Do you remember the last time everyone in your family got together? We’re not just talking about the in-laws or your grown kids, but everyone in your extended family, from Cousin Ned in Chicago to the great-aunt you haven’t seen in a decade.
As moving across state lines becomes more common, family reunions are increasing in popularity. According to a 2014 Ipsos survey, about 63% of those who responded attended a family reunion, with the average reunion trip lasting five days.
A friendly and accommodating city, Dallas is an ideal site for your next family gathering. Whether you grew up here or just want a fun, centralized location for your kinfolk, Dallas offers plenty of history and hospitality to make your next reunion a smash hit.
Dallas’ Most Famous Family
You can’t talk about Dallas and family in the same conversation without mentioning the city’s most famous clan: The Ewings. The central characters of the long-running primetime TV show Dallas, J.R. Ewing and his family lived on Southfork Ranch, a picturesque country estate in the heart of oil country. What better site for your family reunion? While most of the show’s interior shots were filmed on a Hollywood studio, the exterior of Southfork Ranch was used throughout the making of the show. Today, guests can take a guided tour of the house and grounds, stopping to look at TV memorabilia from clan patriarch Jock Ewing’s Lincoln to Lucy’s wedding dress and the gun that shot J.R.
Party Like the Ewings
A variety of interior ballrooms and outdoor venues at Southfork Ranch are available for private parties of 10 or more guests. Your whole family will love touring the 300+ acre grounds, from the tree-shaded driveway to the backyard with its signature Ewing family swimming pool. The event planners at Southfork can help you make your family reunion as chill or upscale as you want. Every detail is meticulously planned, from the linens and décor to catering menus designed by the Ranch’s in-house catering crew. Make your event a casual BBQ with Texas-sized portions, or channel your inner Ewing and opt for a sumptuous country feast worthy of an oil baron. Trail rides of the world’s most famous ranch can also be arranged if you and your kin want to saddle up.
See the Sights Together
While staying in Downtown Dallas, your family will likely have a few days to explore. After your reunion bash, head to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a lush 66-acre park on the shores of White Rock Lake. Open 9 to 5 most days, the garden features 19 themed sections including a sunken garden, rose garden and a tunnel of crepe myrtles. Group discounts are available for families of 15 or more; visit their group sales page for details. Catch a Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium if you’re in town for football season, or stroll the downtown eateries and enjoy some down-home Texas cooking. Check out the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau for guided tour options including food, family and culture-centric treks.
Family reunions are a great time to catch up with your relatives and see what everyone has been up to since you last saw each other. Make your reunion one for the family scrapbooks at Southfork Ranch, the iconic filming site of TV’s Dallas. We can accommodate small and large groups, and can handle every aspect of your event from food and decorations to trail rides and lessons. Call 972-442-7800 to schedule your family reunion party, or visit us online for more information.