The site of the fall State Fair of Texas in Dallas will be getting more use with Summer Adventures in Fair Park.
The $30 million attraction opens Saturday with rides, amusement games and museums that are permanently located at the 277-acre park.
Summer Adventures officials will christen its new park and signature Top o' Texas Tower ride with a pyrotechnics display unparalleled by the amusement park industry on May 3.
"The three-minute, custom manufactured event ... will use 850 cues of pyro, shot from five ground locations in front of the 500-ft. tall tower and up and down in angled directions from the unoccupied passenger gondola. Fireworks set to angle from four locations atop the ride's machine house, will clear the attraction's mast. The tallest pieces of the display will launch fireworks 750 to 800 feet in the air in a demonstration of impressive close-proximity pyrotechnics."
The May 3 event is open only to invited guests, but on Saturday, the park opens to the public.
More than 50 street entertainment acts are scheduled to perform free throughout the weekend and the newest attraction, the Top of Texas Tower, is expected to be ready for riders Saturday morning.
“We’re all about the tropics. We’re all about the summer. We’re meeting it head on. We’re being cool in Dallas in the summer and that’s what we’re looking for is the bright sunshine," said Sally Wamre, Summer Adventures. "When you enter Summer Adventures, you can ride all the rides except for the skycoaster for no additional cost and you can enjoy all the shows and attractions for the same price.”
Here's more from Fair Park:
The Old Mill Inn restaurant, along with the Hall of State, African American Museum, Children's Aquarium at Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens, Planetarium, and Natural Science Museum, will be easily accessible via a free tram service traversing the park from the Fair Park DART Station entrance on Parry.
The Fair Park Esplanade fountains will offer visitors exciting shows set to music.
In all, 272 water jets spray some 100 feet into the air at times. More than 170 white lights lining the jets, pool and surrounding buildings, will create special effects to the musical numbers.
The Music Hall will host the final four performances of the Broadway musical Wicked. Visit dallassummermusicals.org for information regarding availability of tickets on the musical's final weekend in Fair Park.
Continental D.A.R. House will have their doors wide open and invite visitors to stop by and peruse interesting memorabilia from American history. Visitors learn about history through exhibits, artifacts, posters, brochures, flag displays, and patriotic videos. Hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. The museum is free.
Upon arrival to Summer Adventures in Fair Park gates, guests will purchase Passports, onto which spending money for the day can be loaded for purchasing food, souvenir shopping and playing games. The pay-one-price admission includes a visit to enjoy slithery sea creatures in the Children's Aquarium, exotic butterflies in the Texas Discovery Gardens, and a ride on the Swan Boats on the lagoon.
Nowhere else will visitor comforts surpass those found at Summer Adventures in Fair Park. Endless shade structures, misters, play pools, pop up geysers, splashy rides and water attractions rope in the lazy days of the season to make family memories outdoors.
Something for everyone will include a practice putting green, a hammock snooze for Dad in Sleepy Hollow, an icy beverage and wifi access in the Pelican Bay Bar & Grill, and 16-mic karaoke sing-offs in the Giant Sing Along. All part of the 50 rides shows and attractions available at Summer Adventures in Fair Park. The pay-one-price admission includes hijinks on the high seas with Captain Kids Theater, slap-stick Mynah birds, beach band music, sand castles and construction zone blocks.
Summer Adventures in Fair Park officially opens to the public weekends beginning May 4 with daily operations starting June 7 through Aug. 18. Admission prices are $29.95 for adults and $24.95 for children and seniors. Children age 2 and younger are free. The month of May is McDonald's sneak-a-peek preview month. Visit an area McDonalds for discount coupons.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit serves Fair Park via bus and rail line routes. Additionally, a special gated lot will be available through Gate 11 for those attending Summer Adventures in Fair Park. Parking is $15.
The new theme park is presented by the State Fair of Texas, which runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 20, as a way to have additional offseason uses for Fair Park.
More information here: http://www.fairparkfun.com/