Dallas in Hollywood


A well-planned road trip can give you an interesting way to experience a city. The next time you visit Dallas, spend some time checking out these five locations featured in films and TV shows. You’ll definitely see the city in a whole new way.

Dealey Plaza

Image via Flickr by Stradablog

Image via Flickr by Stradablog

Dealey Plaza was already infamous before Oliver Stone made “JFK.” It’s the place where Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The footage of the assassination is rather grainy, so it’s unlikely that you would recognize the plaza from the original recording. Stone’s movie, however, shows what Dealey Plaza really looks like. If you have seen the movie, you will likely recognize the location immediately.

Fair Park

Fair Park is a large entertainment complex located just southeast of downtown Dallas. It started as an 80-acre fairground, but today it is home to many institutions, including the African American Museum, Museum of Nature and Science, and Cotton Bowl Stadium.

If you don’t live in Dallas, then you probably know Fair Park for other reasons. Several scenes from the 1990 comedy “Problem Child” were filmed there. The Fox action-comedy TV series “The Good Guys” also had numerous scenes set in Fair Park. Pat Boone and Ann Margaret even starred in a 1962 movie called “State Fair” that was all about the State Fair of Texas.

Southfork Ranch

If you watched TV in the 1980s, you have almost certainly seen Southfork Ranch, which was frequently used in the popular drama “Dallas.” “Dallas” even identified the Ewing family’s cattle ranch as “Southfork.” Considering how beautiful the buildings and grounds are, it’s easy to see why the producers chose this location.

The original “Dallas” series ended in 1991, but the franchise produced a reunion series and several movies. All of them have scenes that take place in Southfork Ranch.

Tarrant County Courthouse

Visiting Tarrant County Courthouse for the first time may inspire feelings of déjà vu. Most of “Walker, Texas Ranger,” was shot in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, so it’s not surprising that a lot of locales look familiar to fans of the action-adventure series. Tarrant County Courthouse, however, is featured in practically every episode as headquarters for the Texas Rangers.

Some “Walker, Texas Ranger” scenes were filmed on location. Of course, the courthouse couldn’t let a film crew take over the building that often, so the producers built a double at the show’s production studio. It looks almost exactly like the original. You couldn’t possibly tell the difference between the double and the real thing.

Days Inn Hillsboro

The 1996 comedy “Bottle Rocket” launched the careers of Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson. The quirky movie follows a group of friends who attempt several heists after one of them gets out of a voluntary psychiatric unit.

“Bottle Rocket” is set in Arizona, but much of it was filmed in Texas. The motel where Luke and Owen Wilson’s characters live is the Days Inn Hillsboro. It takes about an hour to drive there from Dallas, but it’s worth it for fans of Anderson’s work.

Whether you plan to stay in Dallas for a few hours or a week, these spots will introduce you to several key locations in the region. Dallas has been filmed so often that you will never run out of places to visit.

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