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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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An amazing experience!
Marigel, Jun 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Our tour guide was amazing ... He was very detailed with information made us feel as if we were there. Also, our two teenage girls actually enjoyed it! Would highly recommend this!
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Knowledgeable and interesting
Stacy_H, Jun 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony provided a lot of knowledge and kept me engaged as well as answering our questions. He did a great job!
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A must do!
Carlos_Q, May 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony was a great tour guide! Very nice overall, knowledgeable, friendly, professional. Definitely a must do while in Dallas.
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Fund Tour
Bruce_A, May 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Really enjoyed our tour. Our tour guide did a great job of covering all aspects of the assassination of JFK
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Great Guide w/Respect
Christine_J, May 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Great Tour!! Guide made you feel like you were actually there. Very respectful to JFK. Respected that he had our group do a moment of silence at the assassination site!!! Appreciate that this young guide appreciated history🙏🏻💪🏼
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Personal and respectful of the location
Michael_S, Apr 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Anthony was very informative and courteous during our tour. His in-depth knowledge of Oswald was enlightening. As someone that grew up when this tragedy happened, I was able to see up close the location of the events that transformed America. Anthony's side notes on Bonnie Parker's workplace and Jack Ruby's detention place was also quite interesting.
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A Dallas Must
Rickey_W, Apr 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
I enjoyed the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable on thr topic. Being a Dallas native helped put things into greater historical context. I would recommend, but would suggest the tour is combined with the Dallas Book Depository.
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Incredible
Carolina_M, Apr 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
It was amazing! Very interesting! He explained all the history behind vey well. It was a walking tour where we had the chance to look all the places closely.
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JFK TOUR
Louis_L, Apr 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Guide was very friendly , knowledgeable and took his time. It made it more interesting that he had spoken to people who were there on that fateful day. I would recommend this tour.
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Great tour
Elisa_I, Apr 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the different conspiracy theories and just provided the facts about the events of that day. He had lots of information, knowledge and made it fun as well. I highly recommend this tour.
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Definitely worth while to do!
Connie_K, Apr 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
Very informative! Can’t get good information like that just walking around! It was a nice little walk around the Kennedy assassination area and see the memorial and where and how things happened. I felt emotional at where the 3rd bullet hit!
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Great Time
ashley_t, Jan 2021
One-Hour John F Kennedy Assassination Walking Tour
We did have a very passionate tour guide, named Anthony. So thank you! I felt bad for rushing him since my parking meter was about to expire. Wish we included the museum portion as well. Maybe next time.

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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