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Arlington is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. With a city population estimated at over 383,000, it is Texas' 7th largest. It is the third largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The city is just south of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA: DFW), the major airport in the region.
The city was founded in 1875 and is named after General Robert E. Lee's Arlington House (of present-day Arlington County, Virginia). After the arrival of the railroad in 1876, Arlington grew as a cotton-ginning and farming center, and incorporated in 1884. The city could boast of water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone services by 1910, along with a public school system. By 1925, the population was estimated at 3,031, and it grew to over four thousand before World War II.
Large-scale industrialization began in 1954 with the arrival of a General Motors assembly plant, which is still in operation today. Automotive and aerospace development gave the city one of the nation's greatest population growth rates between 1950 and 1990. Arlington became one of the "boomburgs", the extremely fast-growing suburbs of the post-World War II era. U.S. Census Bureau population figures for the city tell the story: 7,692 (1950), 90,229 (1970), 261,721 (1990), and 365,438 (2010). DFW International Airport opened in 1974, which also contributed to growth in the region.
All the major American carriers, and many international ones as well, provide scheduled passenger service into the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport , located about 12 miles north of the city on Texas State Highway 360. Dallas Love Field  is the secondary commercial passenger airport in the area. See the Dallas and Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex pages for more details on travelling to the region by air.
Arlington Municipal Airport  and Grand Prairie Municipal Airport  are nearby general aviation options.
- There are two Amtrak  routes which serve Dallas/Fort Worth, the Texas Eagle between San Antonio and Chicago, and the Heartland Flyer between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. The closest stations are in Downtown Dallas, Downtown Fort Worth, and Cleburne.
- The Trinity Railway Express (TRE)  travels between Dallas and Fort Worth with the closest stop to Arlington being Centreport station just south of DFW Airport.
Well served by major highways, if you are coming from Texas or an adjoining state, you will more than likely arrive via a major interstate highway. East/West Interstate 20 is located in the southern part of the city. East/West Interstate 30 runs through the northern part of the city. North/South Interstate 35, which splits to an eastern highway (35E) through Dallas and western highway (35W) through Fort Worth between Denton and Waco, are within a short driving distance from Arlington. Texas State Highway 360 is the main north/south highway through the city. In the morning rush hour, the heaviest traffic runs northbound on 360. The reverse is true in the afternoon.
Arlington used to have a Greyhound bus terminal, but it closed on October 31, 2011. However Turimex Internacional  which is a Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico does have a bus stop in Arlington which is located at 2105 Sherry St. in Arlington. See the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex page for details on more options for travelling to the region by bus.
Because of limited public transportation options, most people use personal vehicles. A limited number of bike lanes are available, but in general, drivers do not respect cyclists, so use caution if cycling on city streets. Pedestrians should exercise caution as well. Texting while driving is illegal in the city, but rarely enforced.
Formerly the most populous city in America without any mass transit, Arlington is now served by the Metro Arlington Express, which runs bus service between Centreport station and The University of Texas at Arlington (UT-Arlington). UT-Arlington also has shuttle service around and near campus. Visitors staying at select hotels have access to a trolley system. There are shuttle buses seen around the city with a City of Arlington paint scheme. However, those are called Handitran buses, which is a service for only residents who are either senior citizens or have disabilities.
- Johnnie High's Country Music Revue,  at Arlington Music Hall.
- AT&T Stadium Tours,  Popular attraction at home of the Dallas Cowboys. Tours allow access to playing field and locker rooms except on or near game days. Pro shop has large selection of Cowboys merchandise for sale.
- Arlington Museum of Art, .
- River Legacy Living Science Center,  located in North Arlington.
- The Ballpark in Arlington now known as Globe Life Park. Home of the Texas Rangers baseball club.
- Sunset at Bowman Springs Park overlooking Lake Arlington in West Arlington.
- Levitt Pavilion, . Outdoor concert venue
- College Park Center, . Home of UT-Arlington athletics, and other sporting events and concerts.
- Six Flags Over Texas, . The very first Six Flags amusement park.
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, . One of the largest outdoor water parks in the US. Open May to September.
- Texas Rangers Baseball, Major League Baseball team has made Arlington its home since 1972.
- Planetarium at University of Texas Arlington, .
- Maverick Speaker Series, . Held on-campus at UT-Arlington. Tickets are required, but are free.
- K1 Speed indoor go-kart racing, .
- River Legacy Parks, . North Arlington park located along the Trinity River. Many hike/bike trails including off-road available.
