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To sign up for Pre-Con Tours, access your existing registration by using the Register Now icon at the top of this page. Enter the email address you used to complete your registration for Bouchercon.. You will receive this message: “To access your previously completed registration, you need to validate your email.” We will send you an email with a verification link. Go to your email and click on the link. You will need the password you established at the time you registered for the convention. If you do not remember your password, you can reset it. The pre-con tours are included as agenda items. You can pay for the additional items and be charged only for the tours. LIMITED SPACE IS AVAILABLE FOR THE TOURS.

AT&T STADIUM:

Coach Buses will take you from the Hyatt Regency to make the 18 mile trip to Arlington, TX. You will experience the two hour VIP Stadium tour and lunch. Buses will depart at 8:45 am on Wednesday, October 30. Maximum number of attendees for this trip is 100 people. The cost of transportation is part of your Bouchercon experience. Cost of the stadium tour is $70. This group rate includes the tour, lunch and dessert, one drink ticket, and a 5x7 photograph for each person. The tour entrance will be pre-arranged; there will be no waiting in lines for tickets.

NOTE: THIS TOUR REQUIRES A LARGE AMOUNT OF WALKING AND STAIR NAVIGATION.

Lunch Options:

  • AT&T STADIUM CLUB served Family Style

  • BRUSCHETTA ROSSA—Tomato | Garlic | Basil | Parmesan | Baguette

  • SEASON’S GREEN SALAD—Arugula | Baby Kale | Charred Heirloom Tomato | Fennel | Kalamata Olives | Artichoke Hearts | Feta | Lemon Black Pepper Vinaigrette

  • LOADED MASHED POTATOES—Sour Cream | Cheddar Cheese | Scallion | Bacon

  • ROTISSERIE CHICKEN—Glazed Rotisserie chicken | Red Apple Collard Greens

  • ARTISAN DINNER ROLLS—Whipped Butter

  • DESSERT—House Baked Cookies| Macaroons

HARDBOILED TOUR OF DALLAS WITH AUTHOR HARRY HUNSICKER:

Cost of this tour is $15.00 and is limited to 50 people.

The Bouchercon 2019 Hardboiled Tour of Dallas features the places they don’t tell you about in the guidebooks — all based on locations from our toastmaster Harry Hunsicker’s Shamus-nominated debut novel Still River. With a few extras thrown in.

We start by boarding a private bus at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 10-30. We’ll leave the hotel promptly at 9:15 for a three-hour tour. The bus will have refreshments and a restroom.  The tour begins by following a short portion of the route President John F. Kennedy took that fatal November morning in 1963. We’ll drive past The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the infamous Grassy Knoll, and Dealey Plaza, itself. From there, we’ll head to funky East Dallas to visit the locations where Hunsicker’s fictional private investigator Lee Henry Oswald worked and lived: Sycamore Street, Gaston Avenue, and Reiger Street.

After that, we’ll visit historic Fair Park southeast of downtown, home of the State Fair of Texas and the Cotton Bowl. Originally built in 1936 for the centennial celebration of Texas as a republic, the buildings are considered some of the finest examples of art deco architecture in the world. We’ll also drive down 2nd Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the southern sector of the city and the location of several scenes in Hunsicker’s Still River.

Next up is a brief tour of West Dallas, the home of Bonnie and Clyde and the location of several scenes in Hunsicker’s Still River. Though gentrification has occurred in some areas, this part of town is much the same as it was when Bonnie and Clyde came of age here a century ago. We’ll drive by the Clyde family garage on Borger and Singleton Boulevard before taking a quick swing through the interior streets.

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Next, we’ll drive across the Trinity River flood plains, the scene of a climatic firefight in Still River.  We stop to stretch our legs in the Bishop Arts shopping district in Oak Cliff, home to the Wild Detectives Book Store and Bar, a must-see for any book lover. After that, we’ll drive by the Texas Theater on Jefferson Boulevard, the location where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested on the afternoon of November 23, 1963.

From there, we head north to the ritzy part of town to see the location where the villain in Still River lived. In the same neighborhood, we’ll drive by homes of two prominent Dallas Cowboys. After that, we swing by a couple of locally famous watering holes, Dunston’s Steak House and the Time Out Tavern Sports Bar, both locations in Still River.

 As the tour winds down, we’ll visit Harry Hines Boulevard, a colorful street populated with import-export business, bars, pawn shops, and strip

Still River is available in kindle and hardcover.

FORT WORTH TOUR:

Fort Worth, TX, is approximately 35 miles from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The bus will depart at 9:00 am on Wednesday, October 30. This will be a 7 hour tour. The drive to Fort Worth provides a view of the AT&T Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark, and Six Flags over Texas in Arlington, Texas. Cost of the Tour is $50 and is limited to 50 people.

When we arrive in Fort Worth we will stop at the beautiful and refreshing oasis located downtown. The Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Visitors can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban plaza. The park features three pools of water: the aerating, the quiet and the active pool.

We will visit the Forth Worth JFK Tribute. On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave an impromptu speech to thousands of rain-drenched spectators on the front steps of the historic Hotel Texas, now the Hilton Fort Worth, followed by a formal presentation at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The JFK Tribute in Fort Worth’s General Worth Square marks the place and occasion of the President's historic visit with a beautiful Lawrence Ludtke bronze statue of President Kennedy set within an elegant plaza. Selected quotes from a number of JFK's historic speeches including the famous quote pictured below (no faint hearts image) are featured throughout.

