Las Colinas is Irving’s premiere planned urban community located just east of the DFW Airport. This upscale neighborhood has a bit of everything for visitors. Urban cityscapes with exciting nightlife, outdoor green spaces, golf courses, and family fun make Las Colinas an ideal neighborhood for exploring. The Las Colinas entertainment district is home to great restaurants, bars, shopping and music venues. Stop by for a show at the Toyota Music Factory or grab a bite to eat at one of Las Colinas’ many diverse restaurants. Everything from upscale Italian to sizzling Mexican food can be enjoyed in this vibrant area. After dinner, groups can check out the scenic Williams Square for relaxing by the fountain or people watching on a nice evening. Outdoor lovers will enjoy the 200 acres of Las Colinas Urban Center. The peaceful park features lovely walking trails, a fishing lake, gardens and even an outdoor amphitheater. Other Las Colinas parks like Carpenter Park and Williams Park are perfect for picnics and field games.
Heritage Crossing is a historic neighborhood located near the convergence of highways 114 and 183 in central Irving. The area is most known for the Mustangs of Las Colinas, which is one of the largest equine sculptures in the world. The larger-than-life bronze mustang statues seem to be frozen mid-gallop as they stampede across a waterway. Visitors of all ages will be wowed by the sheer size and beauty of this iconic Irving landmark. While you’re in Heritage Crossing, check out Irving’s Farmers Branch Historical Village. This museum village authentically recreates what life was like in North Texas in the 1880s. Historical buildings were restored and relocated here, including an original schoolhouse, farmhouse, train depot and more. There are seasonal events, demonstrations and activities that offer a glimpse into late 19th-century Texan life.
Several family attractions can be found clustered together in West Irving near the intersection of Belt Line Road and 183. Groups with kids and teens will have a blast at Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park. This small park packs a big punch with thrill rides like a wooden rollercoaster, free fall ride, bumper cars and a go-kart track. Right next door is the Irving Family Fun Center which has mini golf, batting cages, arcade games and laser tag. Finish off all the adrenaline-pumping fun with some old-fashioned ice cream from Highland Park Soda Fountain, an original 1920s shop. If your group is looking for something a bit more refined, visit Fort Worth’s famous Kimbell Art Museum campus located in West Irving. See European and American paintings, African and Asian art, antiquities and much more in the Kimbell’s lauded architectural complex.
Built around the scenic Valley Ranch Golf Club, this neighborhood combines Irving’s outdoor beauty with family fun. Groups will love riding the train at the well-loved Irving Valley Ranch Railroad. The 12” gauge train ride lasts 20 minutes as it loops around artificial lakes dotted with faux Old West buildings. Kids can also enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, and carnival-style rides at this charming venue. After riding the rails, venture over to Tierra Verde Golf Club, which offers two 18-hole championship golf courses. The meticulously-groomed greens and undulating fairways make both the Arroyo and Lago Mar courses an exciting golfing experience for beginners and seasoned players. Finish off your day in Valley Ranch by grabbing dinner and drinks at Ecco Grill, which overlooks the serene golf course.
Located around Loop 12, the DFW Gateway district places your group close to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Las Colinas. It’s likely your charter bus will first enter Irving through this bustling neighborhood. While passing through, consider stopping at The Falls for shopping and casual dining. This outdoor mall is designed to look like a quaint, historic Texas town. Storefronts are housed inside rustic brick buildings and adorable bungalows. Check out home décor shops, boutiques and over a dozen restaurants encompassing American, Mexican and Italian cuisine. Don’t miss the pretty sight of a 35-foot waterfall in the town square. DFW Gateway is also home to the iconic uniform company, Resistol Hats, which has been crafting stylish cowboy hats since 1927. Go behind the scenes and see how these customized hats are made on a guided tour of the factory.
Despite the name, you won’t actually find a river running through the Riverside neighborhood of Irving. Located near the old Texas Stadium, this area will appeal to sports fans and racing enthusiasts. Catch an exciting match at the Irving Tennis Center, which hosts tournaments and also offers daily court time rentals. Right next door is the Motorsports Ranch Irving. Hop in a race car and drive yourself or ride along on their expansive track that includes a drag strip and road circuit. Finish your active day with a refreshing adult beverage at homeassistant Brewing, grab some grub at Big State Fountain Grill or Coffee House Cafe.
Immerse your group in Irving’s multicultural heritage in neighborhoods north of 183 like Hackberry Creek, Bear Creek and Valley View. This diverse area features halal meat markets, Vietnamese noodle shops, Salvadoran pupuserias and more. Bring your appetites and sample some of the city’s most authentic international cuisine. Highlights include pho soups and banh mi sandwiches at Les Givral’s Sandwiches and Café, pupusas and yuca fries at Flor Blanca Restaurant, and falafel platters at Jerusalem Grill. You can also stock up on specialty ingredients at El Rancho Supermarket and Halal Meat & Produce. After filling up on global flavors, walk some of it off while admiring Bear Creek Park’s peaceful trails. Let the kids run wild at the Bear Creek Heritage Playground. Its unique equipment replicates Irving’s agricultural heritage, like a 10-foot cotton bloom climber and farm silo lookout tower.
Several shopping and entertainment attractions are clustered together in East Irving, south of the airport. The Irving Mall is home to big department stores like Macy’s and JCPenney, plus over 100 other retailers. Fashionistas will love browsing boutiques and trendy shops at La Gran Plaza shopping center. This vibrant marketplace also has a lively food court that’s perfect for sampling Mexican street snacks. For indoor adventures, Sky Zone Trampoline Park features wall-to-wall aerial attractions perfect for birthdays and youth groups. Get your adrenaline pumping at Urban Air Adventure Park’s trampolines, ropes courses, battle zones and more. Wrap up your active day in East Irving by catching a concert or sports event at The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory. There’s always something exciting happening at this modern live entertainment venue.
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