I had been wanting to catch DART rail at the Buckner end of the green line for a long time so decided to give it a go when I headed for Dallas yesterday. My ultimate goal was meeting a friend at the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
The Buckner station is easy to get to off of I-45. Take the Loop 12 east exit and it is about 5 miles to the train station. I bought my $5 day pass and boarded the train that was waiting there. I rode up to the Pearl St. station, changed trains to ride one station up to Cityplace/Uptown station. Finally after all these years got to ride those amazing escalators!
The Cityplace station is the terminal end of the McKinney Avenue trolley and it is also where the trolley gets turned around on the turntable- kind of fun to watch, especially for kids. It was right on time and the driver was very friendly and helpful to all who boarded. Again, I had wanted to ride the trolley through Uptown forever (last time I was on it was at least 20 years ago) and will catch it again soon for the full loop through the Arts district. I got off at St. Paul and Woodall Rogers, across from the Klyde Warren deck park, another place I hope to explore on my next visit.
Very short walk to the Perot Museum- what a gorgeous warm day to be out and about in Dallas! The building is truly stunning as you walk up to it. There were easily 1000 school kids having lunch throughout the courtyard and cafe. I knew there would be lots of kids so I was prepared but if you want to hit it at a good time, come a bit later, around 130-2 PM.
The exhibit hall only ticket is $15 ($20 for the movie and exhibits) and can be bought at the desk or little kiosks (or on-line). These are set for half hour intervals so that it doesn't get too crowded- you can come back in anytime during the day if you leave.
My friend and I headed up to the 4th floor, via escalators and checked out each floor as we headed back down by elevator. We kept saying "Wow". All of the exhibits are very interactive and kid friendly but adults will enjoy it as well. We particularly liked the gemstones- have never seen such amazing specimens.
The cafe is a bit crowded but the drinks have free refills- food looked good but didn't take time to eat. Gift shop was small and rather ordinary. We agreed that the museum was well worth the price of admission.
I walked over to the West End and caught a green line train back to Buckner. Just love riding along, people watching and seeing parts of Dallas that we don't normally visit. It really was a great day.