Dogs make every adventure better, including mealtime! Unfortunately, if you’re looking for an afternoon or evening on the town, it can be difficult to find a dining establishment that will happily welcome your favorite canine. That’s why we’ve put together a list of Arlington restaurants that love four-legged friends just as much as you do!
J.R. Bentley’s English Pub has been a downtown Arlington staple for both people and their pups for more than 40 years. With servers who will be just as eager to serve your pup as you, you’ll love this award-winning restaurant’s huge portions of chicken fried steak, burgers, fish and chips, and more. And of course, there are more than a dozen beers on tap.
A local drinking establishment with a cave-like ambiance, late-night hours, and a jukebox, Caves Lounge allows dogs BOTH outside and inside. Dogs are allowed to free roam on the patio, but remember to put them on a leash before heading inside.
Featuring lobster stew year round, the Flying Fish (a restaurant born out of a love for East Texas fish joints), is the perfect location for a great day with your canine counterpart. Sit on the dog-friendly patio, and enjoy fresh catfish, shrimp and oysters, crab legs, burgers or chicken. Relax with a cold beer on tap, a glass of wine or one of their homemade margaritas and send the kids to the cool, free-play arcade.
From their blog …“He may not be a dog, but it’s a mini pig in a pirate cut-off sweater (bet you’ve never read a sentence like that before!). Hobbes loves to pig out, especially on Fuzzy’s tacos. We assume he stole this taco from a neighboring table, as he’s a pirate pig, and that’s what pirate pigs do.”
Practically next door to Arlington’s famous sports stadiums, Buffalo Wings and RIngs offers a club-level sports experience for the entire family. With two patios, ‘the entire family’ means your favorite pooch as well.
World of Beer offers a wide selection of craft beer, soups salads sandwiches and flatbreads. Dog-loving bartenders at World of Beer have been known to bring water bowls for dogs without being asked and accommodate your pup in every way they can.
Known for their burgers, wings, grilled steaks and fried catfish, Boomerjacks patio servers LOVE puppies. Often, in the intense Texas heat, these dog-lovers will provide not only a water bowl, but lots of ice to keep it, and your dog, cool.
Indulge in cheese fries, angry burgers and many other creative dishes at this bacon-lovers paradise and car-mechanic themed joint. The patio is open to dogs, so share the taste-bud friendly experience with your best friend.
Pup patties (plain hamburger patty with no salt) will be your four-legged friend’s delight. Not all locations have outdoor seating, but if you’re headed through the drive-thru anyway, In N Out could make your pups day.
The sun is shining, and it’s a beautiful day to be outdoors. Lakes and beaches are filled to capacity, both on the water and in the parking lot, grills are going and sno cones or popsicles are the perfect way to end the day.
If you’ve lived in North Texas long, you know these words aren’t specific to summer. In fact, there are days in December and January that fit the same description, and from March through October, this is the reality for most days. So what happens when you desperately need to beat the heat, the kids are restless from being indoors and you want to relax, rather than watch their every move at a deep and crowded swimming hole?
You embrace the local spraygrounds and splash pads!
(Wait! What’s a splash pad? …..) A splash pad is a (usually free) outdoor play area with sprinklers and fountains and other structures that spray water. It’s essentially a water playground.
Let the kids run around, get wet and let some of that energy loose. For you, grab your favorite beverage and music or audio book and look for the closest covered pavilion or seating (or bring your beach chair and umbrella) and enjoy.
Did you know we have some of the most exciting splash pads in Arlington? We’ve listed a number of them below!
