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City in the Middle
Sandwiched between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington, Texas is focused on fun. From baseball to birding, there’s something here for almost every interest.
The Ballpark in Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers baseball team. This decade-old stadium offers behind-the-scenes tours on non-game days letting you visit everything from the dugout to the elegant new clubhouse facilities. The Legends of the Game Baseball Museum at the ballpark offers interactive exhibits that are both educational and fun. You can test your knowledge of American history, put your analytical skills to work, and see what it feels like to play catcher to pitching great Nolan Ryan.
Six Flags Over Texas is another popular destination. With more than 100 rides and attractions on 212 well-shaded acres, there’s something for everyone. The newest ride, Superman: Tower of Power, is the tallest three-combo drop ride in the world — 325 feet! Other favorites include the Titan roller coaster, Batman the Ride, and Mr. Freeze. Little ones have their own Loony Toons themed rides. For those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground there are scores of arcade games, a virtual reality game, and the Wild West Show. The entire park is handicap accessible and unusually clean and green. You can even avoid standing in line by using the park’s Q-Bot reservation system.
For those who prefer their fun to be wet and wild, Hurricane Harbor offers water rides of all types. Hook’s Lagoon is a mecca for smaller kids and their parents, while teens and adults revel in the many water slides and wave pools. Hurricane Harbor also hosts the annual Surfrider at Boogie Beach Championship. Now in its fifth year, this national amateur competition attracts surfriders from around the world, and any visitor can try the ride at other times.
Lesser Known Fun Central Destinations
Tamer and more refined entertainment can be found at the Arlington Museum of Art, which features ever-changing exhibits of established and emerging Texas artists. The museum takes an interactive approach with artist and curator talks, special classes and workshops, and a “Saturdays at the Museum” program that encourages families to engage in creative activities together .
Country music fans have enjoyed the Johnnie High Country Music Review at the Arlington Music Hall since 1975. At the other end of the scale, Ballet Arlington offers classic works like the Nutcracker and more modern works, such as Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante.
Outdoor Fans Have Their Fun Too.
Birders and golfers share a unique environment at Tierre Verde Golf Club, an Audobon Signature golf course. This 18-hole course is one of three public courses in Arlington, so be sure to bring your clubs!
Arlington also has many parks offering trails, tennis, swimming, biking, hiking, and more. And water enthusiasts will enjoy boating and fishing on the 2,250 acre Lake Arlington.
Stay in Style
Whatever your idea of fun is, chances are you’ll find it in Arlington, Fun Central in the middle of the metroplex.
When You Go
Ballpark in Arlington
Legends of the Game
Six Flags Over Texas
Hurricane Harbor-A Six Flags park
Air Combat School
Arlington Museum of Art
River Legacy Living Science Center
Johnnie High Music Review/Arlington Music Hall
Tierre Verde Golf Club
The Sanford House
#2: A stay at Sanford House should include a stroll in the garden.
#3: Sanford House offers lovely cottages for those wanting more privacy, including a special honeymoon cottage.
#4: Pamper yourself with a massage at the Sanford House Spa.
#5-9: Batman the Ride is a favorite with Six Flag visitors, but be sure your pockets are closed as this roller coaster twists you upside-down and sideways!
#10: Conquer gravity as you free fall on Superman” Tower of Power, the tallest 3-combo drop ride in the world.
#11: The Titan is the most popular ride at Six Flags, but it’s not for the faint of heart!
#12: Learn the ropes in a real cockpit at Air Combat School.
#13: The Ballpark in Arlington, home to the Texas Rangers baseball team, offers tours and special packages for groups of all sizes.
#14: The Ranger’s clubhouse is one of the most elegant in the American League.
#15: Enjoy the quiet and the change to glimpse some of Texas’ migratory birds as you stroll the paths at the River Legacy Living Science Center.
#16: Fondue anyone? Arlington has restaurants to suit every taste.
#17-20: Golfers and birders can enjoy the unique environment at Tierre Verde, an 18-hole Audobon Signature golf course.