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Arriving in Dallas on Monday or Tuesday and looking for options to explore your surroundings?

Get out and explore Dallas nearby the Omni Hotel. The Local Arrangements Committee has identified several great venues within a short metro/train ride from the Omni or within walking distance if you are adventurous. Most of the options listed below for Tuesday, 6/23 are venues that close at 5:00 PM. There will not be a formal group leader for these options, but you are welcome to assemble a small group and extend your networking.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

  • George W. Bush Library and Museum – 5-6 miles from Omni Hotel
    Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU), the George W. Bush Library and Museum serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy.
    2943 SMU Boulevard | Dallas, TX 75205 | 214-346-1650 | https://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/
    Mondays – Saturdays: 9 am – 5 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm) – plan for a visit of approx. 90 minutes.
    Cost & Transportation
    : Admission Fees and Public Transit / Directions.

  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park – 10 minutes from Omni Hotel
    Stimulate your curiosity in the revolutionary Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games.2201 N. Field Street | Dallas, TX, 75201 | 214-428-5555 press 8 | http://www.perotmuseum.org/
    Mondays – Saturdays: 10 am – 6 pm (summer hours) (last entry 3:30 pm)
    Free for educators (see notes). $17 General Admission, $12 Senior Admission, $5-$7 (films, special exhibits
    Transportation: DART train to either the West End or Akard Station; walk several blocks north, at the intersection of Field and Woodall Rodgers.

    Biomechanics traveling exhibit
    Free for Educators Discount Details
    not available online, must be redeemed in person at Museum Box Office
    unable to offer the discount on days when Museum tickets are sold out
    no refunds or discounts applied to pre-purchased tickets
    applies to the Museum’s general exhibit ticket; does not include traveling exhibitions, theater shows, or other     special events
    can be redeemed on the day of visit on a walk-up, tickets available basis

  • Dallas Museum of Art – 6 minutes from Omni Hotel
    The museum collection is made up of more than 24,000 objects dating from the third millennium BC to the present day. Located adjacent to Nasher Sculpture Center.
    1717 North Harwood | Dallas, TX 75201 | 214-922-1815 | https://www.dma.org/visit
    Daily, closes at 5:00 pm
    General admission is FREE! Special exhibition admission: $16 pp. Seniors: $14 pp.
    Taxi, metro rail, shuttle. DART train to the St. Paul Station and walk north to the Museum's Ross Avenue entrance.

  • Nasher Sculpture Center – 6 minutes from Omni Hotel
    A museum oasis in the heart of downtown Dallas and home to one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculptures in the world. Located adjacent to Dallas Museum of Art.
    2001 Flora Street | Dallas, TX 75201 | 214-242-5100 | https://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/
    Daily, closes at 5:00 pm
    $10 pp
    Taxi, metro rail, shuttle

  • Dallas World Aquarium – 6 minutes from the Omni Hotel
    The Dallas World Aquarium aids conservation and education by housing many animals that are threatened or endangered as part of a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the world.
    1801 North Griffin St. | Dallas, TX 75202 | 214-720-2224 | http://www.dwazoo.com
    Daily, closes at 5:00 pp
    Cost: $17.95 pp
    Taxi, metro rail, shuttle

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Guided local excursions are one of the highlights of MBA CSEA’s Global Conference for many attendees. Led by members of the Local Arrangements Committee, you’ll get to see one of Dallas’ featured venues while making new connections with other members of the Association.

Reserving your spot on the excursion of your choice: Select the excursion option when you register for the conference, or modify your existing registration to add an excursion.

The deadline for pre-registration is June 12
. On-site registration may be taken for some excursions, based on capacity.

Costs/Payment: Admission fees quoted below are estimates as some group discounts may be acquired based on the size of the group confirmed. Admission will be paid for by you when you arrive at the venue, or you may choose to purchase a ticket in advance directly from the venue website if you choose. Additional transportation costs may apply. Transportation is on your own for all excursions.

  • Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (JFK Museum) – 11 minutes walk from Omni Hotel (.5 miles)
    The museum, known as the Texas School Book Depository features films, photographs and artifacts that chronicle President Kennedy’s life, death and legacy.
    411 Elm Street | Dallas, TX 75202
    214-747-6660 | http://www.jfk.org/go/home
    Mondays, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; Tuesdays – Sundays, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Adults $16 pp, Seniors (Ages 65+), $14 pp, $4.00 with audio guide
    Transportation: on  your own
    Meet at the registration area, 3rd floor lobby.

