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        Tour Registration

        • Priority will be given to those who register for tours in advance.
        • As you register your delegates with   the online registration system, click on the tours in which you and your delegates want to participate.
        • The correct payment for tours will be calculated and added to your invoice total by the online registration system.


        Attending Tours

        • Participants must arrive and depart as a group. Individual ticket admission is not eligible. If transportation is not provided, participants must walk to specified location and check in with the group chaperone upon arrival for admission. When booking tours for your arrival day, allow plenty of time for possible flight delays or delays in shuttle transfers.
        • Assembly times for scheduled tours will be 15-minutes before scheduled departure times. Departures will leave at the scheduled time.
        • Advisors/chaperones are required to accompany students on tours (does not apply to Post-secondary Division).
        • No refunds will be given due to late arrival at the conference as monies have to be paid in advance to tour venues.
        • BPA is not responsible for your return trip if you are not on the bus at the departure time.
        • Participants who delay the departure for the return trip longer than 15-minutes will be charged $25.00 per person for every 15-minutes delayed.
        • Tours are subject to change.
        • Refunds are not given for an optional or last minute change on the part of a delegate or advisor. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.
        • All prices are based on a minimum number of persons participating; if the minimum number of persons do not sign up for a particular tour, that tour may be cancelled.
        • Some tours have a maximum number of persons who can participate; these tours will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
        • In the event that a tour is filled or cancelled, you may exchange the ticket for another of equal value or receive a refund.
        • You can purchase tickets for any tour with available space at the Tour Desk on site.
        • All tour tickets must be picked up at the Tour Desk by the advisor. Tickets are not distributed in the registration packets and will not be released to individual students.

         

        Tour Desk

        Location:  Gaylord Texan Convention Center Texas Ballroom Pre-function

        Hours: 

        Tuesday, May 8 3:00 pm-10:00 pm
        Wednesday, May 9   7:00 am-7:00 pm
        Thursday, May 10 7:00 am-5:00 pm
        Friday, May 11   7:00 am-5:00 pm
        Saturday, May 12 7:00 am-12:00 pm

         

        Specific Tour Information

         

        AT&T Stadium VIP Tour

          

        Option #1
        Date: Wednesday, May 9
        Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
        Cost: $67.00


        Option #2
        Date: Thursday, May 10

        Time: 11:00 am-2:00 pm
        Cost: $67.00


        Option #3
        Date: Thursday, May 10

        Time: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
        Cost: $67.00

        Deeply rooted in a long standing tradition, AT&T Stadium is the new retractable-roof stadium in Arlington, Texas for the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys. It replaces the open-air Texas Stadium, which opened in 1971, as the Cowboys’ home.

        During the tour, you will get a feel for the enormity of the structure which seats approximately 80,000 but can be expanded up to 100,000 for major events, like Super Bowl XLV, which was held at the Cowboys New Stadium February 6, 2011. There are distinct arches spanning the length of the stadium, a hole in the roof when the dome is open and open-air end zone plazas, which give the stadium an outdoor feel. A signature element for the stadium is the 365-day a year entry, framing in glass the Pro Shop, Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame and ticket office.

        Your tour will begin at the Main Club with stops that include a private suite, the radio and print media press boxes, the Cotton Bowl offices, the Dr. Pepper Star Bar, and the Ford Motor Company Fountain. Afterwards, you will go to the event level where you’ll see the field, the Miller Lite Club, the post-game interview room, along with the Cowboys locker room and the cheerleaders’ locker room. Your tour will end in the Cowboys Stadium Pro Shop.

         

         

        Dallas World Aquarium Tickets

         

        Option #1
        Date: Thursday, May 10
        Time: 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
        Cost: $55.00

         

        Option #2
        Date: Friday, May 11

        Time: 9:30 am-1:00 pm
        Cost: $55.00

         

        The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, can be seen. Lounging around are Two-toed and Three-toed sloths. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco crocodiles, Giant river otters, Antillean manatees and several species of monkeys are part of the many conservation projects. The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon seadragons. Black-footed and Blue penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South Africa exhibit. Sharks, rays and sawfish are only a few of the fish living in the Mundo Maya cenote. Safe from Neotropical eagles, are euphonias, tanagers and hummingbirds. Reptiles and amphibians, both of significance to the Maya culture, can be seen throughout the exhibit.

         

          

        Fort Worth Stockyards Tour

         

        Option #1
        Date: Thursday, May 10
        Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
        Cost: $49.00

         

        Option #2
        Date: Saturday, May 11
        Time: 10:30 am-2:30 pm
        Cost: $49.00

         

        You will be transferred to the Wild West, visiting the Fort Worth Historic Stockyards. On your way to Fort Worth, your tour guide will explain the exciting history of the Wild West and the impact that Fort Worth had in that time period.

        Your first stop will be a visit to the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame that honors those men and women who have excelled in the sport and business of rodeo, as well as the western lifestyle in Texas.

        Your next stop will be the Stockyards Museum. The Stockyards Museum showcases the rich history of the Fort Worth Stockyards and the north side of Fort Worth. There is a growing collection of artifacts, photos and exhibits that document everything from our Native American connections, the Chisholm Trail, the livestock market/ stockyards to the Swift and Armour Packing plants.

