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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

Address: 1700 North Airfield Drive, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261
Phone Number: 972 973 5270
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Ranked #8 of 21 things to do in Irving
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Pretty neat place to watch planes take off and land, excellent viewing experience. Our kids enjoyed being able to come and do this

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Gun Barrel City, Texas, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Founder's Plaza at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is a great place to spend some time. The site sits on the northwest perimeter of the airport and offers views of aircraft landing from the north and taking off to the south. A chain link and razor wire fence separates viewers from the actual protected airport property. The view of the... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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952 reviews 952 reviews
184 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Nice little area facing the runways on the North side of the airport. Great to sit and wait for your pick-ups or have lunch. You get a great view of landing airplanes of course the wind has to cooperate for the runway it sits on to be open. Fun way to waste some time or let the kids run themselves... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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22 reviews 22 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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126 reviews 126 reviews
45 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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