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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
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Advise for Founders Plaza

As other reviews indicate, the site is free and is a great place to watch aircraft movements at DFW. If you are a diehard aircraft spotter and want good pictures, the best time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Fort Worth, TX

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Fort Worth, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As other reviews indicate, the site is free and is a great place to watch aircraft movements at DFW. If you are a diehard aircraft spotter and want good pictures, the best time is in the early afternoon as the heavies from Europe come in as well as the Qantas A380. The key to the best experience literally depends on... More 

Thank sswagner
Dallas, Texas
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174 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am kind of disappointed with the plaza because they removed the big map of the airport and some other features. It is still a nice place to come and observe airplanes landing and taking off.

Thank T1998
Bedford, Texas
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

My husband was a Marine pilot in Vietnam and continues to be very interested in anything aviation so he enjoyed this side stop much more than me. However, I did find it interesting.

Thank ginnyl491
Sydney, Australia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

If you're a keen aviation geek or just like a nice place to rest and relax this is the place to come. Plenty of shade and water available on site. Large grassy areas surround the plaza for kids and families. As a true aviation geek flying from Australia to get a glimpse of DFW this certainly was a great experience... More 

Thank Chris K
Kansas City
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383 reviews
137 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This has got to be the best place to watch aircraft anywhere in the country! Not only is the plaza situated close to the end of a main runway, but DFW is super busy so the planes never stop taking off and landing. Audio of air traffic control is played throughout the plaza, which adds to the experience. Plus, it's... More 

1 Thank freutmich
Grapevine, Texas
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80 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This is a nice little rest stop and the north end of DFW airport. It has benches and tables where you can sit and enjoy the view, along with a grassy area if you want to spread a blanket for plane watching or a picnic. The speakers allow you to listen in on the radio traffic from the planes and... More 

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Canaan, Connecticut
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14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

For many years I was living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex,and this was the one spot ,that you could take a meal(KFC) and just watch the planes go by! I really missed the "Original" location before they moved it after 911. I have not seen an airport have anything like it anywhere else too? Historic,memories, chillin' time site. I will... More 

Thank kvntitus5
New Creek, West Virginia
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

Our son brought us to the observation area while we were visiting the DFW area. It was a beautiful day and a bit windy. There are lots of places to sit while watching the planes land and take-off. It was really fun for us to see the different planes in a nice little park setting specifically for that purpose. There... More 

Thank mamabeac
Vancouver, Canada
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

Listen, I am an aviation enthusiast so I was blown away when we got there. Depending on where the flights are taking off/landing, you can get some amazing views. We went on a day where the plans were landing which for me is my favourite. There is an awning (covered area) where we laid down a blanket and watched. Many... More 

Thank Michael v
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2016

This is a free public observation area/park by the west side of the DFW airport. This area provides an unobstructed but distant view of aircraft landing or taking off, also the live radio communications between flights and DFW towers are broadcast here. This is not a very large area; also has a few benches for people to relax and observe... More 

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