Top Must-Visit Attractions in Arlington, TX

Sulabh Gupta

Arlington is a city located in the US state of Texas. The city ranks 49th on the most populous city in the USA and is the seventh most populous city in the state of Texas. Arlington captures the spirit of Texas perfectly. The city is full of museums, attractions, thrilling amusement parks, and many more attractions to keep its visitors as well as locals entertained.

Here is a list of some of the best places to visit during your trip to Arlington.

International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame
International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame(Flickr)

Relocated from Missouri to Arlington in 2008, the Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame is located in downtown Arlington and has numerous exhibits aimed at preserving the history of bowling. Whether you fancy Bowling or not, you would love to visit this place. After all, how often do you come across a bowling museum?

The museum is a great place to spend a couple of hours on the 5,000 years-long history of bowling. The museum contains archeological digs, taverns, rare photos, and clips that tell you the story of some of the biggest Bowling legends. Did you know that Bowling was originally an activity of ancient Egyptians?

Top O’ Hill Terrace
Top O’ Hill Terrace(Flickr)

A historic landmark, Top O' Hill Terrace is nicknamed Vegas before Vegas. This place was a popular gambling casino in the 1920s before Las Vegas became a popular gambling destination like it is today. The building has a very interesting history as well. What started as a tearoom in the 1920s was converted into a restaurant in 1926 with a hidden basement to operate a Casino and other illegal activities. Famous gamblers like John Wayne, Clark Gable, and several other celebrities frequently visited this establishment in the 1930s.

Visitors today can see the escape tunnels built in the basements in case there were police raids. Gamblers could escape through some ingenious structures like the hidden passageways, false walls, two-way mirrors to confuse anyone chasing. Many of the building's original structures still stand today and tours are available by appointment.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor(Wikimedia Commons)

Spanning 50 acres, Hurricane Harbor is the largest water park in North Texas. It is a great place to escape from the Texan heat with your family or a group of friends. The park offers over 20 attractions for people of all ages. One of the most popular rides is the Banzai Boggan which shoots you like a pebble on the surface of the water.

If water is not your thing then you can visit the Six Flags theme park to spend a fun-filled afternoon with your family. The theme park is home to the fastest and the tallest roller coaster in Texas.

River Legacy Park
River Legacy Park(Flickr)

Spanning 1300 acres, the River Legacy Park is located along the banks of the Trinity River. It features several miles of hiking trails and its own science center with animal exhibits. The views are great and the park offers pavilions for rent, playgrounds for kids, canoeing, etc. to make your trip more memorable.

The science center is a great way to know more about the flora and fauna including 28 kinds of trees, 400 animal species, and over 190 bird species. The park also organizes several events and activities for the public.

Levitt Pavilion
Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines - Levitt Pavilion(Flickr)

The Levitt Pavilion is an outdoor stage offering spectacular concerts throughout the year. Located in Downtown Arlington, the pavilion features a free yearlong music festival showcasing new prospective musicians that are beginning their journey. From Texas country to world music, the concerts extend to all types of music lovers. Past performances have featured several Grammy award winners. If you have kids try to catch one of the Children's concerts in which artists teach kids about creativity and music.

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