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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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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.
star-5
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
star-5
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.
star-5
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
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Very fantastic tour overall. Highly recommend
Martin_W, Nov 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
We learned a lot about what happened in 1963 in Dallas. Great tour guide. We highly recommend to everyone
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Enlightening
Lori_W, Nov 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Very knowledgeable guide. Added extra information and took his time with the group. Didn’t worry about going a little overtime.
star-5
Great tour
Joanne_I, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Just taking in the history and a few minutes to realize what happened there. Our guide Anthony was so interesting and had some additional stories we had never heard before.
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The tour guide really...
Mabry_K, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
The tour guide really knew his stuff! I had a great time, and learned a lot! I highly recommend that you take this tour.
star-5
Tom was a great tour...
Majuvy_S, Oct 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Tom was a great tour guide . He made the JFK assassination story alive. Great voice & personality. I would recognize him to my friends.
star-5
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!!
star-5
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!
star-5
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!

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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