There are times when you want to do something fun, different, but not travel too far from home. We planned the perfect weekend trip for our whole family to Arlington, Texas! It was so much fun and there were so many family friendly options.
Arlington, TX is a city just west of Dallas. It is well known for “The Big Three” attractions, Texas Rangers, AT&T Stadium (Cowboys Stadium) and Six Flags Over Texas.
Don’t think for one minute that this city is just those big attractions! There are so many gems in this city we couldn’t see them all in one weekend! We are already planning a trip back to visit all the one-of-a-kind experiences: like the bowling museum, underground casino, art tour in the football stadium and so many Texas nature places to explore.
We absolutely visited the Texas Rangers and AT&T Stadium this visit. My husband and the boys are huge baseball and football fans. They were so happy to see where two of their favorite teams play and take pictures in front of Coach Landry’s statue. My boys are already talking about when they are going to come back to Arlington to watch a game at the Cowboys Stadium!
We kept Six Flags Over Texas as a surprise until the very last minute. The kids went nuts when they saw the huge rollercoasters and rides. The girls experienced their first ever roller coaster and they loved it!
Six Flags Over Texas offers a whole bunch of thrill rides, but it also caters to families with young children. We really loved Bugs Bunny Boom Town which was just for the kids. My big boys were really proud of themselves taking the younger kids with them on rides and helping them be brave.
After a busy day of sight seeing and Six Flags, we were all starving! Arlington has a wide array of unique restaurants, dive bars, and craft beer breweries to explore and experience. It was hard to choose which ones to try.
Arlington offers a really amazing Visitor’s Guide! We were able to check out the top restaurants in the area and went with David’s BBQ the first day. I mean, is there really anything more perfect to end a day spent outside in Texas with good Texas BBQ?
It did not disappoint! The kids gobbled up all of the ribs, brisket, and sausage and ended the meal with a free ice cream cone!
Our second day in Arlington was spent slowing down and taking in the little moments together as a family.
We made a trip to Traders Village. This open air market is packed with vendors of all kinds. If you are looking for souvenirs, trinkets, novelties, farmer’s market produce, plants, and so much more I recommend exploring the rows and rows of vendors at Traders Village.
The kids were thrilled that Traders Village had their own carnival rides and food! They gobbled up a bag of cotton candy in two seconds flat!
To end our mini vacation in Arlington we stopped for some traditional TEX MEX food at Rio Mambo. The only complaint I have about this restaurant is that I did not have enough room in my belly for the huge portions! I wanted to eat it all!
If you are in Texas or coming to Texas and are looking for a great place to visit and explore, then visit Arlington.org to find even more awesome things to do and experience with the whole family!