As every savvy conference-goer knows, it’s important to maximize your experience when attending great events like Shop.org. We’ve already covered our list of can’t-miss sessions to get the most of what the Summit has to offer — now, here are our pro tips on getting the most out of your experience outside the conference hall walls!
Dallas is home to some great food and sights, but we kept our picks within walking or reasonably short Ubering distance from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Conference Center, your home base for most of the day. This way, you can step out for some authentic Texas BBQ before diving right back into the best omnichannel strategy tips and tricks.
Top 3 Lunch Spots
You can’t stay in Texas without trying the barbecue — luckily, Pecan Lodge is only a short Uber ride away from the conference center. As with traditional Texas barbecue, you order at the counter, choosing which meats and sides you want, and the person behind the counter will load up your tray. Just make sure you don’t fall asleep at a breakout session directly after!
Another local must-try is Tex-Mex cuisine, from chips and salsa to tacos to fajitas, and you’ll find all that and more at Señor Bean. With reasonable prices and quick service, Señor Bean is an excellent place to stop by between sessions. The street tacos are highly recommended, and, as one Yelp reviewer puts it, the salsa is “to die for.”
If you’re looking for something quick and casual, there’s WingBucket, an eatery that specializes in chicken wings. WingBucket offers a variety of sauces at different spice levels, so there’s literally something for everyone. They also serve a variety of sides and fries to pair with your wings, plus an extensive beer menu, with 20 beers on tap — though that last bit definitely isn’t relevant to this post, no siree!
Top 3 (Nearby) Sights
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is one of the largest art museums in America and worth checking out for the depth of its collection alone. The collection contains more than 24,000 objects, dating from the third millennium BC to the present day and spanning the globe. One of its current exhibitions is Pathway, a site-specific commissioned mural in the DMA’s Concourse by the Swiss artist Nicolas Party. The best part? General admission is free!
A short walk from the conference center, the Dallas World Aquarium houses many animals that are threatened or endangered. Its exhibits focus on the ecosystems of the Yucatan Peninsula, South Africa, Orinoco, and Borneo, including a 400,000 gallon walk-through tank where you can see sharks, rays, and sea turtles. Admission is $20.95 + tax.
Though it’s a bit further than the other picks — about a 20-minute drive from the conference center — the AT&T Stadium is home to the Dallas Cowboys and a worthwhile visit for football fans. The stadium offers tours from $17.50 (for self-guided tours) to $27.50 (VIP guided tour). Tickets are required and space is limited, so make sure to book now!
Of course, the highlight of Shop.org will always be the speakers and sessions, but make sure to make the most of the amazing food and sights Dallas has to offer as well. If you have a chance, come visit us at booth 2032 to tell us what you thought of our picks — and for a chance to win some pretty awesome prizes!