Things to do in Dallas with kids
So, you’re a kid, eh? Or maybe you’re just a kid at heart. Either way, you’re headed in the right direction. Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond is home to more fun per capita than any region in the country. No, really. Where else can you stare down a giraffe, chill island-style in a tropical-themed water park, and reach dizzying heights on a rock-climbing wall all in one day? Yup, you said it. And it’s all waiting for you right here. This custom tour is all you need to get started. Just be sure to pack a camera. These are memories you’ll never want to forget.
Dinosaur Valley State Park
Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a 1524.72-acre, scenic park set astride the Paluxy River. The land for the park was acquired from private owners under the State Parks Bonds Program in 1968 and opened to the public in 1972.
Eastward-dipping limestones, sandstones, and mudstones, deposited approximately 113 million years ago along the shorelines of an ancient sea, form the geological setting for the park area. Over the last million years or so, these layered formations have been dissected and sculpted by the Paluxy River which, in many places, has cut down to resistant beds and planed off sizable exposures of rock in the river bottom.
101 Dinosaur Ln.
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
Six Flags Over Texas
The entertainment capital of Texas, Six Flags Over Texas, offers fun for the entire family, including over 100 rides, shows, and attractions! New for 2024, the Glow in the Park parade! Six Flags Over Texas guests will watch in awe as the rich heritage of the Lone Star State comes to life with drummers, puppeteers, singers, dancers, and kinetic stilt walkers creating the largest nighttime parade in the Southwest! Don’t miss out in 2024, because now there are more reasons than ever to visit Six Flags Over Texas!
2201 Road To Six Flags St E
Arlington, Texas 76011
Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax has over 225 life-like figures from Hollywood, history, horror, religion, and fantasy. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! features an eye-popping collection of oddities from around the world. The new Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze has endless passages of fun, never the same experience twice. Three exciting attractions under one roof. Seven minutes east of Six Flags.
601 Palace Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050
National Scouting Museum
Enjoy “Family Fun” at the National Scouting Museum, the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America. From the Norman Rockwell Art Gallery to full-sized indoor campsites, the museum’s 13 “action areas” are filled with interactive exhibits and more than 600,000 artifacts! Whether you’re involved in Scouting…or just looking for family fun…you’ll have a great time exploring the National Scouting Museum! Mondays are Free!
1329 W. Walnut Hill Ln.
Irving, Texas 75038
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Railroad is serviced by two vintage locomotives which include “Puffy” the 1896 Steam locomotive and oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South, and a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. Passengers enjoy riding in authentic 1920s and 1930s Victorian-style coaches as they take a step back in time and experience train travel as it was in the glory days of the expanding West. Pull into the Fort Worth Stockyards Station and you’ll be right in the middle of the Stockyards National Historic District where the Old West comes alive. Have fun at this outstanding retail and entertainment district.
709 S. Main Street
Grapevine, Texas 76051
The Planetarium @ University of Texas at Arlington
Not just for stars anymore, enjoy our state-of-the-art planetarium theater that seats 165! Our new Digistar 3-D projection system will awe audiences of all ages!
700 Planetarium Place; Arlington, TX
Arlington, Texas 76019
Legends of the Game Baseball Museum & Children’s Learning Center
An exciting, interactive, and educational glimpse into America’s pastime! Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Legends of the Game offers visitors the chance to experience the game of baseball on an entirely different level. Whether you are catching a Nolan Ryan fastball or admiring Babe Ruth’s King of Swat trophy, you are bound to gain a new appreciation for the sport so firmly woven into the fabric of America.
In the Children’s Learning Center you can learn to figure a batting average, find the sweet spot on a bat, and see how good sportsmanship and teamwork figure into everyday life with innovative and engaging educational programs. Using baseball as the unifying theme, programs at Legends of the Game can teach the young (and the young at heart) about history, geography, math, science, and communications. Where else can you examine the inner layers of a 4-foot diameter baseball?
Museum tickets also include admission to a behind-the-scenes tour of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where guests will see the press box, owner’s suite, batting cages, and more!
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas 76011
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Interactive exhibits and Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. The Museum is currently under construction, set to open Fall 2024. During construction, exhibits are offered on the first floor of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The renovated Omni Theater will reopen in May. Museum School continues to offer classes for preschool and elementary school-aged children.
1501 Montgomery St.,
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
If you fancy a break from some culture, why not let your hair down and have a good splash around at the Six Flags water park! It’s the largest waterpark in the southwest, located in Arlington which is a short drive outside the Dallas area, and with rides with names like The Sea Wolf and Kamikaze, it gives some indication of the excitement of the rides!
There are quieter alternatives to those who are less adventurous, with lazy rivers to float around and wave pools, and the park is split into thrill rides, family rides, and kid’s rides. The park is shut throughout the winter months so it’s really only a summer excursion, but it’s a great way to cool down in the heat!
There is also a wide variety of food and snack vendors throughout the park area, and admission costs $27.99 for adults and $21.99 for juniors – its not cheap so make sure you plan a whole day there to make it worthwhile.
The largest water park in North Texas, Hurricane Harbor’s exciting rides and attractions sprawl over 47 acres of colorful scenery. Blast down thrilling water rides like the Tornado, the Black Hole, and Sea Wolf. Explore the treasures of Hook’s Lagoon, or catch a wave on Surf Rider. The park also features beach volleyball courts, private cabanas, lounging areas, locker facilities and gift shops.
