With its casual college town vibe, thriving music and arts scenes, and independent cowboy culture, Denton is a city of originals. So, it only makes sense that planners looking for a unique location would choose the north Texas city.

“Denton appeals to groups of all sizes as it is located just 25 miles from DFW International Airport, offering convenient accessibility from nearly anywhere in the world, while providing groups a truly unique and charming Texas meeting experience,” says Mike Pistana, vice president of Discover Denton. “[It] provides groups a desirable combination of small-town friendly service, charm and value, with award-winning amenities and offerings that are typically reserved for large metropolitan destinations.”

To get you started on planning your next destination event in Denton, here are some “original” suggestions.

Where to Stay

Embassy Suites Hotel by Hilton Denton Convention Center
This AAA Four Diamond, award-winning property is a full-service hotel in the heart of Denton’s Rayzor Ranch Town Center. The 318-room hotel features nearly 58,000 square feet of meeting space. And for those looking to incorporate sustainability into the agenda, it is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. 

Springhill Suites by Marriott Denton
Springhill Suites by Marriott is a 129-room hotel with 5,000 square feet of meeting space.

Residence Inn by Marriott Denton
The studio, one- and two-bedroom suite hotel features more than 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites
The inn has 1,500 square feet of meeting space in addition to 74 guest rooms.

Hilton Garden Inn Denton
The Hilton Garden Inn offers 101 rooms and 2,700 square feet of meeting space/banquet facilities, as well as an on-site restaurant.

Where to Meet 

Denton Convention Center 
Part of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Hotel complex, the center offers 70,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 26,400-square-foot ballroom that can accom- modate banquet events of up to 1,500 guests.

Monroe Pearson Event Center
An industrial chic meeting and event venue with skylights and exposed brick walls, Monroe Pearson is located just off the historic Denton Downtown Square. It can accommodate up to 350 guests.

Buffalo Valley Event Center
Buffalo Valley offers 13,500 square feet of event space set on a beautiful 100-acre working buffalo ranch.

North Texas Fair and Rodeo
Planners can choose from both indoor and outdoor spaces for their events, including the rodeo arena, West Wing Exhibit Building, Fair Hall and livestock barns.

Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Built in 1929 as Denton’s steam power plant, today the center is home to two galleries, a studio, dance rehearsal hall and sculpture garden. Its 5,000-square-foot Festival Hall features soaring ceilings and original industrial details.

University of North Texas
Bring out the college spirit in your group by meeting on campus in the 10,000-square-foot Emerald Ballroom at The University Union— with additional breakout space and conference rooms—or the Apogee Club Level at the North Texas Football Stadium.

What to Do

North Texas Horse Country Tour
Denton County features one of the largest concentrations of horse farms in the United States. Your group can take a behind-the- scenes tour of some of the 350 premier horse farms and working ranches in the  area (arrange for a tour through Discover Denton). Horse breeds in the county include quarter horses, thoroughbreds, Arabians, paints and Appaloosa warmbloods.

Denton County Courthouse on-the-Square Museum
Built in 1896, the Denton County Courthouse is the centerpiece of the downtown square and houses artifacts and significant documents. The building was restored in 2004 using the original blueprints.

Andy B’s of Denton
This lively entertainment complex features a state-of-the-art bowling experience with an upscale VIP lounge, fully loaded game floor, an upscale restaurant and bar, multilevel laser tag arena, escape rooms and more.

The Breakroom
Ever get so overwhelmed that you want to break something? Well, welcome to Breakroom, a self-proclaimed recreational stress management venue that allows you to grab a bat or golf club, along with some old TVs, computers or bottles, and smash your stress away.

Craft brewery and pub tour
Take a tour of some of the best beer spots around Historic Downtown Denton.

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