Irving is much more than a fantastic meeting locale – it's also an easygoing Texas destination bursting with recreational activities, family fun, unique shopping, nightlife and delicious dining. With its central location between Dallas and Fort Worth, it's easy to enjoy the best attractions and entertainment of all three cities. In fact, Irving itself is home to five 18-hole golf courses, as well as dozens more within a 20-minute drive. Irving is also home to museums, symphonies, and green spaces.
Today, Las Colinas serves as Irving's business, retail and dining destination. It's also home to the breathtaking Mustangs of Las Colinas, one of the largest equestrian sculptures in the world. A must-see for visitors and residents alike, the sculpture portrays nine mild mustangs crossing a stream and sits adjacent to The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum, which tells the story behind the eight-year process invested in creating the sculpture. Other nearby museums include Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum, which houses European, Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman antiquities, as well as Asian, Mesoamerican and African arts. In fact, the Kimbell Art Museum recently acquired its first painting by Michelangelo, which is the only work by the artist located in North America. Situated in Dallas' Dealey Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and showcases a 40,000-item collection on his life, legacy, and assassination, as well as 1960s culture. The museum is housed in the sixth and seventh floors of the early 20th-century warehouse formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository, where significant evidence of a sniper was found on Kennedy's assassination date.
Irving is within easy reach of landmark Texas attractions, including Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Once a livestock market, the 98-acre district is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, rodeos, stock shows, historic landmarks and events set amid original bricks and mortar and wood corrals. Popular attractions include Stockyards Station, which features historic walking tours and unique dining and shopping, as well as Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the world's first indoor rodeo, with live rodeo action every Friday and Saturday year-round. The district is also known for Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honkytonk, featuring great country music and a family-friendly atmosphere, as well as weekly live bull riding, concerts and dance lessons, in addition to its on-site dining and shopping.
Coming soon, Las Colinas’ newest entertainment destination is the Irving Music Factory, slated to open in 2017, which will be an all-in-one dining and entertainment complex for Dallas-Fort Worth. The Pavillion, which will be operated by Live Nation, will be a music venue that can be collapsed to an indoor setting or opened to serve larger crowds as an amphitheater with 8,000 seats. The project will also feature a 50,000-square-foot plaza, with a stage that will play host to fashion shows, farmer’s markets, gospel brunches, food festivals, and events year-round. The project will offer 250,000 square feet of entertainment, retail, and restaurant space, office space, including a movie theater, comedy club, and 20-plus restaurant options.
The Irving area is well positioned to satisfy a Texas-sized appetite, thanks to its varied dining scene, ranging from elegant cuisine to comfortable Southwestern fare. The Ranch at Las Colinas serves a true taste of Texas with its specialty local beers, locally sourced flavors and farm-to-fork mission. Also in Las Colinas, Via Real brings together Mexican, Spanish, and Native American culinary practices in its Southwestern fare and relaxed Santa Fe atmosphere. Irving's i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar serves authentic Italian fare in an Art Deco setting, while Dallas' Cool River Cafe is a popular steakhouse and southwestern grill with an elaborate bar, billiards tables, and cigar room graced with a handmade humidor.