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River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas.Arlington is the 3rd biggest city in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Arlington sits in the middle of this metropolitan zone, halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth.

The first settlement, in what is now Arlington, was Bird's Fort, just north of modern day Arlington's River Legacy Park. When Bird's Fort was built in 1845 it was in Caddo Indian territory and served as a trading post.

21st century Arlington is known as the Entertainment Capital of North Texas, due to it being the location of Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the Ballpark in Arlington, where the Texas Rangers play baseball and AT & T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play football

Arlington has 75 parks, the most notable being the aforementioned 950 acre River Legacy Park with the River Legacy Living Science Center where you can take a simulated raft ride down the Trinity River. Watch out for alligator gar and snakes. Another notable park in Arlington is Veterans Park.

You will find Six Flags Over Texas at the intersection of I-30 and Highway 360. Six Flag is open daily 10am - 11pm, in summer, open weekends only in spring and fall. Six Flags has been the premier Texas amusement park since 1961. Oil Tycoon Angus G. Wynne, Jr. was inspired by a trip to Disneyland that he set out to build a similar park for the Lone Star State. Six Flags is known for its roller coasters, including the Texas Giant, Mr. Freeze and Titan, among others.

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor claims to be the largest water park in the Southwest. Hurricane Harbor is open daily in summer, 10:30am - 7pm, weekends only in spring and fall. Hurricane Harbor has 47 acres of water rides, rivers, slides and pools, including the Black Hole's water tubes, Surf Lagoon, the Bubba Tub tube float and the Tornado's funnel ride. Hurricane Harbor is on the north side of Interstate 30, directly across from Six Flags Over Texas.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags Over Texas are within walking distance of the Ballpark in Arlington and the Dallas Cowboy Stadium. Three new pedestrian friendly bridges connect visitors to both sides of Interstate 30.

In downtown Arlington, on Center Street, you will find Arlington's version of the Grand Ol' Opry. Since 1974, Johnnie High's Country Music Revue variety show has been staging what is known as "The Greatest Show in Texas," in the 1,200 seat Arlington Music Hall.

WHERE TO STAY IN ARLINGTON

You will find plenty of accommodation options in Arlington, especially in the area around Six Flags Over Texas. The Wingate Inn is a good choice, close to Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, the Rangers Ballpark and Cowboy Stadium. The Hilton Arlington is also close to the main Arlington Attractions. Due its name you can likely guess that Courtyard Dallas Arlington by the Ballpark is walking distance from the Ballpark in Arlington. Fairfield Inn Arlington is a nice, but "cheap" place to stay by the Arlington ballparks. At Studio Plus Arlington you can stay near Six Flags and the ballparks for as cheap as 49.99 a night, for a large room with a fully equipped kitchen.

WHERE TO EAT IN ARLINGTON

You will find plenty of good restaurants in Arlington, including all the national chains. Mercado Juarez is a local chain that is a favorite of locals, for good reason. The Arlington Steak House chicken-fried steak has been rated the best in Arlington since 1931. Go to Piccolo Mondo, by the Whole Foods on Lamar, for classic Italian. For fine dining with a view, head to Cacharel Restaurant & Grand Ballroom.

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