The Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center is so much more than a hotel. With 4.5 acres of indoor gardens and waterways surrounding shops, restaurants and nightclubs — including the popular Glass Cactus — guests have little reason to leave the grounds. Those traveling for pleasure can soak up some sun by the pool or de-stress at the onsite spa. Businesses appreciate the 400,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibition space, from boardrooms to ballrooms. The Gaylord often hosts special events, such as the spectacular ice sculpture exhibit each winter featuring 14,000 square feet of ice sculptures in whimsical colors and characters.