With so much to do right here in our own backyard, you can enjoy your summer vacation without the pricey hotel stays and the “are we there yet?” road trips. Here are some of the top attractions to visit on your summer “staycation” in Arlington this summer:
- Six Flags – The obvious first choice for fun things to do in Arlington is Six Flags Over Texas. With the thrill rides, Looney Tunes Land, and the spectacular shows, Six Flags has a little something for everyone. Expanding on their Gotham City theme, new rides for 2016 include The Riddler’s Revenge, The Catwoman Whip and the Harley Quinn Spinsanity. Daily tickets will run you between $50 and $70 depending on specials available. With the special on season passes, they are usually your best bet – especially if you’re an Arlington local and plan on visiting more than once this summer. For all the details, visit their website at www.sixflags.com/overtexas.
- Hurricane Harbor – If the water park is more your style, grab a towel and head to Hurricane Harbor. This park has rides and slides for all ages. Daily tickets are in the $30-35 range and season passes are usually available with special deals. Again, if you plan to visit more than once, a pass is probably the best deal for you. A combination pass that includes both Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor is available for just a little more cash. Get the scoop at www.sixflags.com/hurricaneharbortexas.
- Rangers Baseball – If sports is more your thing, you should head over to Globe Life Park and catch a Texas Rangers game. Tickets start at $13 and go up from there. After Friday night games, you’ll be treated to a fireworks show. Other promotions include giveaways and post-game concerts. Check www.texasrangers.com for a schedule.
- Alley Cats/Putt-Putt Golf – Play a few rounds of mini golf at Putt-Putt and then head right next door to Alley Cats to cool off and beat the heat. Alley Cats features video games, bowling, laser tag and a rock climbing wall. If your school-aged kid starts moaning that they’re bored, Alley Cats also has summer day camps to keep them occupied. Find out more at www.alleycatsbowl.com
- K1 Speed – If you feel the need for speed, visit K1 Speed on Lamar. This indoor go-kart facility features a professionally designed track, high-performance, all-electric European go-karts, and an advanced timing system that measures lap times up to a hundredth of a second. The lobby doubles as a motor sports museum with a collection of racing memorabilia. Prices start at $19.99 plus a $7 license fee. For the full price list and more information, visit their website, www.k1speed.com.
- Ice at the Parks – If you really want to stay cool, try a visit to Ice at the Parks. This skating rink located on the lower level of the Parks Mall, has public skating as well as lessons, skate camps and organized hockey leagues. For information, visit http://www.iceattheparks.net/.
- Levitt Pavilion – Enjoy those summer nights by taking in a concert at the Levitt Pavilion in Downtown Arlington. Stake out your spot by throwing down a blanket or setting up your lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy some great music. And best of all…it’s free! They have some terrific acts scheduled this summer including The Polyphonic Spree, Blood Sweat and Tears, Bowling for Soup, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Verve Pipe, Rick Trevino, Radney Foster, and Deep Blue Something. They kick off their season on Friday, May 27 at 7pm with local indie rock band Pleasant Grove. Get the full schedule at www.levittpavilionarlington.org.
- UTA Planetarium – Another great place to beat the heat is the UTA Planetarium. Located in the heart of the UTA campus, the planetarium is a bargain at $6 for adults and $4 for kids (3 and under are free) although you will have to pay to park in the garage or plan to park in a designated visitor area on campus and walk a little distance. In addition to the traditional stargazing shows they also have offerings like Skatepark 360 and the Pink Floyd Laser Show. In August, they will also feature $2 movie nights for the new sci-fi flick White Room: 02B3. Hours and shows vary by season so make sure to check their website (www.uta.edu/planetarium) before heading out.
- Fielder House – For a more educational outing, consider a visit to the Fielder House museum. This historic home was originally built in 1914 as the private residence for Mr. and Mrs. James Park Fielder, Sr. and was one of the first brick homes built in Arlington. Permanent exhibits include the Fielder Kitchen, Dining Room, Media Room, Doctor’s Office and Collectibles in the basement. They also feature special exhibits from time to time. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $3 donation for admission is suggested. For full details, visit www.historicalarlington.org.
- Arlington Museum of Art – Get a dose of culture this summer with a visit to the Arlington Museum of Art. The museum features 4 floors of art exhibits and hosts traveling exhibits from time to time. This summer, from May 21 until August 21, they have a special exhibition featuring the street photography of Vivian Maier. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more information visit www.arlingtonmuseum.org.
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