There is so much to explore in Irving. North of Las Colinas and the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, you’ll find Valley Ranch, another of Irving’s stunning planned developments. With the Trinity River to the east, Valley Ranch is known for its system of canals that are as beautiful as they are practical, helping to keep the homes in the floodplain free from flooding.
Valley Ranch has plenty to discover, from simple outdoor escapes in lush parks to appetizing restaurants perfect for a date night or a night out with the whole family. Once a former cattle ranch, the setting of Valley Ranch is idyllic and fun to wander through. Come out and witness another part of the wonderful Irving community.
Parks and Recreation in Valley Ranch
Valley Ranch Irving has over five miles of winding, landscaped canal walkways and ponds, parks, and an aquatic center. Irving’s Cimarron Park is one example of a pleasant green space to spend some time on your own or with the kiddos. With its own indoor recreation center, equipped with a basketball court and full gymnasium, the park provides a great way to beat the summer heat. Multiple playground structures, swing sets, and a large field provide plenty of options for games. If you bring a picnic, take advantage of the covered picnic area complete with a barbecue pit. The park also boasts two tennis courts and two basketball courts. What more could you need?
Beyond the park, plan a long walk along the Valley Ranch canal trails and admire the well-maintained paths, waterways, and greenery. You can spend hours meandering about, all along safe sidewalks, popping into local shops and restaurants as you make your way through the development.
Restaurants in Valley Ranch
Beyond the canals, many people head to Valley Ranch to enjoy a fine meal at Bruno's Ristorante Seafood & Steaks. The menu includes delectable dishes like baked manicotti and grilled salmon, lasagna al forno, and other classic Italian dishes. Situated right along the canal trail, you can take a casual stroll along the water before or after dinner.
If kids are part of your crew, head to iFratelli Pizza, home of the square pizza. All pies are made with fresh ingredients, premium toppings, and feature a delicate thin crust. Don’t forget to indulge in their fudge nut brownies or cheesecake for dessert.
Indian cuisine abounds in Valley Ranch. One popular pick is Our Place Indian Cuisine, a simple, no-frills restaurant serving up traditional Indian cuisine. With a generous daily lunch buffet and an expansive dinner menu full of enticing choices, you will leave here satisfied.
For more Indian cuisine, head to another beloved spot where the food is inspired by that of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), Bombay Sizzlers. The local restaurant has been serving up steaming Indian fare in Irving for nearly 20 years. With a relaxing patio and full bar at their new Valley Ranch location, you’ll find everything you need for a tasty meal of spicy curries, savory chutneys, and cold drinks.
Valley Ranch is a scenic development worth exploring. Make a day of it and discover the winding canals, special greenery, and delicious restaurants.