There are many reasons to visit the Dallas/Fort Worth area – it offers superb shopping and it’s a haven for foodies and sports fans. Even better? There’s plenty to do for groups. Here’s why you should consider Dallas/Fort Worth for your next family reunion, friends vacation, office retreat, or team-building trip.

Get Out on the Water

White Rock Lake

Make it special for sporty groups and organize a day out stand-up paddling, kayaking, and canoeing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. You can rent boards and kayaks at White Rock Lake and Panther Island Pavilion. White Rock Lake is 5 miles northeast of Downtown Dallas, and you can pick up a kayak from White Rock Co. Panther Island Pavilion sits on the Trinity River in the heart of Fort Worth. The rental concession is Backwoods Paddlesports and their trailer can be found near the sandy beach. You can also rent a tube during concert season (June to August). Stay at the Embassy Suites Downtown right in the heart of Fort Worth.

Defy Gravity
Indoor skydiving at iFly is an exciting team-bonding activity, as everyone shares the freedom and the thrill of skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. It’s advisable to book a flying session with group discounts in advance at both the Dallas and the Fort Worth iFly locations.

Support the Dallas Stars
Nothing like a fast-paced and highly physical game of hockey to get the adrenaline pumping. The Dallas Stars ice hockey team gives you that jolt, so get tickets for a match-up at the American Airlines Center. You get pricing advantages if you book for a group of 15 or more.

Plan Your Escape
Tap into your problem-solving skills and your ability to interpret clues with your teammates while you explore the depths of the earth, rob a Western bank, or become a secret agent. Where? At The Escape Room, an escape game experience with locations in both Dallas and Fort Worth.

Drive and Dram
Since some people prefer to bond over a glass of whiskey and a round of golf, why not also book a tour of Whiskey Ranch in Fort Worth? The 112-acre facility includes a brand-new distillery and an 18-hole golf course. You can sample a few drams of their whiskey and bourbon in the ranch-style TX Tavern after a visit to the still house and bottling facilities. Also, you can organize a one-day retreat for your company.

Give the Kids a Thrill
Grapevine Mills Mall offers two attractions for the little ones. At LEGOLAND, kids can catch a movie at the 4D theater, go on fun rides, operate tiny vehicles, and enjoy the many interactive play areas, letting their imaginations run wild. At SEA LIFE Aquarium, children of all ages come face to face with water creatures from all kinds of habitats, like the shoreline, mangroves, rockpools, sea caves, or the deep sea. They can also attend educational talks and feeding times.

Connect with Nature

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science

At the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, children will learn all about human anatomy, ecosystems, natural resources, gems, dinosaurs, the planets, and much more through hands-on activities. Ten or more people visiting together should make a reservation in advance to get group discounts.Kids will also get to know nature at the Rory Meyer Children’s Adventure Garden inside the Dallas Arboretum. They can get lost in the maze, see wind being transformed into electricity, discover pictographs in the Petroglyph Walk, learn about plants at the Plant Petting Zoo, and much more. Admission to the Rory Meyer Garden is not included in the general admission to the arboretum, but you can buy a ticket combo.

If you like upscale retro-chic, stay at The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection, a recently renovated downtown Dallas landmark. It’s a short drive to the Perot Museum and the American Airlines Center.

Book your group events and accommodations in Dallas/Fort Worth at www.GroupGuides.Hilton.com/dallas-fort-worth

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