Discovering DFW: Top of the ball

<b>Discovering DFW:</b> Top of the ball

Credit: Jordan Armstrong / WFAA

View from Reunion Tower in Dallas




Posted on June 6, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 5:06 PM

It’s a fixture of the Dallas skyline and a recognizable landmark for people around the world. Reunion Tower stands 560 feet above the city and its new GeO-Deck offers a 360-degree view of the North Texas landscape.

Growing up around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I’ve always been fascinated with the “ball.” So when a few friends came to visit me from out of town, I dragged them to the top.

After paying $16 to visit the brand-new observation deck, we boarded the elevator. Our operator/tour guide (I can’t remember his name, so let’s call him Steve) gave us a few facts as we rode to the top.

He explained that the elevator ride would be short and the “ball” is covered in 259 lights. Then  "Steve" proudly explained, with a huge smile on his face, that “Geo” and “Deck” came from combining the words "Geodesic" (the architecture of the ball) and the word “Deck.” He was really excited about that one, and I loved his enthusiasm.

Once we stepped out of the elevator, we had a beautiful view of downtown Dallas and some surrounding cities. The wind was blowing like crazy, but that just gave us an opportunity to take a cute “selfie" (see it in the photos to the right).

While taking some Facebook "cover photo-worthy" pictures of the skyline, I pointed out Dealey Plaza - the only thing I know to point out - to my visiting friends. We were mesmerized for about 10 minutes while we watched tourists on the ground run into the street and stand on the infamous “JFK X.” I kept wondering if anyone has ever been hit by a car while doing this.

I tried to point out other landmarks, but all I recognized were the WFAA parking lot and Spaghetti Warehouse in the West End - that one's labeled.

Luckily there are some cool interactive computers inside where you can learn all about Dallas. After playing with those for a bit and - and deciding we were low on caffeine - we joined "Steve" in the glass elevator to return to Earth.

On the ride down, he insisted on quizzing us over nicknames given to Reunion Tower. He gave us four choices including "God's Golf Ball."

"Which one is an actual nickname?" he asked us. Trick question: ALL of them were nicknames. That sneaky Steve.

Of course we didn't get the chance to eat at Wolf Gang Puck's spinning restaurant, Five Sixty, because we're broke and it wasn't payday.

Want to visit Reunion Tower? Go here for more information.