The Sites and Sounds of Irving, Texas

Many of us are transplants to Irving and are unaware of things to do, places to go, and the many reasons Irving, Texas is a great place to be. We may have friends and relatives visiting and perhaps they wish to see what Irving has to offer. So here I offer you a chance to learn more about the city.

Irving is famous for being the international headquarters of five Fortune 500 corporations, and it is home to 8,500 companies. Irving, TX has several excellent museums, including a museum of scouting, the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, a world-class bike path Campion Trail, the beautiful Mandalay Canal, and the picturesque Lake Carolyn with romantic gondola rides.

The Wild Mustangs of Las Colinas

Dedicated in 1984, the sculpture depicts nine larger-than-life wild mustangs that gallop through a granite stream and attract visitors from around the world. Visit the adjacent museum to learn how the making of the mustangs. It took eight years and spanned three continents.
5221 North O’Connor Road, Suite 110E, Irving, TX 75039, 972-869-9047

Irving Arts Center

Irving Arts Center is the home of arts and culture for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The 10-acre complex houses two theaters, four galleries, and a sculpture garden, along with multifunctional rooms and event facilities. It also features performances and exhibits by both local and internationally-renowned artists.
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX.

Founder’s Plaza Observation Area

Have a picnic while watching the planes land and take off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. A beautiful setting with tables, benches, and grassy areas.

The statues and commemorative symbolically display the airport’s history and more…
DFW International Airport, 2400 Aviation Drive, DFW Airport, Texas

Ruth Paine House Museum

Ruth Paine’s small suburban home is now a museum that exhibits its role in the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald stayed at the house with his wife the night before the assassination.

Restored to its 1963 appearance, the multimedia tells how Ruth and Michael Paine got caught up in the aftermath of the tragedy and relates important background information. Tours begin at the Irving Central Library on the third floor. 801 W. Irving Blvd, Irving, Texas

Fritz Park Petting Farm

The farm offers a hands-on encounter with farm animals in the middle of the metroplex. Only open in June and July, the farm has a peaceful, shaded environment where visitors of all ages can feed and pet cows, horses, goats, and more…

Educational tours are available and should be scheduled in advance. The farm offers a volunteer program for children 12 years and older, interested in assisting with farm work. 312 E Vilbig Road, Irving, Texas

Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center

Here you can learn about one of the oldest African-American settlements in Irving’s Bear Creek Community. This community was predominantly African- American from the time of emancipation until the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s. There are three Museums there, plus a lovingly maintained native plant garden. 3925 Jackson Street, Irving, Texas

Gondola Adventures

Take a romantic cruise on Lake Carolyn or through the Mandalay Canals in a beautiful gondola with Gondola Adventures. Relax and enjoy the scenery of the private waterfalls and water inlets.

Fabulous restaurants cater the dinner cruises and the gondoliers serenade romantic guests, who are encouraged to kiss under each bridge. 357 East Fork, Irving, Texas

This is but a smattering of what is available in Irving, Texas. To see and read about more great things to do, go to

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