What You Need to Know About the Plano Balloon Festival

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The Plano Balloon Festival will take place at Oak Point Park September 21-23. Here’s everything you need to know about this annual event. Balloons galore! There will be 40 hot air balloons putting on a show in the sky. Kids of all ages will have fun spotting the special shapes like Humpty Dumpty, Annie the Lady Bug, High Jack and more!

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5 Must-See Museums Near Plano

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If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or are planning to visit, there are many museums worth checking out. You can learn about the agriculture and history of Texas at one of the many museums near Plano dedicated to preserving the area’s farm culture. Plus, watch little minds learn and grow at Play Street Museum, recently named one of USA Today’s top 10 awesome museums for families to explore in the Dallas area.

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Why You Should Visit Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

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Made famous by the Ewing Family in the television series Dallas, the legendary Southfork Ranch offers daily mansion tours, a premier special events and meeting space, horseback riding trails, and a beautiful backdrop for weddings, reunions and parties of all kinds. If you’re visiting Southfork Ranch for an event or party, we recommend checking out some of the other parks in the area.

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Dallas TV Show Ranch Scene Favorites

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In 1978, Dallas aired as a prime time television soap opera in which Southfork Ranch was the Ewing family home. For 13 years, Americans were captivated by the Ewing family’s massive oil empire and their larger-than-life Dallas lifestyle. It wasn’t until the famous 1980 cliffhanger of who shot J.R. that the show began setting records and captivating millions of viewers across the world. To celebrate Dallas turning 40 years old this year, we’re reminiscing with these scenes featuring Southfork Ranch and America’s favorite villain.

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5 Ways to Make a Company Picnic Fun

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A company picnic at Southfork Ranch is unlike any other corporate event you’ve planned or attended. We will help you plan entertainment, catering and décor, while managing the specific needs and desires of your attendees. At Southfork Ranch, we’ve hosted and planned many large corporate events. Make your company picnic fun and rewarding with these planning tips.

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Why You Should Plan Your Summer Event at Southfork Ranch

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Summer is a great time to embrace your carefree spirit and enjoy fun times with coworkers, family and friends. If you’re planning a summer event, Southfork Ranch is the perfect venue. With spacious event facilities and professional on-site planners, we’re currently booking up our summer calendar with events for a variety of occasions—corporate meetings, wedding receptions, bridal showers and outdoor concerts, just to name a few.

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Horseback Riding Trails At Southfork Ranch

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The horses at Southfork Ranch are living the good life with wide-open spaces under the gorgeous Texas sky and cozy old barns fit for a TV show backdrop. To enjoy horseback riding at Southfork Ranch, you don’t have to travel far.

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What You Can Host At Southfork Ranch’s Event Center

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The event center at beautiful Southfork Ranch is available for groups from 10 to 10,000. We offer unique meeting spaces from small, intimate areas to grand ballrooms. Plus, with over 300 acres of groomed ranchland, there’s plenty of room to spread out and host big events such as concerts and festivals. Wondering what kind of event you can host at Southfork Ranch? Here are some ideas.

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What To Look For In North Dallas Wedding Venues

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If you’re planning a wedding in the North Dallas area, come take a tour of Southfork Ranch! Our gorgeous outdoor setting is perfect for brides wanting an outdoor wedding. Southfork Ranch truly personifies the grand style of Texas. From the elegantly appointed Ewing Mansion to the beautifully manicured lawns, our ranch is the perfect backdrop for wedding celebrations with legendary style. As you search for a wedding venue, here are some things to look for.

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Dallas Group Tours At Southfork Ranch

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For 13 years, Americans made themselves at home at Southfork Ranch through the television series Dallas. From 1978 to 1991, Dallas aired as a prime time television soap opera in which Southfork Ranch was the Ewing family home. Still today, we continue to welcome visitors from around the world who want to see where this beloved show was filmed and experience the ranch lifestyle made famous by the Ewing family. Southfork Ranch is open year-round for guided tours of the ranch. Here’s what you can expect on a group tour.

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How To Plan A Large Group Outing

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Planning an event for a large group can be stressful. A successful event takes a lot of preparation and coordination, while managing the specific needs and desires of everyone in the group. At Southfork Ranch, we’ve hosted and planned many large group outings. Now, we’re sharing our secrets for how to plan a fun and rewarding event your guests will rave about.

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How to Choose Your Dallas Conference Venue

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If you’re planning a conference in the Dallas area, you’ll need a venue that can accommodate your attendees but doesn’t fall flat when you announce the much-anticipated conference location. To be honest, it’s hard to figure out how to choose a conference venue that’s both unique and on budget. As experts in event planning, we’ve compiled this list of things to consider when choosing your Dallas conference venue.

