Last 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.
The 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.
The 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!
In 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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