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The Event Planner’s Guide to Dallas Venues

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

Dallas, Texas skyline buildings Are you looking for a city that will wow your guests and delivers great event spaces? Then Dallas is for you! With 13,000 downtown Dallas hotels, 12,000 places to eat, and $20 billion being spent on current and future development, big things are happening in Dallas for meeting and event planners. With so many options, Dallas has a venue and hotel that will fit every budget and need. No wonder Dallas is the number one destination in Texas and one of the top 50 meeting destinations in the U.S. Explore the top venues in Dallas and see how Dallas can make your next meeting or event a big deal.

 

Top 10 Phoenix Venues Planners Should Consider

1. Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention 

Named “The Best-Run Convention Center in America,” the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, located in the center of downtown Dallas, offers over 1 million sq. ft. of exhibit space. The Convention Center features 96 meeting rooms, three ballrooms (65,124 sq. ft), a 21,290 sq. ft area that can seat 9,816 people, a 9,816-seat theater, in addition to outdoor space. The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center also offers free internet for event and meeting professionals and is one of the only United States LEED-EB and ISO green certified convention centers.

Key Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center Dallas Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: Visit Dallas

2. The Castle at Rockwall

Known for its breathtaking 10 acres of land, the Castle is an ideal venue for a special meeting or event. The Castle can accommodate 600 people throughout the dining rooms, bar, veranda, and lawns. If you are looking to host a smaller event or meeting, the Castle offers four other venue packages: Inside the Castle, The Veranda, The Front Lawn, and The Great Lawn. The Castle also offers eight event experience packages, which will help make your attendees experience at the Castle more memorable.

The Castle at Rockwall Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: The Castle at Rockwall

3. Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh

Le Meridien is ideal for planners who are looking for more intimate spaces for their meetings or events. With 5,357 sq. ft of venue space, Le Meridien offers seven separate meeting and event rooms that can accommodate anywhere from 8 to 150 attendees. In addition to the hotel’s venue space, the Le Meridien offers 176 guest rooms. With the hotel being located in uptown Dallas, your guests will be steps away from some of the best Texas cuisine, museums, and shops.

Le Meridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: Le Meridien – The Music Room

4. TopGolf Dallas

Want to hold your next meeting or event somewhere other than a conference room? TopGolf offers planners with four unique venue options and 74 climate-controlled hitting bays. You can choose from one of their all-inclusive packages, which include food, drinks, games, and an event staff. One of the venue’s most popular rentable spaces is the Signature Room, which can accommodate up to 100 guests alongside the hitting bays. Other venues at Top Golf include Rooftop Terrace, the Lower Level Lounge, and the full venue buyout. Your attendees don’t have to be golfers to enjoy this unique experience.

The TopGolf Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: TopGolf

5. Lone Star Park

Located minutes from the Dallas, Fort Worth International Airport, Lone Star Park offers a unique and easily accessible venue space for meetings and events. Lone Star Park offers five indoor meeting and event space. The Park also offers over one million sq. ft, of outdoor meeting and event space that can accommodate up to 20,000 guests. The Courtyard of Champions and the Outdoor Festivals are two ideal spaces for trade shows, exhibitions, and more. To top off your meeting or event, Lone Star Park also offers live racing for your attendees.

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: Lone Star Park

6. Omni Hotels & Resorts

Enjoy views of downtown Dallas, local artists paintings, and history of the city from one of the top 100 meeting hotels in the United States. Omni Hotel can accommodate 10-person meetings to 1,000-attendee events in their 111,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space. Omni offers 41 separate meeting rooms, two ballrooms, and an event technology center where you can host a digital meeting or event. The hotel is also connected by a sky bridge to the Dallas Convention Center, which offers more than 2.1 million sq. ft of meeting and event space.

