While this city nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth isn’t the biggest or most traveled to of the three, Arlington appeals to travelers with its delightful small town Southern charm and its sports venues. But aside from the popular Arlington attractions, like seeing a Rangers or Cowboys game, what else is there to do?

From tasty hole-in-the-wall restaurants to a weekly runners group, we’ve got the unique things for you to see, do and try in and around Arlington.

Arlington Attractions

The Runners of Arlington

 

[Source: The Runners of Arlington Facebook]

 

Arlington isn’t just a place to watch sports; it’s a place that lets you get active as well. Every Tuesday and Thursday night people meet at the Runner Shop at 7 p.m. It’s not a group you have to join or be part of year-round. You just show up and run. The courses are two miles and more, and people of all pace levels, both locals and travelers, are welcome to run.

 

The Boomstick

[Source: Texas Ballpark Boomstick Facebook]

 

This isn’t a place—although it’s almost big enough it could be. It’s a giant hot dog you can only get inside Globe Life Park. So if your travels put you in Arlington when the Rangers are in town, then go to a game and try this monstrous dog. Even if you aren’t a sports fan, this two-foot-long, one-pound all beef hot dog smothered in chili, nacho cheese and grilled onions is a sight to see and the best ballpark dog you’ll ever eat.

 

Fort Worth Water Gardens

 

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Located just outside of Arlington in Fort Worth, this Texas oasis is worth the short drive. See waterfalls cascading down walls, a serene meditation pool and the Active Pool, where thousands of gallons of water constantly rush down 38 feet of steps that plummet into a vortex. It’s especially refreshing on a hot summer’s day, but you can check out the Water Gardens anytime of the year.

 

Arlington Eats 

Damian’s Cajun Soul Café

 

[Source: Damian’s Cajun Soul Café Facebook]

 

Although the restaurant and menu are small, Damian’s Cajun Soul Café delivers big on the food and service. Damian and his crew literally put their heart and souls into each dish, and you can taste it with every bite. Get classic soul food meals, like friend chicken and mashed potatoes, and fulfill your Cajun cravings with their scrumptious gumbo. People also can’t say enough about their smothered pork chops and melt-in-your-mouth cornbread. For the best authentic Louisiana-style cooking west of Louisiana, you have to head to Damian’s.

 

Fork In The Road

[Source: Fork In The Road Facebook]

 

Fork In The Road serves up casual and comfort foods in plentiful portions. They have great burgers, home cut fries that are perfectly fried and seasoned and pure cane sugar sodas. But if there’s one absolute must-try menu item, it’s the crackaroni—a three-cheese macaroni and cheese with truffle oil. And be sure to get it with bacon and jalapenos. From the outside, Fork In The Road doesn’t look like much; but you quickly learn it’s a true Arlington treasure once you step inside.

 

Arlington Hotels

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Arlington

1721 Pleasant Place

817-784-8750

 

Near the Rangers’ ballpark, Six Flags and other hot Arlington attractions, this hotel has a convenient location and even better amenities. From the complimentary breakfast to quality rooms and attentive staff, a stay here provides the relaxing, comfortable night’s sleep you want on vacation.

 

Blue Cypress Hotel

117 S. Watson Road

817-633-4000

 

Designed for leisure and business travelers, this modern boutique hotel in Arlington has it all. Enjoy coffee in the lobby 24/7, dine at the onsite restaurant, go for a swim in the pool and take their short shuttle ride to AT&T Stadium.

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