Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fair Park

Set about a mile or so southeast of Dallas is Fair Park, a 277 acre urban park that is home to the Cotton Bowl, the Texas State Fair amongst other sights and events. It is a bit like a poor man's version of Balboa Park in San Diego.

Fair Park has been around since 1886 but most of present structures date from the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition and are heavily influenced by the Art Deco style of architecture. There are several different museums (Science, Natural History, Hall of State, etc.) which we had fun visiting on Saturday. Apparently the Ferris Wheel is the largest in North America... As they say in Texas "it ain't bragging if it's true"

The Cotton Bowl was mothballed until the next Red River Shootout, when the University of Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners face off in an annual rite of fall. It is a tough ticket to get but one day we will attend. The boys very much enjoyed the swan paddleboats which seem to be from an other era. They insisted that we get the only duck and were disappointed when we could not ram into the other swans...

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