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The BEST Things to do in Arlington, TX

The BEST Things to do in Arlington, TX

If you’re relocating to Arlington (or even if you’ve lived here forever!), you’ll want to save this list, because it’s your ultimate guide to the BEST things to do in the city. 

From being the home of the Dallas Cowboys to authentic eats from all over the world, Arlington is home to some of the BEST nature parks, outdoor spaces, sports complexes, restaurants, and museums. 

Whether we’re working hard or playing hard, the city is a hub of growth, industry, nature, and entertainment, and the people who call it home have plenty of room to explore. We’re not exaggerating - Arlington, TX has it all, and Viridian residents know it!


Discovering the Best Things To Do in Arlington, TX


Arlington for Sports Buffs

Pro and college sports are a way of life! Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is a perfect place to nestle AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys. However, that’s not the only team for sports fans.


Children's Summer Camp in Arlington, TX 


Arlington for Kids

Kids growing up in Arlington are only a few miles away from exciting amusement parks, world-class museums, and TWO amazing zoos! You’re going to need more than a few weekends to enjoy all these hot spots. 

Tip: These fan-favorite tourist spots are less crowded on the weekdays. Take advantage of living right here in Arlington to plan a weekday visit with the family and pack in more fun!


Arlington for Art Lovers

Theater. Dance. Fine Art. It’s all here. The city is even home to a beautiful sculpture trail and hosts The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington where up-and-coming college artists showcase their best. Fine collections mix with vibrant city life here!

Audubon Bird in Arlington, TX

Arlington for Nature Lovers

There are hundreds of acres of green space throughout Arlington, TX, including some fantastic nature preserves that are perfect for exploring and getting outdoors. The preserves, like River Legacy, are a bird watcher’s paradise, and the scenic trails at the nearby Fort Worth Botanic Garden are worth the short drive. Here are our favorite places to enjoy nature in and around the city.

BONUS! Arlington for Cyclists & Hikers

Pack your bikes and get ready to hit some bike trails! There are a lot of them, and you can find the best ones on the user-generated trail map on TrailLink. This fantastic app and website covers 100+ trails covering 400+ miles in Arlington, and you can sort to see which trails are best for biking, running, or simply walking. It’s perfect for finding your best local trails and user reviews.


Market in Arlington, TX


Arlington for the Shopaholic

Of course, Arlington has places to shop ‘til you drop. The city is home to premier shopping options that bring all of your favorite brick-and-mortar shops together. You can even snag some amazing deals at the nearby Grand Prairie Outlets only a short drive away.

 Texas food in the Arlington, TX, food scene.


The Best Restaurants in Arlington, TX

Arlington for Foodies (THE BIG LIST!)

A guide about Arlington wouldn’t be complete without sharing local favorites. Trying out the food scene is probably one of the first things you’ll want to explore when you relocate to Arlington, and these restaurants won’t disappoint. The city offers everything from soul food, European fare, Texas BBQ, top-rated Thai, fine dining, and everything in between! We dare you to try every place on this list.

Prefer to get gourmet at home? Get the scoop on Arlington’s food scene at Arlington Foodies, a “secret” Arlington, Texas-based foodie community designed to help build and grow our local venues while establishing a friendly, fun atmosphere for the city's residents.” Learn more about their produce co-op, farmer’s market, and influence in the Arlington restaurant scene. Get fresh produce for expert prep at home or plan on your next culinary outing with some local experts.

Hidden Gems: Did you know? The best pierogi in town can be found at A Taste of Europe, a local restaurant offering authentic East European meals. Come hungry and enjoy Russian, Polish, and German delicacies that have even been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.  The restaurant also has an in-house market so you can take home delicious souvenirs like wine, caviar, and frozen food. 

Local Favorite Restaurants

 Couple getting coffee in Arlington, TX


Coffee Shops and Bakeries

Wine Bars, Beer Gardens, Breweries, Pubs, & Distilleries in Arlington

Happy Family with Glasses in Arlington, TX


Why It’s Great to Live in Arlington, TX

Not only is there so much to do and enjoy, but residents in Arlington also live close to world-class hospital systems and thriving employment centers. You don’t just reside in this city, you live and thrive here both professionally and personally. 


Arlington’s Top Employers

According to Arlington’s Department of Economic Development, local economic development efforts include growth in aerospace, automotive, professional & business services, medical devices, and industrial machinery. Education also plays a huge role in employment – City of Arlington reports that Arlington ISD alone employs 8,500 people and the University of Texas at Arlington has 5,300 employees.

 Explore the area’s top employers.

Healthcare and Hospitals in Arlington

Live well and sleep easy knowing that world-class hospital systems are right here in the city. These top-rated medical institutions include everything from emergency and intensive care to all kinds of medical specialists.

Happy Family Blowing Bubbles in Arlington, TX 

Where Will You Explore?

The Viridian Life is more than enjoying our community’s resort-style amenities, parks, and nearby commercial amenities. Our world-class new home builders might even be able to share some other hidden gems to check out as they work with you to craft your dream home.

There’s a lot to explore in Arlington: start your home search so you can be in the center of it!

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