Dallas Experiences at the Family Travel Conference

Omni Dallas HotelLast week, I visited Dallas for the Family Travel Conference.  While there, I had the chance to see a few great places in Dallas, as well as stay at the Omni Dallas Hotel.  Despite working with a team in Dallas for 10 years of my professional career, I never actually visited the city (except for the airport, which FourSquare and my phone’s WiFi reminded me).

I arrived with a few hours free before the first session, so I ordered room service and got some work done.  Then, I headed downstairs to the conference.  We had several excellent sessions – I got pages and pages of notes, before we all met in the lobby to take the DART over to the Dallas Zoo.  I was impressed with the DART – it was easy to use and completely clean.

Dallas Zoo PenguinThe Dallas Zoo was closed, but we were able to participate in some after-hours fun.  I would have loved to spend the day at the zoo though – it looks like a great place for kids, and the design reminded me of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  The kids in attendance had fun feeding the giraffes, learning about the elephants and lions, and seeing a special little greeter, Sid the penguin.  Sid also came to see us in the hotel the next day.

Disney Lunch at FTC DallasThe next morning, I was greeted with my complimentary Omni Select guest coffee, and got ready for my day at the conference.  The morning sessions were great, and then Disney hosted a fabulous lunch. complete a visit from Mickey and Minnie!  Look at how cute those tables are!

Dallas GalleriaIn the evening, we hopped on some buses and headed to the Dallas Galleria.  I live about 2 minutes from the largest mall in New England, so I didn’t think I could get that excited about a mall.  But, obviously I hadn’t seen the Galleria, because it’s incredible.  We ate at two different restaurants, watched an indoor ice show, and had dessert in the play area.  So fun.

The next morning, I attended a few more sessions, then headed back home.  I’ll definitely hope to attend the Family Travel Conference next year.

Disclosure: As a Family Travel Conference ambassador, my conference fee and lodging was complimentary.


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About Jodi Grundig

Jodi Grundig has loved traveling since she was a little girl. She started blogging in 2007 on her popular review site Mom's Favorite Stuff and after doing quite a bit of family traveling, decided to launch her own travel blog. Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, eight-year old son, ten-year old daughter, and Havanese dog.


  1. Great post Jodi, sounds like you had a really productive and fun time. And the Galleria, well knowing that tree was 95 feet tall and indoors really caught my eye too! Many thanks for being part of FTCDallas.

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