasher is currently developing additional offerings for visitors with hearing, vision, sensory and mobility disabilities. 

Parking: Accessible parking is available at the neighboring Dallas Museum of Art parking garage or valet across the street at the Trammel Crow building.  

Public Transportation: DART to St. Paul Station (7-minute walk). D-Link (1-minute walk).

Top Tip: Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month.

7. George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205
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George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum | VisitDallas

The permanent exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum looks at the life and career of President George W. Bush. Visitors experience many facets of President Bush’s time in the White House, including the campaign and the 2000 election, key legislative moments from the presidency and policy initiatives enacted during his administration.

The museum is wheelchair accessible. Courtesy wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask a docent for assistance.

The wheelchairs are available for use in the museum’s secure area only. They cannot be taken to Cafe 43, the museum store, to the street for pick-up or drop-off, or to the Freedom Plaza fountain.

Video presentations are closed-captioned.

Find out more here.

Parking: Paid parking is available in the parking lot located just north of the Bush Center. Parking is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Valet parking is available from 11.30 am-5 pm. 

Public Transportation: DART Orange, Red or Blue lines to the Mockingbird Station (14-minute walk). From the station, take either the Route 768 SMU Express Shuttle, which drops off and picks up directly at the entrance of the Library and Museum, or the Route 743 Museum Express Shuttle, which provides continuous service to the Library and Museum.

Top Tip: The Library is set in a 15-acre Native Texas Park that features seasonal wildflowers, native plants, and tree-shaded lawns. The park is free and open to the public every day of the year, from sunrise to sunset.

8. AT&T Stadium Tour
1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011
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AT&T Stadium | VisitDallas

If you said you were going to AT&T Stadium, outside of Dallas, to take an art tour, most people would probably laugh, but the stadium, home to a little-known football team called the Dallas Cowboys (!), has a collection of museum-quality contemporary art, which enhances the iconic architecture of the building. The tour takes visitors throughout the different areas of the stadium, including the main concourse and club locations, to see these monumental pieces. Both audio and guided tours of the stadium are available. Football tours are also available.

A limited number of courtesy wheelchairs are available in the lobby.

ASL tours are upon request. Call 817-892-TOUR to arrange for an interpreter to accompany your tour.

Accessible family restrooms are located throughout the stadium on all concourses and on each club and suite level.

Find out more here.

Parking: Parking is free in Blue Lot 1 or 2 on tour days. 

Top Tip: Stick around for a game – if you can get tickets!

9. Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX 75201
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Klyde Warren Park | VisitDallas

Klyde Warren Park is a great example of reclaiming the concrete jungle for the benefit of the people who live in and visit Dallas. The 5.2-acre deck park, which connects the Uptown neighborhood with the Dallas Arts District and downtown, is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. It provides daily free programming for the public ranging from yoga to lecture series to outdoor concerts and films.

Accessible restrooms are located throughout the park.

Download a map of the park to see accessible routes.

Parking: Paid parking is available on the streets along the park's perimeter. Valet parking is located at Savor on the northbound Woodall Rodgers Freeway access road.

Public Transportation: DART to St. Paul Station (10-minute walk) or the Pearl/Arts District Station (12-minute walk). D-Link to Olive Street (4-minute walk) or Pearl Street (6-minute walk).  

Top Tip: Download the Klyde Warren Park app before you go to get the most out of your visit to the park.

10. The Meadows Museum
Southern Methodist University, 5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205
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The Meadows Museum | Photo: Tamytha Cameron

Visita Dallas! With the nickname, “Prado on the Prairie,” the Meadows Museum is a must-see destination for anyone interested in Spanish art. The museum houses one of the largest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain and boasts masterpieces by some of the world’s best-known painters, including El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Picasso.

Wheelchairs are available.

ASL interpreters are available. Contact the museum at least two weeks in advance.

Gallery talks, music programs and community days are accessible to visitors who are blind or have low vision. With two weeks notice, visitors may schedule trained educators to serve as sighted guides for lecture programs, films, public tours and private visits.

Email or call 212-768-4677 for more information about visiting the Meadows Museum.

Find out more here.

Parking: Free on-site parking.

Public Transportation: Red, Blue or Orange Lines to Mockingbird Station (16-minute walk).

Top Tip: Find out more about the art before you visit the museum. Through a combination of text and description that are accessible through JAWS screen reader as well as audio content, website visitors are able to explore select works in the collection.

Discover more here.

 

 

 

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