1800 E Lamar Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
More than 350 marine and freshwater species from tiny seahorses and jellyfish to sharks and a giant snapping turtle.
1462 First Ave @ MLK Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75210
“Texas Wild!” at the Fort Worth Zoo
This nationally-ranked zoo is home to animals from around the globe! The Texas Wild! exhibit highlights flora and fauna native to the state and features tons of hands-on activities for kids.
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas
Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
Nestled in 13 wooded acres just south of downtown Dallas, Dallas Heritage Village provides visitors, both young & young at heart, a unique museum experience. The Village is a living history museum, portraying life in North Texas from 1840-1910 with permanent and temporary exhibits throughout 38 historic structures. A Civil War-era farm, elegant Victorian homes, a school, a church, as well as several commercial buildings represent the lives of Dallas’ earliest residents. During the fall and spring, the Village highlights historical themes and brings them to life through first-person characters dressed in period clothing. Self-guided and docent-led tours are available.
So, you’re a kid, eh? Or maybe you’re just a kid at heart. Either way, you’re headed in the right direction. Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond is home to more fun per capita than any region in the country. No, really. Where else can you stare down a giraffe, chill island-style in a tropical-themed water park and reach dizzying heights on a rock-climbing wall all in one day? Yup, you said it. And it’s all waiting for you right here. This custom tour is all you need to get started. Just be sure to pack a camera. These are memories you’ll never want to forget.
1515 S. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75215-1273
Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is a unique attraction and event facility in downtown Dallas, featuring aquatic exhibits from around the world, a South American rainforest, and a Mundo Maya exhibit displaying animals such as Brown sharks and Jaguars, which were important to the ancient Mayan culture.
1801 North Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
See animals living in their near-natural environment. Located just one hour and 20 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth, the 1800 acres of open spaces lets you interact with deer, rhinos, giraffes, and other wildlife. Drive your own vehicle through the 9 1⁄2 mile tour. You will see long-distance views of savannah-like pastures, forested areas, and hillsides for the animals to roam. Come experience some of the most magnificent animals on the planet.
2155 CR 2008
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Founded in 1988 and situated southeast of Love Field, this fun museum is great if you are traveling with children (or are just interested in cool things that fly!). Featuring many life-size airplanes, helicopters, and varying displays, there is something for everyone to enjoy as well as several spacecraft, one of which is the Apollo 7 command module!
Open 10 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday, tickets cost $8 for adults, and kids under 3 get in free. You also have the option to take a guided tour or explore at your leisure. Investigate the pioneers of flight and see how Dallas featured in the aviation tale of the first people to take to the skies.
The ‘Lighter than Air’ collection features the giant hydrogen-filled airships which used to travel across the Atlantic such as the Hindenburg. The museum store offers cool and unique gifts to take home.
Love Field Terminal Lobby, 2nd floor. (Love Field Terminal), Dallas; (214) 350-1651.
For an alternative day out why not visit Dallas Zoo? Home to around 8,000 animals, the zoo is open every day from 9 am to 4 pm. The zoo features a large variety of different wildlife and the ‘Wilds of Africa’ exhibit is definitely worth checking out.
Admission is not too expensive at $12 for adult entrance tickets and for children aged 3-11 a ticket costs $9. Check out the ‘Giants of the Savannah’ exhibit where giant feeding platforms mean you can actually feed the giraffes which children will absolutely love.
Getting the monorail around the zoo is a great idea if little feet are tired – this costs $3 a ticket but is worthwhile as the zoo covers over 106 acres and it is the largest zoo in the state of Texas! Make sure you check out the huge giant giraffe sculpture as you enter the park – not that you can miss it at 67ft tall!
The Dallas Zoo was founded in 1888, making it the first zoological park in the Southwest. Covering over 95 developed acres – it’ the largest zoological park in Texas. The Dallas Zoo is widely recognized for our outstanding Wilds of Africa exhibit, Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, and award-winning Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center!
650 South R.L. Thornton Frwy (I-35E)
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Experience our multi-million dollar production featuring dramatic horsemanship, falconry, jousting, and hand-to-hand combat while feasting on a four-course banquet in our fully enclosed, European castle. Reservations required. Group rates are available.
2021 N. Stemmons Frwy.
Dallas, Texas 75207
Nasher Sculpture Center
This cultural center is located in the urban center of Dallas and houses an important collection of more than 300 modern and contemporary sculptures which was acquired by the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher.
It features the works of amazing artists such as Joan Miro, Jeff Koons, and Anish Kapoor and if you are a fan of sculpture or art, this really is a great place to spend some time. The inside exhibits are displayed in an Italian travertine stone building with a glass roof which gives the impression of the open sky, and the outside space houses further sculptures in a garden-like setting with beautiful fountains and more than 170 trees.
This gives the impression of an oasis of calm in the city and is a lovely place to wander around. The Centre is open from 11 am to 5 pm from Tuesday to Sunday and houses a shop and a café.
2001 Flora St., Dallas, 214-242-5100
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- Things to do in Dallas with kids
- Dinosaur Valley State Park
- Six Flags Over Texas
- Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not
- National Scouting Museum
- Grapevine Vintage Railroad
- The Planetarium @ University of Texas at Arlington
- Legends of the Game Baseball Museum & Children’s Learning Center
- Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
- Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park
- “Texas Wild!” at the Fort Worth Zoo
- Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
- Dallas World Aquarium
- Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
- Frontiers of Flight Museum
- Dallas Zoo
- Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
- Nasher Sculpture Center
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