We’ve been telling you about all the fun goings on at the RT Convention in Dallas, but what about outside the hotel? We’re Brooklyn based, so we turned to Chelsea Mueller — author, founding blogger of Vampire Book Club and Dallas native — for pointers.
This year’s event is held in a hotel attached to an iconic Dallas tourist stop — Reunion Tower. Good eats, great views, the whole nine. However, I want to get you outside. Let’s talk top things to do in Dallas.
PHOTO OP: Pioneer Plaza
Pioneer Plaza offers a little taste of Dallas’ outdoors—natural plants, flowers, waterfalls and the like—but the real reason it leads this list are the sculptures. Bronze works of cowboys driving a herd of longhorn steer through the park offer the ultimate Texan photo opportunity. These cowboys will be happy to be your Facebook cover photo, and don’t blush if you sneak a kiss.
(visitdallas.com, 1428 Young St., Dallas, (214) 953-1184)
ENTERTAINMENT: Medieval Times Dinner Tournament
You will likely drive past this legit castle en route to the convention hotel. I’m here to tell you the castle walls are filled with hot dudes who ride on horseback and will have no problems taking all sorts of ridiculous photos with you after the show. They’re like romance cover models in training. As an added bonus, you get a great show (they use real weapons!) and dinner. The more friends you bring with you on this trip, the better. Nothing like a bunch of rowdy romance fans to get a knight’s attention.
(MedievalTimes.com, 2021 N. Stemmons Fwy., Dallas, (214) 761-1801)
HISTORY: The Sixth Floor Museum
Not too far from our hotel, you’ll find a place you’ve seen pictures of for years: Dealey Plaza. This museum is dedicated to the life, presidency and legacy of John F. Kennedy. It takes up the entire sixth floor of what was the Texas School Book Depository. It’s an essential Dallas stop, and the experience can be quite emotional.
(jfk.org, 411 Elm St., Dallas, (214) 747-6660)
If you’re looking for an upscale spot to celebrate hitting a list or getting that great review in RT, this place is it. Pretend you’re a cattle baron, and dig into award-winning, upscale Texan eats. There are a variety of settings within the restaurant, which is located within the Ritz-Carlton building, that range from casual to elegant. Regardless of which room you’re seated in, the food will be phenomenal.
(fearingsrestaurant.com, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas, (214) 922-4848)
SCIENCE: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum is a new creation, opening in 2012, and its blend of natural history and interactive science exhibits make it a stand out. It’s also really fun for adults. Currently, there is an interactive Sherlock Holmes exhibit where you’ll discover how Sherlock uses science to solve crime — and then you get to give his techniques a whirl yourself.
(perotmuseum.org, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, (214) 428-5555)
SHOPPING: NorthPark Center
Need lots of options in one place? Done! NorthPark Center has more than 235 stores ranging from HM and J. Crew to Burberry and Louis Vuitton. Even if you’re not in the mood to buy, expect lots of lush floral arrangements, large-scale art and the opportunity to stop for a bite in the expansive mall.
(northparkcenter.com, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, (214) 363-7441)
SHOPPING: Dallas Pinup
This store is nothing but fun. They carry all your 1940s and 1950s favorite pin-up dresses, plus the accessories to go with them. Much of the clothing is from local, women-owned businesses. Plus, trying on all those dresses will make you feel like a starlet.
(dallaspinup.com, 2928 Main St., Dallas, (214) 741-4206)
Thanks, Chelsea, for that awesome virtual tour! Chelsea will be leading the panel “Social Media = Book Sales” at RT Convention on Friday, May 15, at 11:15 am, and she’d really like you to come.