- The University of Texas at Arlington . Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and also continuing education.
Many hotels with shuttle service will offer rides to the closest mall.
- Parks at Arlington, 3811 S. Cooper St.
- Arlington Highlands, I-20 and Matlock Road, .
- Lincoln Square, SW corner of I-30 and Collins St. (FM 157) 
All of the major grocery store chains operating in the area have stores in Arlington. Eastern Arlington also has ethnic grocery stores catering to the large Latino and East Asian population in that area. Whole Foods Market and Sprouts are the major organic grocery stores in Arlington.
- Chop House Burgers 1700 W Park Row Dr., Ste 116, 817-459-3700, .
- Dino's Subs 2221 S Collins St., 817-274-1140.
- Golden Chopsticks 1110A N Collins St., 817-274-6320.
- Habaneros The Taco Revolution 2100 E Lamar Blvd., 817-861-0014.
- Jamaica Gates Caribbean Cuisine 1020 W Arkansas Ln., 817-795-2600, 
- Joe's Pizza Pasta & Subs 4300 Matlock Rd., 817-468-2900, 
- La Campina Salvadorena 1115 E Pioneer Pkwy, Ste 125, 817-548-7966.
- Los Pastores Mexican Food 704 E Pioneer Pkwy., 817-274-6525.
- Pho Pasteur 100 W Pioneer Pkwy Ste 158., 817 274-6232. One of many Vietnamese restaurants in East Arlington.
- Prince Lebanese Grill 502 W Randol Mill Rd., 817-469-1811, .
- Sabor Latino 2324 S Collins St., 817-860-0500
- Social Bakehouse Cafe 546 Lincoln Square, 817-274-4200, 
- Tacos El Guero 1021 E Pioneer Pkwy., 817-459-1122.
- Taste of Europe 1901 W Pioneer Pkwy., 817-275-5530, . Russian restaurant and small store.
- Arlington Steak House, 1724 W Division St., 817. 275-7881.
- Bobby Valentine’s Sports Gallery Cafe, 4301 S. Bowen, .
- Cafe Acapulco, 4001 W Green Oaks Blvd, Ste 121, 817 572-4471.
- Campo Verde, 2918 W Pioneer Pkwy.
- Catfish Sam's, 2735 W Division St., 817 275-9631, .
- No Frills Grill, Three in the Metroplex, .
- Fox and Hound Sports Tavern,  1001 NE Green Oaks Blvd, (817) 277-3591, Fun place to watch sports, shoot pool, play shuffleboard, and throw darts. English pub theme. Smoking allowed.
- R Bar and Grill, 2401 East Lamar Blvd (1 Block from Hwy 360 in the Hilton Arlington Texas), ☎ 817-630-3322, . 4PM - 12AM/Open till 2AM Weekends. A great place to listen to music, play darts, and watch sporting events on multiple TVs. (32.761484,-97.067578)
- Microtel Inn & Suites Dallas/Arlington (Oak Village),  1740 Oak Village Blvd., Tel: (817) 557-8400.
- Days Inn Arlington 1901 West Pleasant Ridge, Tel: 817-557-5828 .
- Days Inn Six Flags Ballpark Cowboys Stadium, 910 N. Collins St (Across Cowboys Stadium), ☎ 817-261-8444 ([email protected], fax: 817-860-2299), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Closest hotel to Cowboys Stadium. Hotel near Cowboys Stadium. Hotel near Six Flags Over Texas. Hotel near Rangers Ballpark. Hotel near Hurricane Harbor. Hotel near Convention Center. Hotel near UTA.
- SpringHill Suites Arlington Near Six Flags, 1975 E. Lamar Blvd · Arlington, Texas 76006 USA, 1-817-860-2737, . This all-suite hotel in Arlington, TX has been stylishly renovated and is ideally located near Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, Rangers Ballpark, and AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium.
- TownePlace Suites Arlington Near Six Flags, 1709 East Lamar Boulevard Arlington, Texas 76006 USA, 1-817-861-8728, . This extended stay hotel in Arlington, TX is steps from Hurricane Harbor, and near Rangers Ballpark, AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) and Six Flags Over Texas. This extended stay Arlington hotel features spacious studio, one, and two-bedroom guest suites with separate living and sleeping areas.
- AmeriSuites Dallas/Arlington, 2380 East Rd to Six Flags, 817 649-7676, . Rooms have microwave and refrigerator, separate workspace and free internet. Free hot breakfast, on-site meeting rooms, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool.
