I had read about the summer activities on the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower earlier in the summer and knew this would be something fun for my son and I to do before he started kindergarten. They offer two weekly programs for families during the summer to participate in addition to enjoying the 360 degree view of Dallas. On Mondays, the GeO-Deck has partnered with the Dallas Zoo for an intimate animal experience. On Wednesdays, they have the Dallas Public Library Children’s Librarians lead interactive storytime. We have been enjoying extra library time this summer so I decided it might be nice to see some animals up close and personal.
Reunion Tower is located just south of downtown and shares land with Union Station and Hyatt Regency Hotel. The ball at Reunion Tower has been an icon of the Dallas skyline since its debut in 1977. Union Station, Reunion Tower and the three levels at the top of the tower have all gone through various renovations through the years. Its current attraction level is state-of-the-art and a popular destination of Dallas. Parking is either valet at the Hyatt or a self-park lot that is a bit of a walk through the small and slightly shaded Reunion Park. There are kid-friendly walking markers on the sidewalk to show you the way to the tower. My son enjoyed counting them as we walked down the path.
The signage once you enter the reunion tower area is fairly easy to read to understand that you need to go down the escalators, elevator or stairs to the lower level to enter the Tower. Once you purchase your tickets you walk around the corner and have your picture taken with various photo props. When you reach the top of the tower you are able to view your picture and send a free digital copy to your email, post on social media and purchase souvenir photos printed on site.
As you ascend 470 feet up to the GeO-Deck in the glass elevator, the elevator concierge provides a wealth of information about the tower in the 68 second ride. Once you leave the elevator you are on the GeO-Deck surrounded by the Dallas skyline. WHAT AN AMAZING VIEW! The floor is carpeted with a GPS map of Dallas and we were able to locate where our house was. Maybe you can find yours too? Look for White Rock Lake just to the right of the elevator as you get off.
Around the deck are these amazing interactive touchscreens that provide historical, geographical and destination information for all of Dallas. We loved being able to zoom in and out of the LIVE cameras as well as touching various historical buildings or attractions and learning about them. These touchscreens are updated regularly throughout the year, so what you might have seen on them last year might be replaced with something different this year. You are also able to go outside on the 360 deck to feel the breeze in your face and use the free zoom cameras to see all around Dallas.
As I mentioned the Dallas Zoo has partnered with GeO-Deck to host intimate animal experience through the summer. Cassie and Molly showcased eight amazing animals from an owl, to an endangered chincilla to a crocodile. The show was informative, entertaining and it was amazing at how close we were to the animals. We learned so much about the animals and they made sure to walk around with the animals so everyone in the growing group could see them. They allowed the children to pet a turtle at the end of the presentation. I would suggest getting there early and getting a seat in the front or sides to really see the animals.
After spending time on the GeO-Deck we went up to Cloud Nine Cafe which is open for lunch daily and then turned into a private event space at night. The cafe offers a seasonal menu with two items for children (grilled cheese and chicken strips) and a variety of drink options for adults. I ordered the Sante Fe Salad, coke and chicken strips with house potato chips for my son. The chicken strips were soo good, I ended up eating the ones he did not eat. My salad was very fresh and light. The seating is throughout the space, and the neatest thing about it is that the floor is revolving a full rotation around the tower each hour. My son especially loved this part of our dining experience.
I am so thankful we were able to experience this special summer program at the GeO-Deck with the Dallas Zoo. I think we might return with little sister for the Dallas Public Library program on a Wednesday. Speaking of that…..the GeO-Deck has offered our readers a 20% admission discount on Wednesdays for the storytime. You will need to purchase your tickets at the ticket counter and mention “Mom’s Blog” to receive the discount. This discount is only available on Wednesdays through August 31, 2015 for the story time which begins at 11am. Story time will continue through August 19, 2015. A big thank you to the GeO-Deck for letting my son and I have this experience and share it with our readers.