About 40 minutes north of Downtown Dallas lies one of the city's most enduring landmarks, Southfork Ranch. Built in 1970, the ranch became one of the city's best-known symbols after the TV show Dallas premiered in 1978. You can tour the mansion, have lunch at Miss Ellie's Deli, and try to remember who shot J. R. Unless you're a diehard fan of the show or are already in the Plano area, it's probably not worth the drive or expense.
Aug 2, 2004
If you go to South Fork, don't bother paying the $8 to go inside the mansion - only 5 minutes of the total time Dallas aired on TV were filmed inside the house (the rest was filmed on a set in California). The inside of the house isn't even set up the same way as the studio set. Of course, they don't tell you this until you've paid your money and entered the house. Your best bet is to save your money and walk around the outside, where the show
was filmed. Interestingly enough, due to creative photography, the driveway to the house is 1/6th of what it seems on TV & the 'Olympic' sized swimming pool is actually quite modest. The museum is just another way for them to make money. It's a very commercialized place with lots of opportunities to buy non-Dallas related gear - for example, 'cowboy' hats made in Australia.