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Staycation Or Vacation In Arlington, Texas!

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Staycation Or Vacation In Arlington, Texas! Staycation Or Vacation In Arlington, Texas!

Well, it’s that time of year, when we have been thinking about vacations and staycations.

Well, here’s a list to help you whether you live near Arlington, TX which is a “suburb” of Dallas/Fort Worth, or plan to vacation here or nearby!

Be sure to check out the list of other great places across the country to visit at the bottom of this post!

Decorator’s Warehouse

Decorator’s Warehouse, Texas’ #1 Christmas Store, is the largest Christmas store in Texas, and one of the largest in the world. This Christmas wonderland features more than an acre of beautiful Christmas décor and amazing displays including life-size Santas and bears. A visit here is like a stroll down memory lane, a Christmas oasis, a place to escape into a magical world of candy canes, gingerbread houses, lights and Santas, where people and families can celebrate the meaning of Christmas in their own special way.


College Park District is the most ambitious project in UT Arlington history—practically a campus in and of itself. Spanning more than 20 acres, the $160 million development is a place where students, neighbors, and visitors can intermingle while enjoying stellar entertainment, sports, and restaurants.


The C.R. Smith Museum takes visitors on a flight through American Airlines history, with interactive exhibits that entice participation by all age groups. The museum features hundreds of historical artifacts, photographs, full-scale aircraft engines and a rare Douglas DC-3 airliner. In addition, the museum’s state of the art digital theater features The Spirit of American, a film, featuring the history of commercial aviation as well as breathtaking aerial photography.


Chester W. Ditto Golf Course, located in north Arlington, is one of the most sought after courses in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This challenging, 18-hole, par 72 golf course, offers plush tiff fairways narrowed by trees and accented with white sand bunkers and ponds.  A driving range, a practice putting green and a chipping area are offered to complete one’s golfing experience. The clubhouse offers snack bar concessions and a full line pro shop with today’s most popular equipment and apparel. C.W. Ditto also offers tournaments and private and group lessons taught by PGA Professionals and Apprentices.

Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center

The new Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center incorporates many unique features designed to resemble the agrarian style of the small region of Germany. The European theme is evident in the clock tower, large wooden columns and overall design. The center has an interactive spray pad, shallow water play pool, 25 meter four-lane swimming pool, a one-meter diving board, two water slides, pavilions, restrooms and showers. The center offers swim lessons and can be reserved for birthday parties and rentals for special occasions.

Symphony Of Arlington

The 15th Anniversary Season will feature guest artists such as Cliburn contestant Lindsay Garritson performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, pianist Juan Moreno performing Turina’s Rapsodia Sinfonica, Op. 66, flute soloist, LeeAnne Thompson performing Liebermann’s Flute Concerto, and violinist/Concertmaster Susan Demetris performing the Barber Violin Concerto.  Symphony Arlington will also feature Paul Silverthorne, Principal Viola of the London Symphony this season performing Paganini’s Sonata per la Gran’ Viola è Orchestra and Berlioz – Harold in Italy!


Imagine a high-octane party where you’re clapping, shouting and singing along with hundreds of your soon-to-be closest friends. Because at Louie Louie’s, YOU are the show! Our “talented” piano players will play your requests for you…anything from Garth Brooks to Metallica, or Def Leppard to Sublime. Write your favorite song on a napkin, slap it on the piano, sit back and enjoy the wild ride! And, whether it’s a birthday, graduation or anything you want to celebrate, bring your friends and family to Louie Louie’s and we will be happy to help you paint the town red. So don’t bring your worries, just your playlists and enjoy an exciting night in Arlington’s Entertainment District.

River Legacy Living Science Center

River Legacy Living Science Center serves as the gateway to River Legacy Parks.

Nestled into a clearing of existing land contours and oak groves, the 12,000-square-foot nature center has a sustainable design that has a minimal impact on the environment.

River Legacy Parks

River Legacy Parks is a 1,300-acre urban oasis that follows the curves of the Trinity River in north Arlington.
The Parks’ ecological diversity of bottomland forest, wetlands and prairie provides abundant habitat for countless birds, fish, mammals, and native plants.

Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington’s Founders Plaza

The Levitt Pavilion has become the place where families and friends of all ages and backgrounds gather to experience 50 nights of FREE music, dance and performing arts every year.  The Levitt Pavilion brings the magic of music and the performing arts to Arlington in a whole new way – under the stars! Our performance schedule includes artists from all around the world and right in our own backyard, from jazz to hot Latin rhythms and world music to children’s artists. 

The International Bowling Museum

The International Bowling Museum’s 18,000-square-foot facility is located on the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, TX.  It is loaded with history and brimming with fun.  Come visit us today. 


Since Traders Village opened in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Grand Prairie in 1973, millions of people have browsed, shopped and traded within the acres filled with thousands of dealers offering a little bit of everything, all at bargain prices.

Only at Traders Village can you stroll through literally thousands of shops, wheel and deal with the shop owners themselves and get the bargain of a lifetime. From paper clips to bulldozers, on any given weekend, you can find it at Traders Village

Arlington Museum Of Art

The Arlington Museum of Art exists to champion creativity and provide access to art for the cultural enrichment and economic development of our community.

Tails and Trails Dog Park – Don’t forget the Dog!


  • 5.7 acres
  • Benches
  • Large Dog Off Leash Area
  • Shaded Areas
  • Small Dog Off Leash Area
  • Walking Nature Trails
  • Water Fountains

Ice At The Parks

Ice Skating

A great place to come join your friends and skate, play hockey, have a skating party, or learn to skate from one of our many highly qualified instructors, enter into a figure skating competition or skate in one of our annual seasonal skating shows. Our professional staff of coaches and instructors are anxious to assist you along the way.

Six Flags Over Texas

There is always something new at Six Flags Over Texas.  You and your family can experience our expanded kids area, Bugs Bunny Boomtown. During the summer, BATMAN™ The Ride celebrates 15 years by doing a gravity-defying role reversal — ride it BACKWARDS!  Our popular Membership and Season Dining Pass programs are returning too.

Cowboy Stadium Tours

There are now two exciting ways to tour the Cowboys Stadium. If you are interested in touring the entire stadium, and going home with a head full of facts and figures about the world’s largest domed structure, then the VIP Guided Tour is your best option. If you’d rather take your time and explore just the most popular highlights on the Event Level, then the Self-Guided Tour is for you.


AMF Spare Time Lanes

AMF Spare Time Lanes offers traditional bowling on 40 lanes along with a separate lounge area and an on-site Pro Shop. Watch your favorite sports on five flat-screen TVs or challenge your friends to some family-friendly arcades or a game of billiards.

Alley Cats


  • Food
  • Bowl
  • Billiards
  • Laser Tag
  • Rock Climbing
  • Arcade

Arlington Music Hall

Welcome to the historic Arlington Music Hall, where elegance meets excellence in entertainment. The Arlington Music Hall renovation is now complete and provides audiences with a truly unique entertainment experience. The 1,100 seat auditorium includes state-of-the-art sound and lighting, an expanded stage and a classic new décor that enhances the hall’s sophistication and style. Watch for updates and join us as we turn another page in the history book of this great hall.

Ranger Ballpark

On April 1, 1994, a new era for the Texas Rangers began with the opening of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The beautiful baseball-only facility serves as the centerpiece of a 270-acre complex which solidifies Arlington, Texas as an entertainment giant in the Southwest.

Studio Movie Grill

Start a NEW FAMILY TRADITION with KidToons every week-end at 11 am for only $1 kid’s tickets & $2 adult tickets.  And, for families caring for CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, SMG is offering Special Needs Screenings of family friendly movies, free to all children with special needs & their siblings.


  • 54 holes of beautifully landscaped Putt-Putt Golf
  • Arcade with over 70 of the latest video games and simulators
  • Batting cages with a speed that’s right for you!
  • Bowlingo – miniature bowling alleys

Visit our restaurant for fresh-baked Funzino’stmpizza, Blue Bell® ice cream, cold soft drinks, nachos, and much more!

