Texas March 31, 2016
10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Visit This One Texas Neighborhood
You know those cities that are just ALIVE? There are always people outside, events going on, and the air is heavy with invigoration and spirit. Arlington is one of those cities. There’s never a dull moment in its downtown district – from performances, concerts, restaurants, bars, and UT Arlington, rest assured you’ll always find something for the whole family to enjoy.
1. The music
The Arlington Music Hall is just one of the many venues where you'll find amazing music in this downtown district. Legends like Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn have graced its stage with their presence, and now it's a hub for big stars as well as local artists.
The outdoor Levitt Pavilion is also a great place to hear live tunes, especially now that it's warming up outside. It hosts over 50 free concerts per year from every genre of music. Pack a picnic and sprawl out on the 1.3 acre lawn to unwind and enjoy the sounds.
2. The arts
Arlington is a hub for talented artistry. The art museum is a four floor building filled with breathtaking, interesting pieces that will challenge your understanding and expand your mind. The exhibits rotate often, showcasing anything from a Rock 'N Roll Wall of Fame to a Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute. Plus, tickets are only $8, so it's a super cheap activity that the entire family can enjoy.
3. The theatre
Sometimes it's nice to escape our own lives and jump into an imaginary world for a while. In Arlington, there's plenty of opportunity to do just that. Theatre Arlington has been delivering amazing theatre since 1973 - everything from dramas to comedies. The setting is extremely intimate with a capacity of only 199, so you'll be up close and personal with the actors for a truly unforgettable experience. They also offer acting classes for all ages and summer camps for the little ones!
4. The food
It's unreal how many amazing restaurants there are in downtown Arlington. I guess that's typical of a college town, but still - it's pretty mind blowing. Pie Five calls itself an "interactive pizza experience" where you get to design your own personal pizza with over 41 toppings to choose from. Anything goes - whether you like alfredo sauce and hamburger meat or pesto and grilled chicken, the options are endless.
Twisted Root is another neat dining experience. Their mission is creating the most unique burgers possible - think frito pie or goat cheese and bacon atop a juicy beef patty. Whether it sounds delicious or completely off-putting, you have to admit you're at least a little bit intrigued by the idea. And if you're a picky eater, there are classics like Fuzzy's Tacos and Babe's Chicken Dinner House that never disappoint.
5. The drinks
Downtown Arlington is chock-full of bars and pubs to enjoy a cold one with your buddies on a Friday night. I recommend Hooligan's - it's been around since 1999 serving up some of the best handcrafted cocktails and local craft beers in town.
6. The scenery
Arlington is a truly gorgeous city, and there is ample opportunity to revel in its beauty with a plethora of outdoor activities. From the historic Knapp Heritage Park that teaches you about pioneer life to the huge lawn at Levitt Pavilion (mentioned above), the nature lover in you will find satisfaction here.
6. The shopping
A lot of downtown districts have lots of quaint little shops, and Arlington is no exception. Potager's Other Stuff is a tea and wine room that specializes in its selection of wine and beer for sale, but also features other nick-knacks and antiques. If the hustle and bustle of city life is getting to you, this is the perfect place to escape to for a while and find some serenity.
7. The sports
You didn't think I'd forget about the (second) most famous stadium in Texas, did you? All of us may not like who plays there, but we can definitely appreciate its grandeur and ambiance.
8. The culture
College towns just have a certain vibe to them that gets you feeling invigorated and youthful. The University of Texas at Arlington has this stunning venue for concerts, sports, and other recreational activities. It isn't just for students; anyone is welcome to partake in the events! Beware - you might feel painful nostalgia for your college days, but you'll have a great time nonetheless.
Have you ever been to downtown Arlington? What was your favorite thing that you did there?