Founder's Plaza Observation Area

Founder's Plaza Observation Area

Founder's Plaza Observation Area
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Thomas
Houston, TX10 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
I’ve come here many times and will bring a coffee or meal with me since I usually stay a while to watch the planes.

The take off and landing are subject to the weather conditions and if you know the lingo you can listen to the overhead speaker instructing the planes from air traffic control.

They have a special section dedicated to our military where kids or the young at heart can shoot off a small water cannon signifying our troops coming home.

On days that you see groups of photographers with expensive and large looking cameras I would recommend you ask them what they’re waiting for. I’ve spoken to a few of these folks, they’ve always been extremely knowledgeable and willing to share insight on when the next big plane is coming. It’s almost become a cult following. On my last visit one of them showed me the app they use and I stuck around a little longer to watch a British Airway double decker 747 take off.

There are plenty of benches and usually lots of parking. It doesn’t cost anything to come here. My only critic is I wish they would be able to eradicate the fire ants that always bite my feet when I visit. They keep the grass well watered and maintained. Myself and others will kick off our shoes and get as close as we can to the planes.
Written August 27, 2023
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Miguel Guevara Márquez
Irving, TX4 contributions
Oct 2022
Planes Spotter's paradise! Though not so close to the actions, the frequency of flights and variety of aircrafts were interesting. Founder's Plaza was very family friendly. Plenty of parking. We've been plane spotting at several airports around the world, and this is one of the best.
Written October 20, 2022
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mydonna
Arlington, TX866 contributions
Jul 2022
Great place for locals or out-of-towners! Great for any age. Photographers love it. Sit on a bench or under a tree. The "Welcome Home a Hero" fountain is awesome.
Written August 6, 2022
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FrmnClint
Lumberton, TX144 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
What a fun spot to just sit and watch the planes take off and land. The view is amazing and the planes take off and land maybe 200 yards at most in front of you. There is never a lack of planes to watch either, if you’re into aviation this is for you. My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed it and if we’re ever back in the area we will visit again.
Written February 15, 2022
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Shadowstarz
San Marcos, TX11 contributions
Jul 2021
Of the few public viewing spots I've been to, the setup and layout was one of the BEST I've been to. Plenty of FLAT paved parking, binoculars, information out the airport and it's history. Located right in front of UPS cargo ramp. So you get to see their operations. Good viewing of landing and takeoff traffic. Although there is some heat haze if you're the serious person using the long range lens. Only 1 drawback I don't like is they don't even have port-a-potties. Luckly the nearest gas stations and restaurants aren't TOO far away.
Written July 30, 2021
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spw439s
Poplar Bluff, MO131 contributions
Jun 2021
Our kids have never flown so we came here to show them what planes look like as they are taking off and landing. If you come, make sure you come in the morning before it gets too hot. Also, there are several places to sit and eat a picnic lunch if you want to do that instead. It looked like most people spent about 30 minutes looking at planes and then left. A good experience but don't expect to spend much time here since it is just the same thing after another.
Written June 29, 2021
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Rick C
Irving, TX472 contributions
Nov 2020
This is a great place to relax for aviation enthusiasts while watching the planes come and go, and listening to live ATC.

However, the view of the air traffic is dependent on the winds and which runways are being used as you only get a view of the west runways. Also, depending on the winds, you have a great view of either take offs or landings.

Nevertheless, if you're an aviation enthusiast, it's a cool place to just sit back and enjoy the "flight".
Written November 14, 2020
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John M
Grand Prairie, TX1,500 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
This place is great to take the family to check out! Plenty of grass for the kids to run around. Enjoy hearing the pilots and ATC talk over the radio on the outdoor speaker. I highly recommend. And it’s free!
Written March 12, 2020
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kietboyd
Irving, TX3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Nice place for the family. Come out and watch planes take off and land at DFW airport. You’re able to listen to the the conversations between the pilots and control tower. Bring binoculars for a closer look.
Written February 12, 2020
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Dr_CosmasS_usa
Dallas, TX12 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Why on earth is there no restroom here? The closest restroom is three miles away in the nearest restaurant. Consider the kids and elderly!!!
Written December 22, 2019
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FOUNDER'S PLAZA OBSERVATION AREA - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)