Irving draws tourists with its Convention Center, museums, and parks. If you’ve chosen Irving as your new hometown during your retirement years, take a look at a few of these popular attractions.
Many tourists are brought to Irving to attend a conference at the Irving Convention Center. The center sits on 40 acres and is 100,000 square feet. The unique architecture makes the building stand out in Irving and the building project continues to grow with an additional entertainment district opening in 2017 that will include a 350-room Westin Convention Center Hotel.
The National Scouting Museum is located on West Walnut Hill Lane and tells the history of the Boy Scouts of America that began in 1910. The museum displays the scouting-related works of Norman Rockwell and Joseph Csatari as well as classic uniforms, pinewood derby cars, photographs, and equipment.
The Irving Arts Center hosts 275 events per year and is open seven days a week. The center sits on 10 acres and features two theaters, four galleries, meeting rooms, classrooms, reception, and rehearsal areas, and a sculpture garden. Exhibits have included Photographs of the Extraordinary, Works by Dan Yaccarino, Works by Robert Batson, and a traveling animal art exhibit.
The Ruth Paine House and Museum has been restored to its 1960 look due to its ties with Lee Harvey Oswald during the days leading up to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Oswald stayed at the suburban housewife’s home the night before the assassination. The home was turned into a museum in 2013 after it was purchased in 2009. You can make a reservation for a 90 minute tour of the house.
The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas is located on campus on East Northgate Drive inside the Art History Building in the Art Village. The small gallery features works of arts from various artists and rotates the pieces. Past and upcoming exhibits include art from Marc Chagall, post-World War II poets, paintings and paper, and a ceramics exhibition.
The Founder’s Plaza Observation Area is located on Airfield Drive at Texan Trail and is close to the airport. You can watch the various aircraft land and take off. The Plaza also has picnic tables, historical information, and telescopes. It is open daily from 7AM to 7PM.
There is a lot to see at Northwest Park, particularly wildlife such as ducks and geese, as well as a walking trail, basketball court, and spray park. After your afternoon walk or jog, you can enjoy a packed lunch on one of the shaded picnic tables.
If you like boat tours and learning about history while relaxing, then you are going to love Gondola Adventures. A gondolier will take you and your significant other on a tour of Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canals. You can instruct your tour to include chocolates and a beverage or join in a lunch, dinner, appetizer, and dessert cruise. If you want special instructions, you can make reservations, so the staff has time to execute your surprise.
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