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The West End Historic District

Originally established as the city’s first factory and warehouse district in the 1920s, the West End District eventually became one of Dallas’ top tourist attractions during the 1980s and 1990s with the introduction of the Starck Club, Planet Hollywood, Cinema 10 and the West End Marketplace.

Today, the historic neighborhood is still bringing people in, but for an entirely different reason. The West End is now at the heart of the technology boom in Dallas, with former factory buildings renovated into new businesses, museums and apartments. Combine that with the West End’s vibrant line up of restaurants and local eateries, and you have a neighborhood that has perfected their its own type of innovation. Make your way to the West End using our guide to exploring the neighborhood!


With their own take on Southern classics, Ellen’s offers their entire menu all day. But let’s be honest – everyone goes for the breakfast menu. While they serve traditional fare like pancakes, scrambled eggs and hash browns, you’ll regret not going outside your comfort zone and trying something new like the Mushroom Garlic Scramble, Pork Tinga Tacos or Fried Tomato Benedict. Ellen’s is open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.; and Sundays 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.

RJ’s Mexican Cuisine

This isn’t your standard Tex-Mex joint. RJ’s is a Mexican culinary experience you have to taste to believe. Take the chef’s suggestions and go with the Salmon Del Mar, Ribeye Ranchero or the Costillas de Res en Salsa. Or you can go with traditional Tex-Mex favorites like cheese enchiladas, picadillo tacos or sizzling fajitas. RJ’s Mexican Cuisine is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse

The Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse prides itself on capturing the true flavor of Texas with its mouthwatering collection of certified Angus beef. However, you can’t go wrong choosing from their wild game selections like the Buffalo Filet Mignon, Espresso Crusted Elk Tenderloin or Venison Chops Au Poivre. Y.O Ranch Steakhouse is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Museum of Illusions

Nothing is as it seems in the Museum of Illusions. Trick your eyes and your mind with this collection of exhibits designed specifically to test your belief of seeing in believing. Let your kids tower over you in the Ames Room. Lose your sense of up and down in the Vortex Tunnel and stare down into the never-ending abyss at the Infinity Well.  The Museum of Illusions is open Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Dallas World Aquarium

Don’t let the name fool you. The Dallas World Aquarium is more than just an aquarium. While the facility is filled with marine wildlife from the farthest corners of the seven seas, tropical birds, exotic monkeys and colorful frogs are just a few of the terrestrial animals to also call it home. Dallas World Aquarium is open every day, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Before the Dallas Cowboys became America’s Team and the world paused to wonder, Who Shot J.R.?, Dallas was primarily known for one thing – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Sixth Floor Museum lets you separate fact from conspiracy to uncover the real truth behind one of the 20th century’s most shocking crimes. You’ll also learn about JFK’s enduring legacy and how one man made so much impact on American history. The Sixth Floor Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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