Overview of Arlington Attractions
Arlington is middle ground in the DFW Metroplex, equidistant from both Fort Worth and Dallas. That makes it a great place to stay for visitors who want to explore the entire, sprawling Metroplex.
But Arlington is more than just a good base of operations. There are plenty of attractions right in Arlington, including a few of the best in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here's a rundown of some of the top places of interest in Arlington.
Arts and Museums
The Arlington Museum of Art (201 W. Main Street) is the only museum in Texas focusing on Texas Contemprary Art. The hands-on children's exhibits are popular.
Arlington's baseball stadium, The Ballpark in Arlington, features several museums of interest. Sports Legacy - The Gallery of Sports Art houses the largest collection of sports art in the country. And the Legends of the Game Baseball Museum and Learning Center is a 17,000-square-foot baseball museum. The Learning Center for children features interactive exhibits on baseball and how the sport is related to fields such as science, math, history, geography and communications. Both are located at The Ballpark.
The Fielder House Museum and The Heritage Center on Johnson Creek are good historical museums. The Fielder House contains a turn-of-the-century barbershop, turn-of-the-century bedroom, general store and special exhibits on area history. The Heritage Center has authentic log cabins, a one-room schoolhouse and historic artifacts.
Start with Six Flags over Texas, where a collection of great roller coasters draws coaster fanatics from all over the country. But there are plenty of family friendly rides, too, not to mention regularly scheduled Broadway-style shows.
Hurricane Harbor is called the largest water park in the Southwest and is part of the Six Flags family of amusement parks. Visitors have more than 3 million gallons of water in which to frolic, and more than 30 slides and rides from which to choose.
The Ballpark in Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers, as well as several museums (see above) and interactive exhibits. Tours are given daily. And, of course, you can always catch a game during baseball season.
At Air Combat School, visitors strap in to a real jet cockpit ... but don't worry, it's only a simulator. But you still get to engage in thrilling maneuvers and dogfights.
And a few more of the best family fun destinations to mention: Dyno-Rock Indoor Climbing Gym; Arlington Skatium (5515 S. Cooper Street) - the largest roller skating rink in Texas; The Palace of Wax and Ripley's Believe It or Not; and the River Legacy Living Science Center.
The two biggest and most popular malls in Arlington are The Parks at Arlington and Lincoln Square Shopping Center (Highway 157 at I-30).
You'll find all the usual major mall tenants and a great collection of boutique shopping at The Parks, but you'll also find a rock climbing wall and children's carousel. You'll even find an ice rink. There's also a movie theater with 18 wall-to-wall screens.
Lincoln Square offers a good mix of major tenants, boutique shops and dining options.
Then there's Traders Village, one of the largest flea markets in the U.S. It's open every weekend and features more than 2,800 dealers.
There are more than 70s city parks around Arlington. Many of them include recreational facilities such as hiking trails, swimming pools, tennis courts and even golf courses.
Lake Arlington (6300 W. Arkansas Lane, 817-451-6860) is a 2,250-acre lake popular with fishermen and boaters. The park also features an 18-hole golf course.
Other city golf courses include Chester Ditto (801 Brown Blvd., 817-275-5941), Meadowbrook (1300 E. Dugan Street, 817-275-0221) and the highly acclaimed Tierra Verde (7005 Golfclub Drive, 817-478-8500).
The River Legacy Parks is a 1,300-acre wilderness park that winds along the Trinity River in North Arlington.
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