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Nine Hot Summer Picks for a Cool Time in Downtown Arlington

When temperatures exceed the 100-degree mark, even the heartiest sun-loving Texan calls it. It's time to move the party inside! Here's the good news: When you're IN Downtown Arlington, you're still IN for a great time! Now all you have to decide is what you're IN the mood to do first. 


Make it Iced: The first thing to do as you start your day in Downtown Arlington is hit a local coffee shop for some iced caffeinated goodness.


Inclusion Coffee

Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters


Sugar Bee Sweets

White Rhino Coffee


Spaaaaaa Day: Next up: How about you disappear inside some air-conditioned comfort for an hour or two, indulging in a massage, facial or other personal care treatment from one of our unique spas and salons?


Burt Grant SalonSpa

Bex Laser Aesthetix

Braids by Ivory

Darrah's Salon

Legendz Classic Barbershop

Maren Karsen Salon & Store

Old Tyme Barber Shop

Sanford House Inn and Spa

Sienna Salon & Spa


Busy Bodies: Skip your morning run. Instead, move it indoors and kick it up a notch! Check out these health-conscious centers that couldn’t be more different, except in their talent for building community.


Arlington Yoga Center

Camp Tuf: The Ultimate Fitness

Create Arlington salsa and yoga classes

Dyno Indoor Rock Climbing Center

Texas Black Belt Academy


Chill Out: After your workout, you’ll want to cool down! We strongly recommend the specialties of the house at two of the newest businesses in Downtown.


Kung Fu Tea

Rita's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard


Create it Yourself:  Within Downtown Arlington, which is city’s designated State of Texas Cultural District, we have all sorts of ways you can discover your inner artist. Check out these cool destinations where you can take workshops in your next favorite creative outlet.


Board and Brush

Catalyst Creative Arts

Downtown Library Maker Space

Spark Studio Art


Art Hopping: Now that you’re in a creative headspace, how about taking in visual arts exhibits in Downtown Arlington? Arlington Museum of Art’s 30 Americans will blow you away with their exhibition of world-renowned African American artists, as will the local talent you’ll see in our Downtown art studios.


Arlington Museum of Art

Create Arlington 

Spark Studio Art


Specialty Shopping: You’ve got enough fridge magnets. Check out our one-of-a-kind retailers for a different kind of shopping experience, not to mention a souvenir of your day in Downtown that you’ll enjoy for years to come.


Growl Records

The Man's Shop

UTA Bookstore

Wildfire and Lace 

Wild West Comics

Wondrous Works in Wood


Group Play: As the day turns to night, gather your friends and grab a bite to eat at one of our unique restaurants. There are so many local flavors and favorites to choose from! Then, let the games begin:


Free Play Arcade

Lone Star Axe Throwing


Summer Nights: After the sun goes down, it’s time to kick back with your favorite people and an ice-cold craft beer or fruit-forward summer cocktail. In addition to our many restaurants that have a great night-time vibe, be sure to check out our one-of-a-kind pub, brewery and bar scene.


4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge

Division Brewing

Hooligan’s Pub

Kool Keg

Legal Draft Beer Co.

Milo's Bar

On Tap


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About Downtown Arlington


Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to a top tier public research university, prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. 


Feature photo from Lone Star Axe Lone Star Axe Throwing Facebook page.