  • The Original Neiman Marcus – 14 minutes walk from Omni Hotel (.7 miles)
    The Neiman Marcus Building is a historic commercial structure located in the Main Street District in downtown Dallas. The structure, a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, is the corporate headquarters and flagship store of Neiman Marcus. It is the last of the original department stores still serving downtown Dallas.
    1618 Main Street | Dallas, TX 75201
    214-741-6911 | http://www.neimanmarcus.com/stores
    Daily, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Transportation: on your own
    Meet at the registration area, 3rd floor lobby.


  • White Rock Lake Conservancy – 14 minutes drive from Omni Hotel
    White Rock Lake is a 1,015 acre city lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. White Rock Lake offers a variety of active and passive activity options and is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting.
    8300 Garland Road | Dallas, TX 75218
    Hours: Daily, 6:00 am – midnight
    Activities include: White Rock Lake Museum, kayak rentals, and an Audubon Society bird watching area.
    Transportation: on your own
    Meet at the registration area, 3rd floor lobby.

  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – 16 minutes drive from Omni Hotel
    This excursion has been cancelled. Please feel free to register for any of our other excursions taking place at this time.
    The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a world-class, 66 acre urban oasis. It features 19 finely manicured gardens, seasonal festivals and activities, a robust plant trials program, adult and youth education programs and a new 8 acre Children’s Adventure Garden.
    8525 Garland Rd | Dallas, TX 75218
    214-515-6520 | http://www.dallasarboretum.org
    Hours: Daily, 9:00 – 5:00 pm
    Cost: Adult (13-64): $15 pp, Seniors (65+): $12 pp. Guided Garden Tour: +$7 pp
    Transportation: on your own


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dine-arounds are centered in 3 major locations that are a short walk or taxi ride from the Omni. These restaurants were hand-picked by the Local Arrangement co-chairs for their diversity and quality of food and service. There is sure to be an option for every palate. So, break bread with MBA CSEA friends old and new!

When you arrive to the conference be sure to sign up on the “Dine Around” lists posted near Registration. Below are the planned venues with links to the currently available online menus (subject to seasonal changes). Transportation is on your own for all dine-arounds.

Meet at the registration area, 3rd floor lobby.

Highland Park Village

  • Café Pacific| 24 Highland Park Village | Dallas, TX 75201
    Well-known upscale fine-dining destination for seafood, served in plush, formal environs.
  • Bistro 31 | 87 Highland Park Village | Dallas, TX 75205
    Elevated European bistro fare is served in an elegant, understated setting with exposed beams.

West Village

  • Cru Food & Wine Bar | 3699 McKinney Ave #107 | Dallas, TX 75205
    Offers a glimpse into the sophisticated world of wine
  • Pop Diner | 3600 McKinney Ave | Dallas, TX 75204
    Kid-friendly & late-night option for casual American eats, full bar & arcade games offered 24/7.

Victory Park

  • Naga Thai Kitchen & Bar | 665 High Market St. | Dallas, TX 75219
    Sleek, wood-paneled Thai eatery presenting Thai favorites such as spicy noodles.
  • Medina Oven & Bar | 2304 Victory Park Ln. | Dallas, TX 75219
    Moroccan specialties served in a Victory Park space sporting North African décor & patio.

Diamonds & Denim Gala Event
Hard Rock Cafe Dallas, 2211 N. Houston St.
Thursday, June 25, 6:00 - 10:00 pm


In the third largest city in Texas and the ninth largest in the US, it’s only fitting that our Thursday evening gala is a BIG bang. Join us for a Texas themed gala with a live band, line dancing, excellent food options and more. Bring your diamonds, denim and dancing shoes (boots are welcomed) for an unforgettable evening.

The Diamonds and Denim Gala will be hosted at the Hard Rock Café in Downtown Dallas. Located less than a mile from the Omni Hotel, the HRC is nestled at the south end of Victory Park. Boasting 75-acres of trendy shops, exciting nightlife and high-end living, Victory Park is glamorous Dallas at its finest.

Transportation will be provided via shuttle.

Your conference registration fee covers the cost of this event. Pre-registration is required and provided on your conference registration online form.