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Texas Attractions: Las Colinas
About Las Colinas:
Many people believe Las Colinas is a separate city within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, but Las Colinas is actually a master-planned business and residential development within Irving. Its "official" title is the Las Colinas Urban Center.
And this is a fancy urban center. Founded in 1973, it includes office and convention space and more than 20 hotels. The office space in Las Colinas is some of the most expensive in Texas, as it is home to the world headquarters of companies such as Exxon-Mobil and Kimberly-Clark, and to the U.S. or regional headquarters of such companies as Verizon and Nokia.
But the part of this nearly 900-acre development that draws tourists are the shops, galleries, and nearly 100 restaurants. The tourist area has a "Venetian" feel brought on the architecture ... and by the Mandalay Canal, which gondoliers steer up and down before it connects to Lake Carolyn. Las Colinas has 150 acres of parks and greenbelts, and 17 miles of canals.
You'll know you've arrived at Las Colinas when you spot the Flower Clock at Highway 114 and O'Connor Road. It's a working clock, but is covered yearround with fresh flowers and blooms.
Las Colinas is also home to the largest equestrian sculpture in the world, the famed Mustangs of Las Colinas.
(Photos of Las Colinas courtesy of Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau)
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