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

John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza

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1,226 Reviews
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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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Thoughtful reflection on a historic tragedy
Shelley_E, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony was incredibly knowledgeable and obviously passionate about the JFK assassination. So pleasant and confident. He brought out the seriousness of the tour while maintaining the utmost respect for the people involved and the lives that were forever changed that day. Asking us to join him in a moment of silence at the end was very poignant. I would recommend him to anyone interested in taking a tour.
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Opportunity to learn about history
Jim_B, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
The tour guide (Tom) was very knowledgeable and informative. I would recommend the tour to anyone visiting the area.
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Excellent Walking Tour!
Mark_H, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Tom was an outstanding guide. Very well informed and entertaining! This is an excellent walking tour.
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Informative but fun!
Dorothy_P, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
We loved this tour. There were so many things I didn’t know about the JFK assignation. It was very informative yet sad! Standing there where he was shot and hearing stories about Jackie made my heart hurt. Our guide was amazing!
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JFK walking tour
Mark_S, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Very informative guide. He was knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. This tour exceeded our expectations.
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Great tour
Suzanne_J, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
This was a great informative tour. Our guide evidently knew his stuff and I like hearing about the people he personally talked to who were connected to this day in history.
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Very good
LARRY_L, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Understanding about history, facts that I didn’t know. History of the people and places that were involved
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Great tour when you’re short on time
BelindaM_S, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Very good tour when you don’t have time for the 3 hr tour. Lots of interesting facts and info. Highly recommend.
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Informative tour about the assassination of JFK
Patsy_H, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. We were running a few minutes behind schedule getting to the tour and he called and checked in with us and told us where we could catch up with the group. Highly recommend.
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Jfk assasination debate
CARL_A, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
The tour guide was great. He was patient and very knowledgeable. I ask a hundred questions and he answered all of them without batting and I and asked did i have more. Made expetience worth my money.
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JFK Tour
James_S, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Great experience. Our tour was great at teaching and take you back in time. My girl and I had a great time. We both highly recommend . James S.
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In depth tour
Circe_C, Jul 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Excellent tour with a lot of in depth information. Our tour guide is very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I learned a lot

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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