Fair Park on the midway in October during the State Fair of Texas
A scene from Fair Park on the midway, in October, during the State Fair of Texas

Recommendations to Improve and Increase Visitor Attractions for DFW

September 6, 2019

We will soon release a report with recommendations to improve and increase visitor attractions for the Metroplex, as its populations will double in the time it will take to implement new plans and concepts. Many resources are underutilized, while some existing assets (of which the region has too few) are already stretched beyond their limits due to past population growth in Dallas and surrounding cities.

Some of the recommendations were already provided to Fair Park First on August 15, 2019, following a community meeting that was held at Fair Park on August 13, 2019. They are linked below, along with other valuable resources. [Note: A few notes in brackets were added to the Fair Park recommendations in the event that these ideas may be considered in Houston, where they have a similar challenge in utilizing the historic Astrodome.]

Chubby Carrier performs during the State Fair of Texas. Music is a part of the annual fair, and while it is very popular in Dallas, music is underutilized during the State Fair and even moreso at Fair Park throughout the rest of the year.

View Programming and Museum Ideas for Fair Park (provided to Fair Park First on August 15, 2019).

Also, view photos made during a survey of attractions in Oklahoma City in a Facebook gallery. The coverage is not yet complete, as we toured about half of the interesting sites, so a return visit is planned.


We produced the Big 5 for Big D in August 2017. One year later, Dallas was on the verge of an important new development, new management for Fair Park, so we updated our five biggest initiatives for the future DFW Supercity. The five most important initiatives have not changed, but the ability to affect change may improve dramatically if Dallas and Fair Park First take the right course of action.

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