Getaway to Arlington, TX - Experiencing the City Actively

Known as the American Dream City, Arlington is part of the Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington Metroplex, located in historic Tarrant County. In addition to that, many people consider Arlington the Entertainment Capital of Texas, as the city is home to the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park. For active travelers, this rather unconventional destination prides itself on many outdoor and recreational activities, allowing you to experience Arlington on the move. Here’s an overview of the active attractions that this city has to offer.

Experience the Greener Side of Arlington

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Image via Flickr by Zach Durland

Arlington is all about sports and being active outdoors. You’ll find a great number of recreational spaces and parks with an array of trails for walking, hiking, and biking. There’s something for everyone, no matter the time, your needs, or your fitness level.

Embrace nature at the Crystal Canyon Natural Area, play a round of tennis at Cliff Nelson Park, stroll around Fish Creek Linear Park, or go for a swim in Lake Arlington. Veterans Park, with its trails and memorials, is also worth a visit. Golf is big in this city, and you’ll find many spots to hit some balls. You can do so at Lake Arlington or Tierra Verde Golf Club.

Dive Into a Pool of Restaurants and Events

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Image via Flickr by scottmarlowe

Big events are what Arlington claims to do best. You’ll find most of Arlington’s best IHG hotels near the Rangers ballpark and other major event sites. Nearby, don’t miss Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, Tiba Grill, VB Steakhouse, and other great eateries. Whatever your taste buds fancy, from sushi to steak, you’ll find it in Arlington.

As diverse as the food scene is the number of annual events. Be part of the Cotton Bowl in January, where college football teams show off, or run the Lone Star Half Marathon in April. Also, don’t miss a game at Global Life Park, Arlington’s state-of-the-art ballpark.

Immerse Yourself in Arlington’s Cultural Scene

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Image via Flickr by Klobetime

Arlington might not be the main culture hub in the U.S., but if you think there’s no cultural scene at all, prepare to be surprised. Visit the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, head over to the Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington, or get artsy at the Museum of Art. Tour Top O'Hill Terrace, an early 1900s casino that’s now part of Arlington Baptist College.

You can also catch a great performance at Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts. The annual opening weekend is in May. From jazz to country, you’ll get a taste of all genres. Music lovers will also appreciate a visit to the Arlington Symphony.

Arlington, Texas, is undoubtedly an underrated travel destination. Conveniently located between Fort Worth and Dallas, this city boasts outdoor spaces and great cultural and entertainment scenes. Enjoy great hotels, culture, and sporting events, as well as excellent food that you can work off with a good hike or a round of tennis. Don’t underestimate what Arlington, TX, has to offer.

This piece was written in collaboration with IHG.