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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102
+1 972-973-5270
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A must for any aviation buff, and for most visitors

Founders' Plaza is conveniently located just off the convergence of several major highways... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Fitting Tribute

Cool place to see what matter most celebrated properly. The attention to detail is grand. Watch... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
Dallas, Texas
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1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102
+1 972-973-5270
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Founders' Plaza is conveniently located just off the convergence of several major highways (Interstate-635, Highways 114 & 121) and very near several other sites worth visiting as well as a a large selection of restaurants and activities. The Plaza is nicely designed as a beautiful...More

Thank leahmigala
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Cool place to see what matter most celebrated properly. The attention to detail is grand. Watch our mightiest jets roar in and out as you read about our founders and branches of the service that have graced DFW airport and the thousands of traveling military...More

1  Thank NeverStopReaching
Reviewed 10 December 2017

It's always amazed me how planes land and take off. Even with technology at hand, we can see the excellent talents that pilots and co-pilots have when weather is involved, especially when it's windy. Watching them adjust their approach from "straight forward to almost sideways...More

Thank Rudy-R283
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Great place to take a picnic lunch and the kids to watch commercial airplanes land and take-off. Speaker broadcasts Control tower conversation.

Thank Southernbelle2013
Reviewed 21 October 2017

My aunt and uncle, who are locals, took us to this place. You can see the planes take off from Dallas Fort Worth International here. There is a small park with a small free parking lot. Kids of any age would love this, especially considering...More

Thank globaltrekster
Reviewed 5 October 2017

As my hobby is photographing aircraft and I'm from England, this was a fascinating place to visit. and I took hundreds of photos (99% of them American Airlines). To have the best views, the wind has to be from the south, so that planes land...More

Thank Glenvar
Reviewed 12 September 2017

It gets pretty hot during the summer, but you can sit in your car with the A/C going and watch the planes land and take off. I think one arrives about every 30 seconds! There is a fun fountain for the "kids" in your group...More

Thank Mesha40
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Our family visits Founder's Plaza every summer, frequently taking a picnic lunch. The highlight of the afternoon is watching Qantas A-380 land about 1:45 PM. It is the perfect place to take photos, as well.

1  Thank Ann A
Reviewed 18 July 2017

My daughter and I stopped by here to check it out. It was really cool to watch the planes take off and come in. It was raining so we really didn't get to stay out too long, But will return to enjoy again

Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Nice place to sit and do plane spotting of international carriers. Only drawback is that if the winds are out of the North, most planes are already off the ground way before they get to you. This area is located at the north end of...More

Thank RtRevLoggins
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9 February 2016|
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Response from Ron C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have seen several trucks back into the parking spaces, so they sit in the back and are facing the action. Photographers seem to especially like this arrangement.
Andrea T
26 July 2015|
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Response from LakesideRotties | Reviewed this property |
In general, if the winds are out of the south (blowing from the south to the north), planes will be landing near the viewing area on 18R. If it is a light travel day, take offs and landings will be slow. The best times for... More