It’s never too early or too late to plan a knock-your-socks-off summer vacation or staycation, but where should you go? Isn’t it obvious? Arlington’s fun and affordable options will keep you and your family busy until the school bell rings next fall. Check it out:
One: Six Flags Over Texas: Things are bigger and more exciting than ever at Six Flags Over Texas, one of the world’s premiere amusement parks and a Texas summer tradition for more than 50 years. In addition to classic attractions like the Chaparral Antique Motor Cars, the Log Ride and the Shockwave, there are a few new additions to the Six Flags family that are just dying to have you come ride them: Check out the Galactic Attack Virtual Reality Coaster , a one-of-a-kind “mixed reality” experience that will blow your mind; and The Joker, a 12-story, move-in-any-direction, flip-you-upside-down, gravity-defying thrill coaster that just has to be experienced to be believed. Get a Six Flags season pass.
Two: Texas Rangers Baseball: Who has #LoneStarGrit? The Texas Rangers, that’s who! Claim your share of the action with tons of great ticket options, covering everything from “on a budget” to “livin’large. Don’t overlook these opportunities to upgrade your next Texas Rangers visit: enjoying the game amidst the opulence of a Texas Rangers luxury suite, taking in a behind-the-scenes tour of Globe Life Park, or signing up for a once-in-a-lifetime Texas Rangers in-game fan experience.
Three: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor: Three million gallons of cool water on a hot summer day? Yes, please! Do some serious chillin’ on the Boogie Beach or Lazy River—but only after you’ve rocked a few of the watery thrill rides— like the Wahoo Racer, a two-tiered water slide that’s the largest in the world, or the Tsunami Surge, a 68-foot, high-speed enclosed tunnel ride that culminates in quick ride on a 40-foot wall of water. Get ready to make some waves!
Four: AT&T Stadium: The Cowboys aren’t back home until August, but there’s still plenty of fun and excitement to be had at AT&T Stadium, one of the world’s top sporting and event venues. Coming this summer: U2: The Joshua Tree Tour (Memorial Day Weekend), Metallica: The Worldwired Tour,(June 16), and Justin Bieber: The Purpose Tour (July 29). While you’re in town, be sure and grab a ticket for a behind-the-scenes tour of AT&T Stadium or make plans to enjoy a meal or a cocktail at the Stadium Club, the stadium’s new on-site dining facility.
Five: Get crafty: Much to everyone’s surprise, the Dallas Observer recently reported on something that Arlington insiders have known for a while: the land of baseball and roller coasters is quickly becoming something of a beer lover’s destination, too. If you can’t get enough of that good brown stuff, or you’ve always wanted to learn more about craft brews, get the lowdown on which Arlington brewpubs to add to your summer agenda right here.
Six: Shop ‘till you drop: And dine until you’re feeling fine, baby, because we’ve got plenty of opportunities in Arlington to indulge in a little retail therapy that’s topped off with a great meal, adult bevvie or blockbuster movie: Check out The Arlington Highlands (also home to Dave & Buster’s and Studio Movie Grill); The Parks at Arlington (where you can take in a blockbuster at AMC or a turn around the rink at The Ice At The Parks); or Lincoln Square (an upscale shopping and dining destination conveniently located in the Entertainment District). If bargain hunting’s your thing, be sure and visit Traders Village or the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets.
Seven: Visit Downtown Arlington: Enjoy some of J. Gilligan’s world-famous Irish Nachos or equally-famous fried chicken and home-style sides at Babe’s; take in a Dallas Wings basketball game; or visit the UT Arlington campus. (And if you do, be sure to include The Planetarium at UT Arlington, the UT Arlington Bookstore and The Gallery at UTA).
Eight: Have some fun in the sun: Don’t let the Texas summer stop you from enjoying the outdoors, as there are plenty of opportunities for early morning, tree-shaded, and watery fun all summer long. Worth investigating: the award-winning Tierra Verde Golf Club (the world’s first Audubon Signature Sanctuary municipal golf course); Lake Arlington (where you can paddle, fish or ski); or the Southwest Nature Preserve (home to native plant communities, walking trails and stunning views.)
Nine: Artfully awesome: This summer, we swirl creativity and entertainment as several amazing art festivals converge on the American Dream City. Be swept into visual excellence as the renowned International Folk Art Market from Santa Fe makes its debut at University of Texas at Arlington, June 16-17. The lush Richard Greene Linear Park, located between Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, becomes the backdrop for Art on the Greene, May 26-28. This art lover's paradise boasts lots of food, live entertainment and fun for all.
Ten: Free concerts: Free live music under the stars in the heart of Downtown Arlington is one of the best things to love about summer in Arlington—plus, you can pack a picnic basket and BYO anything you like to the show, or visit a Downtown Arlington pub or restaurant before or afterwards. Take a look at the Levitt Pavilion website (or download the app) to plan your visit, as well as the 2017 concert schedule to find out which acts you can look forward to.
Eleven: Out-of-the-ordinary museums: Roll on over to the International Bowling Museum to explore the origins and the future of the ancient sport of bowling (and maybe pick up a customized bowling trinket for yourself); the Living Science Center, a kid-friendly destination (located in River Legacy), is all about love for our environment and the critters we share it with; or enjoy the Milton H. Greene: Women photography exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art. Greene’s many remarkable subjects include Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr., Paul Newman, and more, May 13-August 6.
Twelve: And speaking of River Legacy: Did you know that Arlington is home to a 1,300-acre beautiful urban oasis that’s just minutes from Six Flags and Globe Life Park? It’s true, and it’s a don’t-miss activity for anyone who loves great views, nature, or playing outdoors. Check out the park’s website or Facebook page to learn more about opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking, picnicking, as well as classes and events, that are happening this summer at River Legacy.
Thirteen: Soak up some Arlington and Texas history: Escape the distractions of 21st century life and take a trip back in time when you visit Top O’ The Hill Terrace, Knapp Heritage Park, or the Fielder Museum, or when you go on a drive-by Arlington History Tour.