Arlington, TX, has a small-town feel (especially since it's nestled between the major cities of Dallas and Fort Worth) but is home to many of the region's biggest attractions. Groups visiting the area will find plenty in the destination that calls itself the American Dream City.
DAY 1: TASTE OF HISTORY
Those who like their history with a bit of salaciousness will want to visit Top O' Hill Terrace.
This 1930s former casino, which bills itself "Vegas Before Vegas," attracted stars and criminals alike -- Bonnie and Clyde among them -- for gambling and good times. The police raided it on numerous occasions and it's since become a Baptist college, but visitors can tour its historic structures and the escape tunnels used by gamblers to evade arrest during its sinful early years. 8:00 PM
Speaking of the law, the Legal Draft Beer Company
(named so because its co-owner was previously a lawyer) in the brand-new Downtown Arlington Urban Union Development, serves up six different locally made beers, including a new Smash & Grab IPA and Hung Jury Hefeweizen. It's one of only three Texas breweries with a trained German brewmaster on staff.DAY 2: SCORE WITH SPORTS
No football fan will want to miss the chance to tour the $1.3 billion AT&T Stadium
(pictured). It's the world's largest domed structure, not to mention an art museum and classroom, and visiting groups can take a self-guided tour of the Dallas Cowboys' locker room as well as the famed Cowboys Cheerleaders' dressing room and the postgame press room. Visitors can also opt for the VIP Guided Tour or Art Tour.
It's not just football fans who have something to cheer. Arlington's Globe Life Park,
home of the Texas Rangers, is a 49,000-capacity ballpark that offers both history and cutting-edge experiences for visiting fans, whether catching a game or hosting an event of their own.7:00 PM
Round out the day with a meal at one of Arlington's many international dining spots. The city surprises with its range of authentic cuisine ranging from Thai to Filipino food, Caribbean to European, with local favorites such as Jamaica Gates, or Taste of Europe.
DAY 3: OUTSIDE AND ACTIVE
Visitors can feel like kids again at Six Flags Over Texas.
Offering rollercoasters like the new Harley Quinn Spinsanity, games, and slower-paced rides for those looking to keep things at a more leisurely speed, this is an ideal outing for groups that want to try something out of the ordinary. The first Six Flags theme park, this destination proudly displays its Texas pride and past, with areas themed to Texas history.3:00 PM
Mellow out with a peaceful stroll through River Legacy Parks,
a more than 1,000-acre forest floodplain park set on the banks of the Trinity River, home to hundreds of plant and animal species, and which offers eight miles of hike and bike trails. It's adjacent to the 12,000-square-foot Living Science Center, with terrariums and aquariums showcasing native wildlife.
This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Successful Meetings.