Happy Post April Fool’s Day Everyone!  Thankfully I survived and didn’t get fooled.  It is so hard to believe that I’ll be cruising in 2 1/2 weeks.  Now more than ever I feel a time crunch to finish up my Dallas posts.  The biggest struggle that I have when doing these posts is not to go too picture crazy.  I’ve decided that I’m eventually going to create albums on the dedicated Facebook page for the blog so you can see everything!

For those of you who have been following my blog for a few months now will probably remember when I reviewed the Toronto City Pass.  I absolutely love the City Pass product and it provides a lot of great savings for those classical attractions that are a must see.  The Dallas City Pass included your choice of four attractions: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, The Reunion Tower GEOdeck, Sixth Floor Museum or Dallas Zoo (Pick One) and George W. Bush Presidential Library or Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (Pick One).  The price was $48 total (if you buy online there is a $1 convenience fee).  This is a 40% savings to normal admission pricing.

I was only able to fit in three attractions but I still saved money with the three that I chose.  There are also coupons in the back of the book for gift shops, restaurants and more.  I chose to do the Reunion Tower, Perot Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  A lot of the venues had signage for the City Pass that advertised the pricing deal.  When you purchase it online, you go to your first attraction with the barcode on your phone.  The admission attendant at any of these attractions will scan your barcode and then give you your ticket booklet less the ticket to that current attraction.  The kicker is that these passes are only good for 9 days from use.  The barcode is good for 6 months before use.

First up was the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  March was an absolutely amazing month for weather which made walking through the gardens even more enjoyable.  The gardens were broken up into different sections.  Some adorned with meadows and waterfalls while others were series of stone masonry to resemble old European Kingdom Gardens.  I would allot about a half a day for this venue.  There is also a kids garden section where they can play in fountains as well as other fountains throughout the normal park.

That night, my friends and I headed over to Reunion Tower for sunset.  This reminded me of the CN Tower in Toronto a bit from the observation deck standpoint.  Since its just on the outside of the main downtown area, you are able to get this gorgeous and stunning view of the city.  It became even more beautiful as night started to take over the sky.  We even watched a couple proposals occur on the deck.  There are snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non) available for purchase as well as interactive computer activities and maps.

My last full day in Dallas was partially dedicated to the Perot Museum.  I have to say that this definitely rivaled my favorite science museum in Boston.  The floors were very fresh and well laid out.  There was an array from weather, geodes, human body, archeology, robots and everything in between.  This museum was extremely interactive for all ages.  I want to plan a separate trip and bring my daughter back.

As you can see there are many great options with the city pass as well as great savings.  Dallas definitely has a piece of my heart.  It is a beautiful city and this pass made exploring it even more spectacular.  Stay tuned for the next post on some of my favorite food in Dallas!


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