10 Ultimate Things to do with Kids around Dallas

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.     

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

National Videogame Museum
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This is one museum parents won't have to convince the kids to go to. Situated inside the Frisco Discovery Center, the National Videogame Museum (NVM) is a veritable retro gamer's nirvana, dedicated solely to the history of the videogame...  Read More

Dallas Segway Tours
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When it comes to entertaining your teen, you can't go wrong with a ninety-minute tour from Dallas Segway. The company offers sightseeing tours of all the famous Downtown landmarks as well as a nature glide down the Katy Trail, a popular...  Read More

Dallas Zoo
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Home to over 2,000 animals (from roughly 400 species), the Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest zoological park in Texas (established in 1888). But there's more going on here than your usual walk-through animal exhibits: The zoo is committed to...  Read More

River Ranch at Texas Horse Park
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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

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
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This 80,000-square foot, indoor-outdoor aquatic paradise will make you forget about the municipality swimming pools of your youth. Owned by the City of Grand Prairie, the waterpark features eleven different waterslides, including the nation's...  Read More

Dallas World Aquarium
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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
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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
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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
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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 four 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. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene