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Texas ranches don't get any more famous than Southfork. The 300-acre (121-hectare) property was the setting for the trials, scandals and love affairs of the TV series Dallas, one of the most popular and longest running series of all time. It has since become an icon, as much for its role in Hollywood as for its own beauty.
A short drive 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Dallas, the ranch was chosen by TV executives to be the fictional Ewing family's estate in 1978, when the series began. Arrive today and you won't see a lovers' tiff or an argument between Texan oil industry heavies. Instead, take a moment to admire the beautiful Texan farmland and the opulence of the mansion.
The best way to see the estate is via a guided tour. Tours start in the visitors’ center and run daily during business hours, every 30-45 minutes. You’ll walk through the 5,000-square-foot (464-square-meter) mansion, with guides offering tidbits of information about the home and the TV show. As a visitor, you are free to walk through the ranch grounds. Don’t miss the memorabilia room, which includes the gun that shot the show’s main character, oil baron J.R. Ewing.
If you're not particularly interested in the TV series, the ranch still offers a taste of the traditional Texas experience. The Chuckwagon Dinner, which is available for a minimum group booking of 20 people, serves traditional fare. It’s a classic Texas meal brought to you on the back of a chuckwagon, the wooden-wheeled carts synonymous with the old American South. The meal is accompanied by musicians playing campfire music and reciting "cowboy poetry," and is something you won't find in many other parts of the country. You must pre-book for the dinner.
Given its location on the outskirts of Dallas, Southfork Ranch is an easy day-trip option. It's a goldmine for Dallas diehards, but it's also a worthy destination for anyone looking to experience Texas outside the major cities. Southfork Ranch is open every day, except when there is a private event.
Situated in Wylie, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lavon Lake, Southfork Ranch, and Lake Ray Hubbard. East Fork Park and Muddy Creek Preserve Trail are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lavon Lake, Southfork Ranch, and Lake Ray Hubbard. East Fork Park and Muddy Creek Preserve Trail are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from ArtCentre of Plano and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Plano Convention Center. Collin Creek Mall is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) away. Parker Road Station is 11 minutes by foot and Downtown Plano Station is 18 minutes.
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hydrous Wake Park, Allen Premium Outlets, and Allen Event Center. Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm and Eagle Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Plano, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Courses at Watters Creek and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Plano Convention Center. Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Pecan Hollow Golf Course and 3 mi (4.8 km) from ArtCentre of Plano. University of Texas at Dallas and Plano Convention Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Plano, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Plano Convention Center, ArtCentre of Plano, and Courses at Watters Creek. Collin Creek Mall is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away. Parker Road Station is 20 minutes by foot.
Situated in Allen, this golf hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm and within 3 mi (5 km) of Allen Event Center and Allen Premium Outlets. Hydrous Wake Park and Eagle Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).