Want to know a great way to make your event a memorable one? Put a hint of vacation on the itinerary.
Your attendees might be here on business, but that doesn’t mean they can’t spend some time getting to know the city they’re visiting. Just a three-hour flight from almost anywhere in the U.S., Dallas is not only home to one of Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Top 10 convention centers, it’s also filled with a diverse collection of neighborhoods and entertainment districts. Here are three easy ways to show them the side of Dallas that the locals love.
An Urban Oasis
Built “out of thin air” over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Klyde Warren Park is 5.2 acres of green space and walking trails in the middle of downtown Dallas. Less than a mile from Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, this popular gathering space is perfect for creative breaks and group yoga sessions. Or simply suggest it to attendees as a spot where they can take a stroll and clear their minds without straying too far from their downtown hotel.
Dallas’ Best Kept Secret
Your attendees can catch a ride on the Dallas Streetcar from the Convention Center Station—just two blocks from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas—and set out to explore some of the nearby neighborhoods on foot. Have them get off in the Bishop Arts District, home to an eclectic selection of independent boutiques, art galleries, and local hot spots for food and drink.
BBQ and Music
Looking for an authentic Texas barbecue joint for a group lunch? You can’t beat the renowned Pecan Lodge, located just east of downtown in the Deep Ellum district. Have your attendees hop on the eco-friendly Efrogs shuttle for a zero-emissions ride from the hotel to the restaurant. (This free service is a great way for them to get to know other nearby entertainment districts when the workday is over, too.) Deep Ellum alone is home to more than 30 live music venues; plenty of local breweries and bars; and cutting-edge, original drama productions at Undermain Theatre.