If you have ever seen a picture of the Dallas skyline then you have likely seen the Reunion Tower. It looks a bit like a “globe on a stick”. The locals know it as “The Ball”.
The tower is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex located near Union Station.
Once you have parked in the nearby lot, just follow the markings on the sidewalk. They will lead you to the entrance. Parking is $6.00 for the first 4 hours.
The markers will lead you to the base of the tower. This is where my wife decided that she did not want to go up due to her fear of heights. I made a separate trip back, put my fear on hold, and rode the 470 foot ride to the observation deck to get the pictures.
Warning: If you fear heights but are still willing to go up, note that the elevator has glass windows. My trick is to look at the doors during the ride up.
Following the markers was easy. Once you are in the building there are few signs for the tower. This is the conference area of the hotel complex. Hint: head downstairs to find the ticket booth and the elevators. The admission fee is $17.00 for adults.
Once inside you get a more comfortable setting than the ride up. The interior is enclosed from the outside. You can roam the full 360 degree room. There is even a high priced snack bar if you get hungry or thirsty.
There are computer monitors all around the room that help you locate places and provide helpful information. There is also a bunch of trivia about the tower.
After exploring the interior you can venture outside to the exterior viewing area. Its like a sidewalk that encircles the room. It is open to the elements so be prepared whether it is hot or cold outside. This exterior area will give you the best view.
One of the faults of the tower is the structure that surrounds the ball. It provides structure, safety, and supports the exterior lights that make for a great view at night. Unfortunately it blocks the view. Above is looking north at the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge over the Trinity River.
I was able to some shots through the cables and structure beams. Above is the I-35 bridge construction. When done it will partner well with the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge up the river a bit.
You can get a wonderful view of Dallas from up here. In the lower left corner is Dealey Plaza and the infamous book depository building – now housing the 6th Floor Museum.
When visiting downtown Dallas this is a good place to get a great view. I would recommend it but my wife would say stay on the ground. If you are willing to go up to take in the view, we would recommend checking out the City Pass where you can get this attraction and 3 others for one good price.
My one regret is that I have not made the trip downtown to get some pictures of “the Ball” at night when it is all lit up. I hope to add some night-time pictures in the near future.
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