Eight fun facts about The Ball.
Posted on Mar 2, 2021 By David C Justin
When you think of the iconic landmarks that make our beautiful cityscape, there's only one that stands out as the de facto symbol of the city of Dallas: Reunion Tower. If you've never been or it's been a while, the tower is definitely a must-see destination - as long as you're not afraid of heights!
The top of Reunion Tower stands an impressive 561 feet tall, but don't worry. You won't be going quite that high. The tower's observation deck, the GeO-Deck, is a little closer to the ground - only 470 feet above street level. Whether you visit at day or at night, the GeO-Deck offers a stunning and breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of the city that has to be seen to be believed. While the views are spectacular no matter when you visit, they're extra special at sundown!
Inside the GeO-Deck, touch-screen displays allow you to learn more about other iconic landmarks around Dallas as you explore the city of Dallas like never before. For the more adventurous types, I encourage you to step outside and let the wind whip through your hair as you look straight down to streets below and enjoy that shot of pure adrenaline coursing through your body.
However, Reunion Tower isn't just about the views. They have events, too. Sunset Yoga, Painting with a View and other entertaining activities are constantly being added to their event calendar.
Want to know more about the tower before you go? Check out these eight fun facts about Reunion Tower.
- Due to its geodesic sphere design, Reunion Tower is affectionately known as The Ball.
- The tower is 561 feet tall with three floors located at the top. The observation deck sits in the lowest of those three floors.
- When the tower originally opened in 1981, there were three floors you could visit: the observation deck, a rotating restaurant and a night club.
- The original plain 130-watt incandescent light bulbs were replaced in 2011 with 259 high-output LED light nodes that each contains 12 red LEDs, 12 green LEDs and 12 blue LEDs.
- The current lighting system uses sophisticated computer software to provide a nightly spectacle that can be changed to match the season, celebrate holidays or promote special events. (You can read more about the tower's light show in this story from VisitDallas: The Magazine.)
- The lights from the tower can easily be seen from more than 15 miles away on a clear night.
- The elevator trip from the lobby to the GeO-Deck takes 65 seconds. Fortunately, the trip back down to the lobby takes the same amount of time.
- Reunion Tower has been featured in numerous TV shows and movies including Dallas, The Tree of Life, Robocop, The Amazing Race 26 and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Tickets can be purchased online and are good for 30 days after the purchase date. Adults are $18, seniors (65+) are $14, children (4-12) are $9 and children 3 and under are free. Reunion Tower is open Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; and Friday through Sunday, 1:30 - 9 p.m.