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“Fair Fun”
Review of Fair Park

Fair Park
Ranked #32 of 251 things to do in Dallas
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Large urban park with museums, flea markets and events. Covers over 227 acres.
Reviewed 30 October 2013

We go every year and it seems to get better every time. It's a little $$$ but well worth it to see the smiles on my kids faces. Have to time it right to beat the crowd though.

1  Thank Rodney C
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Had a great time and enjoyed all the rides and sights. Came for the Red River Rivalry. Texas fans were quite slopply drunk but tolerated them.

Thank Corndog71
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

The tickets for the state fair of texas are $17 per person for general admission. Children under 48" tickets are $13, children under 3 get in free. There are senior days for those 60 and over get in free on Thursday. Last Wed was a discount day if you brought in cans of food, so a little planning will save some money.

Parking in the fair parking lot is $15. There are lots nearby that offer $10 parking, but are farther to walk to the fairgrounds. My friend took Dart rail and recommended traveling that way.

I am not sure how big the actual fair grounds are, except if going, you need to wear the most comfortable pair of shoes you own.

The fairgrounds are laid out so there are buildings in one section, rides are in another. There are two buildings for autos, and trucks outside. There is a great petting zoo, which is unlike any other. The petting zoo included baby camels, a baby giraffe, a baby zebra, as well as traditional animals. For $1 or $5, you can buy $0.50 at a time.

Realize that most of the livestock are on the weekends only, so if you go during the week, most of the barns are empty.

There is a crafts building to see the traditional entries of jam and quilts. In addition there are buildings with vendors pitching all sorts of interesting items from salsa to cookware to shoes, etc.

The food...well... forget about your diet. The Texas State fair is famous for fried food, and apparently anything is fair game. We saw fried butter, fried Thanksgiving dinner, chicken fried bacon, fried Cuban roll, etc. The fried ribs were great. Also the funnel cake fingers. And of course, you must eat a real Fletchers corny dog (if it says corn dog, its not a real Fletchers).

There are of course rides and games on the midway.

One of my favorite stops is the garden show. There is a miniature railway running throughout the building, with famous Texas landmarks around the rails.

The Food & Fiber building includes not only Texas made products, and free ice cream cone, but the chance to pet Elsie the Cow and baby Beauregard.

The swine pavilion was empty save the impressive Boris the boar.

The center attraction is Big Tex, who is really big.

Food and drinks are purchased with tickets, a ticket is equal to fifty cents. The food is expensive, but as all things, some places and items are more expensive than others. The new fried food winners are more expensive than other items.

Overall a great experience, and money can be saved with a little planning.

2  Thank dagmara56
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Everything is overpriced but you have to visit once in your life. The new Big Tex is big. The car show was nice and had AC a big Plus! The Margaritas at the car show are 16 tickets so I passed, Don't fall for the Margarita in a pineapple (bucket o rita), it's 24 tickets (Tickets are 20 for $10) and has hardly any alcohol. The best Margarita is at the Beers of the World stand, same size, only 12 tickets and more alcohol! I'll probably pass if in the area again, but something fun to do. Next time I'd bring a bag with beverages and munchies to save money. We tried the Jalapeno & Cheese Corny Dogs...they were good, but not spectacular, and the Bacon-Choco-Peno on a stick...Battered, deep fried bacon fat and Jalapenos dipped in chocolate on a stick...not as good as it sounded...I wanted to try more, like the deep fried Cuban but it was 16 tickets, and that's like $8! Easily accessible by DART but They don't pick you up after 5pm and you have to take the train after that.

Thank Jipsi3
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Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

I love the state fair I usually go every other year, it's an opportunity for me and my family to get out of town and enjoy they city of Dallas. Be prepared to spend quite bit of money in the park on food and rides so save a bit before you go. We enjoy all the booths and cars shows they have every year. My family and i usually attend the Southwest Airlines classic football game . We enjoy the half time show and the culture that surrounds the fair. So enjoy all the food and festivities the park has to offer.

Thank Sheldon G
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