The 2019 Annual Conference will be held at the Gaylord Texan, located about 30 minutes from Dallas in beautiful Grapevine, Texas! There are many things to do and see, so be sure to take advantage of the discounted hotel rates before and after the conference to get the most out of your visit.
There are many things to do in Grapevine! Watch the Would-Be Train Robbers, a group of bandits who emerge daily to attempt a train heist at the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, sip wines from Texas and around the world along Grapevine's Urban Wine Trail, or stroll through the beautiful Botanical Gardens at Hertiage Park! A shuttle is available from the Gyalord Texan with stops in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Grapevine Mills, World/Bass Pro Shops, and severl restaurants along State Highway 114. You can learn more about Grapevine on their official website.
The Sixth Floor Muesum at Dealey Plaza is located on the sixth floor fo the Dallas County Administration Buildling (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) in downtown Dallas, Texas, overlooking Dealey Plaza. The museum's exhibition uses historic films, photographs, artifacts and interpretive displays to document the events of the assassination. Tickets and hours are available by visiting the museum's official website.
Dallas' John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza is located one block east of Dealey Plaza and is open to visitors. You can learn more about the plaza here.
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six Knights that compete in the joust and other tests of skill! You can expect two hours of jousting, swordmanship, and hand-to-hand combat (and some great food!). Learn more on their website and plan your visit!
The Dallas World Aquarium is located in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas. The aquarium aids in conservation and education by housing many anims that are threatened or endangered! The upper level of the aquarium features a reproduction of the Orinoco Rainforest and is an open aviary with toucans, scarlet ibis and more flying freely. This rainforest also features the only public displays of three-toed sloths and Antillean manatees in the United States, along with other animals such as electric eels, poison dart frogs, and vampire bats. Learn more about the Dallas World Aquarium on their website.
Texas Discovery Gardens is a 7.5 acre organic garden featuring native and adapted plants. Inside, the two-story Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium features a tropical rainforest, complete with hundreds of free-flying butterflies! Texas Discovery Gardens is located in Dallas' historic Fair Park and is open year round; learn more here.
If you're looking for a unique (and weird) experience, check out Ripley's in Grand Prairie! At Ripley's Believe It or Not!, you'll find 12 galleries of the weird, strange, and bizarre, including Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax with over 200 life-like figures. You'll also find the 2000 sq ft Ripley's Enchanted Mirror Maze and the Impossible Laser Race. Learn more here.
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