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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

Open Now: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Great Tine!

We go to Founders Plaza several times a year. My grands love watching the planes land or take off... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Irving, Texas
via mobile
It's for Everyone

Excellent place to come relax and picnic. You don't have to be an aviation geek to enjoy some... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2018
Edinburg, Texas
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1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102
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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.

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

Thank MichaelScott02
Reviewed August 6, 2018

I've been in the airline industry 40 years but I never tire of watching those beautiful metal birds scream in or out of DFW. Bring the kids, bring the puppies (just pick up the poopie!)and enjoy. Best times if the airport is landing north-to-south: 11a-1p...More

2  Thank Bill O
Reviewed May 31, 2018

I've flown in and out of DFW for decades and never knew this was here. It's a great spot to watch planes come and go and there is even a speaker broadcasting the tower communications! Nice benches, shade and a great little sculpture of children...More

Thank Jon P
Reviewed April 18, 2018

There aren't too many places that you can park your car around the airport and watch planes but you can here. Founder's Plaza has plenty of parking and history to read about. I checked it out one day around noon and saw lots of people...More

1  Thank Five_Aces_Tx
Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

It is a nice open view of DFW airport. You can hear live radio transmissions from the control tower.

Thank feil675
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Watch and listen to the airport operations. Grab a sandwich and have some lunch if you're an aviation buff. I wish more airports had a facility as nice as this!

Thank NeverUnpacked
Reviewed February 1, 2018

Founders' Plaza is conveniently located just off the convergence of several major highways (Interstate-635, Highways 114 & 121) and very near several other sites worth visiting as well as a a large selection of restaurants and activities. The Plaza is nicely designed as a beautiful...More

Thank leahmigala
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

Cool place to see what matter most celebrated properly. The attention to detail is grand. Watch our mightiest jets roar in and out as you read about our founders and branches of the service that have graced DFW airport and the thousands of traveling military...More

1  Thank NeverStopReaching
Reviewed December 10, 2017

It's always amazed me how planes land and take off. Even with technology at hand, we can see the excellent talents that pilots and co-pilots have when weather is involved, especially when it's windy. Watching them adjust their approach from "straight forward to almost sideways...More

Thank Rudy-R283
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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