Hotel at a Glance: Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Park Central
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas, the Residence Inn by Marriott Dallas Park Central is surrounded by green spaces, including the popular White Rock Lake Park. Visitors staying at the hotel enjoy easy access to this urban oasis—a hotspot for hiking, biking, bird watching, kayaking, and fishing. The city’s most notable attractions, including the Dallas Museum of Art, are only 10 miles to the south.
- Start the day right with a complimentary breakfast buffet in the lobby, which includes a make-your-own-waffle station.
- In-room amenities: full kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, cookware, and coffeemaker with free coffee and tea; living area with TV
- Go for a swim in the heated outdoor pool or relax in the whirlpool.
- Enjoy free beer and wine at the hotel’s evening socials, held Monday through Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Dallas: Historical Parks and Rejuvenated Urban Districts in North Texas
Though some know Dallas only for the massive AT&T Stadium (which is actually in Arlington), the city is also an enclave of arts and nature, overflowing with botanical gardens, art galleries, and live theater. Historic Main Street connects many of the city’s recently rejuvenated urban districts, as well as the popular Main Street Garden, a block-long public park surrounded by architecturally significant buildings. Locals come here to picnic on the expansive lawn or watch a movie under the moonlight in the summer and fall.
A short walk from downtown Dallas, you’ll find horse-drawn carriages clopping along brick streets in the city’s historic West End district, which dates back to the 19th century. This part of the city also contains Dealey Plaza, where President Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. At The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, you can visit the spot where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have shot at Kennedy’s presidential motorcade.
Joggers and bikers can zip through the fashionable Turtle Creek neighborhood, located about 4 miles west of downtown, via the Katy Trail, which follows an old interstate railroad. Back near downtown Dallas, the 277-acre Fair Park is the location of North America’s largest Ferris wheel and seven museums and four performing-arts centers, many of which are inside art-deco buildings built for the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition.