Distinctly Irving

Conveniently nestled between Dallas and Ft. Worth and adjacent to DFW International Airport, Irving is part of a larger area known as the DFW Metroplex.  But this doesn’t mean we blend into our surroundings. Irving has a unique vibe, with entertainment, fine dining, music galore and a history all our own.  

Want to spend time outside? Gondola Adventures, Inc.Stand Up Paddle North Texas, and Aqua Cycle Water Trikes offer visitors excursions on the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn. 

Did someone say music? The Toyota Music Factory, Irving’s newest planned entertainment development, is anchored by The Pavilion, a venue that easily converts from a 4,000 seat indoor concert hall to an 8,000 seat outdoor amphitheater.  Managed by Live Nation, The Pavilion attracts musicians and performers from across the globe.  With 25 restaurant options and a movie theater, the Toyota Music Factory is all-in-one dining and entertainment.

Las Colinas, Irving's master-planned community, welcomes visitors with a magnificent Flower Clock, a working timepiece adorned year-round with fresh blooms and greenery. Measuring 27 feet across, the clock is covered with over 650 shrubs. To accommodate the colossal 12 foot long minute hand, flowers planted beneath it must be of a miniature variety, as must the greenery which comprises the inner star, since there are only 14 inches of clearance between the face and hands. 

Irving’s Heritage Crossing District offers a myriad of museums covering a host of eras.  Beginning with Heritage House where Irving's co-founder, J.O. Schulz's brother built his home in 1912, visitors can learn about Irving's pioneer days.  The Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center tells the history of free blacks and emancipated slaves who settled the west Irving community of Bear Creek.  The Ruth Paine House Museum offers an account of events related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination that occurred in this home. The Texas Musicians Museum celebrates Texas' rich heritage of music, and offers live music most weekends. Your visit to Heritage Crossing isn't complete without stopping by one of the five unique eateries here: Big State Fountain and Grill, Villa's Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, DiRosani's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, Glory House Home Cooking, and Sapp Sapp Thai Restaurant.

One of the oldest African-American communities in Dallas County, the Bear Creek township in west Irving, began to develop in the late 1850's when a mix of free blacks and whites and their slaves began settling along the upper reaches of Bear Creek. After emancipation, freed slaves began moving into the area, which developed into a rural African-American enclave during the era of racial segregation.

Three museums comprise the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center which tell the history of this community and especially of African-Americans and their experience from emancipation through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-60s.

 

 

The Ruth Paine House Museum offers a very human account of the events related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination that occurred in this small, suburban home. The house, and now a fully interactive museum, is where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before shots rang out at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza ― claiming the life of President Kennedy. The story of the events surrounding the assassination has engrossed historians, scholars and everyday Americans for decades.

The Texas Musicians Museum showcases displays of real Texas music memorabilia: stage-worn outfits, awards, instruments and more from many of Texas' greatest music legends, such as Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Selena, Beyonce and ZZ Top, to name a few. Adjacent to the museum is the Texas Music Garden offering live music and festivals by local musicians most weekends.

The scenic Campion Trails are comprised of north and south sections of wide, flat and paved pathway, which when connected make up a 22-mile greenbelt along tributaries of the Trinity River. Hosting scenic views, drinking fountains, restrooms, picnic shelters, grills, and athletic fields, these trails are part of a larger regional effort to join trail systems across Irving, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Dallas. 

Jaycee Park Center for the Arts is the gallery home for the Irving Arts Association.  The building houses two art exhibits - The East and West Galleries - and offers a variety of shows throughout the year.  Here you can enjoy an art gallery indoors and relax among the lovely flower gardens and a duck pond outdoors.

The Irving Arts Center is comprised of four galleries, two theaters, an outdoor sculpture garden and a variety of meeting space, all on a 10 acre-site. The two fully-equipped theaters feature more than 200 performances annually. And as a member of the Smithsonian Affiliations program, its galleries often showcase traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution as well as a mix of contemporary and traditional exhibitions from established and emerging artists. The outdoor sculpture garden is home to several permanent and temporary installations, including Star Flower by world renowned sculptor James Surls. Twelve Founding Organizations representing symphonies, cultural groups, choruses, theater and ballet call the Irving Arts Center home.

 

Perhaps the most recognizable attraction in Irving, the Mustangs of Las Colinas is a breathtakingly realistic sculpture of nine bronze mustangs galloping across a granite stream. At the nearby Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum, visitors can learn about the story of African wildlife artist Robert Glen and his creation of the mustangs.  As shown in the museum's guestbook, people travel from around the world to marvel at the sculpture and visit its museum.  

The anchor of Irving's Heritage Crossing District, Big State Drug Store was scheduled to close its doors ... that is until Rick and Susan Fairless, who are "life-long Irving residents" and Big State Drug regulars, bought the store and turned it into Big State Fountain and Grill.  Visiting this restaurant is like stepping back into the 1950s, complete with huge shakes, a soda counter, juke box, vintage candy store, and more.

 

 

At the top of Bluebonnet Hill stands Irving's “Five Marble Cows” sculpture as a reflection of what this area used to be - Ben Carpenter's ranch.   The five marble cows were designed and sculpted by the late artist Harold Clayton who named the cows Lucy, Margaret, Ruth, Elsa, and Annette. They are all made of Italian marble, stone, and black Spanish marble. 

 

 

Southern Junction prides itself on being country as country can be. Featuring live music from local bands every weekend, they offer the truly Texas experience of cooking your own hand-picked steak on a charcoal grill. Their large dance floor qualifies them as an official southern honky tonk, complete with pool tables and  a mechanical bull. 

Water Street is a mixed-use development, strategically located on the shores of the 126-acre Lake Carolyn, just across from the Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture and museum.  Featuring almost 60,000 square feet of dining and retail opportunities, the development also includes 300 luxury apartments, all located convenient to DART's Orange Line light rail. For some urban greenery, Water Street features a park for special events, such as a farmers market or festival, and pathways for the public to enjoy access and views of Lake Carolyn. Scheduled shops and restaurants include: Barcelona Taco Bar, Castle Nail Spa, Go Fish Poke, Grabbagreen, GQ Tailor, Main Street Bistro & Bakery, Olivella's, Planet Sub, The Londoner Pub, and Twisted Root Burger Company.

 

Irving Mall is an enclosed mall situated in the heart of Irving; a perfect destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Home to over 120 retailers including stores like Macy's, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, American Eagle Outfitters, and Victoria's Secret, Irving Mall recently celebrated its newest addition - Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park.  At Irving Mall you can find something for everyone.