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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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Fun to watch the planes land at DFW.

It gets pretty hot during the summer, but you can sit in your car with the A/C going and watch the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mesha40
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Dallas, Texas
Great Observation Area for Airplane Buffs

Our family visits Founder's Plaza every summer, frequently taking a picnic lunch. The highlight of... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2017
Ann A
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McKinney, Texas
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1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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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
Reviewed 23 May 2017

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...More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 11 May 2017 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...More

Thank cedar4604
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
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...More

Thank Ge0rgiaPil0t
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
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...More

Thank Mohsman
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Canalioe
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.
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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
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