REPORT ON DFW AREA VISITOR ATTRACTIONS
Fair Park Forecast
How the new prospect for Fair Park may affect the Big 5 for Big D
August 20, 2018

Updated from the original Big 5 for Big D
The five biggest initiatives for the future DFW Supercity
Originally published: August 8, 2017


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Fair Park Earth Day Innovation
A solar powered vehicle engineered by area students is displayed during Earth Day Texas.


Fair Park Stae Fair Carnival
Carnival rides, games and amusements are a big attraction during the State Fair each fall.


Fair Park Dallas Museum IMAX Theater
The IMAX Theater and other museum structures are set in an existing natural landscape, the Leonhardt Lagoon.


Fair Park Dallas Museum Entrance Sign
Detail of the entrance to the historic Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.

   Fair Park Dallas Museum Window Detail
Detail over a window of the historic Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.


Fair Park Hall of State Metal Detail
Metal details protect the glass entrance to the Hall of State, reflecting state history and industries.


Fair Park Hall of State Metal Detail
Metal details protect the glass entrance to the Hall of State, reflecting state history and industries.


Fair Park Hall of State Historic Marker
Hall of State historic marker.

   Fair Park Hall of State Building Detail
Hall of State terrace view.


Fair Park Creative Arts Building
As the former, historic "Foods Building" and modern Creative Arts Building, the 1936 demonstration hall and theater is an example of cultural interests that are prominently featured during the State Fair, but could be useful in attracting visitors at other times throughout the year.


Fair Park Creative Arts Building Sign
Creative Arts Building stylized signage.

   Fair Park Texas Foods Sign
Creative Arts Building "Texas Foods" relief.


Fair Park Modern Pavilion
A modern building (1955), the Fair Park Coliseum has been the site of numerous professional sports events, including the Dallas Blackhawks hocky team and the professional basketball team that is now the San Antonio Spurs, as well as the venue for concerts by major national touring artists.


Fair Park State Fair Live Music
Live music is an attraction during the State Fair, but just as it is at the fair (where there is plenty of room in the calendar to expand the music lineup to make music a major attraction at the fair), music is a highly underutilized cultural asset throughout the year at Fair Fark and all across the Metroplex.


Fair Park Texas Music
A composite image demonstrates the importance and prominence of Texas music, with North Texas well represented among the icons. Dallas music fans get the benefit of most all the national artists, but the city does little with its music legacy and fails to produce a strong local music scene.


Fair Park Women's Museum Building
The Women's Museum was a visionary project that naturally followed many other important academic cultural interests and social sciences that emanated from the Texas Centennial Exposition. Greater strategic effort to bring more daily visitors to fair Park would have made the concept much more viable.


Fair Park Women's Building Timeline
History of use of the building that housed the Women's Museum is displayed.


Fair Park Aquarium Education Center
The Children's Aquarium Education Center is one of the existing examples of educational and entertaining programming that needs to exist to serve the park's mission, along with additional, strategic efforts that need to be made to exponentially increase daily visitors to Fair Park.


Fair Park Women's Building Front Detail
Art (sculptures and murals) is an important asset for the park, like the interesting facade of what is currently called the Women's Building.


Fair Park Cotton Bowl Sign
Cotton Bowl signage on the stadium where the annual Texas-OU game ("The Red River Showdown") and other storied college football games are held. The venue is host to other events during the year, with lots of room in its schedule to do more for the city.


Fair Park Cotton Bowl
While the annual Cotton Bowl football game is no longer played in the Cotton Bowl, the large stadium holds an important place in the history of Dallas and Texas. The facility is capable to host many large and significant events in the future.




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