​Unique Team Building Ideas in Dallas

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Effective leaders and proactive managers recognize that working well as a team is critical to accomplishing your goals as an organization. With this in mind, many companies and businesses opt to invest in team building opportunities for their employees. In order for teambuilding activities and excursions to work, they have to be fun, interesting and unique. At Southfork Ranch, we believe the following teambuilding opportunities are a great idea for your next conference or company event...

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​5 Surprising Benefits of Corporate Retreats

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Corporate retreats provide valuable opportunities for management and employees alike to participate in team and skill building activities and listen to motivational and educational speeches. However, these engagements go far deeper than pep talks and creating co-worker bonds. Here are five unexpected benefits of corporate retreats.

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​Best Texas Beers to Serve at Your Next Event

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There are plenty of great reasons to host your next event at Southfork Ranch, located in the Dallas Metro Area. From weddings, reunions, holiday parties, to birthday celebrations, a party is not complete without a few local brews present. If you're not from Texas, you might not know just how many high-quality, independent breweries call our state home. When you host an event with us, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of unique Texas beers to round out your beverage menu. There are options that will please everyone from casual beer drinkers to the most dedicated craft-brewery enthusiasts.

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​What Wedding Colors Should I Choose?

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Your wedding is one of the most important events of your life. If you’re the primary planner, it can also be one of the most demanding events to arrange. There are flowers and bridesmaid dresses to choose, cakes and food to taste, venues to secure and dozens (or hundreds!) of white gowns to try on.

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​Retro Redux: How to Plan a Vintage Theme Party

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Having a theme wedding or party makes planning easier. From the food and decorations to the invitations and attire, everything fits neatly in one big theme box. It’s like having a goal with a project at work: the more detailed your plan for the project is, the more likely you’ll hit the mark.

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​Give Your Vacay a Lift at the Plano Balloon Festival

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Hot air balloons were the earliest form of flight. Long before the Wright Brothers made their groundbreaking plane ride at Kitty Hawk, two Frenchmen were exploring the skies in a custom-made balloon. Like NASA’s first space explorers, the first hot air balloon passengers were animals. After determining their new contraption was safe, the French explorers took the first manned balloon flight over Paris in 1783.

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​5 Best Winter Activities in Dallas

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In many places around the country, winter means freezing temperatures. Shoveling snow. Scraping ice off your windshield and bundling up in padded coats straight out of A Christmas Story. Vacationing in Dallas during the cooler months is a completely different experience.

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​Top 3 Things to Do in Plano This Fall

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Voted one of Money magazine’s Best Places to Live 2016, Plano combines the best of small town living and big-city amenities. It’s the ninth largest city in Texas, and a business hub for the likes of Bank of America, Pepsi, J.C. Penney and Frito-Lay. It’s also just 20 miles north of Dallas, and 15 minutes from Southfork Ranch – the exterior filming site for TV’s long-running soap, Dallas.

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What You Should Know About Dallas’ Tour de Cure at Southfork Ranch

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Walking, running and cycling isn’t just good for your body – it can also be good for your fellow man. On Saturday, October 14, Dallas-Fort Worth locals and visitors will get active for charity at Southfork Ranch – the exterior filming set of the nighttime TV soap Dallas. The historic Texas ranch is hosting Dallas’ annual Tour de Cure, a 5K run and cycle race benefiting The American Diabetes Association.

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​Menu Ideas for Your Theme Wedding

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Themes help make a wedding feel extra special. Every wedding has a theme, whether it’s a subtle nod to pearls & bubbly or an in-your-face Alice in Wonderland tea party. Your wedding theme can carry over to every aspect of the big day: favors, invitations, décor, even the gown and tux.

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​5 Non-Traditional Centerpieces that Will Wow Your Guests

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Flowers are the traditional centerpiece for most grand affairs, whether it’s a wedding, class reunion or a corporate retreat for your company’s top-sellers. Other common materials range from leafy plants and potted succulents to candles and glass vases. Yawn.

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​Top Walking Trails Near Southfork Ranch

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Southfork Ranch is more than just the iconic filming site of the TV show Dallas. With grassy plains and a graceful, tree-lined entryway, the 41-acre property is an ideal spot for a leisurely summer walk – in addition to the property’s famous tour. If you’re craving a bit more action on-property, Southfork offers trail rides from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Dedicated “wranglers” take guests on horseback along the property’s dedicated horse trail, enjoying the fresh country air and pointing out famous Dallas sites along the way. 

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​Five Tips for First-Time Riders

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A visit to Southfork Ranch isn’t complete until you saddle up. Horses were an integral part of the long-running TV series Dallas, which branded the iconic image of a Stetson-wearing cowboy into the collective mind. In truth, late actor Larry Hagman – who portrayed patriarch slash villain J.R. Ewing in the original and the 2012 reboot – didn’t trust horses.

