Top 10 Things to do in Irving, United States

July 22, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Conveniently located just next to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Irving is perfectly situated to provide the base for a Dallas area vacation. Many of the country's Fortune 500 companies find their headquarters here. Irving's several museums and heritage parks give visitors a glimpse at the history of the area. Its proximity to Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and other Dallas area cities ensures access to an abundance of nightlife, sporting events, trails, shopping and much more.
Restaurants in Irving

1. National Scouting Museum

1329 W Walnut Hill Ln, Irving, TX 75038-3027 +1 972-580-2100
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

National Scouting Museum

Reviewed By sharc123 - Irving, Texas

Easy to navigate through the museum. So much to see! I was excited to check it all out. i love the geocachng.I'm so glad you were able to visit our museum and see everything! Geocaching is always fun, too!

2. Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

601 E Palace Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050-2322 +1 972-263-2391
Excellent
34%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 305 reviews

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Experience our unique attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, a state-of-the-art 7D Moving Theater, our mind-bending Mirror Maze, our challenging LaseRace, our sweet Candy Factory, and meet the stars at Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax

Reviewed By eaduddell - Moore, Oklahoma

First off, this place is expensive! I was not happy about spending $75 for my family to come to another Ripleys museum. We have been to other locations in other states. With that being said, we actually had a lot of fun! Our favorite was...MoreWe appreciate your review Eaduddell! We are sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with our prices! We hope that you come back to see our facility someday as it is ever changing and exciting!

3. Mustangs of Las Colinas

5205 North O'Connor Road, Irving, TX 75039 +1 972-869-9047
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Mustangs of Las Colinas

Reviewed By williamtL1336WJ

For those of us that were not raised around horses this is a unique display that really gives the feel of seeing wild horses running through a small stream out in the wilderness. The design is very realistic and the greatest part is that you can walk up to the horses and take pictures with friends right beside the horses. It is a large open display so that 10-15 people can be in the picture with the horses very easily. Display area is well maintained so it presents a good background for any picture.

4. Lone Star Park

1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050-7941 +1 972-263-7223
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 187 reviews

Lone Star Park

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. Great Concerts. Year round simulcasting from across the world at Bar & Book. Great venue for group outings, weddings, parties, and outstanding food choices!

Reviewed By Marques1976 - Dallas, Texas

Visit Lone Star Park is always a great experience for everybody. If you don't like to bet, just the opportunity to go a an event for the music counts...

One thing I like about it is the free parking... they know you spend money inside anyway. Another cool thing that you can do if you want to me more comfortable is to pay extra for the suite.

Another cool thing is that you can take you own drinks so you can take this whole experience as a family picnic.

Go to the website in order to get more information about the dollar nights and also special events.

5. Founder's Plaza Observation Area

1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102 +1 972-973-5270
Excellent
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Founder's Plaza Observation Area

Reviewed By globaltrekster - Virginia Beach, Virginia

My aunt and uncle, who are locals, took us to this place. You can see the planes take off from Dallas Fort Worth International here. There is a small park with a small free parking lot. Kids of any age would love this, especially considering you cannot get this close to most airports.

There are no restrooms or food for purchase. It is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

6. Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

1001 Performance Pl, Grand Prairie, TX 75050-7965 +1 972-854-5111
Excellent
43%
Good
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Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

Reviewed By TexasVoyager_BW - McKinney, Texas

We went to the amazing Little Big Town concert this past weekend with Kacey Musgraves and Midland as the opening acts. It was a sold out event and there was probably not a bad seat to be found in the theater. Parking is a convoluted mess and quite pricey. It was $20 for general ($40 for VIP) and it took over 30 minutes to get out after the concert was over. Drinks are also obscenely overpriced. I spent $20 on a glass (a plastic hurricane actually) of the red blend Menage a Trios. That typically runs around $10 a bottle at Kroger and less at Total Wine. My wife's Diet Coke was $6. Ouch.

7. Irving Convention Center

500 Las Colinas Blvd W, Irving, TX 75039-3717 +1 972-252-7476
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 99 reviews

Irving Convention Center

Reviewed By Five_Aces_Tx - Dallas, TX

I've provided entertainment services a few times here and it's nice inside and out. Easily accessible parking and loading dock. This venue is walking distance to an area that is really up and coming including the Toyota Music Center (a concert facility) and a few hotels in the area.

8. Irving Arts Center

3333 N MacArthur Blvd Ste 300, Irving, TX 75062-4497 +1 972-252-7558
Excellent
63%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Irving Arts Center

Named “Best in the Burbs” by D Magazine, the Irving Arts Center hosts 275 events a year in a variety of venues. Rentals available. Open 7 days a week.The performing and fine arts community in Irving welcomed a new home in 1990 with the completion of the Irving Arts Center. The Arts Center's 10-acre complex, nestled in the heart of Dallas-Fort Worth, features two fully-equipped theaters; four galleries; meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities; and a verdant sculpture garden. The Arts Center accommodates a wide range of cultural and civic events.

Reviewed By Mlarsen880 - Rockwall, Texas

We recently attended the musical Anything Goes with another couple, this was the first time we had been to the Irving Arts Center. This was a wonderful surprise, the auditorium was nice size, I thought the venue was just the right size for plays or musicals, just close enough to see faces and expressions. I thought our seating in the balcony was very nice and we could see everything on stage. The cast was great and the music was exceptional. We all had a good time, looking at the upcoming plays, I am sure we will return.

9. Mandalay Canal

Irving, TX
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 73 reviews

Mandalay Canal

An old European-style waterway with cobblestoned walkways lined with shops and restaurants.

Reviewed By mercurysqueen - Camas, Washington

We recently returned to the Las Colinas area and we were so pleased to find the canals and their surrounding walking paths. Flat, stable, and well-lit, folks can feel safe here most any time of day. The walk is about 6 miles all the way around, but there are shortcuts and paths you can take for shorter, 2-mile walks. People are friendly and keep their pooches leashed. It's a nice place to release some steam or just wander for a bit after work.

10. Ruth Paine House Museum

801 W Irving Blvd, Irving, TX 75060-2845 +1 972-721-3729
Excellent
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Good
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Ruth Paine House Museum

Reviewed By Mohsman - Lewisville, Texas

This is a must-see tour for JFK assassination history buffs. The combination of the Visitors Center and House provides a detailed view with artifacts and video interviews of Ruth Paine's coincidental and life-altering association with Lee and Marina Oswald. Her house (with her help) has been painstakingly restored to how it appeared in November, 1963.

There were only two of us on our Tuesday afternoon tour. The tour guide was friendly and incredibly knowledgeable of so many details of the event, especially having met Ruth and the other still-living people involved. He was personally told what it was like to sit with Marina Oswald when the assassination was announced, what it was like when the Dallas police arrived, and how she was treated by the Secret Service, FBI, and Warren Commission.

I've been to the Sixth Floor Museum and Daley Plaza. This site is just as interesting. It was surreal to stand in the garage and see where Oswald hid and retrieved his rifle. It is well worth the $12 adult admission.

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