You Can’t Miss the State Fair, and Other Texas Tourist Attractions

  If you plan to visit or vacation in Texas late in the year, one of the events that you should plan at least a day for is the spectacular State Fair in Dallas. This is one of the most popular events in the state, and well-known throughout the United States as the quintessential state fair, having been a tradition for more than 120 years. If you are considering a variety of Texas tourist attractions to add to your itinerary next September, the Texas State Fair should certainly be included. Historically, the State Fair is known for introducing delicacies, such as corn dogs, to the world, as well as the battle that occurs in the Cotton Bowl annually when it’s University of Texas versus Oklahoma University in the Red River Shootout. Other features of the Fair include free music (included in the ticket price) from a variety of popular bands that appeal to the whole family. The kids, of course, will be drawn to the carnival with its attractive array of games and rides, cotton candy and clowns, roller coasters, bumper cars and all the usual fair fare. A Kid’s Corner for smaller children, a national car show, art exhibits and displays, and various other Texas tourist attractions have also been popular features of the Texas State Fair – not to mention the animals that take part in the livestock show. Every morning for the three-week duration of the Fair, the Starlight parade takes place, and at various times during the Fair are a variety of other entertainments and venues, such as dog shows, sports events, craft exhibits, soccer matches, five kilometer runs, and more. It’s an event that everyone in your family will find something to appreciate. While you are in the Dallas area, there are also numerous other Texas tourist attractions that you may want to take advantage of, as well, from local food and art to museums and cultural events. Dallas offers a true multi-cultural experience with all the amenities of big city life, ranging from the Sixth Floor Museum memorializing the life and tragic death of John F. Kennedy to the Dallas Zoo, one of the most well-regarded zoos in the world. When planning your itinerary, don’t forget the expanse between Dallas and Fort Worth and the hidden treasure that is Grand Prairie, either. After the State Fair, consider checking out some of the parks and recreation facilities open to the public in Grand Prairie, as well as in nearby Arlington, such as Six Flags Over Texas or the famous world-renown Johnnie High Country Music Revue.