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Founder's Plaza Observation Area

Open today: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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For Plane Watching Enthusiasts

I've flown in and out of DFW for decades and never knew this was here. It's a great spot to watch... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Jon P
Raleigh NC
A place to relax, see planes and read some history

There aren't too many places that you can park your car around the airport and watch planes but you... read more

Reviewed 19 April 2018
Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

I've flown in and out of DFW for decades and never knew this was here. It's a great spot to watch planes come and go and there is even a speaker broadcasting the tower communications! Nice benches, shade and a great little sculpture of children...More

Thank Jon P
Reviewed 19 April 2018

There aren't too many places that you can park your car around the airport and watch planes but you can here. Founder's Plaza has plenty of parking and history to read about. I checked it out one day around noon and saw lots of people...More

1  Thank Five_Aces_Tx
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

It is a nice open view of DFW airport. You can hear live radio transmissions from the control tower.

Thank Fei L
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Watch and listen to the airport operations. Grab a sandwich and have some lunch if you're an aviation buff. I wish more airports had a facility as nice as this!

Thank NeverUnpacked
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Founders' Plaza is conveniently located just off the convergence of several major highways (Interstate-635, Highways 114 & 121) and very near several other sites worth visiting as well as a a large selection of restaurants and activities. The Plaza is nicely designed as a beautiful...More

Thank leahmigala
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Cool place to see what matter most celebrated properly. The attention to detail is grand. Watch our mightiest jets roar in and out as you read about our founders and branches of the service that have graced DFW airport and the thousands of traveling military...More

1  Thank NeverStopReaching
Reviewed 10 December 2017

It's always amazed me how planes land and take off. Even with technology at hand, we can see the excellent talents that pilots and co-pilots have when weather is involved, especially when it's windy. Watching them adjust their approach from "straight forward to almost sideways...More

Thank Rudy-R283
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Great place to take a picnic lunch and the kids to watch commercial airplanes land and take-off. Speaker broadcasts Control tower conversation.

Thank Southernbelle2013
Reviewed 21 October 2017

My aunt and uncle, who are locals, took us to this place. You can see the planes take off from Dallas Fort Worth International here. There is a small park with a small free parking lot. Kids of any age would love this, especially considering...More

Thank globaltrekster
Reviewed 5 October 2017

As my hobby is photographing aircraft and I'm from England, this was a fascinating place to visit. and I took hundreds of photos (99% of them American Airlines). To have the best views, the wind has to be from the south, so that planes land...More

Thank Glenvar
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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
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