Dealey Plaza in Dallas is an open public space that can be visited anytime, all year round.
One of the best options is to combine your visit to Dealey Plaza with an exploration of the Sixth Floor Museum, situated at the edge of the square, that chronicles President Kennedy's life, death, and legacy. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday, so it is better to plan your journey to Dealey Plaza for any other day.
Dealey Plaza is best known as the location where President Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through the square. You can explore the exact spot of the tragedy on Elm Street and look at the historic Texas School Book Depository building where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the fatal shot killing JFK from the sixth-floor window.
Besides being the site of the tragedy, Dealey Plaza marks the birthplace of Dallas, originally founded in the 1840s. Nearly a century later, the plaza became "the front door of Dallas" and the primary western gateway to downtown. Since the late 1960s, Dealey Plaza has also served as a site of protests, demonstrations, and social activism.
Dealey Plaza is located in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas. It is just a 5-minute walk from West End Station, served by all DART lines, and Union Station, operated by Trinity Union Express (TRE). Also, you can get to Dealey Plaza by bus. Take routes 9, 45, 47, 214, or 224 to Houston at Commerce - S - NS.
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