By day, Downtown Dallas is business as usual with power lunches, art enthusiasts visiting their favorite museums, and families enjoying spacious parks. Once the sun goes down, the urban core comes alive with cosmopolitan dining and an energy that's truly electric. Add all that to easy access via the light rail system, free buses, and vintage trolleys, and you have the obvious choice for a big group adventure. Here are just a few reasons we love downtown:
Find Klyde Warren Park, an urban green space with food trucks and daily activities, over a bustling highway in the heart of Downtown. Main Street Garden, Belo Garden, and Sammons Park are other enchanting local favorites to enjoy on a sunny afternoon.
Dallas Arts District
The shining star of the districts is the 68-acre, 19-block neighborhood Arts District in the heart of downtown, full of world-class museums, theaters, and other Downtown Dallas venues hosting star-studded performances in music, dance, theater, and more. Have a moment of serenity among celebrated artwork at the Nasher Sculpture Center, or admire for free at the Dallas Museum of Art or Crow Collection of Asian Art. From performing arts at the AT&T Performance Arts Center, striking beauty in sight and sound at the Winspear Opera House, or a magnificent performance from Dallas Black Dance Theater, there's always something to experience in the Arts District.
Start in the West End Historic District and get a glimpse of 1960s Dallas as you walk amongst century-old brick warehouses, now home to dozens of shops and restaurants. The nearby Dealey Plaza was the site of the President John F. Kennedy assassination and is one of the most visited spots in Dallas.
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
Downtown is also home to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD), one of the leading convention centers in the country. KBHCCD is in the heart of downtown, anchored by the internationally recognized Reunion Tower. The center is a ten-minute drive from Dallas Love Field Airport and approximately 20 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. These two airports provide direct access to Dallas from nearly 200 cities, a practical and convenient destination for business travelers.
Once inside KBHCCD, meeting planners will find an array of amenities. The center is home to more than one million square feet of exhibit space, nearly 100 meeting rooms, a 1,750-seat theater, a 9,800-seat arena, and three ballrooms. KBHCCD features the world's largest column-free exhibit hall and is connected via skybridge to the 1,001-room, LEED Gold-Certified OMNI Dallas Hotel. Additionally, the center's easy access to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) trains drop visitors off at KBHCCD and make it easy to get to hotels, shopping, entertainment, and dining venues all over the city.