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We will then STEP INTO THE WEST: Fort Worth is where the West begins, and nothing embodies Western heritage better than the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. From the original brick walkways to the wooden corrals, every inch of the Stockyards tells the true history of Texas’s famous livestock industry.

THE HERD: The Old West comes to life before your eyes during the world's only Fort Worth Herd’s twice-daily cattle drive. Real Texas cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down Exchange Avenue in the Stockyards National Historic District every day at 11:30 a.m. Every detail of the cattle drive—from the saddles and chaps to the boots and hats – is authentic and historically true.

The Stockyards Museum, housed in the historic Livestock Exchange Building, documents the history of the cattle trade and its role in the growth of Fort Worth from a mere stop along the Chisholm Trail to the center of the ranching, cattle-shipping and meatpacking industries. The gift shop carries books written about Fort Worth and poster-size antique maps of Texas and Fort Worth.


Dallas Self-Guided Tours

If you prefer self-guided tours and enjoy exploring on your own, here is an easy affordable option. See Dallas's top attractions, handpicked and packaged together as a CityPASS at a significant savings. Two 50 passenger buses will rotate on the half hour from the Hyatt Regency Hotel to the City Pass destinations. Buses will begin operation at 9:30 and 10:00. Exact pickup and drop off times will be announced later.

CityPASS Admission: $49 (Adult)
(buy your ticket at Reunion Tower in the hotel)

Dallas CityPASS includes:

  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science
    Get there by Hop-on Hop-off Trolley (details below), taxi, Uber, or LYFT.
    CityPASS saves $20 admission.

  • Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
    This attraction is part of Hyatt Regency hotel.
    CityPASS saves $17 admission (or $11 admission, if purchased at Bouchercon Convention discounted rate).

  • The Sixth Floor Museum OR Dallas Zoo
    The Sixth Floor Museum:
    Get there by walking, Hop-on Hop-off Trolley (details below), taxi, Uber, or LYFT.
    CityPASS saves $16 admission.
    OR
    Dallas Zoo:
    Get there by boarding a red-line DART train to Westmoreland and riding to the Dallas Zoo Station, which is at the front entrance of the Zoo; Return to the Hyatt from the Zoo on a red-line DART train to Parker Road and ride until Union Station. DART passes cost $6/day.
    CityPASS saves $15 admission to zoo.

  • George W. Bush Presidential Center OR Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
    George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum:
    located 6.0 miles from Hyatt Regency Dallas. Get there by LYFT for approximately $11.17/one-way ride.
    CityPASS saves $19 admission.
    OR
    Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
    located 8.2 miles from Hyatt Regency Dallas. Get there by LYFT for approximately $12.25/one-way ride.
    CityPASS saves $15 admission.


Pre-con CityPASS Transportation

Wednesday, October 30th, 9:30am-4:30pm

Your Bouchercon 2019 Convention experience will include two 56 passenger buses from the Hyatt Regency Hotel to the Dallas Arboretum, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. On Wednesday, October 30, two buses will rotate every half hour between the hours of 9:30am–4:30 pm. (First bus to depart at 9:30am and the second at 10:00am.) The Dallas CityPASS will be your general admission entrance to the venues. The Dallas CityPASS can be purchased online or at the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck inside the Hyatt Regency.


Saturday Excursion

Saturday, November 2nd, 9am-2pm

The convention will provide two buses running at half hour intervals beginning at 9:00am from the Hyatt Regency to Half Price Books Flagship Store, Dallas Public Library, and The Wild Detectives (a bookstore located in the Bishop Arts District). The buses will run from 9:00am–2:00 pm. There will be lunch alternatives for you at all three destinations. More details, including lunch information, will be posted at a later date.


Other Things to Do

Check out these websites for ideas about what to explore in the Big D.


Getting Around

  • Hop-on Hop-off Trolley
    Tickets: $29 adults / $25 seniors (plus, ride your second day FREE!)
    Enjoy sightseeing at your own pace on the only fully narrated Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour in Dallas! With 15 stops and 100 points of interest (including highlights of the JFK Tour), it’s the easiest way to explore the unique, BIG blend of modern entertainment, history and culture you’ll only find in Dallas. Learn where the city got its start, where it is today and where it’s going – with lots of unexpected surprises along the way.

  • DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
    DART offers travel options to, from, and around Downtown Dallas, including trains, trolleys, buses, and even a free-to-ride D-Link bus. Union Station is located across from the Hyatt Regency Dallas and connects to all DART buses and trains and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), which provides transportation to Fort Worth. Also, the DART Rail orange-line connects to the DFW Airport.
    Tickets: $6 all-day train/bus passes.

    FREE-to-ride services:

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Mobility Rentals

Our preferred provider of rental mobility services is AABCO-Ready Rental Sales and Repair. They offer a complete line of medical equipment to accommodate most sizes and individuals. With an advanced reservation, they will guarantee your mobility rental will be conveniently waiting when you arrive. For more information, visit our Mobility Rentals page.