My favorite exhibits were the ones that allowed me to feed the animals. I loved the feel of the giraffe licking my hand as he munched on lettuce leaves. My daughter had tropical birds land on the top of her head and drink sweet nectar right out of her hand.
There are a great many new options for families visiting Dallas - take the kids to the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, or the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure. And the new Klyde Warren Park with its sparkling new playground is one of the most vibrant urban spaces around.
The State Fair of Texas Downtown Parade in Dallas traditionally kicks off the annual state fair, which runs through October 20. Locals and tourists lined the streets to watch dozens of colorful floats, marching bands, drill teams and cheerleaders.