Want to explore Irving but don’t have much time? No problem. Irving is so easy to get around, you can easily hit the hot spots if you’re crunched for time. Whether you’re passing through town or looking to visit for a day trip, we’ve pulled together things to do in Irving below.
2 Hours in Irving
If you can only squeeze in a few things in Irving, start off with a memorable gondola ride along the Mandalay Canals. This distinctly Irving experience is one of the best ways to see the city. When you get to town, seek out Gondola Adventures, Inc. and set off on an hour-long gondola ride reminiscent of a European boating adventure.
After gliding along the water, make it a point to observe two impressive sculptures worthy of your time. The largest equestrian sculpture in the world, the Mustangs of Las Colinas is a sight to behold. Nine bronze mustangs are frozen in time in a realistic galloping motion. If you didn’t know it was a sculpture, you might try and jump out of the way.
Just around the corner tucked up on a hill, you will find Irving’s famed Marble Cow Sculptures. Marvel at the scale of these giant bovines and enjoy the peace and quiet of the park-like setting. Both the Mustangs of Las Colinas and the Marble Cow Sculptures are free and open to the public.
If you have some time left on your way out of town, grab a quick bite to eat at Hugo’s Invitados. One of Irving’s newest Mexican restaurants, this stylish eatery serves up fresh takes on food from south of the border, including vegan options.
3 Hours in Irving
Start your visit with a trip to the Irving Heritage District. Here, you can explore Irving’s history by first visiting Heritage Park, which is home to Caster Cabin originally built in 1887, along with a replication of the Rock Island Depot built in 1903, and Irving's first water tower, windmill, and library. Next, stop by Heritage House, the preserved home of one of the founders of Irving. Finally, take a short walk from Heritage Park to meander through Centennial Park which also pays homage to the city’s long history.
After all your exploration of Irving’s historical sites, continue the theme and grab a bite at Irving’s historic diner, Big State Fountain Grill. This classic fountain serves up burgers, shakes, malts, and more in a classic Americana setting.
Before you leave, explore the exhibits at the Irving Arts Center, Irving’s premiere arts destination. Wander the galleries and admire a wide range of art and explore the center’s 2-acre sculpture garden.
4 Hours in Irving
If you have about four hours to spend in Irving, make your way toward the Trinity River to find Campion Trails. You can either walk or rent a bike from bike-share company VBike and cycle down this 22-mile greenbelt while taking in the sights. With beautiful views and parks along the way, it’s a pleasant and serene place to spend some time in nature.
For more exercise, make your way toward Lake Carolyn to try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. The folks at Stand Up Paddle North Texas have everything you need to start paddleboarding in no time. This increasingly popular water sport allows you to stand on a paddleboard and glide along the water.
Finish your trip by catching a concert at the Toyota Music Factory. Check the calendar to see what bands are playing when you’re in town and be sure to grab tickets!