Ikebana International 18th North & Central American Regional Conference

Explore the Dallas Fort Worth Area!

Dallas Population: 1.3 million                       Fort Worth Population: 854,000


Local Time: Central Daylight Time

            At the time of the Ikebana International Conference, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is in the Central Daylight Time Zone. When it is 12:00 p.m. in DFW, it is:

10:00 a.m. in Los Angeles                           5:00 p.m. in London, UK

                 11:00 a.m. in Denver                                   4:00 a.m. (next day) in Sydney, AU

           1:00 p.m. in New York                           2:00 a.m. (next day) in Tokyo, JP

Dallas: Area Information + Popular Attractions

Dallas, a modern metropolis in north Texas, is a commercial and cultural hub of the region, as well as home to Southern Methodist University.  While visiting Dallas, enjoy any of the city's 12,000 delicious places to eat, or spend time in any of the city's 9 diverse neighborhoods and surrounding cities.

            Downtown Dallas is a continuously growing area with a beautiful arts scene, urban green spaces, fine dining and luxurious shopping. See the hustle and bustle of professionals by day, and experience nightlife and entertainment after dark. In Downtown Dallas, don’t miss the Dallas Farmer’s Market, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art or the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. 

Just a tad north of downtown Dallas and connected by Klyde Warren Park, Uptown is a dynamic district with more than its fair share of shopping, restaurants, and nightlife destinations that are as popular with those calling the neighborhood home as they are with visitors. If looking for a local beer and a great backyard with local bands, be sure to check out The Rustic, a restaurant hangout with a casual atmosphere were anyone can feel at home. For a livelier, more colorful evening, plan to check out the House of Blues Dallas, also located in Uptown. 


           In West Dallas, be sure to explore the latest area to be revitalized in Dallas, Trinity Groves, a trendy and diverse foodie mecca. This 15-acre restaurant, retail, artist and entertainment destination sits at the base of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in West Dallas. Pay a visit to a brewery, culinary events center and multiple restaurants. The area is also home to the Restaurant Concept Incubator program, which encourages culinary entrepreneurs to develop restaurant concepts to become the newest addition on the block.

           After a delicious meal, get out in the Dallas sun on the Trinity Skyline Trails, the first hard surface trail with breathtaking views of the Trinity River and Downtown Dallas. The trails stretch nearly 5 miles and are the perfect spot to work off dinner from Trinity Groves, just steps away from the trails' main entry way.

Head further west of Dallas and find something exciting to explore no matter which way you head. From the glorious wineries of Grapevine to the adrenaline-filled adventures of Arlington, BIG doesn't stop outside of Dallas. The area is also home to DFW Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world and a quick ride away from Downtown Dallas, thanks to DART's Orange Line. Grapevine’s historic Downtown is filled with shops, boutiques and art galleries to explore. The city is also home to more than 200 restaurants and several wineries, making it an excellent and exciting day trip.

            For the sports lovers, a visit to Dallas isn't complete without a trip to Arlington. Two professional teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers call the city their home, and you'll find Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas. 

Fort Worth: Area Information + Popular Attractions

Located just 30 minutes West of Dallas in North Central Texas, visitors can find even more offerings in Fort Worth. In the late 19th century, it became an important trading post for cowboys at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Today, Fort Worth is a modern city, home to Texas Christian University and international art institutions like the Kimbell Art Museum. The Fort Worth Stockyards are home to rodeos, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors pioneers.


            Fort Worth welcomes 9.1 million visitors annually and boasts more than 90 attractions in a 10-mile radius of downtown – a sure sign of offering something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy an incredible range of unexpected experiences including:


·     Seeing priceless masterpieces in the world-renowned Cultural District

·     Exploring the true Western Heritage in the Stockyards National Historic District

·     Shopping and dining in the 35-block Sundance Square or catching a show at Bass Performance Hall

·     Viewing more than 7,000 animals at the nationally top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo

·     Experiencing life in the fast lane at Texas Motor Speedway


For brewery lovers, Fort Worth gives visitors and locals a unique craft beer experience that can be remembered for years to come, with nine breweries in and around Fort Worth and growing. From a local nano brewery to a nationally recognized brewery that produces over 20,000 barrels of beer a year, the Fort Worth Ale Trail will introduce you to a vibrant, diverse group of entrepreneurs who are helping redefine the character of our city, one perfect pint at a time. The beer on the Fort Worth Ale Trail is one of a kind and guarantees that the people you will meet will be even better!


            Up for a fun challenge? Another popular attraction in Fort Worth is the Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure, where visitors can turn Downtown Fort Worth or the Stockyards into a giant game board. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Unravel the secrets of the Stockyards as you have fun making your way through the history while having a blast. 


            Visitors have endless opportunities to celebrate the history of Fort Worth, as downtown boasts stories of Hell’s Half Acre and American Presidents. The Stockyards National Historic District still resembles its prime in the early 1900’s. Buildings such as the Livestock Exchange Building (1902), Cowtown Coliseum (1907) and the Stockyards Hotel (1907) still stand fully operational today.

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