Here's Your Ultimate DFW Airport Guide!

Airport layovers aren't exactly synonymous with fun. After all, they represent a lengthy pause in your business plans, especially when you engage in frequent travel. Instead of sitting in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with only your briefcase and iPhone for company, use this time to your advantage. Here are our best airport layover ideas when you're next in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

What to Do Inside the Airport

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A short layover (one to two hours) is just enough time to check out DFW airport's highlights. You can use the Skylink light rail train to connect between the five terminals without needing to pass through security again.


Duty-free shopping is located in Terminal D, and other shops, such as Montblanc, M.A.C., Destinations, L'Occitane and Sound Balance, are spread throughout the terminals. Minute Suites and The Club at DFW feature amenities such as workstations, showers and more, all designed to help you converse with clients or recharge while traveling. Head to XpresSpa for a massage, a mani-pedi or another spa treatment.


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DFW has a surprising number of delicious dining options. For upscale dining, check out The Italian Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck, Whitetail Bistro or Cafe Izmir.

If you'd rather mingle with fellow business travelers over a drink, head to Bleu Mediterranean Bar. Dallas Cowboys fans will find much to appreciate at Dallas Cowboys Club restaurant.

What to Do Near the Airport

With three to six hours to spare, you'll undoubtedly want to stretch your legs beyond the airport boundaries. Use Terminal Link for free shuttle service, and grab a waiting taxi at the south end.

Don't miss the Mustangs at Las Colinas Museum, just off TX-114 E -- you can admire the outdoor bronze sculptures and then head indoors to learn about artist Robert Glen and his masterful creations.

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Alternatively, the CR Smith American Airlines Museum just off TX-360 S attracts aviation enthusiasts with its extensive photo collection, exhibits and digital theater.



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Grapevine, just north of the airport, has abundant good eats. Take your pick from Tex-Mex to Italian to seafood and everything in between. Good options include Back Porch Grill and Tavern, [Cafe Italia](Cafe Italia) and Old Hickory Steakhouse, located in the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.

What to Do in the City

A lengthy DFW layover of more than six hours gives you ample time to check out the city scene. Use DART light rail for downtown Dallas, or catch the Trinity Rail Express for travel between the airport, Dallas and Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Stockyards historic district gives you a taste of the Wild West. Check out the shops and brick streets, and admire the Livestock Exchange building and Cowtown Coliseum. Downtown's Sundance Square blends modern and historical architecture with luxury shopping opportunities.

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Dallas-bound travelers will enjoy the stunning Old Red Museum, once the city courthouse. The Arts District houses the Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park.


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Downtown Fort Worth has upscale restaurants such as Reata Restaurant, Vidalias and Six 10 Grille, while downtown Dallas offers Pyramid Restaurant, Nasher Cafe and The Zodiac.

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