Educational Excursions &
Things To Do in Dallas
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Sunday, June 25thWalking Tour of the West End Architecture District
SOLD OUT: Nutrition, Food Service and Hospitality: Behind the Scenes at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT & T Stadium and the Dallas Farmers’ Market
Focus on Design at the Dallas Arboretum
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Sustainable Design
A Tour of the Food & Hospitality Department at El Centro College
Wednesday, June 28thFinancial Fitne$$ on a National Scale: Tour the Federal Reserve Bank
1 ticket left! Bonton Farms: An Oasis in the Food Desert
An Inside Look at the El Centro College Fashion Department
SOLD OUT: A Guided Tasting at Kate Weiser Chocolate
Sunday, June 25thDallas Center for Architecture: “The birthplace of Dallas, it encompasses the earliest plots of land settled by John Neely Bryan and others beginning in the 1840's. With the arrival of the railroads in 1872, it became the center of a new and important commercial center--the warehouses that remain to this day hearken back to that time. Today, it serves as a juxtaposition of past and present-it is still the center of county government, but with important architectural reminders of important times in Dallas' past, including the tragic events of November 22, 1963.” After the tour, head back to the hotel with the group or stick around and tour the Sixth Floor Museum, dedicated to JFK, on your own!
This is an outdoor walking tour—please wear comfortable shoes, plan for the possibility of rain, and understand that you will be walking for an hour and a half with brief stops.
If you would like to attend one of the afternoon tours, may want to grab a quick bite at the hotel’s coffee shop, Coffee’s Post, before the 11:45am tour or head to one of the other restaurants before the 1pm tour!
9:15am-3:15pm: SOLD OUT! Nutrition, Food Service and Hospitality: Behind the Scenes at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Farmers' Market, $75, PDUs TBDOn this tour, you’ll get a unique look into two very different food service venues! You’ll start your day at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium. You’ll enjoy a comprehensive tour of the stadium, visiting the arena, luxury suites, Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader locker rooms, and what lies below the stadium, along with getting a chance to step on the field! (agenda subject to change based on the stadium schedule) Along with the stops on the tours for the general public, you’ll also enjoy an exclusive visit with the stadium’s chef, who helps produce the menu for the stadium as well as catering for special events and luxury suites! The chef will speak about producing a wide variety of food on such a large scale, and discuss food safety and purchasing.
Once you’ve finished up your tour with time in the gift shop, you’ll head over to the Dallas Farmers’ Market, where you'll meet with the Director of Market Operations, Amanda Vanhoozier, and the chef at Rex's Seafood and learn about small-scale food planning, prep, and service, along with the Market’s history and what’s going on today! Then, you’ll have time to eat lunch ($15 provided) at one of the many small vendors. Once you’ve eaten, you’ll tour the Market and their outdoor space, the Shed, and end with some time to shop!
This is a walking tour—please wear comfortable shoes.Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the city’s gems, called "one of the 15 most breath-taking botanical gardens in the world" by Architectural Digest! You’ll enjoy a tour focusing on the design and architectural aspects of the many gardens and structures, including the current art installation! One of our favorites is the Rose Mary Haggar Rose Garden, pictured above. You’ll also get to visit the Trial Gardens, where the Arboretum conducts trials to evaluate how different plants react to the sometimes harsh weather conditions in the region! While you won’t be able to tour it, you’ll have the chance to learn a little about the new two-acre food garden that will open next fall, A Tasteful Place. You’ll definitely want to visit the garden the next time you’re in town!
After your guided tour, you’ll enjoy a box lunch in Pecan Grove, and then will have time to wander the gardens on your own—and of course visit the gift shop!
This is an outdoor walking tour—please wear comfortable shoes, plan for the possibility of rain, and understand that you will be walking for most of the morning, with brief stops.Back to Top
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is one of Dallas’s most lauded museums! Appropriate for both children and adults, the Museum holds exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to minerals, six hands-on learning labs, and traveling exhibits! This tour will focus on the building itself—designed with sustainability as the focus, the museum incorporates recycled materials, holds rainwater collection cisterns, recaptures air conditioning condensation to meet plumbing demands in the summer, utilizes natural light whenever possible and takes advantage of solar panels when not. These are just a few of the aspects that make the Museum one of the most sustainable sites in Dallas! You’ll learn about all aspects of the building’s design and construction, and then have time to explore on your own!
This is a walking tour of the museum—please wear comfortable shoes.
If you would like to attend the morning architecture tour, you will have time to grab a QUICK bite to eat at the hotel’s coffee shop, Coffee’s Post, between tours.
El Centro College is the flagship community college of Dallas. It offers many family and consumer sciences-related programs, including the degrees available from the Food & Hospitality Institute! The Institute offers an affordable education designed for immediate employment. In 2016, it was selected as one of America’s Top 22 culinary schools by FSR Magazine! You’ll tour the kitchens and dining room with Institute Director Steve DeShazo, who will speak about the program and the different paths the Institute offers!
As El Centro College is located just half a mile from the hotel, attendees will walk to this tour, seeing monuments and the historic buildings of Dallas along the way. Please wear comfortable shoes.
If you would like to attend the morning architecture tour, you will have time to eat at one of the hotel’s restaurants between tours.
Dallas’s Federal Reserve Bank is one of twelve in the Federal Reserve System, serving the Eleventh District, covering Texas, northern Louisiana, and southern New Mexico. You’ll have the chance to tour the Fed’s current exhibit, and will enjoy a special talk, previewing personal financial literacy materials from the Federal Reserve System. Plus, you’ll head home with a bag of useful resources to take back to your classroom! Don’t miss this unique opportunity!food desert, with the closest grocery store hours away by bus. It has a high poverty and disease rate. Bonton Farms is working to change that! They’re working to support the community by employing locals working to pull themselves out of poverty, who may be on their last chance due to addiction or prison time. They offer quality organic produce below market rate to locals by selling to high-end markets around the city, and put their profits back into the community. Last year, they produced 20,000 lbs of produce on just 1.5 acres in the city, and recently expanded and now have an additional 40 acre lot outside the city! The Bonton farm also holds goats, pigs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, and beehives, providing eggs, milk, and honey to the community!
You’ll tour the Bonton lot with Executive Director Daron Babcock, and learn about how Bonton Farms was founded and the difference it’s making in the community. Daron will discuss how they select their crops and how the business model works! You’ll leave Bonton inspired, and ready to help make a difference in your own community.
El Centro College is the flagship community college of Dallas. It offers many family and consumer sciences-related programs, including degrees from their Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing programs. You’ll have the unique chance to visit the Basic Color Theory class while in session, and speak with students from the Fashion Sketching class. Your tour will also include information from Textiles & Product Development, and you’ll learn more about how the fashion programs at El Centro are structured and developed.