Ever since I was a little girl I have always wanted to go to Dallas. I loved the TV show and it’s always been a dream of mine to visit Southfork Ranch!
You can only imagine my excitement when my husband announced he had a conference in Dallas and asked if I wanted to come along? “YES!” I shouted as I jumped up and down, clapping my hands with joy. We departed from Singapore, Dallas bound and 38 hours later we arrived! But I didn’t care about the travel time, even though I was flying in economy, I just wanted to get there and see Southfork!
Getting to Southfork Ranch was easy, I spoke to the lovely ladies at The Dallas Sheraton Hotel and they organized everything for me. Within 2 hours of my enquiry, I was picked up from the hotel and en route to Southfork Ranch. The cost of the tour was $15 plus tax but I also had to pay for my transport there which was a car transfer door to door (hotel to Southfork return) so that cost depends on what company/driver you use.
When you first arrive you will go through the Southfork Museum where you will see all the history, memorabilia, photos and more of all things Southfork. There is so much to see you don't know where to look and I have so many photos I couldn't decide which to show. Here are Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy's hand and foot prints as well as the famous Who Shot JR Gun as well so pictures of some of the main actors.
Once you finish walking through the Southfork Museum you jump on the shuttle train that will drive you to the house (and a little around the ranch). There you will meet the tour guides who will tell you about the history of the Southfork Ranch and about the owner. They will share stories of the cast and what it was like for them shooting at different times of the year.
You can walk through the house with the tour guide, learning more about the house, and what happens when the actors were there shooting their scenes. The famous pool where so many scenes have been shot is below.
Walking around the house you'll see the kitchen, lounge room pictures as well JR and Sue Ellen's bedroom.
Below is the view from the balcony overlooking Southfork and around the house from JR's and Sue Ellen's bedroom.
Below are photos of around the ranch which you are free to wander around at your own leisure.
Around Southfork Ranch
At the end of the tour they let you walk around the ranch for as long as you want, however, I was time restricted due to my driver. You can purchase memorabilia and other bits before or after your tour if you would like from both the main entrance and the Southfork shop which is closer to the main house.
If you loved the TV show (the original or the reboot) you will not be disappointed, Southfork Ranch is so beautiful! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
We arrived late at night, tired, jetlagged and hungry. The staff at the hotel were fantastic and quick at checking us in, so we could have a shower, grab some food and enjoy a well needed drink!
The rooms were not overly large however the beds were so comfortable! The nice marble bathrooms were big and super clean. The picture below is the view from our room.
We ate at a few of the different places in the hotel and the food was ok (Dallas is the land of meat and wheat!). The best part about the hotel is the cocktail bar! The bar tenders made great martinis and were super friendly.
I would highly recommend this hotel. It’s clean, has friendly staff, and is in a great location. Don't let the lack of hotel photos put your off, I didn't take any because I didn't think I would be blogging about travel as this is only a recent decision I made. Therefore I only have a photo of the view from the room, but I remember the rooms were clean and comfortable.
Attached to the hotel is a Peets Coffee and Tea, where you can get your morning coffee/tea and breakfast if you don’t want to have breakfast in the hotel. It also I very handy for your afternoon pick me up coffee if your jetlag is kicking in.
MY VIEW ON DALLAS
I didn’t know what to expect when we arrived because I was so focused on Southfork and seeing the buildings in the city that were in the TV show Dallas. I walked past the famous JFK area and just did a general walk around the city. I stopped off at Chipotle and grabbed some lunch as I watched the city and people around me. Below is the Fountain Place building and Dallas Museum of Art which I walked past.
I was really surprised at the amount of homeless people, who were continually asking me for money! I spoke the women at Peets Coffee and Tea and she told me a lot of them choose to be homeless? Her auntie runs a free shelter and tries to help the homeless….they don’t want her help? She tries to get them work…..and they don’t want to work? So just a word of warning they are around, but they seem pretty harmless to me.
We were only there for 2 nights and days and that was enough for me. I loved seeing Southfork Ranch, a lifelong dream, but to be honest I wouldn’t go out of my way to visit Dallas again.
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