Dallas, Texas is a city full of fun activities and excitement for kids. Kids of all ages can enjoy multiple attractions including parks, museums, zoos, fairs, and much more. If you’re traveling to Dallas with kids, here is a list of inevitable activities and places to visit that will make your kids’ stay memorable.
Texas is full of cowboy-culture, and it doesn’t surprise us. Dallas is the perfect blend of culture but also modern, which will help kids of all ages enjoy visiting different venues and experiencing both culture and entertainment.
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- 1. Perot Museum of Nature and Science
- 2. Dallas World Aquarium
- 3. Klyde Warren Park
- 4. The Art District
- 5. Dallas Sightseeing Tour
- 6. Trinity Groves
- 7. Legoland Discovery Center
- 8. State Fair of Texas
- 9. Dallas Children Theater
- 10. Dallas Zoo
- 11. Six Flags Over Texas
- 12. Dallas Arboretum
- Other Honorable Mentions
1. Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Where: 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201
- 11 different exhibition halls that cover a variety of different topics
- There is a theater with various 3D movie projections
- VR-enabled race with vicious Tyrannosaurus Rex.
- Learn more about the world that surrounds us and participate in an earthquake simulation.
- Visit Wolfgang Puck Café and stroll through the Leapfrog forest outside.
A lot of kids are inquisitive and interested in things that are going on around them, including natural and scientific occurrences. With that in mind, no child isn’t interested in learning more about science, history, prehistoric events including the dinosaurs, space, and fundamentals of the universe regardless of their age.
It’s a huge institution with world-class programs that are suitable for any age. Even the youngest can enjoy the contents of the theater and outdoor playground area. The museum consists of 11 exhibit halls, all of which cover a different subject.
2. Dallas World Aquarium
Where: 1801 North Griffin St. Dallas, TX 75202
- Artificial representation of Orinoco rainforest along with all its species
- It offers other species other than just fish.
- A plethora of restaurants and cafes where you can take a break
- Education program about understanding endangered species and conservation
The Dallas World Aquarium is full of diverse flora and fauna. It covers the concept of rainforest species, as well as a plethora of different marine animals. You will be able to see some of the endangered species, as well as visit some of the riverside animals.
Although you won’t see endangered whale species, you’ll be introduced to various species of fish, as well as a mimicked version of the Orinoco rainforest.
Note: Some events such as feeding and talks have been canceled due to the novel coronavirus preventive measures.
3. Klyde Warren Park
Where: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
- Beautiful and natural habitats
- It’s close to the Art District
- It’s close to various other places that are interesting to visit
- Frequent events and activities such as Yoga Bootcamp
- If you come on weekends, there are often concerts and other events hosted in the park.
Klyde Warren Park is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Dallas, Texas. That’s why there are a large playground and open space for children to run, play, and simply enjoy nature. Another thing that makes it interesting to many visitors is that it’s relatively close to the Art District that’ll be detailed below.
Although there’s nothing spectacular about the park in itself, other than beautiful and mesmerizing green fields, Klyde Warren Park is a popular spot for open ground concerts that take place at the weekends usually.
4. The Art District
- It’s one of the most popular areas to visit with kids
- Various museum and gallery exhibitions
- Take a rest in the modern Akai bar
- Help your kids learn and understand more about the history of Dallas and Texas in general.
The Art District of Dallas, Texas is one of the most popular places to visit with kids of all ages. It’s a combination of mesmerizing, modern, and breathtaking architecture, with tall blocks and many activities to do.
Some of the close destinations include the Klyde Warren Park and Perot Museum of Nature And Science. Every weekend, different events are hosted across the district, including events in the Sammons Park, One Arts Plaza, and Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Note: Some of the events may be suspended or postponed as a result of COVID-19.
5. Dallas Sightseeing Tour
- Make sure to talk to your kid about what they want to see and what are their preferences.
- There are a lot of Dallas cruiser tours
- If your child and you are adventurous there are also Segway tours you don’t want to miss
- Make sure to visit Thanks-Giving Square, Klyde Warren Park, and Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District
One day isn’t enough to see the entire wonder of Dallas. Luckily, if you’re limited on time, there are various sightseeing tours that you and your kid can partake in. However, it’s worth noting that there are different types of tours, and as such, they may not be appealing to your kid or you. Nevertheless, there are a lot of sites where you can find a nice Dallas sightseeing tour.
6. Trinity Groves
Where: 3011 Gulden Ln, Dallas, TX 75212
- In addition to a plethora of restaurants with a view, there are some retail stores worth visiting.
- Vast Patio has the best views
- Tex-Mex and Steakhouses
- Cake Bar has a lot of delicious and juicy desserts
- Great for the family barbecue
- Make sure to pay a visit to the Trinity Room and other popular events
If your family and kids are fans of a good barbecue, make sure to make a stop at Trinity Groves to take a break with a nice view and hospitable staff. It’s one of the most popular stops to eat and will boast a lot of recipes you and your kid could be interested in. In addition to all features such as Tex-Mex specialty and steaks, you can also enjoy a plethora of different desserts as the place boasts a super-popular Cake Bar.
