Arlington is the seventh-most populated city in Texas, and it is known for hosting both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys at stadiums located within the city. One major tourist attraction is the Six Flags Over Texas theme park, which opened in 1961 and was the first amusement park in the Six Flags chain.
The city's history dates back to the 1800s, when Gen. Edward H. Tarrant attacked and defeated the Indians at the Village Creek camp, opening the Arlington area to white colonization. The new city was renamed Arlington in honor of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who was born in Arlington County, Virginia. It was attractive to early settlers due to its rich soil.
When the up-and-coming Texas Pacific Railway Co. designed its first rail line, it bypassed Johnson Station in favor of a new station in Arlington. But when Texas Pacific planned to lay tracks through the county, the location was chosen for the future station north of it.
The Arlington main shopping center is located on the north side of the IH-20 and is a popular area to visit due to the restaurants and commerce in the area. If you're heading to the Arlington Highlands, you can stroll through the center, which has an old-fashioned neighborhood charm, as well as a number of high-rise buildings, apartment buildings, and commercial buildings along the south side.
In addition to world-class sports, Arlington offers a variety of entertainment options, including several music venues, restaurants, and bars, as well as a wide range of arts, cultural events, and exhibitions. Some popular venues to see include the Arlington Museum of Art, the International Bowling Museum, and the Planetarium Dome Theatre at the University of Texas Arlington.
Music fans can bring the whole family together at the Arlington Music Festival, one of the largest music festivals in the United States.
Arlington may not be as big as Fort Worth or Dallas, but it stacks up when it comes to museum and science-themed activities, plus Six Flags for the thrill-seekers.