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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
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+1 972-973-5270
07:00 - 19:00
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this is a really cool area to go to with the kids to watch planes take off / land depending on which end of the airport and runway they are useing . has several pokie stops as... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Craig B
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is a really cool area to go to with the kids to watch planes take off / land depending on which end of the airport and runway they are useing . has several pokie stops as well. recorded information from a speaker, AND live radio transmissions from the control tower.

Thank Craig B
North Richland Hills, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I usually come to the airport early when picking up guests. We STOP by Founder's Plaza and LOOK for their plane arriving. You can LISTEN to the flight tower communications on a loud speaker. By the time we drive to the terminal the passengers are off the plane and headed for the baggage claim.

Thank cedar4604
Plano, TX
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Good way to kill an hour, watching planes take off and land at DFW. Get a flight tracket (Flight Radar 24) and you will be able to tell where each plane came from.

Thank dschae1
Columbus, Georgia
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862 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This observation area is easily accessed by Texan Trail without fighting the airport terminal traffic. Lots of parking and even some covered seating so you can stay out of the sun in the summer. Great place to watch airliners land and take off. You get the full experience, but the noise isn't so bad that young children will be scared.

Thank Ge0rgiaPil0t
Stephenville, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Great place if you like to watch airplanes and see how a major airport operates. A safe place to take the family for an outing.

Thank gbchopper
Lewisville, Texas
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984 reviews
256 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This is a purpose-built, well designed area to watch DFW airplanes land or take off or land (depending on wind direction). It offers a panoramic view of the north end of the airport, very close to the end of the runways. There are several monuments of moderate interest, and they broadcast the actual radio traffic from loudspeakers. It is a... More 

Thank Mohsman
Woodstock, Illinois
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46 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Located on the north end of the airport, this nice little park is perfect for plane watching. How the aircraft land or takeoff depends on the weather for the day but you'll still be able to get a great shot of all of the airport operations as well as the cargo area for UPS directly in front of you. Live... More 

Thank Arturo D
1 review
Reviewed 26 October 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.

Thank Jennifer S
Knoxville, TN
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177 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 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 

Thank GrandPenguins
Katy, Texas
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103 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 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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