History at Southfork began in 1978, when Lorimar Productions chose the North Texas showplace as the site for the CBS-TV series "Dallas". The hit series, which counted millions of viewers across the United States and in 95 foreign countries as fans, was originally broadcast in the United States from 1978 to 1991. The series continues to be broadcast in syndication and still is in first-run status in many countries around the world. Because of the ranch's high profile on television, the beautiful white mansion, the pool, the barns and surroundings quickly became a tourist mecca.Plan to visit Southfork Ranch during your Parker vacation using our convenient Parker road trip planner.
The original owner of the ranch and his family were actually in residence at Southfork as the filming began. When requests for private parties began to pour in, tents were erected and a small party pavilion was built to accommodate these types of events. However, tourism finally took its toll on the family, as it became increasingly hard to live privately in what had become Dallas' leading visitor attraction.
In 1985, Southfork became strictly a tourist attraction and event location. The mansion was opened to the public for the first time. A 63,000 square foot conference and event center was built to accommodate several thousand people for special events and functions. A rodeo arena, which was originally constructed for the filming of "Dallas" rodeos, began to host open competition rodeos as well as private "showdeos."
In June of 1992, Mr. Rex Maughan, a successful Arizona businessman with extensive company operations in Texas, purchased the ranch. Since Mr. Maughan's purchase, business has continued to grow. Tourists are still attracted to the nostalgia of "Dallas" and Southfork's unique facilities have created an internationally respected conference and event center for meeting planners.
Today, Southfork continues to welcome visitors from around the world, who come to see where "Dallas" was filmed and to experience the lifestyle made famous by the Ewings.
Whether you are an individual traveler or part of a group tour, Southfork is open daily, 'year round for guided tours of the ranch. Tour the famed Ewing Mansion and re-live exciting moments from the series in the "Dallas Legends" exhibit, featuring an exciting array of memorabilia from the series.
Southfork Ranch Reviews
This is a must do tour if you are in the area. The tram driver, Wilson Wilson was awesome! He was funny, enthusiastic, and kind. Arriving at the ranch was so exciting. The tour guide , Willie, was ver... more »
I wasn't sure what to expect as far as touring a ranch used for a tv show, but it exceeded my expectations. More than just the main house to tour, and loved the nostalgia in the small museum pieces. T... more »
Excellent experience. The tour guide was very informative and friendly. Awesome experience. This place is made famous by the Ewing Family in the television series Dallas! The place is clean and neat. Facilities are great. Huge parking lot. No need to worry about parking. Great place to visit.
I didn’t watch the original shows and only caught a couple of the re boot a few years ago. My friend however was a devotee and was able to answer most of the questions our excellent guide threw at us. Therefore this tour was at the top of her list and she wasn’t disappointed, indeed she is now threatening to make me sit through every single episode. I can now confess to enjoying the tour myself as it is very interesting to see where classic tv is made and the little tricks the crew had to use to get the shots just right, not least how you get quite a small swimming pool to look Olympic size. You’ve got to go, great value too!
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