Arlington is a city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex metropolitan area, in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. With a city population estimated over 359,000, it is Texas' seventh largest, and the third largest in the Metroplex. Arlington is located south of the sprawling DFW International Airport.
The city was founded in 1875 and is named after Lee's Arlington House (of present-day Arlington County, Virginia). After the arrival of the railroad in 1876, Arlington grew as a cotton-ginning and farming center, and incorporated in 1884. The city could boast of water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone services by 1910, along with a public school system. By 1925 the population was estimated at 3,031, and it grew to over 4,000 before World War II.
Large-scale industrialization began in 1954 with the arrival of a General Motors assembly plant. Automotive and aerospace development gave the city one of the nation's greatest population growth rates between 1950 and 1990. Arlington became one of the "boomburgs," the extremely fast-growing suburbs of the post-World War II era. U.S. Census Bureau population figures for the city tell the story: 7,692 (1950), 90,229 (1970), 261,721 (1990), and 365,438 (2010). DFW Airport opened in 1974, which also contributed to unparalleled growth in the region.
All the major American carriers, and many international ones as well, provide scheduled passenger service into the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, located about 12 miles north of Arlington on Hwy. 360.
- There are two Amtrak routes which serve Dallas/Fort Worth, the Texas Eagle between San Antonio and Chicago, and the Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. The closest stations are in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Cleburne.
- The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) travels between Dallas and Fort Worth, skirting the northern Arlington city limits. The nearest station is CentrePort/DFW Airport.
Well served by major highways, if you are coming by car, you will more than likely arrive via a major interstate highway. East/West Interstate 20 is located directly south of town. North/South Interstate 35, which splits to an east (35E) and west (35W) highway near Waco, are within a few miles of the city.
Turimex Internacional, a Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico, has a bus stop at 2105 Sherry St. in Arlington.
Arlington used to have a Greyhound bus terminal, but it closed in 2011.
Travel within Arlington essentially requires a car; the city does not operate a public transportation system.
An exception for people staying at hotels within Arlington is a free shuttle bus, the Arlington Trolley, which connects major hotels with local food/drink and entertainment venues (Downtown Arlington, Six Flags theme park, the Texas Rangers stadium, etc.). The front desk of participating hotels can provide a pass to use the service.
- 1 Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. ,
- 2 Six Flags Over Texas.
- 3 AT&T Stadium. Home of the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys. Known as "America's team", they are a high profile team as well as one of the highest valued "brands" in sports. See road directions to the stadium.
- 4 Texas Rangers Baseball (Globe Life Field). Major League Baseball. The Rangers will open the new Globe Life Field, a retractable-roof ballpark that replaces Globe Life Park across the street, in 2020. The old ballpark will remain in use, though it will be reconfigured as a football and soccer stadium; see below.
- 5 College Park Center. Home of the UT Arlington Mavericks (University of Texas at Arlington) teams in men's and women's basketball plus women's volleyball, and also houses athletic program offices. Its most notable use, however, is during the summer, when it hosts the Dallas Wings of the WNBA.
- 6 North Texas SC (Globe Life Park in Arlington). Men's soccer team playing in the third-level USL League One as the reserve side for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. Moving to Globe Life Park, being vacated by the Texas Rangers, for 2020 and beyond.
- Dallas Renegades (Globe Life Park in Arlington). Football team set to begin play in the revived XFL in February 2020. Will share Globe Life Park with North Texas SC.
- 7 Planetarium at University of Texas Arlington, Chemistry Physics Building, 700 Planetarium Place, Arlington.
- 8 Arlington Skatium. The largest roller rink in Texas.
- Putt-Putt Entertainment.
- Dyno-Rock Indoor Climbing Gym.
- Jumping Party.
- Spare Time Lanes Bowling Center.
Many hotels with shuttle service will offer rides to the closest mall.
- Atomic Sports Bar and Grill, 1615 W. Park Row, ☏ .
- Arlington Steak House, 1724 W Division St, ☏ .
- Bobby Valentine's Sports Gallery Cafe, 4301 S. Bowen.
- Bucknloon, 3517 S. Cooper, ☏ .
- Cafe Acapulco, 4001 W Green Oaks Blvd, Ste 121, ☏ .
- Campo Verde, 2918 W Pioneer Pkwy.
- Catfish Sam's, 2735 W Division St, ☏ .
- No Frills Grill. Three in the Metroplex.
- 1 Fox and Hound Pub and Grille, 1001 NE Green Oaks Blvd, ☏ . Fun place to shoot pool and throw darts.
- 2 Septembers, 2401 East Lamar Blvd (1 Block from Hwy 360 in the Hilton Arlington Texas), ☏ . 4PM - 12AM/Open till 2AM Weekends. A great place to listen to music, play darts, watch sporting events on our multiple TVs. The best known bar in Arlington. Join us for Football PreGame Fan Fests.
- Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Arlington/Dallas Area, 1740 Oak Village Blvd, ☏ .
- Days Inn Arlington, 1901 West Pleasant Ridge, ☏ .
- AmeriSuites Dallas/Arlington, 2380 East Rd, ☏ . Rooms have microwave and refrigerator, separate workspace and free internet. Free hot breakfast, on-site meeting rooms, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool.
- Courtyard Dallas Arlington by the Ballpark, 1500 Nolan Ryan Expressway, ☏ . $129-$159.
- Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Arlington/DFW South, 2401 Brook Hollow Plaza Dr, ☏ .
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Arlington Texas South, 1721 Pleasant Pl, ☏ .
- 1 Holiday Inn Express-Six Flags, 2451 E. Randol Mill Rd (Off of Hwy 360 and Randol Mill Rd near I-30 as well), ☏ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Smoke free. Complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi internet, 24-hour shuttle service to and from the DFW airport and nearby shopping and dining within 5 miles. Outdoor pool and spa. $89-$179.
- 2 Wingate Inn Arlington, 1024 Brookhollow Plaza Dr., ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Spacious rooms and suites, meeting facilities and free high-speed internet.
Arlington is a generally safe town, though the areas of Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego, and the areas north of IH-30 are MUCH better developed and safer than other parts of the city. Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor water park, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium are situated in a highly modernized, pleasant location along IH-30; as you travel immediately south from there, the area is quite industrialized and deteriorated. One would be wise not to venture through East Arlington on foot at night. The 'danger zone' essentially is surrounded by IH-30 to the north, IH-20 to the south, Cooper Street/FM 157 to the west, and State Hwy. 360 to the east.
Located on the north side of IH-20, Arlington's main shopping centers - The Parks at Arlington Mall and newly-built Arlington Highlands mall - are very safe zones that are constantly bustling with people due to all the restaurants and commerce in this area.
If you are visiting the campus of UT Arlington during the day you shouldn't run into any problems, though after hours (even before sundown) assault and robbery are not uncommon on the campus outskirts, particularly south and east of campus. As mentioned before, West Arlington (Dalworthington Gardens and Pantego) are by far the safest areas of the city, though they are mostly residential.
- Kadampa Meditation Center Texas, 609 Truman St, ☏ . Offers relaxation meditations and meditation classes to increase inner peace.