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How to Prepare for a Mud Run

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Mud runs are obstacle courses with a messy twist and it’s time for you to join the fun! They’ve become increasing popular over the past decade, from the brutal 12-mile Tough Mudder to smaller “fun runs” that are more about getting messy with friends than showing off your impressive rock-climbing skills. The classic mud run was inspired by military training fields. Think rope climbs, balance beams and hurdles – all on a waterlogged dirt field that ensures every participant comes back needing a good shower.  

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​How to Plan a Dallas Wedding, A to Z

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If you’re planning a wedding or event with Western flair, Dallas is the ideal city to host your big day. From cowboys and rodeos to rollicking country and bluegrass bands, The Big D has everything you’ll need to make your Wild West themed event one for the storybooks. Here are a few ways to help infuse your wedding with the spirit of the American frontier while keeping an eye to modern trends.

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​An Inside Look at Dallas’ Southfork Ranch Tour

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Southfork Ranch became a tourist destination the minute it first appeared on the hit TV show Dallas in 1978. Nearly 40 years after fans first asked, “who shot J.R.,” hundreds of thousands of annual visitors still flock to see the famous Ewing mansion. Daily tours recapture the magic of Dallas, taking visitors back to the glory days of the fictional oil magnate and his family.

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​Dallas Heats up with Summer Music Events

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More than 25 million visitors flock to the Dallas Fort Worth area every year. While the rising temperature often slows tourism during the summer, that’s good news for vacationers looking to avoid peak season crowds. There’s still plenty to do in July and August, with concert halls and theatres picking up the pace as tourists seek out indoor activities. Purchase a CityPASS for discounted admission to six local attractions including the George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas Zoo, and the award-winning Perot Museum of Nature & Science.    

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​Explore Kid-Friendly Dallas

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One of America’s 10 largest cities, Dallas has opportunities for adventure and education around every corner. It’s home to numerous city parks and child-friendly attractions such as the renowned Dallas World Aquarium and Dallas Zoo, as well as theme parks and sports stadiums for watching your favorite home team.

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​Summer at Southfork Ranch

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Southfork became famous when studio execs selected our ranch as the home of oil tycoon J.R. Ewing and his family on the TV series Dallas. Much of the onsite filming during the show’s 14 seasons took place during the summer, while the audience anxiously awaited the fall premiere that would reveal the resolution to the previous season’s cliffhanger.

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Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Southfork Ranch

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At Southfork Ranch, we are proud to host the second annual Texas’ Tribute to Elvis Festival May 26, 27, and 28. This three-day Elvis extravaganza will include special guests, Elvis-themed shows, amazing Elvis merchandise, exciting parties, and a fan-favorite: the Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

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From Family Home to Tourist Destination: The History of Southfork Ranch

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The Ewing family of television’s longest-running series, Dallas, made Southfork Ranch the most famous ranch in America. Over the span of 13 years, viewers across the world tuned in for over 350 episodes. The stunning, stark white mansion with its sparkling pool and pristine grounds went from family home to tourist mecca in just a few short years.

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Rustic or Refined: Plan Your Outdoor Dallas Wedding at Southfork Ranch

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The beautiful and iconic Southfork Ranch is the premier outdoor wedding venue in the metropolitan Dallas area. Say your vows beneath wide-open Texas skies, surrounded by magnificent oak trees on the lush, manicured lawn of the famous Ewing Mansion. Whether your ideal Texas wedding is a refined, grand affair or a rustic, cowboy inspired event, we can help make your wedding dreams come true at Southfork Ranch.

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Tour the Mansion and Ride the Trails at Southfork Ranch

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The legendary Southfork Ranch, known to most of America as the Ewing family mansion on the television show Dallas, is now a tourist destination and premier venue for meetings and special events in the area. For folks who are just visiting us at Southfork Ranch for the day, you can get a tour of the famous Ewing Mansion, escape to the outdoors with a trail ride, or combine the two into a full day with our special “Day at the Ranch” package.

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Kick Off your Dallas Event with the Chuckwagon Dinner Experience at Southfork Ranch

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It doesn’t get more quintessentially Dallas than with an event at Southfork Ranch, made famous by one of television's long-running, most-viewed series, "Dallas." At Southfork Ranch, we bring together the best of the Old West and New Texas, all while providing world-class service and dining that would even impress the Ewing’s. If you are looking to host your next event at our famous ranch in true Texas style, we recommend our Chuckwagon Dinner Experience.

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BBQ and Beyond: Southfork Catering

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At Southfork Ranch, we are a full-service catering facility committed to serving freshly prepared, delicious dining at every single event we host. With over 63,000 square feet of meeting space, we can host and feed groups from 10 to 10,000. We offer a wide selection of catering and meal options to fit your theme and budget. We may be the “World’s Most Famous Ranch,” but we cook up more than just Western fare.

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