Reprising its role as the dramatic backdrop for all the dreams, deceit and desire of the Ewing family , Southfork Ranch may be basking in the showbiz spotlight once again with the revival of Dallas on TNT, but in the eyes of the more than 400,000 fans who flock the Lone Star landmark each year Southfork has always been a star.
The epitome of Texas excess, the property in the city of Parker was purchased in 1992 by Forever Resorts Founder Rex Maughan, who has kept the architectural icon’s world-famous exterior intact for new generations to enjoy while renovating the site’s interior.
TV-loving travelers who wish to walk in the footsteps of the famous television characters can take a tour of the mansion for glimpses at the glamor of rooms that personify the personalities of the fictional residents, from Jock’s living room and Bobby’s boardroom to J.R.’s master suite.
All the luxury seen on the small screen in the 80s comes back to life at the Dallas Legends exhibit, where pop culture items such as Lucy’s wedding dress and the gun that shot J.R.– and shot the series to iconic status– are on display.
Fans may be lucky enough to spot a Texas Longhorn grazing on the 300-acre estate during a day’s stay that can also include dining at Miss Ellie’s Deli and souvenir shopping at Ranch Roundup in the Visitor’s Center or Lincolns and Longhorns Texas apparel boutique, where Jock’s Lincoln Continental is parked.
Southfork is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Christmas Eve until 3 p.m.), except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Tours depart the Visitor’s Center every 30 to 45 minutes and run continuously throughout the day. The last guided tour of the day begins at 4:30 p.m. daily (2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve). Chuckwagon barbecue dinners may be arranged for groups of 20 or more. Admission rates are $10.75 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, $7 for children 5 –to12, and free for children 4 and under.
For more information:
- visit www.Southfork.com
Photo courtesy Forever Resorts