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Beyond Dallas: Must-Stops for Summer Fun in Frisco and Arlington

We love Dallas, but Arlington and Frisco prove there's more to do in the metro—from thrill rides to great pubs and one "Texas-sized" market.

When you find yourself venturing outside the Big D (to take in a sporting event, perhaps?), it helps to know what lies beyond the city limits. As two of the fastest growing cities in the country, both Arlington and Frisco are home to countless outdoor venues, tantalizing entertainment and dining options and seasonal family fun. Here are just a few choices ready and waiting for willing summer adventurers.


Six Flags Over Texas & Hurricane Harbor: You can’t even say the name of the city without mentioning one of the largest entertainment attractions in the country. Located in the heart of Arlington, Six Flags Over Texas is home to unique thrill rides like The Texas Giant and The Titan, as well as seasonal themed events like Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park. During the summer months, there’s no better place to cool off than Six Flags Hurricane Harbor for wet and wild water rides and attractions.

River Legacy Park: An area favorite for decades, the 1,300-acre River Legacy Park is home to scenic biking and hiking trails, picturesque picnic areas and rotating seasonal events and activities. It’s a perfect summer stop for a spirited game of football or a scenic stroll with friends or family.

Traders Village: This “Texas-Sized Marketplace” in nearby Grand Prairie is a weekend must for visitors and locals alike. Since it opened in 1973, Traders Village has grown from a simple flea market into a mecca of shopping, cuisine, attractions for the whole family and unique goods. The marketplace is also home to countless seasonal and cultural events that range from chili cook-offs to live performances.


The Holy Grail Pub: Nestled right below 121 is one of the most revered beer hot spots in all of North Texas. The expansive and ever-changing suds selection at Holy Grail Pub is complemented by a surprisingly gourmet menu that boasts staples like fried goat cheese, Shiner-braised ribs and coffee and doughnuts.

Holy Grail Pub
Grub from the Holy Grail Pub (©Jim Muise)

Stonebriar Centre: This behemoth shopping destination has both chain and boutique shopping options and is surrounded by what feels like an oasis of even more stores. Stonebriar offers delectable dining options like California Pizza Kitchen and a two-story Dave and Buster’s for the big kids or kids-at-heart.

Sci-Tech Discovery Center & Black Box Theatre: A perfect stop for kids and family, Sci-Tech Discovery is a sprawling venue that offers everything from science-themed demonstrations to hands-on activities and play areas for patrons of all ages to play and explore in. There are also seasonal camps and workshops for those looking to delve a little deeper. Frisco’s adjoining Black Box Theatre offers both productions from both professional and emerging talent throughout the season for those looking to make it a weekend of culture.