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Touching the Sky – A Visitor’s Guide to the Dallas Reunion Tower

A Downtown Dallas Landmark for Decades

The Dallas Reunion Tower is an iconic part of the downtown skyline, equally dazzling under the bright midday Texas sunshine as it is during the evening, when 259 glowing LED lights form a geodesic dome at its top – 561 feet in the air and visible from miles away. Constructed in 1978 and modernized over the decades (including a new top-tier restaurant on the 18th floor), the tower is one of the city’s most popular attractions, with spectacular vistas from their observation deck stretching to Fort Worth on a clear day. Before your visit, check out their 24-hour live video tower cam to get a taste of the 360-degree views of Dallas you’ll discover at the top of the tower.

When you stay at our Dallas bed and breakfast, you’ll be just five miles from this landmark, an easy 10-minute drive or 25-minute public transport ride away. Whether as a romantic outing or part of a day of sightseeing, visiting the Reunion Tower Geo-Deck (47 stories high!) above Dallas is sure to be memorable, a rare chance to touch the sky and see the city from high above!

A skyline view of Dallas, TX from the Dallas Reunion Tower

Plan Your Visit to the Dallas Reunion Tower

The Gaston is just 5 miles from the tower, an easy drive down Gaston Ave to Elm St and then S. Houston St. To take public transportation there, just hop on the DART 9 Line a block away from our location at the corner of Gaston and Fitzhugh St, which will get you there in 25 minutes. You’ll also save on parking at the Reunion Tower complex, which is $10 and goes up after 4 hours.

Ticket reservations are required to ride up the tower to the Geo-Deck observation platform and are offered every half-hour. Current operating hours are 1:30 pm – 9 pm Mon-Fri and 12 pm – 9 pm Sat-Sun. Weekends book early, so as soon as you know the day you’d like to visit, get your time slot squared away. Reservations are non-refundable but are exchangeable for a different date within 30 days, so there is some leeway if your plans change.

Before taking the 1-minute-long elevator ride up to the 470-foot-high deck, staff will take pictures of your group against the skyline backdrop and other fun backgrounds, which you can get via email or by scanning an app on your smartphone. In addition to taking photos on your phone, it’s a treat to have pics from a professional photographer as part of your Dallas trip scrapbook.

Once you get 470 feet up in the clouds to the Geo-Deck, check out both the enclosed indoor area – where you’ll find interactive screen displays about the tower’s history and points of interest to look out for from the deck – and, of course, the outdoor terrace, the stunning main attraction. You’ll get unobstructed views of the entire Dallas cityscape, with all of downtown in sight, and make sure to look west, where you’ll see the Margaret Hunt Hill and Margaret McDermott Bridges, with their beautiful high architectural arches and the Trinity River flowing below. You’ll also have a perfect bird’s-eye vantage point looking down on Dealey Plaza, the site of JFK’s assassination in 1963 (see our recent JFK blog for more info about Dealey Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum, and the JFK Memorial, all just blocks away from the Dallas Reunion Tower).

To get the most out of your Reunion Tower experience, buy the Day and Night Ticket, which is only a few dollars more and allows you to ride up twice in a day – once during the daytime when the views stretch for miles past downtown and again at night when the lights of the city shine bright and put on a show of their own. Another insider tip is the Dallas CityPASS, which gets you 47% off four main Dallas attractions in 9 days, including the Dallas Reunion Tower, Museum of Nature & Science, Dallas Zoo, and the Presidential or Holocaust Museum – it’s an excellent deal if you plan to do lots of museum-going and other popular outings during your time in Dallas.

A couple celebrating a romantic night with a great skyline view

A Night of Romance High in the Sky

With its breathtaking views and romantic ambiance, especially after night falls, it’s no surprise that Dallas Reunion Tower is a top spot for engagements, anniversaries, and date nights. They offer two special romance packages, the “I Do” catered for wedding proposals and “Love Is In the Air” for a date night to remember – both include a VIP elevator ride up to the deck and a framed picture, and the “I Do” package adds a private area on the Geo-Deck with rose petals for your proposal, a bottle of wine, and souvenir wine glasses. For all things wedding and proposal related, read our blog about tying the knot in Dallas – an evening together at the Reunion Tower can be the perfect way to propose or celebrate your recent nuptials.

To make your night together at the tower extra memorable, have a meal on the 18th floor at Crown Block, an elegant and upscale restaurant that opened in the spring of 2023. Start with a bottle from their extensive wine list and marvel at the views overlooking the city. From oysters and lobster bisque to Wagyu striploin and filet mignon (as well as veggie options like burrata and pasta), you’ll savor every bite, every sip of wine, and every glance out at the glimmering lights of downtown Dallas.

Stay with us at our boutique bed and breakfast and explore the Dallas Reunion Tower, an experience unlike any other in the city!

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The Gaston is one of the most unique and comfortable places you'll ever stay! With its sleek and elegant features, there is no touch forgotten. Modern meets old in this refurbished and renovated early 20th century home the near downtown