        You will then visit the world-famous and the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas. Billy Bob’s is housed in a building originally built in 1910 as an open-air barn for housing prize cattle during the Fort Worth Stock Show. With 127,000 square feet of space, Billy Bob’s Texas opened April 1, 1981 to national attention with Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers as the first performers.

        The Old West comes to life before your eyes during the Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive. Genuine Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards National Historic District. Every detail of the cattle drive—from the saddles and chaps to the boots and hats – is authentic and histori­cally true.

         

          

        Presidential Tour

         

        Option #1
        Date: Wednesday, May 9
        Time: 12:30 pm-6:00 pm
        Cost: $83.00
         

        Option #2
        Date: Friday, May 11

        Time: 9:30 am-3:00 pm
        Cost: $83.00


        Option #3
        Date: Saturday, May 12

        Time: 9:30 am-3:00 pm
        Cost: $83.00


        Visit two of Dallas’s most popular attractions on this city tour focusing on Presidential Dallas! The first stop of the day will be at the new George W. Bush Presidential Library on the beautiful campus of Southern Methodist University.

        The Museum at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum tells the story of the United States in an extraordinary time. Using artifacts, documents, photographs, and videos from the Library’s extensive collection, the 14,000 square foot Museum includes features, such as a full-sized Oval Office and a Texas Rose Garden. Interactive features in the permanent exhibition include a Decision Points Theater designed to take the visitor “inside” the decision-making process and policies developed during the Administration of President George W. Bush.

        Then continue on to Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. You will begin with a guided walking tour of Dealey Plaza, located at the heart of the city center. Stand on the infamous Grassy Knoll, explore various theories related to the assassi­nation and discover the elements that make Dealey Plaza one of the most fascinating and controversial locations in our city. Then enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the Sixth Floor Museum located in the old Texas School Book Depository, which is a chronicle of the life and legacies of John F. Kennedy.

         

         

        Six Flags Over Texas Theme Park Tickets

         

        Option #1
        Date: Friday, May 11

        Time: 10:00 am-8:00 pm
        Cost:  All-Day, One-Day Access: $69.00 (park closes at 8:00 pm; last bus departs park at 8:00 pm)
        Meal Deal Voucher: $15.00 (choose either a Hamburger & Fries, Chicken Strips & Fries, Pizza, or a Salad; all served with a drink of your choice)


        Option #2
        Date: Saturday, May 12

        Time: 10:00 am-7:00 pm
        Price: All-Day, One-Day Access: $69.00 (park closes at 10:00 pm; last bus departs park at 7:00 pm)
        Meal Deal Voucher: $15.00 (choose either a Hamburger & Fries, Chicken Strips & Fries, Pizza, or a Salad; all served with a drink of your choice)

         

        Transportation: Continuous transportation will be available for ticket only purchases Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. The last bus on Saturday will depart before the park closes, so please plan accordingly.


        Six Flags Over Texas, the Thrill Capital of Texas, is home to more than 100 rides, shows, and attractions including 13 world-class roller coasters, plus the all-new and first-of-its-kind, HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity. Guests can also enjoy the impressive and thrilling Titan or New Texas Giant. GO BIG! GO Six Flags Over Texas!

        Don't miss the park's many wicked thrill rides, like The JOKER, which is the park's first free-fly roller coaster. The maniacal JOKER will tower over Gotham City at 120-feet high, while also offering 90-foot drops and a series of free-flying flips that are different each time you ride, thus making every ride experience unique. In between rides, check out one of the live shows or take in the views on the observation deck of the legendary Oil Derrick. Or relax in the shade with an icy cold Pink Thing.

         

         

        Sixth Floor Museum Tour

         

        Option #1
        Date: Wednesday, May 9

        Time: 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
        Cost: $48.00


        Option #2
        Date: Thursday, May 10

        Time: 11:30 am-3:00 pm
        Cost: $48.00

         

        Option #3
        Date: Friday, May 11

        Time: 11:30 am-3:00 pm
        Cost: $48.00

         

        Option #4
        Date: Saturday, May 12

        Time: 11:30 am-3:00 pm
        Cost: $48.00

         

        On November 22nd, 1963, shots rang out over Dealey Plaza and changed Dallas, and the world, forever. On this day John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States of America, was assassinated as his motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, at the doorstep to the city. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President and the youngest to die.

        Follow in the steps and the final hours of President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas with a certified DFW Tour guide. You will begin with a guided walking tour of Dealey Plaza, located at the heart of the city center. Stand on the infamous Grassy Knoll, explore various theories related to the assassination and discover the elements that make Dealey Plaza one of the most fascinating and controversial locations in our city. Then enjoy a self-guided audio tour of the Sixth Floor Museum located in the old Texas School Book Depository, which is a chronicle of the life and legacies of John F. Kennedy. The audio guide is narrated by Pierce Allman, the first reporter to broadcast from the Texas School Book Depository on November 22, 1963. It provides a thorough expla­nation of and directions through the permanent exhibition on the sixth floor. The guide features excerpts of historic radio broadcasts and the voices of reporters, police officers and witnesses to the assassination.

        After the museum, we will continue through the heart of Dallas. You will see the original Neiman Marcus store, Thanksgiving Square followed by a stop at the renowned Dallas Farmer’s Market, just to name a few. Our tour will close with a driving tour of Dallas Arts District, the largest, contiguous arts district in the country.

         

         

         

         

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