Used in the TV show of the same name as the city that it took place in, Southfork is the name of the ranch that was used in the TV show, "Dallas". I wrote a little history about the TV show in the blog. There are 2 versions of it, one being the original, and the other being the continuation of the original after 20 years.
Actually located in the town of Parker, which is north of Dallas, you will more likely, need a car to get there. The ranch is located in a rural area, and there are not enough outside signs to indicate where it is, so it can be hard to find. And the other thing, is finding the right entrance that takes you to the visitor center. I don't remember which one it was.
The visitor center is a gift shop and museum, and also where you pay admission for the museum and the tour of the mansion. Fans of the TV show will definitely want to check both out.
The museum is definitely something to do while waiting for the next tour. It contains props from the TV show, like Lucy's bridal dress or the gun used to shoot JR, as well as other things. You can also get a photo taken with the Dallas sign in the background, but that costs extra. Plus a nice little memorial to Larry Hagman, who played JR in the show, and recently passed away.
The tour starts at the museum, where one gets on a tram, and gets shown around some parts of the ranch. Then when arriving at the Ewing Mansion, you go inside, and given a tour of the different rooms, belonging to different characters from the TV show. The mansion and the swimming pool are a lot smaller than what was shown in the TV show, and space can be tight at times.
Still, it was a nice place to look around. The paintings of each character looked nice, and the tour guide gave an interesting history of the mansion itself, which once belonged to a real family. That family had to move out once it was known where the TV show was filmed.
After the tour, you can head into another gift shop, where there is a display of the Cadillac, belonging to Jock Ewing. Plus you can try on some cowboy hats. And a restaurant nearby, but I did not eat there.
Overall, it was a nice visit, and worth the time. But have to say, if you never heard of the TV show, or never cared for it, then definitely skip it. But if you are a fan of either version of "Dallas", then definitely check it out.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.