Addison Visitors Guide

Living in Addison TX

Far from ordinary and close to everything, Addison is your hub for fine dining, upscale shopping, sporting events, live theatre, concerts, high culture, and nightlife. The famed Galleria Dallas is minutes away, but Addison is a shopping mecca in its own right, with new retail developments, cute shops, and chic boutiques popping up in a compact, pedestrian-friendly urban center. So come. Hit the town. Enjoy your choice from more than 170 restaurants. And then hit the pillow at one of Addison’s 22 fine hotels.

Addison is a bustling town that is alive with an entrepreneurial spirit where small start-ups to major corporations are headquartered including Pizza Hut, Mary Kay Cosmetics, CompUSA and Palm Harbor Homes. Within a compact urban center, Addison has a unique combination of towering office buildings, upscale shopping, beautifully landscaped residential communities, award-winning parks, 21 hotels, and more than 135 restaurants, all within a five-minute drive from anywhere in town. Addison is located 13 miles north of downtown Dallas, 16 miles northeast of the DFW airport, 11 miles north of Love Field Airport and about a mile from The Dallas Galleria. Addison Airport is a convenient way to arrive for charter and private planes. World-class shopping, excellent restaurants, friendly people and beautiful spaces make Addison a fun place to live, work, play and visit.

Addison is a town with a rich historical background. From as early as 1846, Addison and its residents have played a significant role in the development of Dallas and the surrounding communities. The designation of landmarks like Stonegate Hall and the Addison School Building demonstrates the community’s pride in its heritage.

Things to do in Addison TX

  1. Visit the Cavanaugh Flight Museum – a museum dedicated to preserving vintage aircraft and displaying military aviation history.
  2. Take a stroll or bike ride along the scenic trails at the Addison Circle Park – a 10-acre urban park featuring a lake, pavilion, and sculptures.
  3. Enjoy live music and entertainment at the Addison Improv Comedy Club – a venue for stand-up comedy, music, and other performances.
  4. Go shopping and dining at the upscale Galleria Dallas – a shopping mall featuring luxury brands, restaurants, and a skating rink.
  5. Take a swing at the Topgolf – a high-tech driving range with games, food, and drinks.
  6. Visit the WaterTower Theatre – a professional theater company that produces plays and musicals year-round.
  7. Take a cooking class at Sur La Table – a gourmet kitchen store offering cooking classes and workshops for all skill levels.
  8. Explore the nearby Village on the Parkway – a shopping center with stores, restaurants, and a movie theater.
  9. Attend the annual Taste of Addison event – a three-day food festival featuring live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities.
  10. Have fun at Bowlmor Lanes – a bowling alley with a bar, lounge, and arcade games.

History of Addison

he Town of Addison is located in an area once called Peters Colony.
It was settled as early as 1846 when Preston Witt built a house on White Rock Creek. The area was not known as Addison until 1902. Addison was named after Addison Robertson, who served as the community’s second postmaster from 1908-1916. In 1902, the Pistole brothers introduced the first industry to Addison when a cotton gin was built on Addison Road, near the railroad. It became the Plano Cotton Oil Mill in 1904 and the Farmers Gin of Addison in 1919.

Located on Belt Line Road is the Addison School Building which was built in 1914. In 1954, the school was annexed and became a part of the Dallas Independent School District. The school, which was closed in 1964, now serves as the Addison Magic Time Machine Restaurant.

The City of Addison was incorporated under an alder-manic form of government on June 15, 1953, and was changed to the “Town of Addison” in 1982. Addison’s first Mayor was M.W. Morris and the aldermen were Guy Dennis, Robert W. Wood, J.E. Julian, Jr., Dr. H.T. Nesbit, and Seldon Knowles.

In 1975, an election to allow liquor by the drink served in town was a major attribute to the expansion of businesses and restaurants. All combined, Addison’s restaurants and eating establishments can seat over 20,000 patrons at one time.

In 1978, the Town of Addison constructed its first town park, and by 1980 an aggressive beautification program was underway. Today, Addison’s 118 acres of parks are some of the finest in Texas, each uniquely themed and beautifully landscaped.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Addison experienced explosive growth. Today, the business and daytime population typically reaches up to 100,000 a day. The residential population has grown dramatically. There are 21 apartment complexes and over 1,500 single-family homes and townhomes all conveniently located within 4.5 square miles.

Today, Addison’s progressive Mayor and City Councilmembers; professional Town staff; and the business and residential leaders have formed a partnership that is dedicated to making sure future development of Addison remains a step above standard, using quality as the touchstone for development.

Hotels in Addison TX

Marriott Dallas Addison Quorum Galleria
Address: 14901 Dallas Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75240
This hotel was built during the year of 1982 and is situated in the heart of the Dallas Addison city, a place which is just a few miles away from popular restaurants, entertainment, and Galleria shopping. It is a three-star hotel with features like a café Costa restaurant which caters to American & Mediterranean cuisines, bar, Starbucks coffee house which serves delicious pastries & coffee. The hotel also has the facility to organize a meeting at its business center and has internet access all throughout the hotel. At this hotel guests are also offered complimentary daily newspaper, bottled water & transportation to & from the desired locations such as nearby restaurants & Dallas Galleria. The rooms are equipped with coffeemakers, microwaves, cable T.V, and refrigerator. Guests can also enjoy the luxuries of a spa tub & heated pool at this hotel.