JFK Historical Tour
Experience the JFK tragedy firsthand...your guide will take you through the historic events of that day.
Your Tour Guide will lead you through the events of that historic day, Friday, November 22, 1963 as you then follow the weekend timeline of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.
Arriving on Air Force One to Love Field Airport, President Kennedy, accompanied by his wife Jackie, were welcomed by cheering crowds. The Presidential Motorcade made its’ way though downtown Dallas towards the Dallas Trade Mart, where JFK was to give a speech at a luncheon being held in his honor. The day took a dark, traumatic turn as gunshot shots rang out and President Kennedy was assassinated as his open limousine entered Dealey Plaza. Texas became the focus of world shock, grief and outrage.
Walk through Dealey Plaza as your Guide explains the site, which today is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Pause at the Kennedy Assassination Historical Marker. Learn about the gunshots that were possibly fired from the “sixth floor corner window” of the building then known as the Texas Schoolbook Depository (Oswald’s employer); by the alleged gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. Today it is home to the Sixth Floor Museum. Stop on the sidewalk to see the two white X’s, marking the spot where JFK was killed, and Texas Governor John Connelly was injured.
Climb the infamous Grassy Knoll, a small hill/fenced area, where some bystanders heard gunshots and view the Triple Underpass. Read the Plaque that has an excerpt from the speech JFK was preparing to give. Hear details of key evidence, the role of the Secret Service Agents, eyewitness accounts and numerous conspiracy theories. Discuss the Zapruder Film, the most complete visual record of events that day and its’ impact on the American people. Pause and reflect outside the Sixth Floor Museum; a tribute to the life and legacy of JFK.
View the old Dallas County Criminal Courts Building, where Lee Harvey Oswald was intended to stand trial and where Jack Ruby's trial was ultimately held. See the Old Municipal Building (former Dallas Police Headquarters, Dallas City Hall and the City Jail); where, during the prison transfer, Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Rudy entered the garage basement and shot and killed the suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald.
Visit the Kennedy Memorial; designed by Philip Johnson as a cenotaph, or open tomb, to symbolize the freedom of President Kennedy’s spirit. Its simple architecture - a square, roofless room - allows visitors to, in the words of the architect, “find their own meaning.”
Follow JFK’s path as his limousine raced past the Trade Mart to Parkland Hospital where questionable decisions were made in the midst of the crisis. Hear accounts from the ER doctors, the tragic moments Jackie Kennedy experienced, the struggle over JFK’s autopsy, the Secret Service involvement and the welfare of severely injured Governor Connally. Parkland doctor’s pronounced Kennedy dead at 1:00pm.
Return to downtown and trace Oswald's footsteps as he fled to the neighborhood of Oak Cliff. Stop at Oswald’s boarding house, which still stands today. Visit the site where Oswald shot and killed Dallas Police Officer J. D. Tippet at the corner of 10th and Patton Avenue. Discuss eyewitness accounts and view photographs and maps.
Trace the route Lee Harvey Oswald took as he fled the scene, to the famous Texas Theatre, where he was finally captured and arrested by the Dallas Police. Learn about the brave, unsung hero, Johnny Brewer who ultimately lead the police to Oswald.
Your Tour Guide will show you old photographs, maps and diagrams to help you better understand the story. Some of our Guides have previously met and interviewed former Dallas Homicide Officer Jim Leavelle (handcuffed to Oswald when Oswald was shot) who is also a veteran of Pearl Harbor. We share those stories with you.
We recommend individuals or small groups of 1-4 guests visit the Sixth Floor Museum "on their own" after their JFK Historical Tour is finished. Larger Group Tours may choose to visit the acclaimed Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, housed in the former Texas School Book Depository, to see film clips, photographs, and memorabilia commemorating the President’s life, death, and legacy. This exhibition chronicles the assassination and its aftermath, and recognizes Kennedy's lasting impact on American culture.