Omni Hotels & Resorts Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: Omni Hotel & Resort

7. Marie Gabrielle

This European-influenced restaurant and 1.5-acre garden located in the middle of Dallas, is a unique option for your next meeting or event. Host your corporate function, party, or other corporate events inside the restaurant, which offers floor-to-ceiling window views of the gardens or host your event amidst the 8,265 sq. ft of oak and river birch trees. With room for up to 300 guests, your meeting or event at Marie Gabrielle’s is sure to be enchanting.

Marie Gabrielle Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: Marie Gabrielle

8. NYLO Dallas South Side

Originally designed in 1911, this fully renovated, modern boutique hotel offers 76 guest rooms and 5,000 sq. ft. of unique and intimate meeting and event space. NYLO features 950 sq. ft. of indoor, flexible venue spaces, including two boardrooms—the Belleview and Cedars Boardroom— and the Library Lounge. In addition, the NYLO offers an outdoor rooftop bar with a pool that can be rented for meetings and events. Use this ultramodern, contemporary hotel as the backdrop to wow your attendees at your next meeting or event.

NYLO Dallas South Side Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: NYLO Dallas South Side

9. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Let your guests experience the modern marvel that is the Perot Museum by hosting your next meeting or event in one or all of the 19 different venues. The Perot Museum can accommodate 20 to 1,500 guests in the unique venues. Some of the museum’s most highlighted spaces include the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall and the glass-encased Main Lobby, where 120 guests can dine surrounded by sparkling gems collected from around the globe.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: Perot Museum of Nature and Science

10. Backyard Dallas

Looking to host an authentic, Dallas event? Then Backyard Dallas is for you. The venue features 12,000 sq. ft of open-air space where you can host up to 750 guests. This lively and rustic venue features games like bar swings, corn hole, Jenga, and more. Your guests can play in-between eating some of Backyard’s scratch-made Texas-American cuisine and participating in your meeting or event. With custom decor, photo booths, and handmade cocktails, there’s not much your guests won’t love about the Backyard.

 

Backyard Venue - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: Backyard Dallas

Top 3 Things to Do in D-Town

1. The Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza

Rate #1 thing to do on U.S. Travel, discover one of two of the only presidential assassination sites in the U.S. The Museum, located on the sixth and seventh floor of the building, focuses on President John F. Kennedy’s life, presidency, and his tragic assassination. You can visit the museum Monday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pro Tip: The museum is very popular, so to ensure entrance, you can purchase your ticket online, up to 30 minutes prior to your arrival for an additional dollar fee.

 The Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza - Dallas, Texas Photo Credit: JFK.org

2. Kimbell Art Museum

Opened every day except for Monday’s, the Kimbell Art Museum is rated as one of the top, small art museums in the world. The Museum, which is located in the Fort Worth’s Cultural District offers a permanent collection of art from artists like Picasso, Rembrandt, and Monet, in addition to featured exhibits. Some of the current featured exhibits include Monet: The Late Years, Renior: The Body, The Senses, and Balenciaga in Black. Admission to the Museum’s permanent exhibits is free; however, there is an admission fee for special exhibitions.

Pro Tip: To avoid waiting in lines special exhibition lines, you can purchase your ticket online.

Kimbell Art Museum - Dallas, TexasPhoto Credit: Kimbell Art Museum

3. Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District

Fort Worth Stockyard, also known as where the West begins, is a district that embodies the state’s western heritage. In Stockyards, you’ll experience the history of the Wild West. Enjoy cowboy cuisine, visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame or the prohibition speakeasies.

Pro Tip: If you have the option, visit Stockyard on a Friday or Saturday night around 8 pm to experience the Championship Rodeo, where you’ll watch real cowboys show off their racing, riding, and roping skills in the Cowtown Coliseum.

Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District - Dallas, TexasPhoto Credit: Fort Worth Stockyards

Have you ever hosted an event in one of these Dallas venues? How did it go? What was your favorite thing to do inside and outside of Dallas? Let us know by commenting below!

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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