If you’ve got a trip to Arlington, TX on the horizon, whether it’s for business, pleasure, or a little bit of both, these tips can help you pursue happy in style, on budget, and without hassle:

One: Get a free Visitor’s Guide.

The official Arlington, TX Visitor’s Guide is like having an Arlington expert tucked in your back pocket. Features include a list of top spots for family fun, a guide to international dining in Arlington, maps, shopping tips, and much more. Download a digital version or ask us to send you a hard copy.

Two: Stop by the Visitor Welcome Center.  

Speaking of Arlington experts, we’ve definitely got a few of those working at our Visitor Welcome Center, and they just love talking with visitors, newcomers and locals about all things fun in Arlington. Be sure and pick up a few coupons for Arlington attractions, as well as a map or a Visitor’s Guide, while you’re there. We even have interactive backgrounds where you can take vacation selfies!

Visitor Welcome Center hours:

March through October: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.

November through February: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

Maps and Visitor’s Guides are available 24/7. Need to plan ahead? Call for assistance planning your trip or special event at 817.461.3888 or 800.342.4305.

Three: Pack smart.

There are two things you need to know about Texas weather: It’s hot in the summer, but the rest of the year can be unpredictable—you might find yourself in a sweater on Monday, for example, and shorts and flip-flops by Wednesday afternoon. That’s why you might find it helpful to pack outfits that can be layered up or down, depending on the temperature. Other items you need to consider including for a visit to Arlington are:

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars (especially if you’re going to Globe Life Park or AT&T Stadium)
  • Insect repellent
  • Hats (Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys hats preferred!)
  • Sunglasses

Four: Let the FUN begin.

Finding fun things to do in Arlington is a snap when you use these resources:

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Arlington Events Calendar

Downtown Arlington

Visit Arlington Facebook  

Things to do in Dallas and Fort Worth

Five: Hotel heaven.

Need a place to hang your hat while you’re in town? No problem! With dozens of hotels in Arlington to choose from, the chances are good there’s a lodging option that suits both your budget and your groove. Best of all, you can book discounted lodging and attractions tickets together in just a few keystrokes with our online vacation packages. You’ll find everything from Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor packages to opportunities for touring AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park. Additionally, you can snag discounted tickets to some of the best attractions in the area, like Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland and more!

Six: One word: COUPONS!

Looking to save a few bucks? Who isn’t? Check out some of these coupons, as well as an insider’s guide to free and inexpensive things to do in Arlington

Seven: Discover a new favorite restaurant.

There’s nothing like falling in love with an out-of-town restaurant that becomes “your place.” That just means you visit again! You can check out the ACVB restaurant directory or Downtown Arlington directory for starters, or get a few ideas for dining adventures from the Visit Arlington blog:

“15 Great Places to Grab Brunch or Breakfast in Arlington”

“15 Tasty Ideas for Lunch”

“23 Must-Try Arlington Restaurant Menu Items”

“Another 23 Must-Try Arlington Restaurant Menu Items”

Eight: Fall in love with our nightlife

Planning a grownups-only trip to Arlington? We’ve got plenty of choices for happy hour and post-sundown fun:

Arlington Craft Beer Destinations

Sports Bars and Pubs

Date Night Ideas

Nine: Get the lowdown on transportation options.

Need help getting around? Check out Enterprise Car Rental, which offers a discount to Arlington visitors, or the Arlington Trolley, which provides free shuttle service from participating hotels to Arlington’s signature destinations.

Ten: Load up on maps and apps.

Besides ordering or picking up a hard-copy map from the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, you might want to also bookmark or download a few digital resources, such as:

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau Interactive Map

Downtown Arlington Map

Globe Life Ballpark App

AT&T Stadium App

Eleven: Get acquainted with our local history.  

A visit to Arlington is always more meaningful when you know a little something about our community’s fascinating backstory and important landmarks.

BONUS:

Are you planning a family reunion? Choose Arlington, TX as your venue and we’ll promise to help you make it an affair to remember! To find out more, check out our guide for family reunion planners, “The ABCs of Family Reunion Planning.” And stay tuned for the deets about our free reunion planning workshop in the fall!