Dallas may not be the first name that comes to mind when planning a kid-friendly vacation. However, you should give it a try. There are so many fun things to in Dallas with kids! Here are 7 suggestions.
Kids will love the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden inside the Arboretum. Its 8 acres overlook the White Rock Lake and there’s a ton of things to do. The Texas Skywalk curves through the treetops, so children can see what life on trees is like. Kids can walk among petroglyphs and learn how Native Americans passed messages on or learn about Texas native wetlands. The Dallas Arboretum also organizes different events throughout the year, like concerts or the annual Dallas Blooms. It features many different themed gardens and amazing views of White Rock Lake. The Arboretum is also a great backdrop for your family photos.
Main Entrance: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218. Open Daily 9am - 5pm.
Klyde Warren Park is a great place to bring the kids. Since it’s located in downtown Dallas, it’s very easy to find. Tha Children’s Park features playgrounds, interactive fountains, and kid-sized amphitheatre and more. The whole family can borrow a book from the lending library or play games like chess or checkers at the Dallas Morning News Reading & Games Room. There’s plenty of green space for running, skipping, walking, playing tag, you name it. There are restaurants and food trucks too. You can also bring a picnic and have a fun-filled day!
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX 75201. Open Daily From -
Children can pretend they’re back in the days of pioneers, cattle drives, and cowboys at Pioneer Plaza. The larger-than-life bronze statues recreate a longhorn cattle drive. The steers and cattle drovers cross a real stream and are surrounded by native vegetation. Everyone can run around and pretend to be cowboys but please don’t climb onto the sculptures.
1428 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202
4. Dallas Zoo
Children learn about animals from around the world and about conservation efforts at Texas’ largest zoo. Ride the T-Rex Express mini train, see the savannah big game, learn about kangaroos and lemurs! It’s a popular attraction for local families too, so be aware that the Zoo can get crowded at weekends.
650 South R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203
5. Perot Museum
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is fascinating for kids and parents. Many exhibits are interactive, and my favourite one was the earthquake one. I almost didn’t want to get off the simulator! By far, my favourite room was the dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals. Sy hello to Manny from me if you go.
2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201
The Aquarium is divided into exhibits: Mundo Maya, Orinoco, Aquarium, South Africa, and Borneo. Kids will learn about aquatic life in seas and rivers around the world, and also see animals they didn’t know existed! What’s a red-backed bearded saki, anyway? Take your kids to the daily feedings and talks: otters, sharks, penguins…
1801 North Griffin St. Dallas, TX 75202 Phone: (214) 720-2224
The McKinney Avenue Trolley is a fun ride for everyone. And it’s free! You can use it to travel to different attractions or just for kicks and giggles. All aboard!
Spanish version here