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A World of Wonderful in Arlington, TX

by JonPharr

Tumbleweeds? Nope. Dude Ranches? Not here. But we do have plenty of Cowboys… Considered one of the most iconic cities in Texas, Arlington isn’t your typical western town – and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

The District

No trip to Arlington is complete without visiting one (or both) of the professional sports stadiums. Home to both the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers, Arlington boasts fan-favorite AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Field. Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of either stadium, or score tickets to the next concert, game or event.

The original Six Flags Over Texas has been a vacation destination for millions of visitors since 1961, with record setting thrill rides, including the new AQUAMAN: PowerWave, the first of its kind water coaster. During summer months, beat the heat at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor with over 40 rides and attractions in over three million gallons of water.

Texas Live!, a multiplex of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues in The District, features restaurants like Troy’s, from legendary Dallas Cowboy Troy Aikman, Pudge’s Pizza by Texas Rangers’ Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, as well as Guy Fieri’s Taco Joint and the legendary PBR Texas. This is the ultimate destination for your gameday watch parties.

Coming in 2025, the National Medal of Honor Museum will honor and pay tribute to our country’s bravest heroes in a narrative journey, uncovering the life stories of these extraordinary award recipients.

Livin’ La Vida Local

When visiting Arlington, live like the locals do and explore the lesser known but just as remarkable sights off the beaten path.

Stop by the Arlington Museum of Art and view their latest exhibit or explore the Arlington Sculpture Garden in the city’s first park. Go back in time to days of prohibition, illegal gambling, moonshine and entertainment at Top O’ Hill Terrace, the “Vegas before Vegas.”

Enjoy the great outdoors at River Legacy Park with walking and mountain bike trails, playgrounds and the new Go Ape tree top adventures with ropes courses and ziplining over the Trinity River.

Check out the live music scene at Arlington Music Hall, Texas Live! and The Levitt Pavilion, which offers 50+ free outdoor concerts a year.

Eats, Drinks & Treats

Some of the best memories are made around food, and Arlington sure knows its way around the kitchen. Hit the brunch scene at Egg Bar Brunch and Bay 34th Street. Head to South Arlington for the esteemed Tex-Ethiopian fusion at Smoke ‘N Ash BBQ, the most authentic Cajun soul food at Damian’s Cajun Soul Cafe and get a two for one deal at M’Jays House of Smoke and the infamous fried catfish at TJ’s Catfish & Wings, both under the same roof.

You can’t miss local favorites like Prince Lebanese Grill, known for their chicken shawarma and hummus, and Piranha Killer Sushi for the best martini menu and of course, the freshest sushi.

Make your way downtown to order up a plate of Irish Nachos at J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, savor freshly made pasta at Amore Mio and enjoy a pint at Arlington’s first locally owned and operated brewery, Division Brewing. And lest we forget the impeccable food you’ll find in Urban Union – Tex-Mex BBQ at Hurtado Barbecue, sweet treats at Sugar Bee Sweets, modern southern cuisine at Inspirations Fork & Table, and fiery tiki drinks at 4 Kahunas.

What are you waiting for? Visit Arlington.org for more information on our delightfully different “wild west” town to plan your next visit. •


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