The major economic center of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area is Dallas City, which is part of the 4th largest metropolitan and the eighth biggest city in the nation. The city of Dallas is also the seat of Dallas County, with some of its parts extending to Rockwall, Kaufman, Denton, and Collin counties. Midtown Dallas is presently undergoing construction of new restaurants, retail and high-rise apartments; Central Dallas is anchored by Downtown, the center of urban revival and the hub of the city; East Dallas is home to Deep Ellum, a trendy arts area close to Downtown, while Downtown's Southwest has recently underwent gentrification in neighborhoods, like for instance the Bishop Arts District.
There are many attractions which visitors and residents of Dallas find both educational and entertaining are unique to the city. Places such as the Six Flags Over Texas/Hurricane Harbor (the biggest water park in the Southwest that provides performances and almost 100 rides, comprising the world's No. 1-rated wooden roller coaster), SpeedZone (provides miniature golf, racing, game room and private rooms/event areas), Dallas World Aquarium (showcases various exhibits and a South American Rain forest), Dallas Arboretum (sixty six acres of lush groves, landscape and gardens), Dallas Heritage Village (thirteen acres of a living history museum), Dallas Zoo (gives hands-on feeding experiences with tropical birds), Fossil Rim (the driving safari gives people the chance to hand-feed or observe sixty species of free-roaming animals from the wild, like cheetahs, rhinos and zebras in their natural habitats), and Tour 18 Golf Course are only amongst the things to look forward to.
Dallas city has a thriving culture and arts scene, especially in museums, urban arts and architectural designs. It was ranked the first city for art lovers by New York Magazine. Among the more remarkable locations to go to comprise: Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Meadows Museum, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas CityArts Festival, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Bath House Cultural Centre, the African American Museum at Fair Park, as well as the Majestic Theater. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza examines the life, times, legacy and death of President John F. Kennedy with photos, artifacts and display. Shakespeare Festival of Dallas provides free summer festivals that happen on an annual basis. Meadows Museum has the most comprehensive and biggest selection of Spanish art outside of Spain. Dallas Holocaust Museum is dedicated to teaching the lessons of the holocaust and memorializing its victims through its huge collection of audiovisual materials, comprising microfiche, videotapes, slides, and over 2,500 books. Dallas CityArts Festival incorporates all of the different arts into three-day event, consisting of cultural, performing, and culinary and the visual arts. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has year-round performances at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The African American American Museum at Fair Park explores the African-American experience through displays and exhibits. Bath House Cultural Center houses the White Rock lake Museum, a 116-seat black-box theatre, three gallery spaces, and some multipurpose spaces. The Majestic Theater showcases presentations for dramatic plays, musical productions, dance or concerts, national pageants or a grand theatrical backdrop for dinner on stage.
During the early days of the city, Dallas was mostly dependent on farming. With the numerous technological developments within the building of numerous rail lines, this allowed for the development of the cotton industry. By the year of 1900, the city of Dallas became the biggest cotton maker in the world. Telecommunications and information also became a driving force within the local economy by the end of WWII. The city was shortly referred to as the heart of "Silicon Prairie" due to the several telecommunications companies in the area especially along the Telecom Corridor in Richardson. Some of the companies found within the area comprise: Texas Instruments, Nortel Networks, AT&T, Alcatel Lucent, Fujitsu, Ericsson, Rockwell, Nokia, Verizon Communications, Cisco and Sprint.