In close proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving is an urban oasis that is full of surprises for meetings and incentives groups.
In the heart of the Metroplex, Irving, Texas offers more than 75 hotels, a bustling convention center and the convenience of access to local and tri-city attractions, dining and entertainment. Here are some options to consider.
The Backyard at Aloft Las Colinas was made for events. Rolling green dotted by trees and a multi-hued rock wall forms a peripheral around modern outdoor seating lit by white subtle lamps. Likewise, attendees simply will not expect the feeling of seclusion or the fine Italian cuisine served in a courtyard patio at the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas on Lake Carolyn, which they can explore by gondola or stand-up paddleboard during downtime. Both experiences are what you’d expect, however, from hotels that sit in the middle of a 12,000-acre urban sprawl, in this instance, Las Colinas, in the heart of Irving, Texas.
Scattered among the greenery, lakes, jogging trails and canals are museums, fine dining, entertainment and shopping, not to mention plenty of hotels for large-scale meetings and conventions: Hyatt, Wyndham and a new Westin convention center hotel next year. Also of note is the 250,000-sf Toyota Music Factory, featuring an indoor-outdoor amphitheater, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, bars and restaurants and a 50,000-sf event plaza.
The largest equestrian sculpture in the world, the “Mustangs of Las Colinas,” depicting nine bronze mustangs galloping across a granite prairie stream, and coinciding exhibit can be found here. Marble cow sculptures, at the top of Brune Hill, also pay homage to the city’s ranching history. And for groups looking to get a sense of Irving’s past, look no further than the Heritage District for colorful antique shops, the historic Heritage House, dining at a classic soda shop and an overall small town square atmosphere. Heritage Park contains the 19th century Caster Cabin, a replication of the early 20th-century Rock Island Depot, and Irving’s first water tower, windmill and library.