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5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Dallas


Posted by Madeline Hessel on 05/10/2016

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Lanyon’s annual conference, Lanyon Live, takes place in Dallas, Texas – the commercial and cultural hub of the Southwest Region of the United States. Our home office is also located in “The Big D,” so we’ve got a ton of Texas pride.

But, there’s plenty you probably haven’t heard about Dallas, so we’re here to share our top five little-known facts about the city we love – and some stuff you should check out while you’re in town for Lanyon Live!

Dallas is home to an original copy of the Declaration of Independence... as well as a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio – both live in the J. Erik Jonsson Central Dallas Public Library.

While you’re in Dallas, make sure you check out these other museums, and immerse yourself in Dallas culture: Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and Nasher Sculpture Center.

A Dallas native coined the term “Super Bowl”... Lamar Hunt, who was raised in Dallas, jokingly referred to the AFL & NFL merger game as a “Super Bowl,” and the name stuck. Sports are a huge form of entertainment here in Dallas. We’ve got the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and FC Dallas – and we love ‘em all.

Even Dallasites can’t keep track of all of our different neighborhoods… Each of them have their own unique history, rhythm and things to offer visitors. The new-urbanist neighborhood of Uptown Dallas is a wealth of dining and shopping opportunities, while Deep Ellum is well-known as Big D’s historic nightlife district. The Bishop Arts Neighborhood in southern Dallas is growing ever-more popular for its innovative and organic approach to urban renewal.

Dallas has more restaurants per capita than New York... and we definitely know how to eat. While you’re in town, make sure you check out a couple of the local staples: For great barbeque, try Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum or Lockhart in Oak Cliff. Order it fatty, and remember — barbecue sauce is only there to make up for dry meat. Tex Mex is also on the must-indulge list: El Corazon, Herrera’s, or Manny’s Uptown are some local favorites.

During your stay, be sure to discover what Dallas is brewing – we love the Temptress (Imperial Milk Stout) from Lakewood Brewing Co., Mosaic IPA from Community Beer Company, or Deep Ellum Brewing Company’s Dallas Blonde.

Downtown Dallas is home to a 5.2-acre urban green space built on top of a freeway That’s right – Klyde Warren Park, nestled in the heart of Downtown, is built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway. KWP is a highly active space, complete with a dog park, playground, and venues for live music, yoga space and even a putting green.

Grab a chair and enjoy the skyline (and people watching!) Sipping a glass of wine on the chic patio at Savor, you'd never imagine there's an eight-lane freeway below.

Lanyon Live – the must-attend event of the year for the meetings, events and travel industries – takes place in Dallas every year... Last year’s Lanyon Live was amazing – this year we’re doubling down to make Lanyon Live 2016 even better! (P.S. If you weren’t able to join us at Lanyon Live 2015, check out the recap)

Register before June 30 to save with early bird registration prices!


Welcome to Dallas, y’all!
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