Splash Pads in Arlington
Brantley Hinshaw Park
Featuring a spiral spray tunnel as well as ground jets, little kids (and big ones) love this park. And for those who don’t mind the heat, there’s also a basketball court, practice field and two playgrounds. 2121 Overbrook Dr, Arlington, TX 76014
California Lane Park
photo credit: Arlington Parks & Recreation
The spinning water play station is a prized gem of this popular splash pad. The splash pad also has ground jets and a spray tunnel and arch. Playgrounds and courts are also available. 2001 California Ln, Arlington, TX 76015
Helen Wessler Park
photo credit: Arlington Parks & Recreation
Known best as a play pool, this upgraded, very shallow splash pad mixes what you’d traditionally know as a sprayground and a pool. Interactive water structures here engage your kids’ minds and body while keeping the entire family cool. This park also offers family changing rooms and shaded areas. While most other splash areas are free, this location costs $2 admission for anyone older than 12 months. 2200 Greenway St, Arlington, TX 76010
photo credit: Arlngton Visitors and Convention Bureau
Don Misenheimer Park’s splash pad could easily be coined “imagination station.” Kids can play on a whale fountain, a spraying palm tree, and a turtle and create their own fun games with the nearly 10-foot ground jets. 201 E Lonesome Dove Trail, Arlington, TX 76002
Bad Königshofen Family Aquatic Center / S.J. Stovall Park
photo credit: Arlington Parks and Recreation
Aquatic bliss and a bit more than just a splash pad, this 52-acre park offers interactive spray pads, a shallow water play pool, lap pools and two water slides. This southwest Arlington gem also features hiking, volleyball courts and bike trails. Of course, you don’t have to do everything at once. Enjoy the epic spray pad one afternoon and hit the pool another day. 2800 W Sublett Road, Arlington, TX 76017
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, kids can play and splash at Levitt Pavilions interactive water fountains. Stay for the evening and enjoy a free concert as a family. 100 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010
When: Saturdays in July Where: George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, 100 Center St
Enjoy films for the whole family on Saturday afternoons this summer at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. Movies will be shown on Saturdays from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. No registration required.
When: Fridays in July Where: Hurricane Harbor, 1800 E Lamar Boulevard
Visit Hurricane Harbor as your favorite films are shown on a Texas-sized big screen over the waterpark’s iconic wave pool. Grab an inner tube and relax in the water with friends and family. All movies start at approximately 8:15 p.m.
A perfect summer flick to sing along to with all your favorite ABBA tunes! Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile, Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.
When: July 7&8 Where: Arlington Convention Center,1200 Ballpark Way
The North Texas Mustang Club hosts the 29th Annual Yellow Rose Classic Car Show (Southwest All Ford Nationals), the largest all Ford indoor show in the southwest. Featuring late-model, vintage, antique, performance, and classic Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars and trucks. Admission is $12, kids 12 and under are free.
When: July 7 Where: CearnalCo, REALTORS®, 500 E. Front St. #120
Are you thinking about buying a home? Join Arlington Texas Today co-founder and REALTOR with CearnalCo, REALTORS® on Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. for a free homebuyers class. The class will be hosted at CearnalCo, REALTORS® (500 E. Front St, #120, Arlington TX 76011) across from Legal Draft Beer Co in downtown Arlington. Register below to attend:
When: July 11-14 Where: Six Flags Over Texas,2201 Road to Six Flags
HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity, the most unique and innovative thrill ride in Six Flags Over Texas’ history, is ready to make its debut! Are you ready to take on its intense flips, twists and turns 70 feet up in the air?
Schedule of Events:
JULY 11 – Souvenir Day Preview
Purchase the special HARLEY QUINN t-shirt and get unlimited access to the all-new HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity before it opens to the public.**
JULY 12 – Membership Preview Day
All current Six Flags Members get exclusive access to HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity all day! Guests can also purchase the special HARLEY QUINNSpinsanity t-shirt and gain access to the ride.**
JULY 13 – Membership and Season Pass Holder Preview Day
All current Six Flags Membership and Season Pass Holders are invited to experience HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity before it opens to the public. Guests can also purchase the special HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity t-shirt and gain access to the ride.**
JULY 14 – HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity opens to the general public
When: July 13-22 Where: Theatre Arlington, 305 W Main St
Baby bat Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule–until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the bewildered batlet out of her mother’s loving grasp. The tiny bat is lucky enough to land in a nest of baby birds, but her whole world has just turned upside down. Literally. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should– she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. But when she finally has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confounded. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts–and possibilities–Stellaluna faces. Appropriate for audiences aged 4 to 12.
When: July 13 Where: Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center, 1924 Randol Mill Park Rd
Lounge in and around the pool with friends and family while enjoying a family-friendly feature on the big screen — Moana!
