By Maggie Heyn Richardson
Friendly, attractive, and filled with high-quality entertainment, Irving, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is a one-of-a-kind place known for embracing a good time. Loaded with quality activities and engaging things to do, Irving welcomes visitors with its magnetic charm and sense of fun. Come kick back and join the Irving celebration!
Ready to hit the links? Check out the newly renovated Irving Golf Club located just off the west fork of the Trinity River. As you move through this championship course and its gorgeous greens, take a glance at the stellar view of the downtown Dallas skyline off in the distance.
The public course features 18 holes of excellent golf that will challenge new and veteran golfers alike. Polish your skills on practice greens or refine your game with a lesson from a golf pro. When you’re done, relax and grab a bite at The Hideout, the club’s full-service casual bar, and grill.
Elsewhere in Irving, TPC Las Colinas provides guests of Las Colinas Resort with an amazing day on the links. The environmentally friendly 18-hole championship course is surrounded by a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Enjoy a day of your favorite sport while taking in Irving’s lovely natural surroundings.
You could spend your whole life attempting to soak up the many things to do at the Toyota Music Factory and probably never experience them all. This 17-acre entertainment complex features multiple stages for emerging and big-name live music, a cinema and draft house, and 25 bars and restaurants all in one convenient location.
Hear live music at the beautifully designed Pavilion, a performance space within the complex that can accommodate seating from 2,500 to 8,000 patrons. At Texas Lottery Plaza, attend a community festival, dance to outdoor music, bring your dog, and even take open-air fitness classes ranging from Pilates to Goat Yoga.
Feeling hungry—or thirsty? Meander among the more than two dozen bars and restaurants for a taste of modern global cuisine, local fare, craft cocktails, draft beer and more. Download the new Irving on the Rocks cocktail trail app and earn rewards when you check in at participating bars and restaurants.
Gondola rides don’t just happen in Venice! Gondola Adventures brings these iconic excursions to life right here in Irving, Texas. Grab your sweetheart, or a group of friends and family members, and book one of several different options for cruising Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canals.
Enjoy a one-hour cruise in the moonlight in a boat steered by your own gondolier or make it even more memorable with a personal dinner cruise. Savor delectable upscale flavors or casual picnic fare as you float along in the balmy night air. You pick the hour since cruises take place from morning to midnight. Lovebirds are encouraged to smooch as they pass under each of several bridges, and you can even book a singing gondolier for a personal serenade. Boats are available for couples or groups.
A gondola ride isn’t the only way to enjoy the water in Irving. Rent a stand-up paddle board, a water trike, a kayak, or a swan-shaped pedal boat that will crown you the best parent ever.
Family-owned outfitter SUP NTX makes it easy to enjoy a day on Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canals under Irving’s sunny skies. First time on a SUP board? No worries. This outfitter also provides approachable lessons that will make anyone, regardless of age or athletic ability, feel like a pro.
Come on, you deserve so much more than an ordinary bucket of popcorn! Combine your love for movies with a quality meal, cold draft beer, or a fine-tuned craft cocktail at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Las Colinas. Order from a full menu of favorites like tasty burgers, salads, pizza, sandwiches, and shakes, along with vegan options and bottomless popcorn tossed with clarified butter and truffle parmesan seasoning.
Choose from seven comfy auditoriums where food and drinks are delivered straight to your seat. Before or after the movie, sip a beer or craft cocktail at the attached lounge, Vetted Well, which also offers outdoor patio seating.
Fall into luxury and enjoy a true escape at one of Irving’s upscale hotels or resorts. The Omni Las Colinas Hotel, formerly named Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, combines beauty, service, and convenience all into one fabulous experience.
Situated on Lake Carolyn, the hotel features guest rooms and suites with stunning waterfront views. A recent multi-million-dollar renovation brings a new level of opulence, with three dining options, a large, resort-style pool and bar area, indoor and outdoor event space, and more. The Omni is perfectly situated among the many walkable amenities found in Las Colinas, including restaurants, entertainment, and gondola rides in the Mandalay Canals.
For a sumptuous resort experience, check into the Las Colinas Resort, formerly named The Four Seasons Resort, which blends Southern hospitality with posh style. Located on 400 acres, the resort feels like your own personal country club, with two 18-hole golf courses, a state-of-the-art fitness center, tennis, racquetball, squash courts, and much more.
Relax around the beautifully designed, tranquil swimming pool and feel the stress melt away. Book a day at the spa and enjoy a variety of services that restore your body, mind, and spirit. Savor elevated local cuisine at LAW, the resort’s fine dining establishment, one of the property’s five restaurants, and private dining spaces. It’s time to raise a glass to relaxation!
With endless things to do, a friendly vibe, and memorable places to stay, Irving, Texas never felt so good. Visit Irving today and make some memories in this welcoming warm weather getaway.
About the Author: Maggie is a lover of Texas and an award-winning features writer covering the Gulf South. She’s also the author of Hungry for Louisiana, An Omnivore’s Journey.