Las Colinas: The Ultimate Urban Center

Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, is an ideal master-planned urban center. With its harmonious blend of picturesque residential pockets alongside soaring towers and the finest dining and entertainment amenities found anywhere, spending time in Las Colinas is an exciting and luxurious escape. This 12,000-acre development is a model of visionary planning and the envy of cities and developers around the world. 

With 56 beautiful, small lakes throughout the development, jogging trails, public and private parks, museums, colleges, hospitals, country clubs, and cultural and recreational institutions, Las Colinas is a small paradise inside of a huge metropolis. Northlake College, the University of Dallas, and the Las Colinas Medical Center have all established campuses there. Several museums, including the Irving Arts Center, are located nearby. 

Hotels

There are plenty of hotel options in Las Colinas, from budget-friendly to full-service; check out the complete list of Irving Hotels. Hotels are conveniently located so you can enjoy all that Las Colinas has to offer: amazing restaurants, lake views, canal walks, shopping, entertainment, and more.

Las Colinas is also home to one of the top-rated resorts in Texas, the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Located on 400 plush acres between Dallas and Fort Worth, Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas has a dedicated staff and gracious services that exude the relaxed warmth of a private country club. With unmatched southern hospitality, the resort boasts 431 guest rooms and suites, two 18-hole golf courses, a modern sports club including tennis, swimming, racquetball, squash courts, jogging tracks, fitness center and a world-class spa. Even if you don’t stay here, don’t miss the hotel’s OUTLAW Taproom which features Texas beers, wine, and craft cocktails on tap. 

Restaurants

Las Colinas has dozens of delicious restaurants serving up a wide array of food, from Southern cooking to TexMex to Italian and everything in between. No matter what type of cuisine you crave, it can be found in Irving’s Las Colinas community. For some serious options and a lot of fun, pop into Big Beat Dallas, home to five original restaurant & bar concepts, seven live music stages, and the open-air Texas Lottery live music plaza. In addition to Big Beat Dallas, you’ll find over twenty restaurant options at the Toyota Music Factory. And don’t miss a local favorite Cavalli Pizza, an Italian family-run operation where the flour for the dough, fresh San Marzano tomatoes, and even the Mozzarella di Bufala are all imported from Italy.  

Entertainment

Las Colinas can also claim as its own the impressive, expansive Toyota Music Factory, Irving’s premier live music entertainment destination. The 250,000 square-foot entertainment-anchored development features an 8,000 capacity indoor-outdoor amphitheater, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, and a 50,000 square-foot event plaza. The plaza features a stage that plays host to fashion shows, farmers markets, food festivals, and other events throughout the year. With over 25 dining options to choose from, this is a must-visit on any trip to Las Colinas in Irving.

Beyond this massive pavilion, Las Colinas also provides more intimate entertainment options, from special theater productions at MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, to performances from up and coming Texas musicians and bands on the porch section of The Ranch at Las Colinas.

Outdoors

Las Colinas in Irving provides beautiful and accessible outdoor activities. Whether you want to take a morning run or a leisurely evening stroll, there are ample lakes, trails, and more to get you outside. 

A good place to start is the 125-acre Lake Carolyn, located at the core of the urban center. Here, you can do some stand up paddling, take out a paddle boat, or ride a gondola through the Mandalay Canals, a unique system of Venetian style canals that flank one side of Lake Carolyn. On the canals and the walking paths that line them, you can meander around offices, shops, restaurants, and residential areas for a truly unique view of Las Colinas in Irving. Various restaurants face the canals and offer patio seating, a perfect spot for late-night gatherings, wedding receptions and special occasions. 

Getting There

From Las Colinas, it’s a short 15 minute drive to downtown Dallas, and just 20 minutes to downtown Fort Worth. Its central location positions it as one of the most convenient areas to reach from anywhere in North Texas. And its proximity to two major airport hubs, immediately adjacent to DFW Airport and only ten minutes from Love Field, makes it easily accessible from both coasts. The recent completion of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Orange Line now provides a direct connection by rail to Las Colinas with both downtown Dallas and DFW Airport and other points throughout the region.

If you’re planning a trip to the DFW Metroplex, come to Las Colinas in Irving. Explore all the great things to do below to plan your trip today.