Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District

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Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District

Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District
4.5
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12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The site includes the former Texas School Book Depository and Dealey Plaza, two of the sights forever associated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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adrianmQ651ON
Thornton, CO103 contributions
Feb 2020
We headed to downtown Dallas with "Dealey Plaza" in apple maps. We drove around the block and parked in a pay-for lot about a block away for $10.00. We walked one block to Dealey Plaza where a very respectable homeless guy approached us with a newspaper he was selling for $5 with information on the National historic site - I recommend you buy this! He provided us excellent tips on how to view the actual street where the X's are marked as the assassination site. We walked across the street and took photos of the street X's to pay our respects to JFK and poor Jackie who was the first eyewitness. Unfortunately, what happened next was not so great. We decided to do a self-guided tour and we walked into the columns where various storytellers were "carnival barking" the events of the day and showing photos. I was showing my kids photos of the Presidential motorcade where it shows the President bent forward and Jackie turned around in her seat. The carnival barker said, "But he was pronounced dead at the hospital as you can see here" and flashed a photo in our faces of JFK with his brains blown out. None of us needed that picture, especially the kids, and I considered this ad hoc presentation to be a disgrace to visiting Americans as well as to JFK's family and the memorial itself. Stay away from the carnival barkers, look for a homeless guy with a newspaper as they are legit.
Written February 17, 2020
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Sara
48 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
It was an interesting place to stop and observe such a historic event.

Located near a busy street but you can still clearly see markings and landmarks surrounding.

FYI-there are plenty of local “guides” waiting to offer perspective and pamphlets on the history while promptly expecting payment (and tip). Only one appeared to be an official guide (wearing a badge). I did learn a lot from the unofficial “guide” but it was a little hard to take in everything at the location while constantly being hit up for an unsolicited history lesson.
Written February 1, 2022
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Ben C
Brandon, FL380 contributions
Jan 2020
As with most things/places that you have only seen on TV or in photos, things look much smaller and closer together in real life. Such is the case with Dealey Plaza. Although still a rather expansive outdoors area, you are struck by just how close the Depository building is to the fated streets below where JFK lost his life.

It is absolutely chilling to stand behind the fence on the infamous grassy knoll, and look at the sight line to where the fatal shot hit Kennedy (which is marked with a big, white "X" mark on the pavement). Much food for thought. Also, to stand on the very concrete pillar where Abraham Zapruder stood to film his historic movie of the entire assassination is very startling. He was SO close to Kennedy when the head shot hit.

There is lots of good signage with extensive historical information, and many commemorative plaques throughout the plaza. There are also many peddlers offering videos, books and other items related to the assassination and the accompanying conspiracy theories.

And of course, the Sixth Floor Museum is also located right there in the former Texas School Book Depository Building. An entry fee is required for the museum. The museum also maintains a gift shop at the corner of Houston and Elm streets that you can enter without paying admission to the museum.

There is ample parking in the Dealey Plaza area, for $10-$12. Do not expect public restrooms.
Written January 27, 2020
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elizarenn
Chattanooga, TN391 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Dealey Plaza looks the same as it does in all the films and pictures you’ve seen throughout your life, except it’s not grainy and people just go about their day as if one of the most shocking events of the 20th century didn’t occur there. We walked there from our hotel (the Hyatt), though I’m sure there’s parking nearby. There are plenty of markers around the area explaining what happened and where: for example, where Zapruder was standing, where the grassy knoll is, the exact window in the book depository where the shot was allegedly fired. There are large markers on the street to show where Kennedy was shot the first and second time. I wasn’t alive when this occurred, but the event has become part of our national (perhaps international) consciousness, and I couldn’t help but be affected. One thing I appreciate about Dealey Plaza is that it is still part of the everyday Dallas landscape. Life must go on.
Written April 8, 2021
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BamaGrandslammer
Tuscaloosa, AL506 contributions
Jul 2021
Was surprised to my reaction to visiting this site. Had seen the area many times over the years since the assassination (was in 2nd grade), but visited for the first time. The grassy knoll, the bridge and underpass, you could almost visualize the event happening in slow motion. Would like to return and tour the museum when have more time.
Written August 2, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,897 contributions
May 2022
I visited Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District in May 2022 during my visit to Dallas several times. The first section is a memorial to Dealey who was a newspaperman and key figure in Dallas. There is a statue of Dealey and fountains. The next section commemorates President John F. Kennedy. It has a historic marker about the assassination and the Presidential motorcade route on November 22, 1963. More fountains. Across the street is the Texas School Book Depository which is now the Sixth Floor Museum. Walking down the road towards the triple underpass, a letter "X" in the street marks the spots where President Kennedy was hit with the first shot and the fatal third shot. There is the Grassy Knoll and a historic marker dedicated to Abraham Zapruder who filmed the assassination. Dealey Plaza is a special historic place to walk around and important to understanding the events of November 22, 1963.
Written May 6, 2022
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NashvillePredsGirl
Nashville, TN150 contributions
Jun 2021
I've always been obsessed with the Kennedys and to be here was eerie. I stood on the exact spot where JFK was fatally shot and had goosebumps on my arms. They have 2 X's on the street marking both spots that JFK was shot. Even if you aren't into the Kennedys you need to visit this area. It's history and educational. I bought a newspaper from a vendor on the street which was great to have from the actual city and area it happened.
Written June 8, 2021
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WellSeasoned
14 contributions
Apr 2021
If you are a history person, then this place is a must. The historical markers are clean, readable, and informative. The area is clean and walkable. The book depository tickets were sold out, so you might want to book online before you go.
Written April 27, 2021
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greglinmon
Las Cruces, NM670 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Great leisurely tour at your own pace. Free audio tour worth it. Today the curator with Presidents Day was doing a presentation and shared Seldon seen items from collections, really cool. Plenty of parking and very clean.
Written February 17, 2020
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johnandcarol_8
Isle of Sheppey, UK144 contributions
Nov 2019
Looking at previous reviews some people say that the Plaza is a little underwhelming. From our visit we would suggest you need to embrace the full experience, visit the sixth floor museum and take in the full picture rather than just the plaza where there are two crosses on the road, a grassy knoll and a couple of street vendors trying to sell conspiracy theory documentation (to be fair whilst they charge 20 bucks for this stuff at least you would get some fascinating information, whether it be true or not. As a place to visit the place does embody the spirit of one of the darkest days in U.S. history but combining it with the museum is most certainly the way to go. I mean you don't get the chance more than once probably, so at least do the whole thing to get the full effect.
Written January 12, 2020
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