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Update: Reunion Tower is being refurbished and is closed for now.(Feb. 2008)
Picture the skyline of Dallas unfolding beneath you as the platform rotates 360 degrees in an hour's time. This view and more is yours from atop Reunion Tower and I recommend this site if you're traveling to the 9th largest city in the United States.
We've taken out-of-town guests to the Dome Lounge, where we've enjoyed a convivial glass of wine and tray of hors d'oeuvres. The Antares Restaurant serves lunch and dinner or Sunday champagne brunches and features New American cuisine.
Although we've never dined at the restaurant, friends have recommended forgoing dinner and just enjoying dessert and the city's panorama. An observation deck is also open to the public.
Reunion Tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Dallas. A parking lot is located on the premises, as well as, across the street. A validated ticket from Reunion Tower will give you a small discount from either of these two lots.
Hours for the Antares Restaurant are Mon.-Sat. 11:30 am-2pm; nightly 6pm-10:30pm or Sun. 10:30am-2:30pm for Sunday brunch.
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Reunion Tower over Dallas
Reunion Tower is one of the Dallas landmarks, which is why it is pretty funny that I did not even take any notice of it when I was there in 1997. It must have been on the city tour I took, but I don't remember it and took no pictures of it.
It is about 50 stories (560 feet - 15th tallest in Dallas) in height and is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, which I also find funny. I don't know of any other hotel with a huge geodesic dome on top of a tower that is part of it. That's probably also why the parking is normally listed as being at the hotel instead in of the less expensive Reunion Arena lot. Both the Tower and the Hyatt were designed by Welton Becket & Associates from Los Angeles, California.
The shaft of the tower is four concrete cylinders. The three on the outside in a triangular pattern house elevators that offer the passengers a view as they ride up or down. The center one houses stairs and mechanical shafts. The top of the tower is a three level structure, also constructed of poured in place concrete. Surrounding this top is a geodesic dome formed with aluminum struts. The dome has 260 light bulbs that blink at night in deferential patterns. The lighting patterns are created by computer, which operates 40 circuits of lights across the face of the dome.
This tower is less expensive to go to the top of than some others like the CN tower in Toronto. But it is still a good place to have a meal and enjoy the city landscape.
Trivia from the Reunion Tower web site:
* The elevator trip to the top takes 68 seconds.
* The structure weighs 23,600 tons.
* It takes 55 minutes for the restaurant to revolve once.
* Each strut is 15-feet long.
* The dome is made of more than 100,000 parts.
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The Reunion Tower
Also known as the Hyatt Ball. You can go up into the top of the ball and see just about the entire city. It can be a very romantic and memorable place. The cost between parking and taking the elevator is around 5 dollars. At night the ball lights up and can be seen from all over the city.
Reunion Tower can be seen all around the downtown dallas area and even further at night, with over 200 lights that light up the dome. The tower has been a Dallas landmark for over 25 years. There are 3 levels at the top of the 50 storey strucutre.
Elevators will take you to the top levels in 68
seconds, unless of course you want to walk the 837 steps which go up the middle of the tower. On a clear day you can see for miles and even when not, the view over downtown Dallas is quite something. The tower opened in 1978.
A nominal admission is charged.
We parked next to Reunion Arena to go to Reunion Tower. I was somewhat taken aback to see that cameras are not allowed inside.
Carry In Items – Items not permitted inside Reunion Arena include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Additional items may be added by the event producer
• Bottles or Cans
• Coolers & Containers
• Food or Beverages (prescribed medication/baby formula permitted)
• Frisbees, Beach balls, etc.
• Helium Balloons
• Illegal Substances
• Large purses or bags
• Large Banners
• Laser Pointers
• Lighters, Matches
• Noisemakers of any kind
• Video Cameras
• Weapons / Firearms / Projectiles
Please note that Security has the right to search all bags and persons upon entry.
Cellular phones- Cell phones are permitted, as long as they do not interfere with other guests or the show.
