Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, Dallas

The most iconic of all Dallas landmarks is the Reunion Tower’s big, lighted ball!  At night, it can be seen from over 20 miles away!  Inside the lights is the GeO-Deck, an absolutely cool observation tower that lets you see far and wide around Dallas with a 360 degree view!

Thank You so much to Reunion Tower GeO-Deck for inviting us out and providing complementary tickets!  I was not financially reimbursed for my visit, and of course, all opinions are my own!

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If you have them, take binoculars!  They have FREE stationary ones, but you can see so much more with your own pair!

Save money with a Dallas CityPass,  which gives you access to “4 must-see attractions combined in one deeply discounted ticket booklet that’s valid for 9 days.” Venues include the Dallas Zoo, Perot Museum, Sixth Floor Museum and more. Click HERE for more information.

Big D Trolley Tours offer a special package, which includes a visit to Reunion Tower and then a tour on the trolley.  Click HERE for more information.

Another great way to have fun and save money is to get a group discount!  Plan a getaway with your friends, group discounts must be ordered in advance!  They also do birthday parties, and it be a really cool one!

Purchase your ticket online and it’s good for 30 days.

Day and Night Tickets allow you to visit twice in 24 hours, so you don’t have to miss the amazing views during the day or Dallas lights at night!

There’s a definite breeze on the GeO-Deck, and it blew around both our skirts to the point it limited our time on the deck.  Wear pants or something more fitted.

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Parking is available at the Tower Parking Lot located just south of the tower. Rates were $6 for 4 hours.

Just follow the Tower Parking signs as they direct you around the Tower to the parking lot.

Once you’re up on the GeO-Deck, your kids will love playing “Find Our Car”!

OR Ride the Train!  The Trinity Railway Express and the Dart Train both stop just outside Reunion Tower at Union Station!

Amtrak

Coming from San Antonio, Texarkana, Austin or El Paso, or points beyond?  Amtrak offers daily service to Dallas’ Union Station!  It’s a closer walk to Reunion Tower and the Hyatt Regency Dallas than the parking lot!  While staying in downtown, you are just minutes from everything!  Click HERE for more information on Amtrak’s  Texas Eagle Train!

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Our first stop, we had so much fun dressing up with their fun props!  Add a backdrop of the Dallas skyline on their kiosk.  Email yourself and your friends a free copy, and share on social media, too!    13394128_10209450863734041_5623941944218259467_n

GeO-Deck

There are two circular floors on the GeO-Deck, one inside and one outside.  Each offers plenty of fun activities!

13335840_10209450862854019_636108739368301367_nThe inside deck has a wall full of fun, interactive screens which show you the city from cameras that can zoom in and out, lights shows from the tower and much, much more!

About those lights, they are LEDs, and there are 259 them!  Green isn’t its only color, either!  The lights can and do change color, and puts on special shows for holidays and events!

Don’t worry about remembering these numbers, you’ll get plenty of facts and trivia from the terrific people that work on the GeO-Deck!  They’ll even point out their favorite features of the Dallas skyline to you!

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My kiddo loves these collector pennies!  He’s always excited when he sees one!  If your is too, be sure you bring a little change!  Want to know how to NEVER be caught without proper change again?  Visit Penny Press online and find ALL their locations!  Just click HERE….

CIMG0041The outside deck is open air, and on the day of our visit the temperatures were in the 90’s, so I expected it to be warm, but the breeze made it VERY comfortable!

The circular path leads you past 4 free stationary binoculars, which you can spend all day looking through and still not see everything in Dallas!

I’ll be honest, my kids favorite was the one that faces the Omni Hotel pool.

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It’s a great way to find new places to visit, too!  The Old Red Museum, originally the Dallas County Courthouse, now serves as a regional historic museum!  Click HERE to read more!

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The trains down at Union Station really look more like little toys from this height!  Scan the tracks, it’s unbelievable how long are some of the freight trains that pass through the city!

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You can also see the old School Book Depository, now the Sixth Floor Museum.  The top window where Oswald shot has the blinds partially opened.  Reunion Tower was built in 1976, 13 years after that fateful day in history,  but it offers an outstanding view of Dealy Plaza, and if you look closely you can just barely make out the X in the road that marks where Kennedy was when he was shot.  To learn more about visiting the Sixth Floor Museum, please click HERE.

Scavenger Hunt:

For fun, we made a scavenger hunt for the kids to find things using the binoculars, which also stealthily taught them about the city landmarks! See if your kids can find:   The Texas Star Ferris Wheel at Fair Park, the Original Red Pegasus, the Dallas Police Station in Southside, the Longhorns at Founders Plaza, a Skateboarding Bird, and the Green Frogs at the Perot Museum.

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Before we left, we squashed the Perot Museum, and a few other buildings, too.  Sorry.

Cloud Nine Cafe

Great for families, Cloud Nine Cafe is casual dining just above the GeO-Deck, and the floor slowly rotates, giving you 360 degree view of the entire city!  Check hours and possible closures before you visit, because you won’t want to miss this!

GeO-Deck tickets are required to dine at Cloud Nine.

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Located on the 50th floor, 560 is fine dining, and reservations are required.

Valet service is offered for the restaurant near the Hyatt entrance.

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Find great Dallas-themed merchandise in their gift shop!

Shatterproof

Shatterproof is a non-profit that gives you the chance to…. are you ready for this….. put on a harness and repel down the tower, all in the name of charity!  I think I’d be thrilled just to watch!  Click HERE to learn more about them and when their next challenge will be!

Downtown Dallas on foot

The GeO-Deck gives you such a great view of all the things to do in Downtown Dallas, we couldn’t wait to set out and do some exploring!

CIMG0049.JPGThe Tunnel to Union Station is right by the Gift Shop, and runs under the railroad tracks.

CIMG0054.JPGWe decided to walk down to see the Red Pegasus in front of the Dallas Omni.  The Red Pegasus is a Dallas landmark, sitting atop the Magnolia Oil Building, later Mobil Oil, from 1939 – 1999. A newer, shiny Pegasus spins there now.

CIMG0064.JPG Just across the street is Lubben Plaza, with a serene sculpture garden!  Be sure to check out Harrow, a huge moving sculpture by Linnea Glatt, which makes a full circle in the sand every 24 hours.  For fun:  The sprinkler makes droplets in the sand around Harrow.  Using it as a reference, see if your kids can determine what time the sprinklers last came on. 

Things To Do in Dallas

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From Reunion Tower, it’s a short walk to Dealy Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum, The Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas West End, which offers shopping and dining.

Walk through the underground tunnels to Union Station to see this 1916 Beaux-Arts Classicism building, which now serves as a depot for TRE, Dart and Amtrak.  Catch the Dart Light Rail Train to take you to Victory Park, or the Trinity Railway Express to Fort Worth for the day, or just for a ride!   Click HERE to read more!

Stay

You’re already there, the Hyatt Regency Dallas!  Click HERE to visit their website.


Reunion Tower

300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas

Click HERE to visit their website.    


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Michelle 

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