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Irving Things to Do

  • Las Colinas Sculpture

    This striking sculpture known as The Mustangs was placed on Williams Square in 1984. The horses gallop across the plaza on a granite stream, manes streaming behind them, wild and free! We've taken all of our out of state visitors to see this immense masterpiece! The beauty and strength of these animals is captured so realistically! The nine...

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  • Movie Studio of Las Colinas

    The studios now offer a unique party facility. The setting is in a working movie studio location, combined with the attractions offered at The Studios. There are various sound stages that can be used depending on your numbers and requirements. They can offer all the props and of course the catering for something really different in throwing a...

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  • Mandalay Canal

    The Mandalay Canal is such a charming part of Las Colinas. Old World style gives these office buildings, restaurants and shops a uniqueness from its modern counterparts on the street above. We followed the walkway as waterfowl swam in the winding canal and the sun created interesting patterns along the tree-lined path. It was peaceful and...

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  • Las Colinas Flower Clock

    Las Colinas' pretty floral clock welcomes you to this master planned community. You'll pass it when traveling O'Connor Boulevard. It reminds me a similar display we viewed in Valparaiso,Chile. This timely creation located on the corner of a well-traveled boulevard is very inviting, but there is no easy place to pull off to examine it more...

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  • Bell Tower

    Only Bell Tower Station is usually accessible to the public and is located on the Mandalay Canal Walk. The other three stations are inside private office buildings (Millennium Center, Equity Offices and Cigna Towers) with most of the patronage coming from employees within those buildings who travel to nearby restaurants. .

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  • Campion Trails

    Campion Trails is a 22-mile winding greenway which follows the Trinity River's El and West forks. The project is still underway but it is working towards 22 miles of 12 foot wide trails for walking, jogging and cycling. There will be an additional 10 miles of unpaved nature and equestrian trails. Eventually it will become part of the Trinity Trails...

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  • Rock Island Depot

    Irving’s depot was built in 1903 and was originally located at the north end of Main Street. This particular depot was moved from Fate in Texas on March 5, 1986 to Irving to stand as a replicat of the original depot that Irving had.

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  • Caster Cabin

    The Caster Cabin is one of Irving's original cabins. It was built in 1887 by Henry Caster and now sits in Heritage Park. During the Heritage Festival in June each year you can tour the cabin (a short tour ) and also sample butter churned on the porch of the cabin. The windmill is original to the area.

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  • National Scouting Museum

    My son is currently working on his Eagle rank, so this was a definite stop on our DFW excursion. Even if you are not involved in Boy Scouts in any way, this museum is worth a visit. The Norman Rockwell gallery is wonderful and the museum itself is similiar to an Epcot attraction. They recommend 3-4 hours to be able to interacte with all of the...

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  • Mandalay Canal

    The Mandalay Canal is such a charming part of Las Colinas. Old World style gives these office buildings, restaurants and shops a uniqueness from its modern counterparts on the street above.We followed the walkway as waterfowl swam in the winding canal and the sun created interesting patterns along the tree-lined path. It was peaceful and...

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  • Floral Clock

    Las Colinas' pretty floral clock welcomes you to this master planned community. You'll pass it when traveling O'Connor Boulevard. It reminds me a similar display we viewed in Valparaiso,Chile. This timely creation located on the corner of a well-traveled boulevard is very inviting, but there is no easy place to pull off to examine it more...

    more
  • Las Colinas Sculpture

    This striking sculpture known as The Mustangs was placed on Williams Square in 1984. The horses gallop across the plaza on a granite stream, manes streaming behind them, wild and free! We've taken all of our out of state visitors to see this immense masterpiece! The beauty and strength of these animals is captured so realistically!The nine Mustangs...

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Irving Restaurants

  • A Very Cool Place To Dine

    Maybe its the sparkling white linen tablecloths, the romantic candlelight at your table; the superb service or excellent entrees that all combine to create a wonderful place to dine--whatever it is, Cool River has got it. Our last visit was for a business dinner and as usual the food was sublime. We asked for a mixed appetizer tray--crab cakes,...

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  • Eatery by the Mandalay Canal

    It was a Federal holiday when we stopped for lunch at The Waterfront Cafe, so there was no crowd. Business depends primarily on the corporate trade which was off for the day. Owner Teymoor Rashid was a very pleasant fellow and we enjoyed conversing with him.I ordered Fish n' Chips with a beverage totaling $5.99; my husband had the Burger special,...

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  • Casual Dining

    Le Peep is perfect for casual dining when prompt service is required. Although the restaurant did not have decaffeinated tea, which is my preference, they did have regular and decaff coffee. My breakfast was a generous bowl of oatmeal accompanied by a fruit cup which totaled $4.19; my husband ordered the Belgian waffle $4.39, with sausages costing...

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  • Italian at the Omni Mandalay

    This picture of Trevi's dining room reveals a little bit of its decor. The restaurant had a Tuscan theme, apropos for an Italian restaurant. The wait staff was courteous and did not hurry us through our meal.A basket of crisp assorted breads was brought to the table while we savored our glasses of wine. We were told that the restaurant stocked some...

