What to do in Arlington, Texas? Sports and Fun
Located right in the middle of Dallas and Fort Worth along Interstates 20 and 30, Arlington, Texas is a city with a population of 365,933 as of the end of 2010. But what to do in Arlington, Texas if you are visiting? Fortunately, the main attractions of the city are all bunched together in the same general area, and since Arlington is so close to Dallas and Fort Worth, you can make quick trips to see the sights in those towns.
There are just a few major attractions in Arlington, but they are definitely major, and they are places that you can enjoy yourself whether you are by yourself, with a significant other, or with your family. Lets run them down.
Credit: Marco Becerra - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mbecerra/5296541431/What to do in Arlington, Texas? Well, for starters there is Cowboys Stadium. For many people reading this, Cowboys Stadium is the reason for your visit. The stadium is the site of many events besides home games for the Dallas Cowboys. On any given date, the stadium could be the host of a high school football game, college football game -- including the Cotton Bowl -- Taylor Swift concert, international soccer friendly, monster truck rally, and any other event that might command an attendance of 80,000 - 110,000 spectators.
Cowboys Stadium was built for just a bit over $1 billion. $40 million of that was spent on the videoboard that looms over the playing surface. The videoboard is actually four videoboards, with the two sideline videoboards stretching for 60 yards and two 48-foot wide end zone videoboards. No matter where you sit, you will have a great look at the 600-ton, high definition videoboard.
But if you are not in town for an event at Cowboys Stadium, you can still go on one of three tours that the stadium offers.
- Art Tours - Cowboys Stadium includes many pieces of contemporary art, and visitors can tour the main concourse and club locations while viewing these pieces. An audio tour and a guided tour are available.
- VIP Guided Tours - VIP guided tours start in the Pro Shop and Main Club of Cowboys Stadium, and progress through a private suite, the radio and print media boxes, the Cotton Bowl offices, the Dr. Pepper Star Bar, and the Ford Motor Company Fountain before going down to the event level and seeing the field, the Miller Lite Club, the post-game interview room, and locker rooms of the Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
- Self-Guided Tours - The self-guided tour allows the same event level access as the VIP guided tour. Despite the tour being self-guided, there are tour guides stationed to answer questions and help you throughout the tour. In both the VIP tour and self-guided tour, you are welcome to run and play catch on the field as well as take pictures on the star.
The Cowboys Stadium website has information on the times of each tour and how to purchase tickets.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Credit: Robert Hensley - http://www.flickr.com/photos/roberthensley/5708155777/sizes/m/in/photostream/If you are visiting during the Spring or Summer, then a Texas Rangers game is a fun way to spend the evening. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is located less than a mile from Cowboys Stadium. The Rangers draw good crowds, but good and/or affordable seating is usually always available.
The Texas Rangers also provide tours of the stadium. With this tour, visitors are able to see the press box, media room, underground batting cages, dugouts, and the Rangers clubhouse. Depending on the time of year and the Rangers' schedule, some of these tour stops might be off-limits. Check with the Rangers for tour details.
Six Flags Over Texas
Credit: Kristy - http://www.flickr.com/photos/agingdragqueen/3558065447/Six Flags Over Texas is located at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Highway 360, and has been in operation for over 50 years. It is also located next door to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Throughout the 212 acres of land, Six Flags offers rides and attractions for adults as well as children. Kids can enjoy small rides, such as the Mini-Mine Train and Looney Tunes Land. Adults can enjoy the roller coasters, including the fastest and tallest roller coaster in Texas, The Titan. Six Flags also has many shops and shows to help cool off and give your feet a break.
Six Flags is open throughout the year, but it is best to check out the Six Flags Over Texas website to make sure that they are open on the day that you plan on visiting, and if they are, the hours of operation.
Hurricane Harbor is a Six Flags-owned water amusement park located across Interstate 30 from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Since it is a water park, it is open just in the late spring and summer. Just like Six Flags Over Texas, there are rides suitable for visitors of all ages. And when you need a break or you just do not feel like walking to another area of the park, take a ride along the Lazy River.
When you are looking for things to do when visiting Arlington, Texas, you might want to drive to Dallas. Just 20 miles away, Dallas offers plenty of attractions and activities. Here is a sampling.
- Sixth Floor Museum - The site of the John F. Kennedy assassination has been turned into a museum celebrating the life and legacy of the 35th President of the United States.
- American Airlines Center - The home of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars has activities all throughout the year.
- Dallas Zoo - Located on Interstate 35 south of downtown Dallas, the Dallas Zoo is open all year.
Visiting Fort Worth
Fort Worth is just 15 miles from Arlington, and also has lots of fun activities for you and the family.
- Stockyards - Located in downtown Fort Worth, the Stockyards is a thriving area filled with shops and restaurants. You also get a sense of life in the Wild West.
- Fort Worth Zoo - The Fort Worth Zoo is south of Interstate 30 on University Dr. The zoo is open every day of the year, including Christmas.
- Billy Bob's Texas - Billy Bob's bills itself as the world's largest honky tonk. You can see some of country music's biggest names, you can dance, and you can watch live bull riding. If you want a Texas experience, this is where to go.
What To Do In Arlington, Texas?
Arlington is a fun place to visit, both for sporting events and amusement parks. You can have fun on a date or with a family. If you want to venture further out, bigger cities are a half-hour away. Just make sure to bring some warm weather gear. Even during the winter you never know when a heat wave will strike!