Dallas is a wonderful city filled with plenty fun and educational activities for visitors of all ages. It is not difficult to find a variety of activities that children can learn from while having some fun along the way. If cost is a concern, it doesn’t have to be, because there are things to do in Dallas with kids to fit all budgets and tastes. Below is our list of the top 10 things to do in Dallas with kids.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
One of the most beautiful botanical gardens is located right in the heart of Dallas. One special feature is the Roy Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, which focuses on teaching science in a fun and understandable way. More info
Klyde Warren Park
There’s no better place to be than Klyde Warren Park when the kids have energy to burn! The beautiful outdoor space includes plenty of sporting activities, an off-leash dog park, live music, a children’s playground, and two restaurants plus several food trucks.
Dallas World Aquarium
Few sights are as stunning to a young mind as impossibly-huge tanks alive with creatures they never knew existed. There’s plenty to see and learn from, and the daily program includes talks on specific animals and chances to see feeding time of fascinating creatures from around the world. More info
Six Flags Over Texas
Located just 15 miles outside of Dallas, but well worth the travel time for a full day of family fun and excitement is the first Six Flags theme park ever built. Enjoy thrilling rides for kids and adults of all ages, plus plenty of dining and shopping options and live entertainment starring your favorite Looney Tunes characters.
You will likely need an entire day to gain the full Dallas Zoo experience. With 106 acres, thousands of animals, and countless activities including keeper encounters, training demonstrations, and a guided backstage safari tour, the Zoo aims to make animal lovers out of all their visitors.
When you have a day with too little (or too much!) sun, the NorthPark Center Mall is the place to be with kids in Dallas. Get your shopping done, dine at one of the many food options fitting all tastes and budgets, and take in a movie at the large multiplex theater.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Grow your children’s minds with a full day of activities and learning at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Special exhibits and films rotate, and the museum includes a variety of activities for age-specific children including art classes and a behind-the-scenes sleepover for older children.
2201 North Field Street, Dallas
Hours: M-Sa 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Adult Cost (13-64): $6-$38 dependent on packages selected
Child Cost (2-12): $6-$38 dependent on packages selected
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Spend a day of family fun riding in a vintage train and seeing the sights along the way. There are a number of seasonal theme rides throughout the year, including the pirate-themed Swashbuckler Express, Trick ‘R Treat trains, and the North Pole Express. These theme rides are realy one of the exciting things to do in Dallas with kids. More info
Adult Cost: $10-$26 dependent on trip selected
Child Cost (13 months+): $10-$26 dependent on trip selected
Hours, dates, and location dependent on trip selected
Is there any better way to spend an evening with the family than dinner and a live show? During your four-course meal you will experience live animal performances, various competitions, and a medieval jousting tournament using real weapons. More info
Dallas Museum of Art
Gain a deeper appreciation for the artists of the world at the Dallas Art Museum. You and your children can explore more than 24,000 works of art from cultures across 5,000 years of history.
1717 North Harwood, Dallas
Hours: Tu-W, F-Su 11:00am – 5:00pm; Thursday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Adult Cost: Free (special exhibits require ticket purchase)
Child Cost: Free (special exhibits require ticket purchase for children 12+)
What are your favorite fun things to do in Dallas with kids? Have you visited any of the places on our list? Tell us about them in the comments below.
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