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Discover the Toyota Music Factory
New in town is the Toyota Music Factory, a $173 million entertainment complex dubbed the premier live music destination in Irving. The 250,000-square-foot entertainment-anchored development features an indoor-outdoor amphitheater (The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory) and a 50,000-square-foot event plaza. Managed by Live Nation, The Pavilion is to host concerts and events year-round and can be used as an intimate theater setting for up to 2,500, an upscale arena for 4,000, or an open-air pavilion with room to seat 8,000 people. More than just a music destination though, Toyota Music Factory also has over 20 dining options, with Big Beat Dallas bringing five of their own original restaurant and bar concepts all featuring live music. This 40-acre district will provide a variety of entertainment options to fill free nights as well as an exciting venue for opening and closing night events.
Experience Venice in Texas
One hundred marriage proposals have been accepted while riding on an authentic Venetian gondola in Irving, Texas. Located in Lake Carolyn, Gondola Adventures is the only gondola operator in Texas, one of a handful in the United States, and one of only 400 remaining in the world. The boats can hold two to six passengers and can be tailored to any occasion. Prices range from $150 for a standard cruise to $275 for an on-board gourmet dinner. Float down the canal in an authentic Venetian gondola and escape to Italy – even if it’s just for a few hours.
Step Back in Time
History buffs are sure to enjoy an afternoon in the Heritage District, which is home to both Heritage and Centennial Parks. Heritage Park features a tribute to the railroad industry with the original railroad depot, the city’s first library, an original water tower and a restored 1880’s cabin. Centennial Park features a commemorative wall portraying the history of Irving through words and pictures, and Heritage House, one of the city’s first homes and a Texas State Historical Landmark. The Heritage District is also where visitors can find the Texas Musicians Museum, where Texas music lives on. Home to artifacts and music memorabilia from Texas musicians of all genres including Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Selena, Beyonce and ZZ Top, the museum is a music lover’s dream. Other historical attractions include the Ruth Paine House Museum, the home where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed the night prior to JFK’s assassination; The Irving Heritage House, a family home of one of the city’s founders; and the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center, one of the oldest African-American communities in Dallas County.
Sample a Taste of Texas and Beyond
With the most diverse zip code in the country, Irving dishes up cuisine from around the globe. From Texas farm-to-table at The Ranch to authentic Argentinian empanadas at Empa Mundo, there’s something for every palate. Cool River Café features steaks and seafood alongside a cigar bar. Po Melvin’s serves up down-home, Southern and Cajun-influenced dishes. Fortune House specializes in dim sum, while L.A. Burger puts an irresistible Korean spin on classic burgers and hot dogs. To enjoy live music while you dine or enjoy a cocktail, visit Southern Junction, New York Pizza & Pasta, or OUTLAW Taproom, which features Texas beers and wine and is inspired by the outlaws of Texas music like Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In a state where temperatures rarely drop below 50 degrees, it would be a shame not to spend some time outside. Visit outdoor attractions like the five marble cows atop Brune Hill, the Las Colinas Flower Clock, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial of North Texas, the Comache Marker Trees and the Mustangs of Las Colinas, one of the world’s largest equestrian sculptures. Spend some time at a few of the Dallas/Fort Worth area’s outdoor destinations including the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dinosaur Valley State Park, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, and the Fort Worth Zoo. Explore Texas on foot by walking the Campion Trails, Breckenridge Trail, Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney or Cottonbelt Trail, which follows the former St. Louis Southwestern Railway. Whatever you decide to do, just getting a dose of fresh air will provide lasting benefits to you and your group.
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Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, you’ll find that our city is clearly designed to put the needs of visitors first. Our adjacent location to DFW International Airport puts you only minutes away from our 80+ hotels, while our close proximity to both Dallas and Fort Worth lets you be right in the middle of the best dining, attractions, and entertainment the Metroplex has to offer. Irving is the one clear choice for your North Texas experience!