Arlington has long been known for fun activities, and there is no shortage of things to do in Arlington, Texas. From theme parks, baseball, baseball and more, you could spend a week in Arlington and never see all there is to do. Arlington is convenient to both Dallas and Ft. Worth by sitting right between the two metropolises just south of DFW International Airport. 

Visitors can easily commute via I-30 to Ft. Worth, the beginning of the American West in North Texas, or to Dallas, Ft. Worth’s cosmopolitan counterpart with a different flavor. Arlington offers tons of lodging and cuisine options. Whatever you want in family or adult entertainment, Arlington, Texas, has your back. 

Sports Events, Theme Parks, and Activities

AT&T Stadium is home of the Dallas Cowboys, concerts, and other sports events. It features tours, Dallas Cowboys art collection, and a wide array of international musical artists like Taylor Swift and Metallica, and more. Find it at One AT&T Way, Arlington, Texas.

Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers baseball team, offers Texas Rangers home games with tailgate parties, private venues, concerts with artists like Pink and RBD, and several tours. It is located at 734 Stadium Drive, Arlington, Texas.

baseball game in Arlington Texas
Catch a professional baseball game in Arlington, Texas

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor at 1800 E Lamar Boulevard Arlington, Texas, is an outdoor water park that is open seasonally offering birthday parties, special events, thrill rides, family rides, kid’s rides, dining, and shopping. 

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is open year-round! It comprises an 80,000-square-foot indoor water park with rides, slides, and a wave pool. It offers birthday party packages, group events with catering, group reservations, private rental spaces, and more at 2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, Texas, just a few miles east of Arlington. 

Six Flags Over Texas is the largest theme park in the state with roller coasters, water rides, thrill rides, kid’s rides, family rides, dining, entertainment, live shows, and shopping. It is located at 2201 East Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, Texas. 

Urban Air Adventure Park is an indoor trampoline park for all ages to enjoy activities like Apex Trampolines, battle beams, climbing walls, dodgeball, foam pits, ropes course, a slam dunk court, a tubes playground, a warrior course, and a café. It features birthday parties, field trips, group events, private rentals, and team building seven days a week at 1303 North Collins Street, Arlington, Texas. 

Local Attractions & Events In Arlington

The Levitt Pavilion Arlington hosts about 50 free concerts a year and ticketed concerts featuring a wide variety of musical genres from award-winning bands and world-renowned artists. Find it at 505 E. Border Street, Arlington, Texas. 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! This odditorium features hundreds of rare and unusual artifacts. Meet your favorite characters and celebrities molded in wax. Explore an interactive museum filled with educational fun facts about history and culture. There are two high-impact 3D films where you will feel every twist and turn while you compete against your seatmates to get the highest score in a beautiful palace. It is located at 601 East Palace Parkway,
Grand Prairie, Texas, just a few miles east of Arlington. 

What Is Arlington, Texas, Best Known For?

Arlington, Texas is best known for sports and fun activities. Arlington, Texas, is geographically located in the Texas Blackland Prairie region. This stretches for about 300 miles from the Red River in North Texas to San Antonio. The city sits on the divide of a vast prairie called the Eagle Ford and the Eastern Cross Timbers. Oak trees dominate the woodlands of rolling hills in this area. Eagle Ford and Eastern Cross Timber are two very distinct geological ecosystems. 

Today, Arlington is known as one of the best suburbs in the U.S.. In 2019, Apartment Therapy actually named Arlington, Texas, the “Coolest Suburb in America”. Usually parking is not a problem, unless the Dallas Cowboys are playing a home game. In 2011, the City of Arlington hosted the NFL Super Bowl XLV, an NBA All-Star Game, and MLB World Series.

Does Arlington, Texas, Have a Downtown?

Yes, Arlington, Texas has a downtown called The Old Town Historic District. The Old Town Historic District includes nearly seven blocks of late 19th and early 20th century homes. The South Center Street Historic District includes a row of early 20th century Craftsman-inspired bungalows in the 500 and 600 blocks of South Center Street. University of Texas at Arlington, at 701 S. Nedderman Drive, joined the University of Texas System in 1965. Many of the buildings on campus are historic, and some are more than 100 years old including Ransom Hall which dates to 1919.