- Courtyard Dallas Arlington by the Ballpark, 1500 Nolan Ryan Expressway, ☎ 8172772774, . Only eight miles from DFW Airport, with easy access to I-30 and HWY 360. Minutes from Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor. $129-$159.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-Arlington North-Entertainment District, 2200 Brookhollow Plaza Dr., +1-817-652-9562, . This 103 room hotel has a pool, 24-hour gym, 24-hour business center, and 900 sq. ft. of meeting space. They offer free hot breakfast and WiFi. They are located on the city trolley route, and within a mile of Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and Cowboy Stadium.
- Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas-Arlington-South, 1100 East I-20, +1-817-419-3700, . This 98 room hotel has a pool, 24-hour gym, 24-hour business center, and 1,100 sq. ft. of meeting space. They offer free hot breakfast and WiFi, are located very close to a lot of shopping, and offer free shuttle service within five miles.
- Hawthorn Suites Arlington-DFW South, 2401 Brook Hollow Plaza Drive, 817 640-1188, .
- Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Arlington, 2190 E. Lamar Blvd., +1-817-274-6644, . This 132 room hotel has a pool, 24-hour gym, 24-hour business center, and 2,500 sq. ft. of meeting space, and free WiFi. The on-site Great American Grill restaurant serves cooked-to-order breakfast and dinner in a relaxed atmosphere, and also offers evening room service and catering. It is located right off I-30.
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Arlington Texas South, 1721 Pleasant Place, ☎ 817-784-8750, . Minutes from Six Flags over Texas, Cowboy Stadium and Rangers Baseball and Shopping!
- Holiday Inn Express-Six Flags, 2451 E. Randol Mill Rd (Off of Hwy 360 and Randol Mill Rd near I-30 as well), ☎ 817-640-5454, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Smoke free. Complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi internet, 24-hour shuttle service to and from the DFW airport and nearby shopping and dining within 5 miles. Outdoor pool and spa. $89-$179. (32.749161,-97.065522)
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Dallas-Arlington, 2401 East Rd. to Six Flags, +1-817-633-1594, . This 89 room extended stay, all-suite hotel has a pool, 24-hour gym, 24-hour business center, and a boardroom for meetings. They offer complimentary hot breakfast, WiFi, and grocery shopping service, and are within close walking distance of Cowboys Stadium, Six Flags, and the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
- Hyatt Place Dallas Arlington, 2380 E. Road to Six Flags Street, ☎ (817) 649-7676, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. New hotel with large rooms located near Six Flags, between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, offering a signature hot breakfast.
- Wingate Inn Arlington, 1024 Brookhollow Plaza Dr., ☎ 817-640-8686 ([email protected]), . Spacious rooms and suites, meeting facilities and free high-speed internet.
Arlington is a generally safe town, though the areas of Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego, and the areas north of IH-30 are MUCH better developed and safer than other parts of the city. Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor water park, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium are situated in a highly modernized, pleasant location along IH-30; as you travel immediately south from there, the area is quite industrialized and deteriorated. One would be wise not to venture through East Arlington on foot at night. The 'danger zone' essentially is surrounded by Abrams to the north, Mayfield to the south, Cooper Street/FM 157 to the west, and State Hwy. 360 to the east, although the area near downtown/UTA is within this zone and has been revitalized and is significantly safer.
Immediately east of 360, however, lies Grand Prairie, a highly industrialized and increasingly 'slummy' part of the Metroplex. If you are going to the horse races at Lone Star Park, or seeing a show at the adjacent Nokia Theater, you will not run into any problems, as these venues lie north of IH-30 and are quite isolated from the rest of Grand Prairie. As with East Arlington, just be very careful walking anywhere at night in Grand Prairie. To the south of Arlington sits Mansfield, which was rated as one of CNN/Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" in 2007, and not surprisingly, is one of the safest areas in all the Metroplex.
Located on the north side of IH-20, Arlington's main shopping centers - The Parks at Arlington Mall and newly-built Arlington Highlands mall - are very safe zones that are constantly bustling with people due to all the restaurants and commerce in this area. As always, make sure to lock your vehicle and hide valuables.
If you are visiting the campus of UT Arlington during the day you shouldn't run into any problems, though after hours (even before sundown) assault and robbery are not uncommon on the campus outskirts, particularly south and east of campus. As mentioned before, West Arlington (Dalworthington Gardens and Pantego) are by far the safest areas of the city, though they are mostly residential.
- Kadampa Meditation Center Texas, 609 Truman Street, 817-460-2781, . Offers relaxation meditations and meditation classes to increase inner peace.