Admission is $6 for all guests. Pre-registration is required. This event is likely to sell out, so consider registering early. Limited spots available! Register online via this link or call 817-459-5483.
When: July 20 Where: Arlington Music Hall, 224 N Center St
John Acosta’s Bee Gees Gold tribute is the ultimate salute, and experience of seeing the Bee Gees in their prime, LIVE ONCE AGAIN! With the detailed vocal stylings of John Acosta (Barry), Daryl Borges (Robin), Jeff Celentano (Maurice) as the brothers Gibb, there is a sensation that will make you blurt out, Wow. I just seen and heard the Bee Gees! Backed by a live band, the Vegas Bee Gees tribute recreates the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the 60’s to the late 70’s, with their unique falsettos that made them legends.
When: July 27 Where: Arlington Music Hall, 224 N Center St
David Archuleta became a star when he was just 16. In 2008 more than 30 million television viewers fell in love with his angelic voice and their 44 million votes made him runner-up in Season 7 of “American Idol.”
Soon after, the young Utahan signed with Jive Records and his first single “Crush,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of its release. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the track sold 166,000 downloads that first week in the U.S. and subsequently more than 1.92 million digital copies. Three months later, David’s self-titled album, “David Archuleta,” went gold, selling more than 750,000 copies in the U.S., and more than 900,000 worldwide.
The International Champions Cup is coming to AT&T Stadium on July 31st. Don’t miss your chance to see two international powerhouses, F.C. Barcelona and A.S. Roma face off as they chase this year’s Cup. Tickets are on sale now at SeatGeek.com.
Please note that horns, vuvuzelas, and noisemakers of any kind are not permitted in the stadium.
Yet with the high-speed hustle urban living demands, sometimes the desire for the serenity and solitude of nature can have you jumping out of your skin for a few moments off the beaten path.
While stressful mid-week afternoons, weekends booked until next year and tight budgets may make that wilderness escape feel impossible, don’t give up yet.
Reality is, you don’t even have to leave Arlington to find some unforgettable outdoor gems the might just allow for that mental breather for which you’ve been longing or provide the ideal environment for hours of tech-free family fun.
With the six diverse locations of natural bliss listed below, you’re sure to find a few outdoor activities in Arlington that cater to your interests.
Hikers, bikers, and paddlers rejoice! In addition to a beautiful landscape, with the city entirely out of sight, River Legacy Parks offers patrons 7.8 miles of hiking and bike trails for a range of skill levels, a 10-mile, singletrack mountain bike trail (built and now maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association), and paddling trails for kayakers and canoers.
Deemed a “1,300-acre urban oasis” by the city of Arlington, the park’s tranquility and overlooks provide great spaces for meditation, and its eclectic play spaces, including a dinosaur playground, allow kids to embrace their imaginations.
For the animal lover, River Legacy is the place to see some of your favorite creatures in their natural habitats. Frequently spotted wildlife include bobcats, turtles, butterflies, and more than 225 species of birds, including the bald eagle.
Working in conjunction with and next door to the park, River Legacy Living Science Center plays an essential role in wildlife, ecological and the environmental and conservation efforts and education throughout the Arlington community.
Whether you’re up for testing your athletic prowess with a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, feeding the ducks, baiting your hook or simply enjoying a relaxing day on the boat and taking in a gorgeous sunset, Lake Arlington has it all.
One of two entries to Arlington’s paddling trails and the first paddling trails in Dallas-Fort Worth, Lake Arlington connects the lake and the Metroplex’s famous Trinity River. Paddling trails are open daily, from dawn to dusk.
Home to the annual Lake Arlington Bass Classic, which boasts more than $25,000 in potential prizes, and the Kayak Bass Classic, the lake is prime for sport fishing all year.
Veterans Park hosts the only 18-hole disc golf course in Arlington, one of two city-sponsored equestrian trails, 1.5 miles of hiking and biking trails, practice fields, a performing arts stage, playgrounds for the kids, picnic shelters, free Saturday morning composting classes, wildscape and xeriscape gardens.
