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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: +1 972-973-5270
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Great trip to this hidden gem

I loved visiting the observation area. It is fairly close to the airport and not difficult to get to. If you have time to kill (as i did), this place is the spot for you. You... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 25, 2016
Jennifer S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

I loved visiting the observation area. It is fairly close to the airport and not difficult to get to. If you have time to kill (as i did), this place is the spot for you. You won't be disappointing.

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Knoxville, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

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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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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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 

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Dallas
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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 

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Thank Patrick O
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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

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Thank droslove
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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 

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Fort Worth, TX
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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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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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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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