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Why Photographers Love Ranch Wedding Venues

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The barn and ranch wedding trend isn’t going anywhere. Many 2018 brides are embracing the great outdoors with themes like enchanted forest, secret garden, and urban vintage. The appeal of these trends is hyped by the gorgeous photos that you see on Pinterest. The thing is, brides aren’t the only ones who love ranch wedding venues. Wedding photographers are eager to book clients with a vision for all the elegance of a wedding in a charming rustic setting.

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How to Design an Inspiring Meeting Space

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Choosing to host an off-site company meeting or corporate event usually stems from a need for team bonding and innovative thinking outside your normal parameters. Whether you’re planning an event for 10 people to 2,000, you want your attendees to feel inspired and free to think creatively. Knowing how to design an inspiring meeting space may not be in your repertoire, but you’re already on the right track if you’ve reached out to the event experts at Southfork. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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Best Places to Take Horseback Riding Lessons in Dallas

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At Southfork Ranch, it’s no secret that we’re proud of our hometown roots in Dallas, Texas. Part of the ranch lifestyle includes horseback trail rides. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than riding around on a horse? Horseback riding is one of the most popular activities in the Dallas area. If you’re looking for the best place to take horseback riding lessons in Dallas, we’ve got you covered.

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3 Things to Consider When Choosing an Outdoor Wedding Venue

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What could be more magical than getting married outside? Imagine the sun is setting and you and your new husband are clinking champagne glasses under the stars. Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but it can also be hectic. If you are thinking about choosing an outdoor wedding venue, here are 3 things you’ll want to consider.

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Quiz: What Should You Write in Their Wedding Card?

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Nothing tests your personal etiquette more than a wedding. It doesn’t matter if the bride is your best friend since elementary school, or an extended family member you barely know, no one wants to be the one the bride and groom wrinkle their noses at or complain about later. Gift giving is especially tricky, but there’s one gesture that can really help you shine as a guest: don’t skip the wedding card! Even if you’re sending your gift ahead of time, or giving the gift of money, it’s always good etiquette to bring a card to a wedding.

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Where Are They Now? The Dallas TV Show Cast

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Ah, Dallas. That quintessential American soap opera, chock full of every ingredient you could possibly need for good viewing: romance, sibling rivalry, murder, mystery, intrigue. Of course, let us not forget the lush Texas setting that provided the backdrop for each episode of Dallas, from its first airing in 1978 to its finally episode in 1991.

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Dallas TV Show

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If you like high drama, dynastic families and good old-fashioned Texas fun, you probably loved the TV show Dallas. Especially if you’re over 40, that is…since it aired for 13 years between 1978 and 1991. Now it’s time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this ever-so-Texas show, and what better place to do it than at Southfork Ranch, set of the show?

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​4 Top Horse Trails Near Dallas

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Whether you’re enjoying a full-on vacation or simply escaping for a weekend, there’s no better way to relax than to hop on the back of an equine friend. If you live in the Dallas area and are wondering about the best ways to enjoy some horsey company in beautiful surroundings, we invite you to explore four of our favorite horse trails, or just come on down to Southfork Ranch, the most famous of its kind anywhere in the world.

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Planning the Perfect Family Reunion

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For families large and small, a family reunion is an opportunity to get together with distant relatives who have become the closest of friends. At the best family reunions, families are able to take a break from their busy lives and gather in one spot, sharing meals and activities while making memories that will last a lifetime.

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Valentine's Day Ideas in Plano

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This is the year to give your sweetheart a Texas-sized Valentine's Day, and there's plenty of romantic options for celebrating in Plano. Perhaps you are celebrating your first Valentine's Day with that special someone, and you want to make a good impression. Or maybe you want to show the longtime love of your life how much they mean to you. Regardless, these Valentine's Day ideas in Plano are sure to make their heart skip a beat.

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Things to Do in Plano, Texas: February and March

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Located about twenty miles northeast of Dallas, Plano offers the best of big-city life and small-town Texas heart. The people are friendly, and there are plenty of events and activities to keep travelers busy. The weather is mild and sunny, with average daily highs in the 70s by early spring. If you’re headed to Plano, Texas this winter, here are a few of our top picks for things to do in February and March.

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​4 Dallas Attractions Your Parents Will Love

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Dallas is a vacation hotspot for all ages. While kids love zoos and theme parks, older adults visiting the city flock to more refined spots for education and adventure. If you’re visiting the city with a few members of the Boomer Generation, here are five Dallas attractions that your parents (or grandparents) will love.

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5 Texas BBQ Must-Haves for Your Next Event

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If you’re planning to host a corporate or family event in Dallas – or even a wedding! – give some serious thought to serving barbecue. Why? Because the Lone Star State dishes up some of the most flavorful smoked and grilled meats in the nation. There are a handful of different ‘cue styles here, from the sweet, fork-tender meats of East Texas to the Mexican-influenced barbacoa of the state’s southern regions and the classic dry rub of Central Texas. Here are five of our favorite BBQ must-haves for your next event.

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