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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

1700 North Airfield Drive, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261
972 973 5270
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Irving
Type: Parks
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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I think that Founder's Plaza is one of the best underutilized attractions in DFW. It's a great "little park" if you have kids (half the people there are with their kids). If your kids love airplanes, they can get a great view of the planes taking off & landing, and there's plenty of space where they can run around. For... More

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Dallas, Texas
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Park is open from 7am to 7pm Flight tower radio is broadcast for your listening pleasure. Better than the old location on the east side of airport............

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went to founder's plaza because our two year old is fascinated with airplanes. The airplanes were landing about every minute so it made a great place for a picnic. We brought a blanket and some leftovers and the kids had a blast eating and watching the planes land, very cool idea and perfect for a family trying to find... More

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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Took the 6 year old to watch planes land. ATC (Ground control) for the runways closest to the park (18L and 18R) is played on a loudspeaker. There are covered benches and a nice hill you can sit on and watch the planes come and go. There was some trash in the area because some people are slobs.

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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A great place to view Aircraft from DFW. If you love to sit and watch airplanes take off and land at DFW, this is it. They have nice parking, picnic tables and shaded areas for those hot summer days. No bathrooms.

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Irving, Texas
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44 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Carry a picnic and come listen to Traffic Control Towers signal the airplanes in for landing and out for takeoff. Statues and Scrolls with history for your learning experience.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

This is an absolutely wonderful and FREE attraction for aviation enthusiasts and families of all ages alike! The Good: I visited the Founder's Plaza every single evening during a week long stay, and every night there were families with kids of all ages, couples, and some people just sitting by themselves and enjoying the view. Some families had brought a... More

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Euless, Texas
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48 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We never tire of watching the planes take off and land. This is off the beaten path - at the north side of DFW Airport just across the Texan Trail bridge (good directional signs). Doesn't cost you a penny - you can bring a picnic lunch and listen to the pilots communicating with the tower. A great free fun outing... More

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Russellville, Arkansas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

This park is widely heralded in the planespotting community as the best place to watch planes in the United States. Complete with free binoculars, and tower broadcasts over a speaker, this park lived up to the hype. There are picnic tables, and plenty of room to hang out with your family.

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