Lake Arlington

Paddling Trail

This 10.9-mile paddling trail is the first lake paddling trail and the first trail in the DFW metroplex. Enjoy paddling along the shores of a beautiful lake to enjoy a taste of nature in the middle of this urban center.

The Historic Fielder House

The Fielder House, located at the corner of Fielder and Abram streets, was built for Mr. and Mrs. James Park Fielder, Sr. as their private residence in 1914. The two-story house, surrounded by magnificent oaks was one of the first brick homes in Arlington. The galleries at the Fielder House are used primarily to exhibit themes and topics relating to the history of Arlington and its surrounding communities.

Past exhibits include “Faces of Arlington” WWII – A series of exhibits showcasing the community, its residents and the hometown hero’s of WWII. 

Permanent exhibits include the Fielder Kitchen, Fielder Room, Children’s and Media Room, Dr. Zack Bobo’s Office, the Cooper Gallery, Watson Bedroom and Collectables in the basement. 


Creative Arts Theatre & School The success of CATS’ programs is ultimately judged by the community response to its classes and shows—and by the successes of its students. Many CATS alumnae have been accepted into prestigious theatre programs at such schools as Florida State University, Southern Methodist University, Boston Conservatory of Music, Northwestern University, and Harvard University.


Daily Campus Tours (not offered on major holidays)

Daily campus tours are led by UT Arlington students called MavElite. The campus tour is a walking tour and lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. The tour includes stops inside several academic buildings, a visit to our dining center called Connection Cafe to experience the sights and smells of eating on campus, a visit to the Fine Arts and Architecture galleries, stops in the Maverick Activities Center, the Main Stage Theater, a ride on the Mav Mover Shuttle bus to see our Studio Art Center featuring student art and our award-winning glassblowing studio and much more. The tour is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. Also, please be aware of current weather conditions and dress accordingly, as our tours still take place in the rain or cold weather, unless conditions become unsafe.

Hurricane Harbor

Warning: you are about to be abducted (and splashed). 

Yes, it’s a UFO (Ultimate Fun Object), with two 500-foot tentacle tubes from an ominous black flying saucer. They send you on special inner tubes that zoom through the inner darkness of the tentacles, all the way down to a splashy ending.

If you are around here and think of any others – please comment and share with us all!  Remember, tomorrow I will share the links with you for all of the posts from all over the country!

The Knapp Heritage Park

The Knapp Heritage Park, located at 201 W. Front Street in downtown Arlington provides a glimpse of pioneer life. The park consists of a one-room schoolhouse, a one-room cabin, a dog trot cabin, and the Bardin barn. There is also a general store located in James Knapp’s law office and is recognized as a landmark from the Arlington Preservation Society. Audio MP3 tours coming soon!

Arlington Highlands grew from a vision formed in 1950.  Today, it’s a place built to create experiences that capture the spirit of Arlington embodied in you.  We’ll capture your experiences and display them throughout the seasons in this our Arlington Highlands “experience gallery.”

Top O’ Hill Terrace Known as “Vegas Before Vegas” Speakeasy (located on the Arlington Baptist College campus)

Beulah Adams Marshall bought land here along the Bankhead Highway in the early 1920s and opened a tea room, hosting teas and serving dinners to Dallas and Fort Worth patrons. In the late 1920s, Fred and Mary Browning purchased the property and shortly began converting the facilities into a casino, adding an escape tunnel and secret room for hiding the gambling paraphernalia during raids.  

Known as Top O’ Hill Terrace, the popular spot attracted gamblers as well as visitors who were often unaware of the gaming activities. The restaurant, along with the tea garden that exists today, was a legitimate business, operating alongside a brothel as well as the casino, which benefited from the nearby Arlington Downs Racetrack.

Check out all of these great destinations for your vacation or staycation this year!  Bloggers from all over the country explore their towns with you!

A – D
Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I
Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida — LaToyaEdwards.net
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P
Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W
Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE 
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That

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