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  • Great Japanese Steak House

    Not only did we get a delicious meal at Jinbeh, but a performance, as well! Although we had to wait for a table with a grill, it was well worth it. The restaurant also had traditional tables set up to the right of this area; a bar separated these two distinct sections.Patrons sit family style in the grilling section and the individual orders are...

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  • Upscale Mexican Cuisine

    Via Real seems like it's been plucked right from the streets of Santa Fe and that's the impression they want to convey. This upscale Mexican restaurant has a style reminiscent of that scenic New Mexican town.We sampled their Sunday buffet, which was highlighted by several traditional Mexican dishes. However, the service is what impressed me the...

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Irving Transportation

  • DFW Airport

    I've only flown into DFW twice that I remember. Once in 1997 when I picked up a rental car, and once in 2004 when I visited our daughter in Frisco at which time she picked us up.Dallas Fort Worth airport is a very big airport and it is said to be the 3rd busiest in the US. It covers more than 29.8 square miles; real property consists of 18,076...

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  • DART onto the Bus

    We drove to Irving by a somewhat circuitous route from Frisco. But the DART buses do come here. The website says: Have your fare ready. Exact cash or change or a DART pass are acceptable fares. The base fare for most local trips is $1.25. Fareboxes accept $1 bills and/or coins, including $1 coins.Day Passes are available on all buses and from...

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  • Columbus to the Monorail

    The old ship (a reconstruction of one of Columbus's boats) provided quite a contrast with the monorail. I understand this monorail is called a People mover and is a mile long. It went right up into the hotel in the same way that the monorails go to some of the Disney hotels at Disney WorldA 2003 report says: "Las Colinas People mover is another...

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Irving Local Customs

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    by keeweechic Updated Nov 7, 2003

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    Held during the 2nd weekend in June, the festival involves an annual old time fiddlers contest on the Friday night at the clock tower and on the Saturday the main street comes alive with "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" which features vendors and entertainment, displays from the past and lots of good fun.

    Admission is free and the location is 217 S Main Street/Heritage Park area. For more information ph. 972-253-9700.

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Irving Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking

    In the Los Colinas area there seem to be NUMEROUS parking garages. Since we did not want to visit a building, we didn't try to park in the garages and I don't know what the rate is. But across the street from the Los Colinas Mustangs is a Public Parking Lot.This lot is $1 for all day. You have to pay the $1 even if you are only going to be here for...

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  • Toll Road Holdup

    When I first visited Dallas, I barely made it to the airport rental car turn in place before my plane took off. There were so many people traveling (it was the beginning of Memorial Day weekend) that the van to the airport got held up due to traffic mostly because of going through the toll gates. Even though the van itself had a pass, I almost...

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Irving Off The Beaten Path

  • Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum

    I didn't get to take advantage of the FREE Mustang Museum Exhibit, open Wednesdays - Saturdays, from 11-5, in the West Tower of Williams Square on my first visit because I didn't have time. This time we did. The museum is in Suite 105. There is a touch screen at the information desk in the lobby which will tell you where it is if there isn't...

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  • Mandalay Canals

    Los Colinas is a planned community in Irving. The Carpenter family owned the land and did the planning. During WW II, Ben Carpenter was in the in the 124th Cavalry Regiment. Their mission was to free the Burmese people from the Japanese occupation force. In planning the first hotel for Las Colinas, he named the hotel ?Mandalay? to satisfy his...

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Irving Sports & Outdoors

  • The Byron Nelson Championship-2008

    The Byron Nelson Championship* is held each year, attracting many of the top golfers. In fact, Tiger Woods won the purse in 1997. Unfortunately he was not playing this year due to having surgery.The Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas located in Irving, Tx. hosted the event. The par-70 course was beautiful and had just undergone a multi-million...

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  • The Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas,...

    The 2008 Byron Nelson Championship was well attended on the day my husband and I visited for the Third Round of Play. What we saw of the course was gorgeous! The Four Seasons Resort at Las Colinas in Irving, Tx. has recently undertaken a multi-million dollar renovation of its 18 hole, par-70 golf course, comprised of 7,166 challenging yards of...

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  • It's the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders!

    The Dallas Cowboys have always had cheerleaders--their first were high school students. However, in 1972 their profile changed. According to the website, the organization began looking for a new image of the cheerleader--at first models were considered, but eventually they selected accomplished dancers who would exude athleticism and be able to...

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    Texas Panorama

    by VeronicaG Updated May 2, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I wanted to comment on the wonderful view from our hotel room at the Omni Mandalay. This seemed a good spot to highlight it! I'm afraid my picture doesn't do it justice, though.

    Awaking each morning to such a lovely view of our surroundings began our day just right.

    This panorama is seen from the 21st floor of the hotel--Dallas is in the distance as well as Texas Stadium to the right of the tall building on the left--if you look real hard, you'll see the light colored dome. This view was such a great "perk"!

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Early Railroad Town
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Rock Island Depot
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Las Colinas Flower Clock
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