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We’ve all heard the saying “Don’t Dallas My Austin” and yes, in a lot of ways, we really mean that. But our team has been to Dallas an array of times and we can’t help but notice all of the family-friendly options that are available and if truth be told, Dallas really isn’t that bad. I still would never want to move to Dallas, but visiting?? Sign my family up!

This past fall, the City Moms Blog network traveled from all over the US and headed to the Big D for our annual Sister Site Conference. Dallas has never really been a place that I’ve thought “summer vacay” about, but I’ve definitely added it to my list after our visit in 2015!

Here are my 5 reasons to visit Dallas this Summer

1. Proximity

The drive was a breeze to Dallas. I know I know… I-35 never sounds “exciting”, but with the tolls, it really wasn’t that bad. More importantly, it was a short drive in the grand scheme of things and once I arrived to our weekend destination, nothing else mattered.

2. Accommodations

Speaking of our “destination”… I’ve become a bit of a snob when it comes to traveling and accommodations, but at the same time, I don’t want to break the bank. Austin has a TON of great staycation options and because of that, I’m spoiled. At our recent Sister Site Conference, we had the amazing opportunity of staying at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The experience was beyond amazing. From the customer service, the plush rooms, beyond fabulous spa, and overall amenities, I left feeling pampered, and totally taken care of! The have an amazing roof top pool and did I mention the Mokara Spa??? Seriously, best part of my stay. While I’m sure there are lots of great accommodation options throughout Dallas, I can’t recommend them enough!

3. The Shopping

I love the fact that Austin is so casual and pretty much anything goes, but occasionally I want an excuse to get totally fancy and spend too much money in the shopping department… you can do BOTH in Dallas! Dallas is known for always dressing top notch… just ask those Real Housewives of Dallas… {Fact :: one of the Housewives is my high school best friend, the angel that hosted my first baby shower, and one of the only 5 amazing women that stood alongside me as I married the man of my dreams!}. Point is… those Dallas women know a thing or 2 about shopping and Dallas has you covered! From Highland Park Village to Galleria Dallas, upscale shopping areas abound throughout the metroplex. Be sure to check out areas like Watters Creek for some fun, family-friendly shopping with restaurants, outdoor events, and even a playground for the kids!

4. The Food

I love food. The Omni Dallas spoiled us in the food department, but beyond the hotel, there are so many fantastic eateries in the Dallas area. I’d recommend margaritas and tamales at Mi Cocina  And if you have your kiddos with you, then just head on over to this list of kid-friendly restaurants and choose one.

5. The Attractions

It wouldn’t be much of a family trip without some options for the littles. While Dallas has a lot of similar attractions to Austin, they also have some pretty unique spots like a LEGOLAND Discovery Center for all the LEGO loving kiddos, the Perot Museum that is packed with science lessons and hands-on activities, and Reunion Tower with stunning city views.

And because we don’t want to build up Dallas without having anything to giveaway!!!!  

>>> GIVEAWAY <<<

{1} lucky winner will be selected to receive a two-night stay at the Omni Dallas, including Deluxe Accommodations for two nights as well as unlimited access to the Omni roof top pool, Mokara Spa, and nine dining experiences. Be sure to enter the national giveaway below…

Omni Dallas 2-Night Giveaway

The Omni Dallas has offered our readers a special summer rate that is great for the whole family. Discount details include:

Book a king and connecting double queen room online and receive 50% off your second room.

Present the attached printed flyer with you at check-in for your exclusive discounted rate. While you’re here, you’ll enjoy the Omni’s luxurious accommodations, their gorgeous roof top pool, Mokara Spa, and nine dining experiences.


Terms: Dates subject to availability. Discount taken at check-in/check-out.


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