Right between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington, Texas, is sometimes overlooked for its glitzier neighbors. That’s unfortunate, as it’s a really cool city full of great food, interesting museums, and fewer crowds.
Here’s my little local’s guide to visiting Arlington, Texas.
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Where to Stay
Arlington has so many lovely hotels. Whether you go for luxury at the Crowne Plaza Suites or are looking for something a bit more budget friendly, InterContinental Hotels Group has locations all over Arlington and the surrounding area. If you’re heading to Six Flags, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites is a great option.
What to See
There are a few exciting things worth exploring on a visit to Arlington. The one that really stands out for me is the International Bowling Museum. I have never ever heard of any type of bowling museum before and this one does not disappoint. It goes into the history of bowling. Did you know even the Egyptians bowled?
Address: 621 Six Flags Dr, Arlington, TX 76011
There’s also the River Legacy Living Science Center. Right in the middle of River Legacy Park, there is so much to learn here. There’s an aquarium and terrarium and the park itself has almost 20 miles of hiking and biking trails. It’s a great spot to come and enjoy the good Texas weather.
Address: 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, TX 76006
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Where to Eat
There are many great restaurants in Arlington. Whether you want Tex-Mex, local barbecue, or something a bit more international, it’s all available and it’s all delicious. If I had to narrow it down, though, these two would be my favorite:
Abuela’s Mexican Kitchen is one of my favorite spots in Texas. They do really great authentic Mexican food, and their Margaritas are dynamite.
Address: 1041 W Interstate 20, Arlington, TX 76017, USA
If you’re more interested in Texas barbecue, you need to go to David’s Barbecue. The place is family owned and is something of an institution in Arlington. Its Texas-style barbecue is the best I’ve ever eaten, and the prices are unbeatable.
Address: Park Row, Arlington, TX 76013
Where to Drink
There’s a bar for every taste in this city. There are dive bars with great craft beer, up-scale cocktail bars, and spots with live music. It’s a fun night out no matter what your age.
Hooligan’s Pub is a great Irish bar that shows live sports, has music on the weekends, and (my favorite part) a huge selection of rotating beers on draught. The crowd is always a great mix of ages and personalities.
Address: 310 E Abram St #150, Arlington, TX 76010
Milo’s Bar calls itself an “upscale dive,” which I kind of love. They have a great outdoor area where you can have a few drinks, and the inside plays nice lounge music and has tons of comfortable couches. They make a mean cocktail too.
Address: 501 E Division St A, Arlington, TX 76011
Whether you’re coming for a relaxing escape, a romantic getaway, or a family vacation, Arlington is a great place to consider for you next trip.