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Lunch and a Great View
If you are ever in Dallas, you must go by Reunion Tower in downtown. While the revolving restaurant at the top is rather expensive, many people forget that just a level below this is a lounge area with a bar and appetizer type food that also revolves. Drinks are still a little pricey for Dallas standards, but it is well worth the view to stop by for a couple of drinks and a snack whether during the day or night. The view of the entire Dallas area is breathtaking and there isn't really another easily accessible place for such a view in this city on the plains of north Texas.
Reunion Tower is definitely a Dallas landmark and stands about 50 stories in height. It is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex. There are 260 light bulbs in the dome that blink at night in deferential patterns. The lighting patterns are created by computer, which operates 40 circuits of lights across the face of the dome.
There are three levels at the top of the tower dome, the lower level is (The Lookout) observation area, the second level is the (Antares) a revolving restaurant and the highest level is (The Dome) a revolving lounge with entertainment.
Views from the Tower in my travelogue.
There's Reunion Tower which is 50 stories tall. It's no Eiffel Tower, but, it's a good view. There are three levels on top: lower level is the lookout deck - second level is a restaurant (Antares); the third level is a lounge area with entertainment.
Price: $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and kids (3-12)
Hours: Mondays - Thursdays, 10 am to 10 pm; Fridays, 10 am to midnight; Saturdays, 9 am to midnight
I wonder how many times I've seen this icon in my life. Hmmmm...
Well, Reunion Tower is quite famous. Although, I don't think it's visited as much as the Eiffel one...Just joking.
The ball is actually not that old. It was constructed in the late 70s. It currently is apart of the Hyatt Regency hotel and restaurant. I think I read there are at least 8 proposals a week at the restaurant. However, this is a THINGS TO DO listing, not restaurant.
My family took me when I was kid. It was actually a bunch of kids. Therefore, we didn't go anywhere near the elegant, romantic restaurant. You can go to the observation desk for a tour without having to do anything with the hotel/restaurant.
Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors (age 65 and over) and children (age 3-12). They'll take you up in the elevator. Or, of course, you could take the 837-step stairwell. Completely your call!
Open Hours: 10a-midnight F, 9a-midnight Sa, 10a-10p Su-Th
Can't beat the photography opportunities for $2 if you're in the area! It's also very beautiful lit up at night.
My advice: Plan to stay for an hour. In 55 minutes you will turn one complete circle!
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Best Views of D: Reunion Tower
The Reunion Tower is a trademark of the Dallas' Skyline. The tower belongs to the Hilton Hotel and there is a lounge area and a revolving restaurant at the top. It is also possible to just go to the look out floor, from where you can get nice views of Dallas (the pic from the Dallas intro page was taken from Reunion Tower). The fee to go to the look out is only $2 (but free for hotel guests).
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Antares restaurant in Reunion Tower is closed and has been replaced by Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. The Reunion Tower observation deck is still closed to the public. http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3917
View over Dallas
People have said that there is a place to eat up here ! well not when i was there ,it was empty , me and my sis were the only people around .
When you go outside to look at the view thats all you can do as you can not take great photos as the ball has thick metal fencing around it and clear plastic screwed on over that.
Fantastic views of the skyline of Dallas. Can also see Dealey Plaza. Although there are brilliant views, it is difficult to take photographs as there is wire safety mesh all around.
We entered the Tower through Union Station. There is a long walkway inside Union Station on the right hand side of the building. It takes you to the lobby of the Reunion Tower. There is a lift that takes you to the platform viewing deck. There was a small charge to go up the tower, about $3.00.
Reunion Tower has a great restaraunt which circles around, so you can eat dinner and see the city.
This is the best view of the city, it takes 68 seconds to get to the top of 50 stories.
It changes colors and lights with special occasions and holidays.
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This is the place to see Dallas in its entirety.The tower's observation deck, 50 stories above city streets, provides a 360-degree view. The vista includes Dallas' Uptown neighborhood and downtown, the many railroad tracks, the tree-lined Trinity River and Texas Stadium.
Get a great view of the new American Airlines Center, watch the people stuck in traffic or see the intricate rooftop of the Old Red Courthouse.
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