The Top 5 Places to Get Outside in and Around Irving, TX

Campion Trail is a runner paradise and our Las Colinas apartments are just around the corner.

Do you love sunshine on a splendid spring day? Do you enjoy a crisp autumn afternoon? If so, the lifestyle that comes with living in our Las Colinas apartments could be your ticket to wonderful opportunities.

In and around Irving, TX, you’ll find a multitude of recreation opportunities and outdoor venues where you can find entertainment or simply take a leisurely stroll. While there are countless places to get outside, here’s a look at the 5 best according to our community.

Campion Trail

The Campion Trail is one of the best-kept secrets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. When you choose Allura, our apartments in Las Colinas, you’ll find accessing the Campion trail is fast and easy.

What is it exactly? The Campion Trail is a 22-mile concrete trail that runs along the Elm Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River. First approved in 1995, the 12-foot-wide trail takes you through dense trees, past historical markers, by a polo field, under Interstate highways, along waterways and much more.

You can even keep an eye out for wildlife. There’s certainly no danger in such a populated area, but it’s not unusual to see a range of different bird species, a snake, a fox or other critters.

If you’re interested in history, keep an eye out for California Crossing. This is where settlers in the 1800s often camped and then crossed the fork of the Trinity River on their way to the West.

Given the Campion Trail’s length, many Las Colinas apartments put you within walking or running distance of it. Whether you hike, bike, run or just stroll, take advantage of this hidden gem tucked right into the heart of Las Colinas.

Mandalay Canals

The Mandalay Canals are a unique and interesting destination within Las Colinas. Surrounded by tall office buildings, shops, restaurants and even radio stations, you’ll find a series of canals lined with wide walkways for your leisure.

You can walk the Canals and also the 3-mile path that circles Lake Carolyn, which is adjacent to the Canals. You can also take a gondola ride through the canals or rent a standup paddleboard for outdoor adventure on Lake Carolyn. This area is a prime spot for photos given the unique setting and inherent beauty. It’s not unusual to see someone snapping bridal portraits or engagement pictures along the Canals.

Enjoy a range of restaurants in the area, too. Venetian Terrace is right along the Canals, and Jinbeh Japanese, Trevi’s, and M Bar (inside the Omni Mandalay) are other great options. You can enjoy access to all of this when you choose our apartments in Las Colinas.

A Quick Trip to Arlington

Just southwest of the Las Colinas area, you’ll find Arlington, TX, which is home to a host of outdoor opportunities. There are amusement parks like Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor (a waterpark). There are the homes of professional sports teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. And you can also catch concerts at outdoor venues like the Verizon Theatre.

Arlington is a great place to build a day. For example, you can spend the morning or afternoon at Six Flags, and then plan to catch a ballgame or concert at night. AT&T Stadium, home of the Cowboys, offers a retractable roof, so there’s no guarantee that it’s an outdoors opportunity. But, whether you catch a game or concert there, it might be nice to have some AC after a long day in the summer heat.

There’s also a brand-new entertainment venue in Arlington known as Texas Live! Texas Live! includes concert venues, shops and restaurants in an indoor-outdoor setting.

Founders’ Plaza at DFW Airport

Open each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Founders’ Plaza at DFW International lets visitors experience one of the most heavily trafficked airports in the world in a unique way. The Plaza provides incredible views of airplanes as they take off and land, and visitors can also use telescopes to take closer looks. At the same time, a broadcast of air traffic control communications is piped into the Plaza, so visitors can hear controllers talking to pilots.

Founders’ Plaza is a great place to take a lunch and spend a little bit of time doing something interesting and unusual. Take advantage of easy parking and picnic tables, and enjoy all of the features. Founders’ Plaza also includes a memorial to Delta Flight 191, which crashed at DFW Airport in 1985 — the worst aviation accident in Texas history.

DFW International and Founders’ Plaza aren’t located in Las Colinas proper, but they are just a few minutes’ drive northwest. When you live in Las Colinas apartments, you can be at Founders’ Plaza in no time.

Toyota Music Factory

For many years, a large portion of Las Colinas had been left undeveloped. Just recently, this stretch of land became home to the Toyota Music Factory, a mixed-use development that includes restaurants, bars and three concert venues.

In 2019 alone, the Toyota Music Factory’s outdoor pavilion will host shows by musicians like Toni Braxton, The 1975 and Mariah Carey, as well as shows by comedians like Bill Maher, Trevor Noah and Jim Gaffigan.

Get tickets to see an artist you love, and find time to dine at one of the many eateries located on-site: Nosh & Bottle Market, Kabuki, Grimaldi’s, Gloria’s, Freshii and others. When you choose Las Colinas apartments, you are always just minutes from the Toyota Music Factory and all of its dining and entertainment options.

Your Best Bet for Las Colinas Apartments

If you love recreation and spending time outdoors, it’s hard to beat Las Colinas. What you need now is the best option from among Las Colinas apartments — a place to call “home” that also puts you close to all of the destinations listed in this article.

That’s why you should come and discover Allura, an apartment home community located in the heart of Las Colinas. If and when you get the desire to go for a run, rent a standup paddleboard, listen to music or attend a ballgame, Allura gives you fast, easy access.

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