My Tour of Southfork Ranch

All Photos Taken When I Took The Tour

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Southfork Ranch ArchwayVictoria Principal's autograph and handprintsHoward Keel's autograph and handprintsSteve kanaly's autograph, hand prints and footprintsLarry Hagman's autograph, hand prints and footprintsLinda Gray's autograph, hand prints and footprintsPatrick Duffy's autograph, hand prints and footprintsActual 1978 Lincoln driven by Jim DavisChandeliers in the dining roomActual table and chairs on the patio used by the cast for those outdoor breakfast scenesThe swimming pool from the ground levelThe garage door kept intact for tourists' photosThe side door to the mansion used by the castCloseup of the glass table with chairs used by the castThe swimming pool from the balconyPerhaps this is a replica of the painting used in the series after the death of Jim DavisThe side doorSide of the mansionRear of the mansionLucy's actual wedding dressChairs used by the cast during filmingActual prop gun used to shoot J.R.
Southfork Ranch Archway
Southfork Ranch Archway
Victoria Principal's autograph and handprints
Victoria Principal's autograph and handprints
Howard Keel's autograph and handprints
Howard Keel's autograph and handprints
Steve kanaly's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Steve kanaly's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Larry Hagman's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Larry Hagman's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Linda Gray's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Linda Gray's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Patrick Duffy's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Patrick Duffy's autograph, hand prints and footprints
Actual 1978 Lincoln driven by Jim Davis
Actual 1978 Lincoln driven by Jim Davis
Chandeliers in the dining room
Chandeliers in the dining room
Actual table and chairs on the patio used by the cast for those outdoor breakfast scenes
Actual table and chairs on the patio used by the cast for those outdoor breakfast scenes
The swimming pool from the ground level
The swimming pool from the ground level
The garage door kept intact for tourists' photos
The garage door kept intact for tourists' photos
The side door to the mansion used by the cast
The side door to the mansion used by the cast
Closeup of the glass table with chairs used by the cast
Closeup of the glass table with chairs used by the cast
The swimming pool from the balcony
The swimming pool from the balcony
Perhaps this is a replica of the painting used in the series after the death of Jim Davis
Perhaps this is a replica of the painting used in the series after the death of Jim Davis
The side door
The side door
Side of the mansion
Side of the mansion
Rear of the mansion
Rear of the mansion
Lucy's actual wedding dress
Lucy's actual wedding dress
Chairs used by the cast during filming
Chairs used by the cast during filming
Actual prop gun used to shoot J.R.
Actual prop gun used to shoot J.R.

Not Actually in Dallas

Being a resident of the Dallas, Texas area and a fan of the television series “Dallas”, I discovered the famous Southfork Ranch was open to the general public for paid tours of the mansion and surrounding property. My husband and I took this tour back in April. I personally took all photographs posted here.

Southfork Ranch is actually located in Parker, Texas, which is northeast of Dallas. Parker is a small community near Plano. The actual address of Southfork Ranch is 3700 Hogge Road in Parker, Texas.

Tour prices are very reasonable. The most expensive ticket is the adult price of $9.50 plus applicable sales tax. Tickets are purchased in the Ranch’s main gift shop.

Map to Southfork From Plano

A marker3700 Hogge Drive Parker, Texas -
3700 Hogge Dr, Parker, TX 75002, USA
[get directions]

Location of Southfork Ranch

The Tour

 

After purchasing tickets for the tour, we walked through a pair of doors to an area containing cemented autographs and handprints (and some footprints) of some of the lead actors in the series.  There are televisions playing recorded interviews with the different actors.  The room also contains the chairs the actors used on the set.  A man will position you in front of a large neon sign that reads “Dallas” in red letters and takes your picture while you are wearing a loaned cowboy hat.  He processes the picture while you are taking the tour in hopes that you will purchase the picture when you leave.  The area also has Lucy’s wedding dress and other props and wardrobe accessories used enclosed in a plexiglass case.  Further into the room, you see the actual prop gun used to shoot J.R. in the famous “Who Shot J.R.” episode, also enclosed in a plexiglass case.  You’ll walk through another door to an outside area with waiting benches and disposal containers for any empty food or drink containers.  There is also a smoking receptacle for those who wish to smoke before boarding the large tram which takes the tour to the mansion.

When the tram arrives at the mansion, the riders exit the tram and walk to the tour entrance of the mansion.  A tour guide takes your ticket and asks you to sit in a chair.  There are chairs aligned in such a way, you feel like you are in a school assembly.  This area of the mansion was originally the garage, refitted to accommodate this orientation portion of the tour.  On the outside of the mansion, the double garage door was kept intact for photo opportunities of the tourists.

