Arlington, Texas is situated right between Dallas and Fort Worth. The city dates to 1876, and over the years, it has grown to include a bustling city, charming residential life, and a wonderful list of things to experience. Check out the five best things to do in Arlington, Texas, and see just how fun this DFW suburb can be!
Arlington is home to various professional sports teams. There’s the Texas Rangers, DFW’s professional baseball team that’s currently building a new ballpark and entertainment zone called Texas Live!. There’s also the Dallas Cowboys NFL football team, housed right next door to the Rangers ballpark. If all that isn’t enough, DFW’s WNBA team, the Dallas Wings, also plays in Arlington. There’s a team in Arlington for almost any sports fan—so pack up the kids or some friends and get ready to cheer on your team.
Downtown Arlington has finally become a destination in itself. There’s a wide array of restaurants and bars to explore, as well as salons, spas, art galleries, and boutiques and stores. There’s a brewery, Legal Draft Beer, and a theater, Mainstage Theatre. Levitt Pavilion is one of the most notable areas in Downtown Arlington, as it hosts free concerts, film screenings, and events throughout the month. They’ve added public art and murals throughout the district to brighten the mood and grow the community’s interest in the arts. All in all, Downtown Arlington is the perfect place for a day time exploration or an evening out.
Amusement parks don’t get any better than Six Flags Over Texas, the original Six Flags theme park located in Arlington, Texas. There’s 212-acres of games, thrilling roller coasters, food stalls, and more for kids of all ages. Superman, Texas Giant, The Joker, The Titan, and Mr. Freeze are notable roller coasters in the park.
Right across the highway from Six Flags is Hurricane Harbor, the largest waterpark in North Texas. With 50 acres of slides, a one million-gallon wave pool, lazy river, and food options, it’s the best place to be when the Texas heat hits 100 degrees.
There are over 90 parks in Arlington, but Lake Arlington stands out among them all. Here, visitors can fish along the lake or on a boat. Kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding are all welcome and encouraged with rentals. Rent a jet ski or pontoon boat at Lake Arlington to experience a bit of adventure with friends.
Arlington may not be as big as Fort Worth or Dallas, but it sure packs a small punch when it comes to museum and science-themed activities. Learn about the history of bowling and throw a few strikes at the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame or the science of nature and biology at the River Legacy Park, Life Science Center. You may even get to hold a reptile from an aquarium or terrarium. Ponder art at the Arlington Museum of Art and travel back in time at the Knapp Heritage Park, a pioneer-era museum and park. Don’t forget to visit the UTA Planetarium to learn about stars—sometimes to the sounds of Pink Floyd.