If you traveled to ASIS 2017 as the guest of a member, you’re in for a huge treat. By joining the Guest Program, you will visit an array of unusual sites that will surprise even those who have been to Dallas before. You'll ride in air-conditioned, comfortable motor coaches with a professional local guide to a variety of destinations where you can explore regional history, iconic attractions, and unusual delicacies.
Your ticket not only brings you amazing sites in and around Dallas, but also gives you access to all four keynote addresses, the President’s Reception at AT&T Stadium, the exhibit hall, and lunch on the exhibit floor on Thursday.
So don’t sit in your hotel room! Join guests from around the world and visit places you’ve heard about—and some that will surprise you—as part of the Guest Program!
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Dallas Zoo Adventure
Monday, September 25 | 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Have you been following Tsavo, the male giraffe born in May at the Dallas Zoo, on social media? You will now have a chance to glimpse this newest addition to the zoo’s inhabitants on Monday’s Zoo tour. Create your own agenda on this outing, touring the grounds at your own pace, and even feeding the giraffes any time during your visit.
Stroll through the rain forests, mountains, woodlands, rivers, deserts, and bush of Africa—plus visit the penguin cove, chimpanzee forest, gorilla research center, and forest aviary. In ZooNorth, you’ll see an endangered tiger habitat, the otter outpost, Galapagos tortoises, and the koala walkabout!
You can also join a 30-minute show featuring small animals handled by their keepers. In between, the Flamingo Room will be available for lunch.
Tuesday, September 26 | 10:00 am–4:00 pm
This day’s excursion focuses on the city’s ties to two presidents: John F. Kennedy (JFK) and George W. Bush.
The first stop takes guests to the historic Dealey Plaza and the Grassy Knoll, the site of the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, where you’ll see street lights and signs that were in use in 1963. Buildings immediately surrounding the plaza have also not been changed since 1963, presenting a stark contrast to today’s ultra-modern Dallas skyline. The grassy knoll is a small, sloping hill inside the plaza, where several witnesses were watching the presidential motorcade on that fateful November day. You’ll also visit The Sixth Floor Museum in the Texas School Book Depository building, where Lee Harvey Oswald aimed his rifle at the motorcade, striking the President and Texas Governor John Connolly from a "sniper's perch."
The afternoon will be spent at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which includes approximately 43,000 gifts given to the President and First Lady, almost 70 million pages of textual materials, at least 7,900 audio recordings and more than 17,000 video recordings, nearly 4 million photographs, and almost 200 million email messages. Exhibits include "A Nation Under Attack," "Life in the White House," and the "Oval Office." Lunch will be provided in Café 43.
Messina Hof Winery Tour
Wednesday, September 27
On Wednesday morning, you’ll travel just outside of Dallas to Grapevine, to enjoy lunch on your own at eateries along historic Main Street. Next, you’ll be whisked away to the Messina Hof Winery, a leader in the establishment of the Texas wine industry. The winery’s owners, the Bonarrigo family, began making wine in Sicily in the 1800s. Today, the Messina Hof brand has grown from producing only 1,300 gallons of wine per year to more than 130,000 gallons per year with three Texas locations: Grapevine, Bryan, and Fredericksburg.
The visit will include a wine tasting of five wines in a private room with a cheese and fruit board. After the tasting, the sommelier will take guests on a tour of the production room and cellar.
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