Knapp Heritage Park, at 201 W. Front Street, has three of the oldest buildings in Arlington, with two cabins from the mid-1800s and a 1910 schoolhouse. The Vandergriff Building, at 255 N. Center Street, was built in 192,8 included on the National Register of Historic Places, and near the center of the city’s original boundaries. Plus Downtown Arlington support restaurants and a nightlife. 

Is Arlington Texas Family Friendly?

Yes, Arlington is one of the most family friendly cities in the U.S. There are no shortage of arts, amusement parks, museums, kid-friendly restaurants, and sports complexes. Some of the things to do with kids are free, like at the Southwest Nature Preserve. Or budget-friendly like at Free Play, where you pay $10 a head to play as many arcade games as you want for as long as you want, even the retro games like Mario Brothers and tons more. 

Activities for Foodies & Nightlife Enthusiasts In Arlington

Arlington touts a lively nightlife with popular bars showcasing live music and some with beer gardens overlooking neighborhoods for people watching. There is no shortage of late night eateries for those after the party belly cravings.

Division Brewing was Arlington’s first craft brewery with 20 years of brewing experience and a large local following. It is a a brewery visitors love to go and serves refreshing light ales, such as blondes, wheats, and hoppy India pale ales,  malty amber beers, dark porters, and stouts.  Their “Sour Division” beers ferment at warmer temperatures, ages with oak, and sometimes fruit to create tart, fruity and sour beers. 506 E. Main
Arlington, Texas.

Bar Louie at 4001 Bagpiper Way, Arlington is where locals and visitors meet up for signature cocktails crafted by mixologists. It offers thriving happy hours, holiday theme events, dining, cater to private parties, and tapped craft and imported beers. 

On Tap, a premier craft beer locations serves over 50 rotating taps of craft beer selections, wine, cider, mead, cold brew coffee, kombucha, and root beer. On Tap never serves the same beerevery time you go in, there will be something new from local breweries. Staff is well-educated on beer styles, trends, and tastes and will find your perfect beer.  200 N Mesquite St #105, Arlington, Texas.  

Texas Live is an expansive entertainment complex with eats, shopping, and bars right next door to both AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Field. It is a favorite place to cut loose in a cowboy bar. You can do some bull-riding, PBR Texas, and an EDM club on Saturdays, and The Drop, nights at Texas Live! 1650 E. Randol Mill Road Arlington, Texas.

Rangers Republic is another Texas Live ultimate party sports bar. You can dance to DJs spinning hits on the weekend, top-shelf drinks, and games like dizzy bat and bar pong make this a super party bar to visit. 1650 E. Randol Mill Road Arlington, Texas.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar serves homemade style recipes from Americas favorite TV dinner dishes. Check out its TV Dinner Salisbury Steaktopped with housemade mushroom & onion gravy, served with garlic butter corn, peas & carrots, and a peanut butter cup brownie dessert.

Macs & Stacks serves snacks, greens, macs (mac & cheese dishes), sides, deserts, and kid’s meals. 

Shell Shack has all kinds of seafood dishes like sandwiches, gumbo, snow crab, shrimp, and more. 

Temptations Arlingtons Lounge serves cocktails and appetizers, wings, baskets, salads, sandwiches, nachos, and dinners. 

Why Visit Arlington, Texas? 

In conclusion, Arlington is a super-fun destination. It is such a family-friendly city with a hopping nightlife for adult entertainment too. If you love the city life with larger-than-life amusement parks, adventure parks, sports complexes, concerts, and cafes and upscale dining… Arlington, Texas, is must-visit destination because there is something for everyone to enjoy to the maximum in this fantastic city. 

Kendall Davis
Author: Kendall Davis

Author: Kendall Davis Company: Lumini Services Kendall currently lives on the shores of Lake Texoma in Texas. She traveled across two-thirds of the U.S. for many years camping at lakes, rivers, and three oceans before motels and hotels if at all possible, and she continuously saw God's presence in nature. Writing for Lakehub allows Kendall to share her experience with God's creations.

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