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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

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Address: 1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102
Phone Number: 972 973 5270
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Our son stopped by here on the way to the airport in the late afternoon. Our 3 year old grandson loved looking at planes through the free (mostly broken) observation glasses... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Knoxville, TN

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Knoxville, TN
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our son stopped by here on the way to the airport in the late afternoon. Our 3 year old grandson loved looking at planes through the free (mostly broken) observation glasses. With onlt about 20 paring spaces, it can be difficult to park. There are also remote control fire truck (also no working) in what looks like an old fountain.... More 

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Katy, Texas
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69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

If you love watching airplanes, this little park is for you! Plenty of room to spread a picnic lunch out on a table, and watch the operations of one of the world's busiest airports. I have sat there, eating my breakfast, peacefully watching the airport come to life at sunrise, smelling the kerosene fuel (mmm...delicious to an aviation nut!), and... More 

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Roanoke, Texas
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21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

When I was a child, growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, my Dad would take us to the airport and we'd park on the north side of Brookpark Rd and watch the airliners arriving and departing for hours. Now, nearly 60, I am reliving that wonderful part of my childhood at the Founder's Plaza in Grapevine. This amazing little park, on... More 

Thank aztec01_777
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200 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

There is a lot to say about a place where you can spend 15 minutes to several hours. Depending on the time of day and season. It is free and there are also several free binoculars stations that you can also use. There is a dedicated area for the military R &R which shows the aircraft and two fire trucks... More 

Thank Patrick O
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

My husband grew up in a small town and had never seen a plane up close. This was a great experience for him. And listening to aircraft control was awsome

Thank droslove
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67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

This was a great way to past the time as we waited for a family members flight to arrive . It's really close to the north entrance terminal A of the airport and only took us minutes to enter into the airport . The kids loved running around and listening to the recording of the air traffic controllers ! Next... More 

Thank Alaster83
Fort Worth, TX
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89 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

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 

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Dallas, Texas
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175 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

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.

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Bedford, Texas
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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