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Free and Low-Cost Arlington Attractions
Have Fun In Arlington Without Breaking Your Budget
Arlington, right smack in the middle of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, offers attractions and places of interest for people of all ages. And many of them are bargains for travelers on a budget. Here is a list of some of the top free and low-cost attractions and activities in Arlington. (Note: Price and hours of operation are always subject to change without notice - call ahead to be certain.)
Museums and Galleries
Arlington Museum of Art
201 W. Main St.
This museum recognizes quality contemporary art by emerging and veteran Texas artists and presents challenging regional, national and international exhibitions and programs. Open Wed-Sat, 10-5, free.
Center for Research and Contemporary Art (CRCA)
University of Texas at Arlington
Fine Arts Building, Cooper Street at Border Street
This gallery features national artists in mediums ranging from paintings to sculpture to performance art. Open Mon-Tues, 10-6; Wed-Thurs, 10-9; Friday, 10-6; Sat-Sun, 1-5, free. Next door to CRCA is Gallery 171, the student-run gallery. Hours vary, free.
Sports Legacy-The Gallery of Sports Art
1000 Ballpark Way, Ste. 122
The nation's largest sports art gallery features original art, limited edition lithographs, statues and autograph memorabilia of all sports. Open Mon-Sun, 10-6, during baseball games, and one hour after baseball games-located at The Ballpark in Arlington, free.
University of Texas at Arlington Special Collections
702 College St.
Features cartography library; Texas writers' manuscripts; the largest collection of materials on Texas, except for the state capital; collection of manuscripts, newspapers, books, photographs on Mexican political history. Open Mon-Fri, 8-5; Sat 10-5, free.
The Upstairs Gallery
1038 W. Abram
Arlington's oldest gallery, in its 28th year in 1996, features original art by a group of artists who work in oils, watercolors, prints, drawings, pottery, sculpture. Custom framing, art classes and workshops also available. Open Tues-Sat, 10-5, free.
Theaters and Music
Creative Arts Theatre & School Tour
1100 W. Randol Mill Road
This non-profit youth theatre provides a season of nine dynamic shows a year and offers an intensive two-week theatre camp for students from around the United States each summer. Tours include stops in the costume shop, dance studios and the 400-seat theatre, where the technical director gives a theatre lecture and demonstration on lighting. Open Mon-Friday, 10:30-6, free; call ahead and make reservations.
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