The Ultimate Dallas Bucket List For Family Fun

Dallas certainly has no shortage of family-friendly activities and attractions. But there's no need to compromise your own day out just to keep the kiddos entertained: these fun-filled outings offer something for all ages–from tots to teens and everyone in between.

There's not a better place to find the most attractions in one location than Downtown Dallas, the city's (as well as the state's) most walkable neighborhood. A good place to start is at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, one of the best science museums in the country– featuring five floors of enough mind-blowing exhibits to fascinate kids and grown-ups alike.   

Further down is the Klyde Warren Park, a 5-acre deck park featuring children's spaces, lawn games and activities like yoga, musical performances and film screenings. There's also the Dallas World Aquarium, a wonderland of exotic creatures from the sea as well as the land. 

Want to explore Dallas' wild landscape? Even many locals are not aware that the city is home to one of the largest urban hardwood forests in the nation. One of the best ways to experience it on a high-flying aerial adventure at Trinity Forest Adventure Park. For a more grounded option, you can take a ride through the forest on horseback with the folks at River Ranch, located at Texas Horse Park.

And though teens can be a tough audience to please, you certainly won't have any issues with boredom if you take them on a rolling tour of the city with Dallas Segway or for a whirl on the extreme rides at Zero Gravity Thrill Park.     

Need more inspiration and ideas for family fun? Then consider this your to-do list for keeping the whole brood entertained in Dallas.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo
Photo courtesy of Mesquite Championship Rodeo Facebook page

Looking for the quintessential Texas experience? Then head to the official Rodeo Capital of Texas in Mesquite (14 miles east of Dallas) – where you can witness the thrills and spills of the Mesquite Championship Rodeo every Friday and Saturday...  Read More

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park
Photo courtesy of John Lehman

This living history village, located in one of the city's oldest parks on the southeastern edge of downtown-- allows visitors to experience what life was like in North Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The village is comprised of...  Read More

Dallas Zoo
Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo Facebook

Situated 3 miles south of downtown, the Dallas Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals (from roughly 400 species), including all the favorites – chimps, lions, elephants, camels, zebras, hippos and giraffes. But there's more going on here than your...  Read More

Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park
Photo courtesy of Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park Facebook

If things like a zero-to-70 launch, a 100-foot-plus free-fall drop and soaring through the air at 60 mph get your family's blood pumping, then Zero Gravity is the place to go. Situated northwest of downtown Dallas, this one-of-a-kind amusement...  Read More

Dallas Segway Tours
Photo courtesy of Dallas Segway Tours Facebook

Without a doubt, Segways-- those two-wheeled, battery-powered contraptions-- are one of the coolest ways to see a city. And when it comes to entertaining your teen, you can't go wrong with a ninety minute tour from Dallas Segway. If it's seeing...  Read More

River Ranch at Texas Horse Park
Photo courtesy of River Ranch at Texas Horse Park Facebook

Those looking to tap into their inner cowboy (or cowgirl) need not travel to the countryside when they can hit the trails at River Ranch, a 600-acre equestrian facility--located within minutes of Downtown Dallas. From Wednesday through Monday,...  Read More

Dallas World Aquarium
Photo courtesy of Dallas World Aquarium Instagram

Nestled inside a massive refurbished warehouse in Dallas' Historic West End District, this privately-owned aquatic wonderland is home to countless varieties of marine life (many of which are endangered) from all over the world. In addition to...  Read More

Perot Museum of Nature and  Science
Photo courtesy of Mark Knight

Whether you're a science buff or just have a curious mind, the world-class Perot Museum offers a treasure trove of goodies that are certain to fascinate visitors of any age. Opened in 2012, this stunning 180,000-square-foot architectural gem,...  Read More

Klyde Warren Park
Photo courtesy of Klyde Warren Park Facebook

Perched atop a sunken freeway, this nationally acclaimed 5-acre oasis is just one of the examples of what makes Dallas' downtown area so dynamic. The park was opened in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area...  Read More

Trinity Forest Adventure Park
Photo courtesy of Trinity Forest Adventure Park Facebook

Just minutes from downtown Dallas lies Trinity Forest Adventure Park, a seven acre combination obstacle course and zip line park where families can soar, swing, scramble and climb to their heart's content. Designed for ages six and over, the...  Read More


Meet Ilene Jacobs

As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. Ilene got hooked on this wanderlust lifestyle after...  More About Ilene

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