The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban cultural district in the country, with 19 blocks covering 68 acres. Its $354 million expansion was completed in October 2009. The new Margot & Bill Winspear Opera House, Annette Strauss Artist Square, Elaine D. & Charles A. Sammons Park, Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre and AT&T Performing
Arts Center enhance the already impressive collection of museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Garden and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Other various museums and artistic venues are spread throughout the city.
The weather in Dallas is moderate, with very warm summers and cool but comfortable winters. Dallas experiences four distinct seasons with summer temperatures reaching their zenith at 100°F (38°C). Winter in Dallas is usually mild and daytime temperatures can reach up to 66°F (19°C), but can dip below freezing.
A significant number of accredited and highly ranked public and private schools serve the children of Dallas. Two Dallas ISD high schools, the School for the Talented & Gifted and the School of Science & Engineering, were ranked by Newsweek in 2010 as #1 and #4 in the nation, respectively. Dallas also has international, faith-based schools and special needs schools.
Educational opportunities abound in Dallas, with 25 colleges and universities located within the DFW Metropolitan area, providing an educated workforce with broad-based knowledge and skills. The area is also home to the first Texas public university to offer a four-year Aviation program. The university presence provides a trained and ample workforce, as well as an overall educated population.
State of the art medical facilities abound in Dallas. Many of the major hospital centers consistently rank among the top in the U.S. Quality health care is easily available, with two dozen hospitals in DFW and over 5,200 direct care physicians, approximately 19,900 registered nurses and over 1,400 dentists in Dallas County alone.
The Dallas parks and recreation system covers 21,000 park acres and include 17 lakes; 62 miles of jogging & bike trails; 41 recreation centers; 1,020 sports complexes; 490 playgrounds & picnic areas; 21 pools; six 18-hole golf courses; two driving ranges and the 100-acre Dallas Zoo. Dallas was recently voted one of the Best Golf Cities in America by Golf Digest, boasting more than 200 courses.
With shopping destinations of all kinds and at all price levels, Dallas is said to be the birthplace of shopping. Neiman Marcus’ flagship store anchors downtown Dallas and other major shopping centers include the Galleria Dallas and NorthPark Center, with many other can't miss destinations throughout the region.
With the most restaurants per capita of any U.S. city, Dallas consistently makes headlines with its cuisine. From four- and five-star restaurants to home grown eateries and celebrity chefs, locations throughout Dallas have won awards from the James Beard Foundation, Zagat® and Esquire Magazine and have been featured in the New York Times, Southern Living, Food & Wine, among others.
The Dallas region is home to five professional sports teams: the Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); FC Dallas (MLS) and the Texas Rangers (MLB) plus NASCAR & Indy car-racing at Texas Motor Speedway and horseracing at Lone Star Park. DFW hosts some of the most popular sporting events in the nation including championship boxing, NCAA football & basketball, the NBA All Star Game and Super Bowl XLV.
From blues to classical and country to rock, Dallas is a musical mecca, where artists, dancers and musicians flourish. You can find any type of musical genre on any given night of the week in Dallas.