Welcome to the Neighborhood
Irving is the crossroads of North Texas, with easy access to Dallas and Fort Worth (and anywhere in the world via DFW Airport). But there’s plenty to do without leaving the city—or really, cities: Irving and Las Colinas are distinct communities with lots of opportunities for outdoor fun, a thriving social scene for the adults and funky festivals for the whole family. And now that the new Toyota Music Factory has moved in, Irving is a destination in its own right.
● CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD
1445 N. Perry Road, Carrollton, 972/968-6100; cfbisd.edu
Elementary schools: 24
Middle schools: 6
High schools: 5
● COPPELL ISD
200 S. Denton Tap Road, Coppell, 214/496-6000; coppellisd.com
Elementary schools: 12
Middle schools: 3
High schools: 3
● IRVING ISD
2621 W. Airport Freeway, Irving, 972/600-5000; irvingisd.net
Elementary schools: 20
Middle schools: 8
High schools: 5
● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD:
Las Colinas Elementary School, 1994
Holy Family Catholic Academy, Irving, 1989-90
John R. Good Elementary School, 2000-01
MacArthur High School, 2001-02
IRVING PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
● EAST BRANCH LIBRARY
Monday–Thursday and Saturday; open till 8pm Monday and Wednesday
440 S. Nursery Road, Irving, 972/721-3722
● SOUTH IRVING LIBRARY
Open daily; open till 9pm Monday–Thursday
601 Schulze Drive, Irving, 972/721-2606
● WEST IRVING LIBRARY
Open daily; open till 9pm Tuesday and Thursday
4444 W. Rochelle Road, Irving, 972/721-2691
Health & Fitness 101
IRVING INDOOR POOLS
● HERITAGE AQUATIC CENTER
This indoor, temp-controlled facility open year-round offers a 20-yard lap pool, a spa and specialized equipment for swimmers with disabilities. Hours vary depending on scheduled swim lessons and programs.
200 S. Jefferson St., Irving, 972/721-7310
● NORTH LAKE NATATORIUM
Remodeled in 2017, this Olympic-size pool located on the North Lake College campus is home to several swim teams, including the talented Pirouettes of Texas synchronized swimmers, and hosts kids’ swim lessons, water aerobics classes and other events.
5001 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972/756-0860
IRVING RECREATION CENTERS
● AUSTIN RECREATION CENTER
825 E. Union Bower Road, Irving, 972/721-2659
● GEORGIA FARROW RECREATION CENTER
530 Davis Drive, Irving, 972/721-2519
● HOUSTON RECREATION CENTER
3033 Country Club Drive W., Irving, 972/721-2670
● LEE PARK RECREATION CENTER
3000 Pamela Drive, Irving, 972/721-2508
● LIVELY POINTE YOUTH CENTER
909 N. O’Connor Road, Irving, 972/721-8090
● MUSTANG PARK RECREATION CENTER
2223 Kinwest Parkway, Irving, 972/556-1334
● NORTHWEST PARK RECREATION CENTER
2800 Cheyenne St., Irving, 972/721-2529
● SENTER PARK RECREATION CENTER
901 S. Senter St., Irving, 972/721-2641
● IRVING BRANCH YMCA
2200 W. Irving Blvd., Irving, 972/986-8898; irvingymca.org
● CAMPION TRAIL SOUTH
Though all planned 22 miles have not been completed, a southern portion of the paved, multiuse trail is open to show off the scenic side of Irving. Load up your bikes and hop on at Trinity View Park.
2221 E. Highway 356, Irving; cityofirving.org
● FOUR SEASONS MARKET AT IRVING ARTS CENTER
European-style farmers market open every Saturday year-round from 9am–2pm, with kids’ activities and entertainment.
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, 972/884-0680; fourseasonsmarkets.com
● GERALD TAYLOR MEMORIAL COMMUNITY GARDEN
Includes a kiddie garden so the kids can put their mini shovels to use. Email Ezella at email@example.com to adopt a plot.
2700 Finley Road, Irving, 972/693-3566; cityofirving.org/2399/community-gardens
● BIG STATE FOUNTAIN GRILL
This mid-century soda fountain is like a time warp, complete with red vinyl swivel chairs at the bar, old-fashioned milkshakes and a gift store with lots of candy. Its standard diner fare (read: stuff the kids will eat) can draw big crowds when there’s an event in downtown Irving—we recommend going on a quieter day.
100 E. Irving Blvd., Irving, 214/307-5000; bigstatefountaingrill.com
● MODERN MARKET
Fresh, healthy ingredients straight from farm to table—and a kids’ menu with appealing choices like grilled cheese and mac and cheese (and BYO salad, if your kid is ahead of the curve). Ask about the kids-eat-free deal on Mondays if you’re dining in.
6761 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 150, Irving, 469/677-0270; modernmarket.com
● ORIGINAL CHOPSHOP
Need to accommodate a gluten-free, lactose-free or vegetarian kiddo? The diverse menu of protein bowls, salads, wraps, fresh juices and kid-size sandwiches has plenty of options for special diets, plus kombucha on tap for Mom.
7300 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 140, Irving, 972/635-8440; originalchopshop.com
IRVING SPRAY PARKS
Sea creatures spout water from their mouths at these two splash pads: one outside the Northwest Park Rec Center and steps away from a covered playground and the park pond, the other at Southwest Park nearby four softball fields, a soccer field and playground.
● NORTHWEST SPRAY PARK
2800 Cheyenne St., Irving, 972/721-2529
● SOUTHWEST SPRAY PARK
2800 Shady Grove Road, Irving, 972/721-2501
● IRVING WATER FUN
Reserve an Aqua-Cycle water trike with absurdly large tires (for buoyancy!), and give the kids a calf-powered tour of Lake Carolyn.
357 W. Fork, Irving, 949/646-2067; irvingwaterfun.com
● PLAY STREET MUSEUM
Unstructured, imaginative play is on the menu rain or shine in this college-themed indoor play space, where littles can engage in hands-on activities that may inspire future careers as a doctor, scientist or architect on a mini university campus.
901 MacArthur Park Drive, Suite 130, Irving, 972/543-0911; playstreetmuseum.com
● THE TUBES & CUPPA ESPRESSO BAR
Irving Bible Church has the perfect setup for a hot, cold or rainy day: two indoor play areas (one for big kids, one for tots) and a top-notch, cozy coffee bar, both open to the public seven days a week. Bookmark this venue for birthdays too.
2435 Kinwest Parkway, Irving, 972/560-4600; irvingbible.org/buildinginfo
● WEST IRVING AQUATIC CENTER
Look for the clock tower as you drive up and take the pedestrian bridge over the creek to this seasonal, outdoor facility with seemingly every type of water feature, from zero-depth entry into a lap pool and a kiddie area to two large body slides and even a rock-climbing wall over the pool.
3701 Conflans Road, Irving, 972/721-2325; cityofirving.org/aquatics