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ARA Annual Convention 2017: Big City, Big Views, Big Fun

ARA’s 74th Annual Convention & Exposition in Dallas, Texas on November 1-4, 2017, has all the makings of something BIG!

When’s the last time you were in Dallas? We’d bet it’s changed quite a bit since the last time you visited. While you’ll still experience the Texas culture that is rooted deeply in the city’s roots, Dallas is now more of an urban destination, full of life and experiences that makes it a great destination year-round.

It’s the only place in the world where you can experience both the thrill of the Dallas Cowboys and the savory plates of big culinary players like chefs Dean Fearing and Stephan Pyles. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s no place like Dallas to reflect on some of the most impressive art collections in the world. Whatever you’re looking for, Dallas delivers. Get to Dallas and experience your own BIG moment.

See the city from over 500 feet in the air at one of Dallas’ most recognized structures. Enjoy the view and interact with Halo, the deck’s digital information system, to learn about Dallas, its landmarks, Reunion Tower’s light shows, milestone events in the city and more. Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 9 pm, Friday 11 am – 10 pm, Saturday 10 am – 10 pm • 300 Reunion Blvd. E • Dallas 75207 • (214) 712.7040 •

Dallas proudly boasts the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, spanning 68 acres and 19 blocks, and is home to some of Dallas’ most significant cultural landmarks, including the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and the Dallas City Performance Hall. Take a stroll through the district and visit each one – they’re all within walking distance of each other. Check the website for various business hours and a map of the district’s offerings • 750 N Saint Paul St. • Dallas 75201 • (214) 744.6642 •

This 15-acre restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment destination sits at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. Trinity Groves’ mission is to foster the growth of startup businesses, building upon Dallas’ culture of innovation and ß. Pay a visit to a brewery, culinary events center and multiple restaurants. The area is also home to the Restaurant Concept Incubator program, which encourages culinary entrepreneurs to develop restaurant concepts to become the newest addition on the block. Visit the website for hours • 425 Bedford St. • Dallas 75212 • (214) 671.9500 •

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy with documentary films, photographs and artifacts. Walk through a timeline of Kennedy’s life and presidency and the moments of November 22 as an entire nation stood by. A live feed from the museum webcam features a real-time view from the sniper spot, and two areas in the museum were recreated to appear as they did in 1963. Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Monday 12 – 6 pm • 411 Elm St. • Dallas 75201 • (214) 747.6660 •

The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens features 66 acres with 11 lush display gardens that offer seasonal color all year long. Home of Dallas Blooms, the Southwest’s largest outdoor floral festival, the Arboretum provides a tranquil oasis surrounded by the beauty of all four seasons. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden was designed to connect children with nature. Enjoy eight acres of fun overlooking the beautiful White Rock Lake with 150 interactive exhibits, 16 indoor and outdoor classrooms and a Discovery Garden. 9 am – 5 pm daily • 8525 Garland Rd. • Dallas 75218 • (214) 515.6500 •

Klyde Warren Park opened in 2012 and introduced a central green space in the middle of a bustling downtown scene. The 5.2-acre park delivers a comprehensive activities calendar for locals and visitors, including daily fitness classes, a dog park, a children’s center, games and live music. Connectivity was key in picking the spot above Woodall Rogers Freeway for the park; visitors can get to Klyde Warren via foot, trolley or bicycle from multiple neighborhoods. 6 am – 11 pm daily •2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway • Dallas 75201 • (214) 716.4500 • • Cost: Free

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, home to 11 permanent exhibit halls and various traveling exhibitions throughout the year, delivers hours of fun for children and adults alike. Learn the history of the building – a $185 million project designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne – in a gallery spanning its conception to present day. Catch a view of Downtown Dallas from the museum’s glass-encased elevator as you go up to the top floor and back down. Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm • 2201 N Field St. • Dallas 75201 • (214) 428.5555 • • Cost: $15 adults (18-64), $12 students (12-17) and seniors (65+), $10 children (2-11)

Once one of Dallas’ best hidden treats, this two-block former warehouse area sits in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of South Dallas. It’s home to more than 60 boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and galleries, making it one of Dallas’ most unique (and not-so-secret) districts. Visit the website for hours • 419 N Bishop Ave. • Dallas 75208 • (214) 712.7040 • • Cost: Free

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum holds the largest electronic records collection in the entire Presidential Library system with more than 200 million email messages and nearly four million photographs. Visit Freedom Hall, a high definition video wall montage of the 44 U.S. presidents, and a full-sized Oval Office. The museum and an accompanying 15-acre urban park reside on the campus of Southern Methodist University, the alma mater of former First Lady Laura Bush. 
Monday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm • 2943 SMU Blvd. • Dallas 75205 • (214) 346.1650 • Cost: $16 adults, $14 youth (13-17), $13 college students and seniors, $10 children (5-12) and military, free under 4. Group discounts available. •

As part of the most recent improvements to the Trinity River Corridor, the Continental Avenue Bridge and West Dallas Gateway offers activity space with an up-close view of the Trinity River and Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Grab a snack from one of the food trucks that make a daily stop, lounge on a chair or take on a chess match or fitness class. 5 am – 11 pm daily • 109 Continental Ave. • Dallas 75207 • (214) 671.9500 • Cost: Free

With more than 15,000 square feet of heavily shaded outdoor space, Truck Yard features four rotating food trucks, patio furniture and plenty of seating to enjoy a drink, great food and live music with some of Dallas’ coolest neighbors. Truck Yard charges itself with re-energizing the iconic lower Greenville Avenue area, with more restaurants and shops just around the corner. 11 am – 12 am daily • 5624 Sears St. • Dallas 75206 • (469) 500.0139 •