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.  

Historians and antique buffs alike will enjoy Irving’s Heritage District, where a myriad of museums cover a host of eras.  We begin with Heritage House, where Irving's co-founder, J.O. Schulz's brother built a home for his bride in 1912.  Appointed with period furniture and artifacts, the house is also a historic landmark. A few blocks over was once a town called Bear Creek, one of the oldest African-American communities in Dallas County. The Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center tells the history of free blacks and emancipated slaves who settled this area.  

The Ruth Paine House Museum offers the very human account of the events related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination that occurred in this small, suburban home. The Texas Musicians Museum offers one-of-a-kind personal artifacts, history, instruments, and photos from renowned Texas music legends, such as Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Selena, Beyonce and ZZTop, to name a few. The museum holds weekly concerts and festivals.

Traveling northward, the Irving Arts Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, houses four arts galleries, two theaters and an outdoor sculpture garden.  Enjoy the mix of contemporary and traditional art and then stay to enjoy a play or concert. Perhaps the most recognized icon of Irving, and one of the largest equestrian sculptures in the world, The Mustangs of Las Colinas and its museum showcase the talents of Robert Glen, African wildlife artist, who spent eight years crafting the sculptures.

Want to spend time outside? Gondola Adventures, Inc. and Stand Up Paddle North Texas 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.