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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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bridgette_W, Sep 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Explanation of everything that happened that day. Summary of Lee Harvey Oswald life. I really learned alot
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Mike_G, Sep 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Reliving the event. Being there. Listening to guide share details of events leading up to the assassination. Many of which we had never heard.
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Great
Richard_H, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony did a great job explaining that terrible day. He ended with lots of Interesting theories about Oswald
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Great tour
Tracy_J, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
I went in august. The tour was a Great experience. Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable the cost was reasonable
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Would recommend this tour
Kimberly, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Nice tour even with the rain. Anthony was very knowledgeable. Brought my teenager and he likes it as well.
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Fun and informative
Denise_L, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Our tour guide was so awesome! He gave us so much information and made the experience feel so real. Definitely would recommend this tour!
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Great experience
Baljinder_S, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
It was another great experience and good to know the history. The guide was having a great knowledge about the events involved. It would be better if there was something like a portable loud speaker so we are not missing the narration. But overall it was a great activity.
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Great JFK tour
Pam_M, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
My 17 year old son and I really enjoyed the JFK tour. Tom was a great guide and very knowledgeable. The Old Red museum was close but that was not a big deal for us. Overall the tour was engaging and informative.
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Awesome Tour with a Great Guide
Rodney_L, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Tom was a great guide, you could tell he really knew his stuff and was passionate and knowledgeable about the subject. He kept us entertained and motivated me to read more about the JFK Assassination. He also gave us a great lunch recommendation when I asked (Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse). I'd definitely recommend this tour if you are in the Dallas area.
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Excellent experience
Mary_H, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Excellent tour. Tom was very friendly and very knowledgeable. Nice pace for us older people. He did a good job of answering all of our questions.
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Excellent
Jason, Aug 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Guide was very knowledgeable. Tour was on time and exceptional. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Tons of info in an hour
Amy_W, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony was great! He is very knowledgeable and it is obvious he enjoys what he does. Although this is only an hour tour, he was able to pack in so much history. Highly recommend.

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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