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Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Arlington, TX

Looking to have a fun time in Arlington, TX? Here are 10 ideas that are sure to suit your fancy!

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Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Arlington, TX


1. Catch a show

You’ve heard all about how great the music is here in the great state of Texas. Luckily, you can find great shows right here in town!

Theatre Arlington

Arlington Music Hall

Levitt Pavillion

2. Sample some unique, local beers

Arlington is home to some really awesome establishments where you can sample many unique and local beers, or fill up a growler or two to take with you!

Legal Draft Beer Co.

Division Brewing

Kool Keg Beer and Margaritas

Mellow Mushroom

3. Gorge yourself on fried chicken

This is not the kind of fried chicken you can buy in a bucket. This is the handmade from scratch, down-home cooking kind of fried chicken. And trust us, you will never leave this restaurant hungry! Babe’s is one of those places you just have to visit while you’re in town.

Check Out Babe's

4. Picnic in a pocket park

What exactly is a “pocket park”? It’s an awesome bit of well-manicured green space, smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s the perfect spot to stop, rest, enjoy nature, let the kids run, and have a picnic. You don’t have to drive very far at all to find one - you’re still in the city! Gene Allen Park is the perfect pocket park for your picnic.

Visit Gene Allen Park

5. Stargaze

This is a great one for all ages. The Planetarium never ceases to delight its visitors every year with awesome shows about our solar system. They host public shows year-round, so you can catch a show at any time.

Experience Awe at the Planetarium

6. Stroll through an old-fashioned general store

Even if shopping isn’t your thing, you’ll love Potager. Step inside to grab a coffee, pick up some beer or wine, or just browse all of the interesting knick-knacks you’ll find there - or, as they say, “groovy stuff.”

Peruse Potager

7. Indulge in some relaxation

If relaxation is what you need, Arlington is home to several great salons and spas. At The Sanford House Inn & Spa, they definitely know how to pamper. Stop by for a new look or relaxing afternoon of pampering.

Find Relaxation

8. Learn a slice of Arlington history

What was it like to be a pioneer in North Texas? If you hang out in Knapp Heritage Park, you’ll find out! Take a look at the old cabins, school building and blacksmith barn.

Visit Knapp Heritage Park

9. Flex your brain and feast your eyes

Especially if it’s a hot day in Arlington, you might want to take it indoors to cool off. The Gallery at UTA (University of Texas Arlington) is a great indoor option! The art is really fun to look at, and it’s totally free! Take a look at the art displayed there, created by students and faculty.

Visit the Gallery at UTA

10. Take your family to new heights

Have you had too much BBQ and fried chicken on your trip to Texas? Don’t worry, there are plenty of options for some great exercise! Get your rock climbing on at Dyno Rock Climbing Center. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro, or if you’ve never done it before. Either way, you’ll have an awesome time, and burn some calories while you’re at it!

Get Your Climb On