The Dark Tales Tour explores the more ghoulish and curious side of Dallas' history. Your guide will meet you at John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza in the West End fifteen minutes before the tour begins at 7:00 p.m. You’ll learn about the district’s seedy past before walking to Dealey Plaza, site of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. More than 6 million people have visited the Sixth Floor Museum in the former Texas School Book Depository since it opened in 1989 to see the spot from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot the president. Later in the tour, you’ll also stop by the boarding house where Oswald was living at the time. Talk about dark tourism!
See where Lee Harvey Oswald slept:
You’ll visit several haunted sites—the La Quinta Inn & Suites (formerly the Hotel Lawrence) and the Old Red Courthouse. Locals swear the tenth floor of the La Quinta is a hotbed of paranormal activity, and guests have some creepy stories to tell about their stay. The Old Red Courthouse also has some paranormal street cred. Supposedly haunted by ghosts who were condemned to be hung for their crimes in the 1800s, the courthouse is now a museum that showcases the history and culture of Dallas.
The penultimate stop is the location of the old cemetery in Pioneer Park. Your guide will regale you with tales of the poor souls who were laid to rest here and the ghosts of Confederate soldiers that still walk among the tombstones.
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