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Pioneer Plaza

Thundering through the city, this park’s statue group brings a taste of Texas’s rough-and-tumble past to Downtown Dallas with mighty larger-than-life animals.

The glossiness of the central business district of Dallas can make it easy to forget you’re in Texas, but Pioneer Plaza is here to remind you. Spreading out over 4 acres (1.6 hectares), this park features more than 50 bronze statues depicting cowboys and their steers that once crossed Texas on their way to the meatpacking centers of Chicago and St. Louis. 

Though Dallas was never a major cattle-driving station, the statues evoke a sense of Texans’ pride in their early history. Pull on your cowboy boots and grab your ten-gallon hat for the most iconic Texan photo opportunities in the whole city.

Wander down the line of Texan longhorn cattle, whose size is gently exaggerated to make them truly awe-inspiring. Pose for a picture beside their hyper-realistic bronze faces, proof that you’ve really been to the heartland of the “Republic of Texas.” 

The statues show the cowboys atop their horses looking out at the cattle and horizon with an unmistakable sense of world-weariness. Peer at the detailing of their appearance, from the frayed hems of their jeans to the bunching of their horses’ muscles.

Cast your mind back to the time when groups like these crisscrossed the United States, these men spending months on the trail. Imagine the sounds and smells and be surprised by how easy it is to forget where you really are.

Stand near the refreshing mist of the artificial waterfall, one of the many attractive features added to this former parking lot. Native plants and dogwood and other trees provide shelter from the sweltering Dallas heat. 

Find Pioneer Plaza in the heart of Downtown Dallas directly in front of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and a 15-minute walk or 5-minute drive from Dealey Plaza. Drive here in 25 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport or in 15 minutes from Dallas Love Field Airport. Street parking is available nearby, with several metered parking structures in the vicinity as well. The plaza is open to visitors at all times.


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Omni Dallas Hotel ¥16,789
Omni Dallas Hotel

Omni Dallas Hotel

555 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Dallas, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Reunion Tower, and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Convention Center Station is only a 5-minute walk and West End Station is 9 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Dallas ¥10,785
    Hyatt Regency Dallas

    Hyatt Regency Dallas

    300 Reunion Blvd, Dallas, TX
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Dallas, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Reunion Tower, Dealey Plaza, and Sixth Floor Museum. John F. Kennedy Memorial and Dallas Holocaust Museum are also within 15 minutes. Dallas Union Station is 5 minutes by foot and West End Station is 12 minutes.

      Lorenzo Hotel ¥12,348
      Lorenzo Hotel

      Lorenzo Hotel

      1011 S Akard St, Dallas, TX
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Cedars, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dallas City Hall, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and South Side Ballroom. Reunion Tower and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cedars Station is 8 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 10 minutes.

        Aloft Dallas Downtown ¥7,839
        Aloft Dallas Downtown

        Aloft Dallas Downtown

        1033 Young Street, Dallas, TX
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pioneer Plaza and Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Reunion Tower and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. Akard Station is 8 minutes by foot and Convention Center Station is 8 minutes.

          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown ¥6,584
          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown

          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Dallas Downtown

          302 S Houston Street, Dallas, TX
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is steps from John F. Kennedy Memorial and Dealey Plaza. Sixth Floor Museum and Reunion Tower are also within 10 minutes. Dallas Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and West End Station is 6 minutes.

            Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown ¥6,720
            Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown

            Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Downtown

            1700 Commerce, Dallas, TX
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Comerica Bank Tower and Majestic Theater. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center and Dallas World Aquarium are also within 15 minutes. St Paul Station is 6 minutes by foot and Akard Station is 7 minutes.

              Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown ¥10,955
              Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

              Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown

              1401 Commerce St, Dallas, TX
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Dallas, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Comerica Bank Tower, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and Majestic Theater. Dallas World Aquarium and Sixth Floor Museum are also within 15 minutes. Akard Station is only a 5-minute walk and St Paul Station is 7 minutes.

                Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas ¥7,977
                Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas

                Cambria Hotel Downtown Dallas

                1907 Elm St, Dallas, TX
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Dallas, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Majestic Theater and Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas World Aquarium and Sixth Floor Museum are also within 15 minutes. St Paul Station is only a 3-minute walk and Akard Station is 7 minutes.