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A tour that delves into one of the most intriguing mysteries of our time; the history-changing assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This excursion appeals to anyone who has even a passing interest in one of the twentieth century’s most noteworthy tragedies.
Most people are familiar with the Sixth Floor Museum (the site from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired the deadly shots), but there are many other places around Dallas associated with the assassination that are just as important. Most of these are completely unknown to the casual observer and their roles remain unmarked to the public, but they are vitally important to understanding what happened that day.
Your tour will visit the grounds of Dealey Plaza and the famous Sixth Floor Museum, of course, but your group will also follow the trail of the assassination events. Spellbinding details and the background story leading up to November 22 and beyond will fascinate and captivate you, providing new insight into this tragic, human drama.
The CityPASS option saves you 37% on prepaid admission to four must-see attractions: Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck. Plus your choice of admission to 2 of the following attractions: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza or the Dallas Zoo or the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. All attractions visits are self-guided, in any order, your pass is valid 9 consecutive days from the day of your excursion.
If you purchase this option, your tour guide will provide your tickets at the end of the tour and help you with directions and instructions. Learn more about how CityPASS works.
Important: Dallas attractions are operating at reduced capacity and may be sold out or require a wait for the next available entry; visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for more details.
Dallas’ John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza was dedicated June 24, 1970. In the years since, it has become an integral part of the city’s urban landscape and cultural heritage. It is located one block east of Dealey Plaza, between Main and Commerce streets, on land donated by Dallas County. Meeting location. We will meet our guests at the JFK Memorial, please arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the excursion.
The Dallas Morning News' combative publisher Ted Dealey helped cement the Dallas reputation as a conservative hotbed. The newspaper under his leadership had a tremendous influence in the radical rigth political movement that engulfed Dallas in the sixties.
On November 24, Oswald was brought to the basement of the Dallas police headquarters on his way to a more secure county jail. A crowd of police and press with live television cameras rolling gathered to witness his departure. As Oswald came into the room, Jack Ruby emerged from the crowd and fatally wounded him with a single shot from a concealed .38 revolver.
We will travel along the president’s motorcade route as the presidential limousine and security vehicles made their way down Main Street on its way to the Dallas Trade Mart.
Dealey Plaza is a significant part of Dallas history. The site marks the birthplace of Dallas, originally founded by John Neely Bryan in the 1840s. Almost a century later, as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, the familiar white concrete colonnades and triple underpass were constructed, creating a vehicular park to serve as gateway to the city. The project was spearheaded by civic leader George Bannerman Dealey. After G.B. Dealey died in 1946, a bronze statue to honor him was installed in the park that already bore his name.
One of Texas’ most visited historic sites, The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. (Optional Admission with CityPASS)
Oswald didn't stay here long, but this house at 1026 N. Beckley figures prominently in the events of 11.22.63. Using the alias O.H. Lee, Oswald was renting a room in the back of this house at the time of the assassination. Just five weeks earlier, he had returned from a Quixotic bus trip to Mexico City where he dropped in on Soviet and Cuban consulates and demanded (apparently without success) entry to Cuba to assist the revolution.
Exclusive Access to the Oswald Rooming House Museum is included in your tour
Numerous witness accounts describe Oswald on the run after shooting Officer Tippit at the intersection of 10th Street and Patton Avenue. Taxi driver William Scoggins claimed Oswald, revolver in hand, muttered something along the lines of "Poor dumb cop" as he headed away from the site of the Tippit ambush on his way to the Texas Theater.
On our way to Bishop Arts we will explore the events that took place after Oswald emerged from the Texas Theatre in handcuffs, with a shiner and claiming police abuse. We will examine Oswald ultimate murder, debate Jack Ruby role in the story, and touch on a few of the most popular conspiracy theories surrounding the president's assassination.
It was here in the backyard eight months before the assassination where Oswald persuaded Marina to snap three photos of him posing proudly – dressed in black, rifle in one hand, communist articles in the other, and a holstered handgun on his side.
A BUCKET LIST ITEMOur tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. This trip was a key reason for stoping off in Dallas and it did not disappoint. The stop at boarding house that Oswald stayed in was creepy but really interesting, meeting the granddaughter of the original owner a highlight. A must do, Thoroughly recommend but make sure you do the museum. Simon B., New York
DON'T MISS THISAs everyone else says in all of the other comments this tour is fantastic. John is a great guide and very knowledgeable. The way he described everything was organized and well thought out. I learned a lot. The rooming house tour was unique to this tour and very interesting. Do this tour then go to the sixth floor museum. Toni M., Oklahoma City
THE BEST!!Family trip to Dallas (11yo and 13yo) wouldn’t be complete without a JFK tour. With the heat, an air conditioned van was a must!! I was hesitant to spend the $$ but it was SOOOO worth it. Our guide was local and was able to share so much information. We toured a few Dallas sites as well as all the important JFK assassination sites. Tina K., Lexington, South Carolina
The parade, despite the misgivings of everyone around Kennedy, had been a success. Thousands of people stood along the route waving at the president as his car rode past. When the long line of 17 cars made a right on Houston, Nellie Connally tipped her head back to the president and said “Mr. President, you can’t say the people of Dallas don’t love you”...Read More
John Bowden Connally, Jr was born on a cotton farm in Floresville, Texas where, due to his hard, labour intensive lifestyle, he earned the status of “a barefoot boy of mule-plowed furrows”. After earning his law degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 1941, Connally was commissioned into the United States Naval Reserve serving in many major battles in the Pacific Theater ...Read More
At 12:20 p.m., in the basement of the Dallas police station, Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy, was shot to death by Jack Ruby, a Dallas nightclub owner. The whole incident was captured on live television, shocking viewers who witnessed the crime. Here are a few of the most popular questions we are asked during our JFK Tour related to Lee Harvey Oswald.Read More
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