Reunion Tower is an observation tower located in Dallas, Texas, that stands about 561 feet tall. This structure is considered to be Dallas’ most recognizable and iconic landmark. The Reunion Tower is situated in 300 Reunion Boulevard, which is in the Reunion district of downtown Dallas. The Reunion Tower happens to be a part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex, and it is currently the 15th tallest building in the city. The Reunion Tower is a free-standing structure until it became an addition to the Hyatt Regency Dallas in 1998. In this article, we are going to know more about the history of the Reunion Tower and the things you can do while you’re there.
History of the Reunion Tower
Locally known as “The Ball,” the Reunion Tower was opened in February 1978 along with the Hyatt Regency Dallas Reunion. The Reunion Tower is also a part of an urban redevelopment project that also renovated the momentous Union Station that services Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Amtrak, and the Trinity Railway Express that is going to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Fort Worth today.
When the Reunion Tower first opened, it was the location of the radio station named KOAX-FM, which is now known as KRLD-FM 105.3 FM. This radio station is used to be owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting. In February 2009, the Reunion Tower reopened its restaurant-level after they shut it down for major renovations in November 2007. The observation deck was relaunched in October 2013, just in time for the Reunion Tower’s 35th anniversary.
Design of the Reunion Tower
Reunion Tower has three floors with circular floor plans that are situated on top of four shafts that are made of poured-in-place concrete. The cylindrical shaft has stairs and mechanical equipment. The three rectangular beams that have elevators, each of the outfacing walls of the cylinder is made of glass panels. That is why tourists will get a view of the city while they are on their way up. During the night, the globe that is on the top of the building is illuminated with 259 custom LED fixtures that are made by Color Kinetics and Altman Lighting.
Things You Can Do at the Reunion Tower
Eat at The Cloud 9 Café
This café s accessible from the observation deck, and they serve snacks and meals while you have a 360-degree view of the city of Dallas from behind the glass.
Have a first-class exceptional dining experience at Five Sixty
This fine dining restaurant is owned by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. This is a revolving restaurant that is located on the tower’s revolving top level.
View the City of Dallas from the GeO-Deck 101
Your visit to Dallas will not be complete if you do not make a stop among the clouds in the Reunion Tower. The GeO-Deck is located 470 feet in the air, and this is where you and your family can enjoy a 360-degree view of the Dallas skyline.
See the Ball at Night
As we mentioned, the ball is equipped with 259 custom LED light fixtures. The Ball illuminates the sky every night with an almost endless selection of patterns, colors, as well as other shows all year long.
See the Amazing View of Dallas During the Night
As with all things, timing is everything when you’re visiting the Reunion Tower. The best thing that you can do is get the Day and Night ticket because you will have a chance to see the sunset over the Dallas City horizon and witness the city lights slowly light up the sky. We suggest that you bundle your tickets by getting yourself a Dallas CityPASS so that you can explore Dallas’s best attractions, such as the GeO-Deck.