The tour guide gives a brief history of the mansion which I will not mention here for those who wish to actually take the tour of the mansion.  I can say the exterior shots were filmed at the mansion with the interior shots filmed at the MGM studios in California.  Exterior shots were only allowed to be filmed during the summer months due to a requirement by the property’s actual owner at the time. 

After the brief orientation, tourists are allowed to roam the mansion freely, taking as many pictures as they wish.  Tourists were also allowed to stay as long as they wished.  There is another gift shop and a restaurant on the property rather close to the mansion.  Admittance to the restaurant was restricted on the day we went due to a couple renting the area for their wedding.  No one is allowed in the swimming pool during the tour.  The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders would use the mansion for their annual slumber party upon revelation of the final squad for the year.  This is when the squad photo was unveiled.  Only the cheerleaders were allowed to use the swimming pool after the cancellation of the series that made this property a tourist attraction.

Immediately upon exiting the orientation room which used to be the garage, you will actually walk through the mansion itself.  Immediately to your left, you will see two sliding glass doors which were also used by the cast to enter or exit the mansion.  These sliding glass doors lead to the patio and pool area.  Tourists are allowed to exit the mansion using these doors for more photo opportunities.  Walking past the sliding glass doors, you will see a parlor on your left and a dining room on your right.  Inside the parlor, which is roped off to deny admittance to tourists, are a piano and several pieces of furniture.   Above the fireplace, hangs quite possibly a replica of the painting of Jim Davis as Jock that was seen on camera after the actor’s death.  The dining room contains a long table with chairs and place settings.  There is a large hutch along the wall behind one length of the table.  These items were probably not used in the series.  Continuing through the ground floor of the mansion, there is a set of a couple of steps leading to the kitchen and a bathroom.

The staircase is located next to the dining room on the right.  Tourists are allowed to go upstairs and take pictures of the bedrooms decorated with paintings of the actors as their respective characters.  The furnishings for the entire mansion are not the actual furnishings used in the series.  The staircase doesn’t wind like it does on the series.  At the top of the stairs is a short walkway leading to the rest of the mansion.  At the end of this walkway, you will see what is decorated to be J.R. and Sue Ellen’s room with paintings of the actors.  Inside this room is another set of sliding glass doors leading to the famous balcony.  Tourists are allowed to walk through those doors stepping onto the balcony for more pictures of the patio and pool area.  Continuing through the upstairs portion, another bedroom is to the left.  This bedroom is decorated for Jock and Miss Ellie with paintings of the actors.  Across from “Jock and Miss Ellie’s” room, is “Bobby’s: room with a painting of the actor.  Across the hall from “J.R. and Sue Ellen’s” room is “Lucy’s” room with a painting of the actress. 

We chose to leave after taking about fifty pictures or so because of the wedding that was planned for that afternoon.  I am including about half of the pictures I took that day.

We left the mansion and walked the short distance to the other gift shop which contains the actual Lincoln that Jim Davis drove during his time on the series.  The vehicle has not been registered or inspected for legal street use since 1978.  I was surprised to see the car was not roped off to prevent unnecessary touching by tourists who enter the gift shop.  The trunk of the car is open with merchandise for sale arranged inside.

We Left

The tram had arrived with a new batch of tourists when we were getting ready to leave. The tram drove us back to the area where we initially got on. We walked back through the doors where the photographer had our picture ready for sale which we did not purchase. We walked back through the doors leading back into the main gift shop. We purchased a few trinkets for memorabilia and left.

© 2010 Tammy L


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Tammy, Wow! you toured the Southfork Ranch! How cool is that? I was a devotee of "Dallas" and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Thanks so much.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

You are quite welcome, Rosie. The mansion is smaller than it appeared on TV. It's actually quite easy to find once you get to Dallas.

Have a nice day yourself.

Tammy


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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Tammy - I loved the photos - made me want to jump into that pool right now. Thanks for sharing.


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Suzie, The pool isn't very big at all. I think it's only about two and a half or three feet deep. The pool is the only part of the mansion that is closed to the public. People can look but don't get in it. I think they have to do that for safety reasons. And it does get rather toasty here in the summer (and spring and fall).

Tammy


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lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

Hi Tammy,

I found your hub while searching to see if it's permissible to take photos at Southfork. Judging from your beautiful photos, I guess you can :) Thanks for sharing!


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas Author

Thank you for your kind comments. You're allowed to take as many pictures as you like. I hope you enjoy taking the tour as much as I did.

Tammy


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lovesleftovers 5 years ago from Texas

Thanks Tammy!

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