Top Family Attractions in Dallas, TX
Dallas is the third biggest city in Texas and is known for big hair, football and delicious food. The Big D is also home to a plethora of entertaining family attractions.
4 Fun Things to do in Dallas with Kids
Dallas Zoo and the Dallas World Aquarium
Nature fans looking for wild encounters will love the Dallas Zoo and the Dallas World Aquarium. All attractions are stroller and wheelchair friendly and allow you to experience the magic of nature up close. Check the list of daily activities so you don’t miss the expert talks and one-of-a-kind experiences. The majority of exhibits are included with price of admission, but some experiences, like feeding the animals, require an additional fee.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
There is more than meets the eye on the 66 acres of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. As you walk through the beautiful gardens filled with gorgeous flowers and lush greenery, look for exquisite sculptures from contemporary Zimbabwean artists. Everyone, not just art enthusiasts, will be wowed by the visiting the international ZimSculpt exhibit. This is the first time this exhibit is being shown in the southern U.S. and will be available until July 31, 2017. After you stroll the main gardens, you can pay an additional $3 per person and explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden with more interactive activities for little ones.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Rain or shine, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a must-visit in the Big D with six levels of learning, from prehistoric exhibits to cutting edge engineering and robotics. All of the exhibits and films offer educational and engaging experiences that inspire growing minds to reach for the stars. I recommend seeing a later film so you can have plenty of time to explore. Then, refuel with a snack and a drink as you watch the movie and learn more about nature and science.
Reunion Tower GeO-Deck
After you’ve looked at the stars at the Perot and encountered nature at the zoo, aquarium and gardens, complete your Dallas getaway with a GeO-Deck visit. Located in Reunion Tower, the GeO-Deck offers an observation deck with a 360° view of the city. Recently updated, your kids will love the interactive displays that not only teach them about local Dallas history, but also let them create new constellations as free souvenirs. The GeO-Deck is most popular on weekends and during sunset. If you want to experience the views without the crowds, make a reservation at one of the two Reunion Tower restaurants.
Save money on these fun things to do in Dallas with kids by purchasing the Dallas CityPASS, which includes admission to everything listed above except for the Dallas World Aquarium. CityPASSes are valid for nine consecutive days and cost $48 for ages 13 and up and $32 for kids ages 3 to 12.
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Divina’s family received media Dallas CityPASSes for their trip in order to share their experiences with you. All opinions are her own.
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Know Before You Go
- On the third Friday of every month from 6 PM to midnight, the Dallas Museum of Art holds a Late Nights at the DMA event, which holds performances and additional events.
- The McKinney Avenue Trolley is free to ride and can take you from Uptown to Downtown.
- The nation’s largest art district is located in Dallas.
- Since 1886, The State Fair of Texas has been held in Dallas.