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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

Opens in 13 min: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Fun place to watch planes and play Ingress or Pokemon

It's not a park, per se, but it is a lovely place to eat lunch and listen to the air traffic... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rey S
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One of the best plane spotting areas I have seen

I plane spot frequently when I travel and while there are some good airports with a lot of cool... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbia, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank FeatherTech
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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