While the park now caters to a plethora of outdoor interest, it is first and foremost a tribute to local residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice through their service in the United States military. With high-flying flags and a beautiful memorial honoring our late veterans, Veterans Park is an ideal location to reflect on the cost of our freedom or one’s own military service or remember fallen friends and family members. It’s also an ideal location for a history lesson with little ones.
Experts believe Crystal Canyon Natural Area was once a marine environment as a result of the discovery of marine shales, siltstones, mudstone containing inner beds of calcareous fossil clams, gypsum layers and fine grain sandstone within the park’s grounds. The 40-acre eco-preserve has educational signs posted frequently on the trail to help visitors identify different plant and animals. A trailhead complete with fossil-and-crystal-finding opportunities and information also makes this park unique.
Located in Southwest Arlington, Southwest Nature Preserve is the epitome of a true nature lover’s sanctuary. Undisturbed by man-made influence, the preserve’s land is a picturesque 58 acres with dramatic views, a Cross Timbers ecosystem, diverse wildlife and three ponds for catch-and-release fishing.
As an Audubon International’s “Gold Signature Sanctuary” certified neighborhood, Viridian has committed to keeping 50 percent of its property as wetlands, lakes and open space. The community has built a number of small parks, each with a specific purpose in mind, and Lake Viridian is home to generous amounts of wildlife, including foxes, bobcats, ducks, pelicans, blue herrings and more. Lake Viridian also hosts a sailing center open to both residents and the public with state-of-the-art sailboats, classes, and camps.
Downtown Arlington will be the place to be on Tuesday, July 3 thanks to Light Up Arlington. From 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., the annual event includes live music, food trucks, and plenty of children’s activities. A fireworks show will begin at 9:45 p.m. Fireworks will be shot from the municipal office tower located at 101 Mesquite St. Some activities may cost a small fee. Visit Light Up Arlington’s website for a map and detailed schedule of events.
Watch the Texas Rangers Beat Play the Houston Astros at Globe Life Park
Arlington’s 53rd annual 4th of July parade will occur in downtown Arlington at 9 a.m on Wednesday, July 4. This year’s parade theme is Star Spangled Independence Day. The event is coordinated by the extremely passionate and hardworking Arlington 4th of July Association.
Love Six Flags Over Texas? The amusement park will host their annual July 4th Fest from June 30 – July 4. If you bring a Coca-Cola can or are a season ticket holder, you can gain entrance to the park one hour early with paid admission. A fireworks show will occur nightly. Also, Six Flags Over Texas will open 4th Fest Food Village where you can enjoy limited edition, patriotic-themed cuisine.
Escape rooms are a fun adventure game where you can come together with friends, family, or even co-workers to work together solving puzzles, riddles, and clues to “escape” the room in the set amount of time given (often 60 minutes).
Escape rooms originated from video games called ‘Escape Rooms’ or ‘Escape Games’. The player had to solve mysteries by interacting with the people around him in order to escape from the room and move onto the next level. The first escape game video game, Crimson Room, was created in 2004 by Toshimitsu Takagi.
Since the transition to the real world from video games, escape rooms have been continuing to grow in popularity and there are many to get out and experience in Arlington.
Whether you’re an escape room newbie or battle-tested veteran, consider giving these spots below a shot!
The Perfect Escape costs $30 per person. They offer three different rooms, including O’Bannion’s Safe, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, and Wong’s Chinese. The Perfect Escape recommends ages 12 and up. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. A 10% discount is available for students and military (must show valid ID). 2501 Avenue J, Ste 104
Blue Ops Mission offers four different escape rooms ranging in difficulty with a minimum age limit of 12 years old. Rooms include Mission: Bluelist, Captured Comrades, Operation: Recon, and Nixon’s Watergate. Rooms are $23 per person. 351 W Randol Mill Rd, Suite 131
Located in the Parks Mall at Arlington in south Arlington, Breakout Games is a popular Arlington escape rooms venue with several locations across the country. Breakout Games offers six escape rooms including:
Do Not Disturb
Anyone under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants ages 18 and under coming without a parent or guardian needs to complete a waiver. Cost is $26.99 a person. 3811 S Cooper St #2208 (The Parks Mall at Arlington – Level 2 near Sears)