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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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Who really was involved?
Lynee_G, Jan 2022
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Unfortunately it was a very cold morning and windy. However the tour guide kept us on our toes providing us with all the details and information from that fateful day.
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Anthony was an excellent...
Jonathan_S, Jan 2022
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony was an excellent guide. very informative and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour to friends
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Great experience
amy_m, Jan 2022
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Excellent tour. Anthony was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting with details. I would definitely recommend
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Timeline was very useful in helping us understand the whole story and how the pieces fit together.
Steve_E, Jan 2022
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
I like the way that he presented the material. He started us off building the information up and then finishing with the actual assassination. Very informative and the timeline that he presented really helped us put all the pieces together. Great job!
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Authentic Accounts
Joseph_F, Jan 2022
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony, the tour guide, had interviewed witnesses who were present at the assassination and also coworkers of Lee Harvey Oswald. Their accounts added authenticity.
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Our guide was very...
Jennifer_D, Dec 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable and was very open to any personal stories or knowledge of the day. The only thing was that we couldn’t always hear him very well.
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Wonderful Tour for our First Dallas visit
Ginny_M, Dec 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
It was a wonderful & insightful tour with our guide Anthony. He was so awesome. We learned so much and it was one of the best parts our trip!
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Our tour guide Anthony...
juli_b, Dec 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Our tour guide Anthony was great! Full of pertinent information and a good orator. This tour gave us a firsthand look at where the assassination happened.
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Awesome Experience to visit history
Michael_D, Nov 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Very humbling experience. To see the spot in person , Learned a few other things today that was surprising
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Great, informative tour!
Kari_S, Nov 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
We really enjoyed our tour and especially all of the details offered by our guide. We found the tour to be very informative and it even kept the attention of my teen and preteen. We would definitely be interested in doing this tour again as well as the Dallas ghost tours in the future.
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Great experience! Definitely worth it.
Mari_S, Nov 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Our guide was Tod and he made this experience great! He took his time to explain everything. He was passionate about it and that made all the difference. I was running late and he also called me to let me know where to find him and look for him once I arrived. I definitely recommend this tour and Tod.
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Fantastic experience
Heather_M, Nov 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Andrew was an excellent and insightful tour guide! I highly recommend taking this JFK tour! It was a memorable day

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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