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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

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Address: 1700 North Airfield Drive, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261
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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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
gbchopper
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Stephenville, Texas
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Stephenville, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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.

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Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Woodstock, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Knoxville, TN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Katy, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Roanoke, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 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 2 September 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 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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