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February 27, 2017 / Millerann Moya / , / Comments

Venue Spotlight: the Legendary Southfork Ranch

Internationally renowned for the hit television series, “Dallas,” Southfork Ranch is known worldwide as America’s most famous ranch. Not only is the Ranch an international tourist destination, it plays host to over 1,400 events a year!

With more than 63,000 square feet of indoor event space, Southfork Ranch features distinctive event options for groups of 10 to 10,000 and is a three-time winner of the “Facility of the Year” Award from the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. The venue boasts 10 ballrooms and has acres of sprawling Texas ranch-land for guided tours, private parties, and special events.

As a full-service event facility, Southfork Ranch can arrange all aspects of your event, from in-house catering, specialty linens, decor, and floral to cakes, transportation, and entertainment – all with a special touch of Texas hospitality.

In addition to private events, the Ranch also hosts many public festivals throughout the year such as Celebrate Freedom and Texas’ Tribute to Elvis Festival, the state’s official Elvis Presley Enterprise-licensed festival.

For more information or to schedule your site visit, call 972-442-7800 or visit southforkranch.com.

Ballroom at Southfork Ranch


More about Southfork Ranch:

Relive some memorable moments from the television series “Dallas” at Southfork Ranch in nearby Parker. The “Dallas Legends: Fact To Fantasy” exhibit features such memorabilia as the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s wedding dress, and video clips from the TV series.

Southfork has attracted millions of visitors and is open daily year-round except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for guided tours, shopping and more. For guests 8 years of age and older, experience a trail ride through the ranch on horseback; full day packages are available which include a tour, lunch, snack, and a gift shop credit.

Southfork Ranch Q&A:

What was Southfork Ranch before it was known for the television show “Dallas”?

The property was a farm owned by builder and quarter horse enthusiast, Joe “J.R.” Duncan. People always ask, but it is mere coincidence that Larry Hagman’s iconic character had the same initials. After Mr. Duncan sold the house, the land was purchased by Terry Trippet in 1984. He built the conference center and turned the house into a bed and breakfast. Terry lost the property in 1990 and it sat empty for two years, until Rex Maughan, the current owner, purchased it in 1992 and turned it into the tourist attraction you see today.

How much was actually filmed at the Ranch?

During the filming of the original “Dallas” show, only the exterior of the mansion and ranch were used; the interior shots were filmed in California. For the second series, both the interior and exterior were filmed at the mansion and throughout the ranch.

How many years was “Dallas” filmed there? 

Thirteen years for the original series and three years for the second series.

 

Photos courtesy of Southfork Ranch and Visit Plano.