In addition to all the big-name venues the city is known for, you will also find several unique attractions that offer an only-in-Dallas experience your guests will love. From historic homes to famous museums, here are ten one-of-a-kind
Built in 1939 and modeled after one of the most spectacular mansions in the south, this sprawling meeting space has hosted everyone from former President Franklin D. Roosevelt to musician Stevie Ray Vaughan. Now it's ready to cater to your team. The large hall offers several spaces where you can host events for up to 500 guests. The 15-acre lawn offers more room for meeting and mingling. Consider treating your guests to an intimate networking event in the formal garden. Or host an under-the-stars reception on one of Arlington Hall's two terraces.
Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the historic Arts District Mansion, formerly the Belo Mansion, proves that business can be beautiful. Reward your guests with an elegant event under the alabaster chandeliers and 17-foot ceilings of the 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom. Or throw a party on the 2,025-square-foot terrace that overlooks the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Nasher Sculpture Center; it's not just the lavish setting that will impress your guests. An award-winning executive chef leads the Arts District Mansion's culinary team, so whether you want to host a black-tie executive dinner or a buffet-style barbecue, you can count on the mansion's team to wine and dine your group in style.
Dallas' Deep Ellum neighborhood has always been known for its music. Today, it's one of the state's most prominent entertainment districts, home to many live music venues, including the 50,000-square-foot Bomb Factory. With room for more than 4,000 guests, the facility's Factory Ballroom can accommodate everything from fashion shows to trade shows. Take advantage of the Bomb Factory's weekly rental program for a multi-day corporate event. Or have your guests feeling like rock stars when you hold a board meeting on the same stage that the Dave Matthews Band and The Ramones played.
Located 470 feet above the city, the GeO-Deck in Reunion Tower offers fantastic views and amazing space for your next meeting, wedding or private party. Every 55 minutes, the floor rotates 360 degrees, giving everyone in your group a chance to enjoy the impressive views of the city's skyline. As your team networks and talks business, they can also take advantage of the GeO-Deck's powerful telescopes and high-def zoom cameras to explore the city around them from above.
Go a little wild with your next event at the Dallas Zoo. With humble origins as a small wildlife park featuring two deer and two mountain lions, the Dallas Zoo is the largest zoo in Texas with more than 2,000 animals and attractions focused on education, understanding and conservation. The Dallas Zoo can accommodate up to 850 guests and features six different event spaces, including the Flamingo Room and Deck for corporate events. However, to get the most out of your experience, we suggest you book your event in the Hippo Hut or Basecamp so you can rub elbows with your guests while surrounded by the fantastic beasts of the African savannah.
Gilley's Dallas is one of the larger unique spaces, with room for more than 3,500 guests. Take your pick from meeting spaces like the grand South Side Ballroom, with its full-size stage, large buffets and a bar that seems to go on forever. Or perhaps your guests will prefer The Loft, with its expansive patio and cabanas. Don't let all the space fool you. Gilley's can make even the largest event feel like an intimate affair. Many of the rooms can be divided to create private places for VIP rooms and more.
Over a century ago, the Old Red Museum - or as locals call it, Old Red - served as the Dallas County courthouse. Today, it's one of the city's most beloved event spaces. Many of the courthouse's original features, including its granite walls and Victorian chandeliers, have been restored to their full glory, creating a classic and one-of-kind environment. Your guests will be mesmerized when they enter the marble entryway and see the fairy-tale-like four-story staircase. The museum's Great Hall can accommodate up to 300 seated guests (or 400 standing) with plenty of space left for buffets and dancing.
For even more history, consider granting your guests exclusive access to the Sixth Floor Museum, a must-see for any visitor to Dallas. Formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository, this museum celebrates the life and legacy of former President John F. Kennedy. In addition to the inspiring exhibits, the museum offers more than 4,500 square feet of event space, perfect for an unforgettable client reception, awards banquet and more. Walk through history and under the 14-foot ceilings and exposed brick details. A large catering and prep space, plus two wide elevators, make hosting an upscale catered event a breeze.
This 1914 train station was once one of the Southwest's largest and most important transportation hubs. Now fully restored to its original splendor, the station's grand Beaux-Arts halls are just waiting to greet your guests in style. Union Station offers more than 26,000 square feet of versatile space, including the unique covered loggia outside the Grand Hall. But it's not just the vintage architecture that will impress your guests. The venue's Wolfgang Puck catering team is ready to elevate your event with expertly prepared dishes customized to your guests' preferences and dietary needs.
Where else can your guests race against a T. Rex, attend a private screening of a 3-D National Geographic documentary and marvel at life-sized dinosaur fossils - all while toasting and dining with their colleagues and new friends? Give your guests reign of the entire Perot Museum of Nature and Science for a night they'll never forget. The rental fee includes top-notch planning assistance from the museum's events team and the use of all its tables and chairs. Your guests will always remember how much fun they had at your event, while you'll always remember how easy the experience was for your team.