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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102
+1 972-973-5270
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Great spot for viewing planes inbound and outbound, but only if the winds are out of the south.

Nice place to sit and do plane spotting of international carriers. Only drawback is that if the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Richardson, Texas

this is a really cool area to go to with the kids to watch planes take off / land depending on... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Craig B
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1700 N Airfield Dr, Airfield Drive at Texan Trail, Irving, TX 75261-4102
+1 972-973-5270
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice place to sit and do plane spotting of international carriers. Only drawback is that if the winds are out of the North, most planes are already off the ground way before they get to you. This area is located at the north end of...More

Thank RtRevLoggins
Reviewed 23 May 2017

this is a really cool area to go to with the kids to watch planes take off / land depending on which end of the airport and runway they are useing . has several pokie stops as well. recorded information from a speaker, AND live...More

Thank Craig B
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

My husband and I usually come to the airport early when picking up guests. We STOP by Founder's Plaza and LOOK for their plane arriving. You can LISTEN to the flight tower communications on a loud speaker. By the time we drive to the terminal...More

Thank cedar4604
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Good way to kill an hour, watching planes take off and land at DFW. Get a flight tracket (Flight Radar 24) and you will be able to tell where each plane came from.

Thank dschae1
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This observation area is easily accessed by Texan Trail without fighting the airport terminal traffic. Lots of parking and even some covered seating so you can stay out of the sun in the summer. Great place to watch airliners land and take off. You get...More

Thank Ge0rgiaPil0t
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Great place if you like to watch airplanes and see how a major airport operates. A safe place to take the family for an outing.

Thank gbchopper
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

This is a purpose-built, well designed area to watch DFW airplanes land or take off or land (depending on wind direction). It offers a panoramic view of the north end of the airport, very close to the end of the runways. There are several monuments...More

Thank Mohsman
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Located on the north end of the airport, this nice little park is perfect for plane watching. How the aircraft land or takeoff depends on the weather for the day but you'll still be able to get a great shot of all of the airport...More

Thank Arturo D
Reviewed 26 October 2016

I loved visiting the observation area. It is fairly close to the airport and not difficult to get to. If you have time to kill (as i did), this place is the spot for you. You won't be disappointing.

Thank Jennifer S
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Our son stopped by here on the way to the airport in the late afternoon. Our 3 year old grandson loved looking at planes through the free (mostly broken) observation glasses. With onlt about 20 paring spaces, it can be difficult to park. There are...More

Thank GrandPenguins
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Hi! I have never been here before and was wondering if there is spots where you can park your truck and sit in the back and watch the airplanes go by? Or how does this work? Thank you!
9 February 2016|
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Response from Ron C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have seen several trucks back into the parking spaces, so they sit in the back and are facing the action. Photographers seem to especially like this arrangement.
Andrea T
Last time I went to founders Plaza the planes were using a runway far from the viewing area does anyone know how to tell based on the air direction if the planes are using the runway closest to the viewing area?
26 July 2015|
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Response from LakesideRotties | Reviewed this property |
In general, if the winds are out of the south (blowing from the south to the north), planes will be landing near the viewing area on 18R. If it is a light travel day, take offs and landings will be slow. The best times for... More