7. Legoland Discovery Center
Where: 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051
- Ideal with families who are adventurous and competitive
- 12 family attractions and events
- There are also birthday party organizations
- Make sure to visit the 4D cinema
- Become a ninja in the LEGO Ninjago City Adventure
Legoland Discovery Center is one of the most popular entertainment centers for families and children. It’s an ideal place for a birthday party or organizing different family events such as Lego races and others. If you’re coming as a family, there are over 12 family attractions including Merlin’s Apprentice, LEGO City: Forest Pursuit Driving School, 4D cinema, and much more.
There is also an artificial representation of Dallas and Fort Worth’s top attractions that are made out of Lego pieces. Lastly, don’t forget to partake in the exciting Ninjago adventure.
8. State Fair of Texas
Where: 3921 Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. Dallas, TX 75210
- Once in a year event with a lot of attractions and amusement
- Delicious food
- Don’t forget to take a picture with the famous Big Tex statue to make a lovely memory
The State Fair of Texas is the best after the last Friday of September, when the 24-day long event is going on full, of activities, small events, and amusement for both older and younger. The State Fair of Texas is over a century old manifestation, which sees a huge amusement park with various exciting activities, as well as delicious street food.
If you are lucky to visit the State Fair of Texas at its peak time of the year, don’t forget to take a picture near Big Tex, the statue that is the trademark of the fair. Visiting the site of the Fair also gives you more insights about the event and when it starts.
9. Dallas Children Theater
Where: 5938 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75231
- Make sure to experience the Broadway plays
- There is even a license for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
- Dallas Children Theaters is one of the most recognized children theaters in the United States.
Dallas Children Theater is one of the most popular children theaters in the United States. It organizes various plays and events for children of all ages to enjoy the adventures of different characters and experience different stories that are worth checking out.
More importantly, the theater also boasts some Broadway plays that are worth checking out. There are also national tours being organized and some of the most popular plays within that include Miss Nelson has a field day and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.
The theater also organizes birthday parties for children with added “spice and drama” into the play for a more lively experience.
10. Dallas Zoo
Where: 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway Dallas, TX 75203
- It spans over the surface of 106 acres
- It’s home to thousands of animals
- Simmons Hippo Outpost boasts a huge pool that is a huge attraction for children.
- There’s a special sector where children can talk and feed the birds and other animals.
Dallas Zoo is the largest and the most diverse zoo in the whole of Texas. It’s home to thousands of different animal species that are awaiting your visit. In addition to visiting various animals, there is vast research going on about preserving different endangered species and conservation.
Similarly to the Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo hosts a rich educational program that educates children on which species are endangered and how we can protect the flora and fauna. Different zoo tours will provide you a unique experience.
11. Six Flags Over Texas
Where: 2201 E Road to Six Flags St, Arlington, TX 76011
- If you want to get an adrenaline boost and a speed rush, the El Diablo rollercoaster is a must-visit
- There’s a mobile app which you can use to make reserves and check out different rides
- A lot of classic dining options
- Over 45 rides are available for you to use.
If you’re looking for amusement in the real sense of that word, then Six Flags Over Texas is an inevitable destination for you and your children. Although most of the rollercoaster and other rides are specified for children, while your children are busy having fun, parents are more than welcome to try out some more extreme options.
There are also a lot of souvenir shops as well as other amusement houses. You can even make a stop and grab a snack after a good ride. It’s worth visiting and having fun at. Although it’s not exactly in Dallas, Arlington is relatively close to Dallas, and a great stop if you rent a car in the process.
12. Dallas Arboretum
Where: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
- Various activities for children on a special Children’s Adventure Garden
- 66 acres of mesmerizing views and nature.
- Special lab designed for children who want to experiment and make unique crafts
- Night hikes and camps available.
- If you visit during Christmas, you may be able to take a stroll in the thematic Christmas village that takes place for 12 days.
If you want to teach your kid more about botanic, gardening, and nature in general, then Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are a must-visit. It’s a beautiful place to check out different plant species, immerse in the beautiful views and vibrant colors, and take memorable photos.
There are 66 acres of gardens in addition to an 8-acre Children’s Adventure Garden, which is an interesting activity and exploration option for children interested in learning more about nature and experimenting in special children-designed labs.
There’s even a camp with open night hikes spots.
Other Honorable Mentions
We also made a mini list of places that are worth mentioning in case you’re passing by. Your child will love them.
- The Home of Bonnie and Clyde
- Texas Videogame Museum
- Crayola Experience
- Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
- Reunion Tower
- Escape The Room Dallas
Which of the places did you visit in Dallas and which ones can you recommend as your favorite with kids?