26 Fun Things to do in Arlington This Summer

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Arlington, as the 7th largest city in Texas, draws a lot of visitors from both Dallas and Fort Worth, and around the state, and has great entertainment venues, restaurants, and so much more!

Things to do in Arlington

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1. The Texas Rangers at the new Globe Life Field are always winners when it comes to something fun to do in Arlington! Cheer on the Rangers at a home game, and here’s a great tip, check out the Hurtado BBQ concession stand! It’s delicious!

Free Play Retro Video Games Arcade is fun for the entire family!

2. Free Play Arlington offers FREE old-school video games with admission, plus a bar and menu. It’s a great way to keep on those hot Texas afternoons! Two rooms are available to rent for parties, also.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington Texas

3. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is the place to stay cool during the summer! Great slides, a big wave pool and lazy river will be sure the fun never stops! Be sure to check out their 3 new Banzai Pipeline slides, just opening for Summer 2021, and their Black Hole is always a blast! Purchase your tickets and parking online, or use your Six Flags Pass for FREE admission!

4. Dallas Cowboys Take a Stadium Tour of AT&T stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys!


5. Six Flags Over Texas will thrill and delight you with great amusement park rides!

6. The Levitt Pavilion brings live music to Arlington, most of which is free, and is the centerpiece of annual events such as the Holiday Lights and 4th of July Parade and fireworks show!

7. River Legacy Living Science Center is open 7 days a week, and has a terrific interpretive center with live animals. Click HERE to read more about it.

8. River Legacy Park offers walking and mountain bike trails, a paddling trail along the Trinity River, playground with grills and much more! New for 2023 is Go Ape Ziplines in the park!

9. Crystal Canyon Natural Area has a 1/2 mile trail which highlights the area’s geology, but there’s also a great tale of hidden treasure here. To read more, click HERE.

10. Southwest Nature Preserve offers more a more strenuous 1 mile loop with steep terrain, plus 3 fishing ponds and picnic tables. Click HERE to read more.

11. The Golf Center of Arlington has two 18-hole miniature golf courses and a driving range with tracking.

12. Red Kane Park has a fun playground, fishing pond, and walking trails. Click HERE to read more. Early each summer we love walking the trail in search of the peacocks that live in the area. Click HERE to read more.

14. Veterans Park Disc Golf Course is a good and busy course in Arlington, with wonderful terrain and elevation drops you wouldn’t expect to find on a N. Texas course. Click HERE to read more.

15. The Fish Creek Linear Trail is a 7 mile long hard-surface hike and bike trail that goes into Grand Prairie. Click HERE to read more.

16. The Cody Rocamontes Skatepark is a FREE skatepark in North Arlington. Click HERE for more information.

17. The Arlington Animal Shelter offers tours, animal adoptions, classes and much more. Click HERE for more information. Arlington’s Dog Park, Tails and Trails, is just behind the shelter.

18. UTA Planetarium runs great shows on their domed screen, including Texas Sky, laser shows and our favorite, Spacepark 360. For more information click HERE.

19. Round One Bowling and Arcade is the Parks Mall makes striking out fun! Click HERE to read more.

Alley Cats Bowling and Arcade Arlington Tx

20. Alley Cats Family Entertainment offers bowling, putt-putt, rock-climbing, laser tag, batting cages and lots of games. Click HERE for more information.

21. Dyno-Rock is a great place for indoor rock climbing, and the helpful staff with assist getting you started! Click HERE to read more.

22. The Elzie Odom Athletic Center also has a rock climbing wall, along with basketball court and more. Click HERE for more. The Hugh Smith Recreation Center has an indoor pool, which is open to the public on Friday nights. Click HERE to read more.

23. Howard Moore Play Pool is a splash pool for younger children. For more information, click HERE.

24. Adventures Unlimited offers kayak and SUP paddleboard rentals on Lake Arlington. The Village Creek Paddling Trail and Lake Arlington Paddling Trail are great places to kayak or canoe, and Village Creek can be challenging when water is released from the pumping station.

25. Creative Hands 2225G W Park Row, Pantego Take the kids to pick out ceramic or plaster pieces to paint, with many nice items for keepsakes.

26. K1 Speed Stay cool at this fun indoor go-cart track!

27. International Bowling Museum See the history of bowling and some fun activities, too!

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