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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

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Founders Plaza

Great park to sit and relax while watching the planes and listening to the pilots talk to the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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Love this place!

Have visited this plaza many times. Recently took my grandkids there to watch the planes take off... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2019
Linda B
Keller, Texas
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great park to sit and relax while watching the planes and listening to the pilots talk to the control tower. Speakers are a great learning tool for children

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019

Have visited this plaza many times. Recently took my grandkids there to watch the planes take off and land. Nice to be able to listen to the air traffic controllers as you watch the planes coming in. Very cool!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Linda B
Reviewed February 3, 2019

To be entranced by the take-off and landing of machines weighing many thousands of tons may seem very strange to many people. But to me it is one of the most relaxing and strangely engaging investments. To watch such huge machines (burdened with cargo, luggage,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

It's not a park, per se, but it is a lovely place to eat lunch and listen to the air traffic controllers. Lots of room for kids to run free.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rey S
Reviewed January 2, 2019

I plane spot frequently when I travel and while there are some good airports with a lot of cool planes, rarely do you find an airport where they have a great public viewing spot like this. They are actually encouraging people to watch planes. Well...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JDinCoMo
Reviewed December 17, 2018

Easy access off of the highway. Kids love to watch the planes take off. Gives a little history about DFW as well.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 1955chevy
Reviewed December 2, 2018

It's a great place to watch aircraft land and take off from DFW airport. The park has some interpretive signs, a small play area for the kids, and the air-traffic control radio traffic is broadcast from a speaker. Parking is also plentiful. A fun place...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank traveling_photo
Reviewed November 29, 2018

Great place to bring your children to observe the airplanes landing. Great spot for photography and to learn little bit about local history.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank onova2014
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We go to Founders Plaza several times a year. My grands love watching the planes land or take off. Lots of aviation facts & things to do. Enjoy taking a picnic lunch & relaxing.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank janetthom
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Excellent place to come relax and picnic. You don't have to be an aviation geek to enjoy some relaxation time by the airport. Saw families bring a blanket and sit on the floor with their kids. Plus it's free! Airport police comes by often to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jr0202
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Jennie S
October 2, 2018|
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Response from Bill O | Reviewed this property |
7pm is the stated closing time, but the DFW Police will usually not run you off until right before sunset in the long days of summer.
February 9, 2016|
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Response from 619ronc | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have seen several trucks back into the parking spaces, so they sit in the back and are facing the action. Photographers seem to especially like this arrangement.
Andrea T
July 26, 2015|
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Response from LakesideRotties | Reviewed this property |
In general, if the winds are out of the south (blowing from the south to the north), planes will be landing near the viewing area on 18R. If it is a light travel day, take offs and landings will be slow. The best times for... More