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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

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Address: 1700 North Airfield Drive, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261
Phone Number: 972 973 5270
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Show planes to little kids

This is a great place for little kids to see airplanes up close. Many times our grandchildren have seen planes at a distance and were fascinated so we decided to take them to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for little kids to see airplanes up close. Many times our grandchildren have seen planes at a distance and were fascinated so we decided to take them to the observation area. Our grandson (age 2) was fascinated for 10-15 minutes and our granddaughter (age 5) was interested for 5-10 minutes. It appeared that the boy... More 

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Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My dad LOVES planes and he LOVES this place. When he comes to visit we go here at least 2-3x. He could spend the whole day here. There is plenty of free parking, covered viewing area, a radio to the tower where you can hear what's going on, and maps where you can watch the planes and runways. There are... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

I was on a Business trip to Dallas, when I learnt about the Founders plaza. The very next moment I was driving in that direction. There is no other option but to drive, since the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) or any other public transport mode does not service this area. There is ample parking, followed by sitting area, live... More 

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Port Stanley, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Never have I've seen such a large international airport cater to its Aviation Spotters! This location offers very up close encounters with all types of aircraft landing on Runway 18R. With ATC pouring over the loud speakers, you don't miss a beat! As a plane spotter, I was very VERY impressed with this Official Spotting location! The only thing I... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

How great!! This is a perfect place to watch planes if your in to that sort of thing. There are viewers that are free so you can look to the airport and spot your planes to watch take off. They have a lot of parking, and you can also hear the control towers over a speaker they have there which... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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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
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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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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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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
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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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