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John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza
John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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John F Kennedy Memorial Plaza, Dallas, TX 75202

The Basics

As a prominent city landmark, the John F. Kennedy Memorial is included in many Dallas sightseeing tours. Those with a particular interest in the JFK assassination can opt for a themed tour that includes visits to Dealey Plaza, where the president was killed; the memorial; Grassy Knoll; the home of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald; the historic Texas Movie Theater in Oak Cliff; and the Sixth Floor Museum.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dallas

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Perfect way to learn about JFK assassination in an hour!
hmcvalesano, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Our tour guide was friendly, fun and made our tour a memorable time. Very knowledgeable about the events and brought great pictures (some I have never seen before) to add to the story. Great tour!!
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Worth It!
Veronica_B, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Exceptional tour guide who knew his information & was very engaging. Great 1 hour tour, not too much or too little!
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Don’t miss this if you’re in Dallas!!
Nathalie_T, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony is committed to knowing the stories he shares first hand. He presents everything in an authentic and engaging way. He presents all the facts without bias. He gave a local flare. I felt like I was in great hands and I would recommend him to anyone!! Worth more than they charged!
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Great tour
Maria_A, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony was extended knowledgeable and made the tour very dynamic. We wouldn’t of gotten the same historic experience if it weren’t for this tour.
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Informative walking tour.
Editha_R, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
The route leading to the assasination and the summary that Oswald was the line gunman. That Oswald was a mentally disturbed person.
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Excellent Tour!!!
Bruce_D, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony did a phenomenal job of telling the story and also relating to each of the guests. Great job.
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Worth it!
Wendy_L, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Terrific storytelling and a lot of knowledge. We learned a lot, and it was the perfect amount of time. All four of my party enjoyed it.
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Great Storytelling and Knowledgable Guide
Glenn_R, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
The tour guide was so knowledgable, as he had clearly done an exhaustive amount of research - both from reading many books on the subject and from interviewing people about their firsthand accounts of that day. And on top of all that he was a very good storyteller. It was a great tour!!
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I cannot believe how much...
Richard_S, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
I cannot believe how much we learned. Guide was excellent so knowledgeable and interacting I highly recommend the walking tour
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Great tour and a great tour guide
Carrie_A, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony was our tour guide and he was amazing. He is so knowledgeable and did an excellent job telling the story of what happened that day as well as all the little details that you didn’t know. The entire tour was great and I’d request him every time for any tour!!
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Anthony had done is own...
Marc_B, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony had done is own research and it added to the tour nicely. Well organized and well paced. Was very pleased with it
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Great tour
Jim_F, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
What a great tour, and Anthony is very passionate about the importance of this tragic day. Thanks Anthony

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The JFK Memorial is a must-see for first-time visitors and JFK history buffs.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.

  • The JFK Memorial Plaza is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

The JFK Memorial is situated in downtown Dallas, a block away from Dealey Plaza in John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza. Union Station and West End Station are close by.

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When to Get There

To fully appreciate the memorial and its symbolism, plan to visit after a trip to the nearby Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Don’t miss seeing the memorial at night, when light fixtures in the ground create the illusion that the light itself is supporting the cenotaph.

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The Man Behind the Memorial

American architect Philip Johnson was chosen to design the memorial, and he opted for an open tomb design to symbolize the freedom of JFK’s spirit. The walls of the roofless room were built from 72 white concrete columns that seemingly float 29 inches (74 centimeters) above the ground. This invisible force that seems to hold the memorial together was inspired by the magnetic charisma of John F. Kennedy.

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