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181 Places to See & Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth
Words DFWChild Editors, Photography Courtesy of Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau and Six Flags Over Texas
Published DFWChild
Updated May 23, 2019
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Everything really is bigger in the Lone Star State—and that includes family-friendly fun. We’ve compiled a Texas-sized summer survival checklist that includes all the must-dos for your growing brood—all within a day’s drive of Dallas Fort Worth. So get out your No. 2s, fill your tank with gas and start checking off these essential North Texas attractions.

TEXAS CULTURE
You’re not a true Texan ’til you’ve been here and done this

GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower, Dallas
Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
Old Red Museum, Dallas
Resistol Arena, Mesquite
Ruth Paine House Museum, Irving
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas
Southfork Ranch, Parker
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
West End Historic District, Dallas
Western Currency Facility, Fort Worth

SCIENCE SPOTS
Places to bring out their inner Einstein

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth
Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, Dallas
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Grand Prairie
Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco

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COOL TRANSPORTATION
Get your ticket to ride (so Mom can sit down for a change)

DART, Dallas area
Forest Park Miniature Railroad, Fort Worth
Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Grapevine
Interurban Railway Museum, Plano
McKinney Avenue Trolley, Dallas
Museum of the American Railroad, Dallas
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth
Trinity Railway Express, Dallas-Fort Worth

AVIATION MUSEUMS
Where dreams take flight … literally

Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison
C.R. Smith Museum, Fort Worth
Founders Plaza Plane Observation Park, DFW International Airport
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas
Vintage Flying Museum, Fort Worth

ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS 
Some moms do eat their young – but not here

Dallas Zoo, Dallas
Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose
Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville
Fritz Park Petting Farm, Irving
In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center, Wylie
International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Rhome
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch, Pilot Point

AQUARIUMS & FISHING 
In the event of Sponge Bob overload

Bass Pro Shops, Grapevine
Cabela’s, Fort Worth
Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas
Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas
SEA LIFE Aquarium, Grapevine
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens

ASTRONOMY CENTERS
Indulge in a cavity-free milky way

Noble Planetarium, Fort Worth
Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery, Fort Worth
UNT Sky Theater, Denton
UTA Planetarium, Arlington

LAKES & WATER DESTINATIONS
Places to sport an extra layer of SPF

Burger’s Lake, Fort Worth
Eagle Mountain Lake, Fort Worth
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, Grand Prairie
Fort Worth Water Gardens, Fort Wort
Gondola Adventures, Irving
Hawaiian Falls, Garland, Mansfield, Roanoke and The Colony
Keller Pointe, Keller
King Spa & Waterpark, Dallas
Lake Arlington, Arlington
Lake Benbrook, Fort Worth
Lake Grapevine, Grapevine
Lake Joe Pool, Cedar Hill
Lake Lavon, Wylie
Lake Lewisville, Lewisville
Lake Mineral Wells, Mineral Wells
Lake Ray Hubbard, Rowlett
Lake Ray Roberts, Pilot Point
Lake Worth, Fort Worth
NRH2O Family Water Park, North Richland Hills
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington
Trinity River Kayak Co., Coppell
Wet Zone, Rowlett
White Rock Lake, Dallas

ICE SKATING
Mittens in summer? Only at these icy escapes

Allen Community Ice Rink, Allen
Dr Pepper Star Center, Euless, Farmers Branch, Frisco, McKinney and Plano
Galleria Ice Skating Center, Dallas
Ice at the Parks, Arlington

AMUSEMENT PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS
Because they’re sure to nap afterward

Adventure Landing, Dallas
Alley Cats Entertainment Center, Arlington
Bowlmor Dallas, Addison
Canyons Climbing Gym, Frisco
Celebration Station, Mesquite
Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, Fort Worth
Dyno-Rock Climbing Center, Arlington
Katy Trail, Dallas
Lone Star Fencing Center, Dallas
Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie
Main Event, Fort Worth, Frisco, Lewisville, Grapevine and Plano
Medieval Times, Dallas
Pilot Knoll Hiking Trail, Highland Village
Top Golf, Allen, Dallas and The Colony
Trinity Trail, Fort Worth
Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington
Strikz, Frisco
Summit Climbing Gym, Dallas, Carrollton, Denton and Grapevine
Urban Trampoline Park, Multiple locations

PRO SPORTS
Where family-friendly sports and, ahem, beer collide

American Airlines Center, Dallas
AT&T Stadium, Arlington
AirHogs Baseball, Grand Prairie
Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco
Globe Life Park/Rangers, Arlington
Toyota Stadium/FC Dallas Soccer, Frisco

FARMS & PETTING ZOOS
‘Mommy, what’s a cow patty?’

Cathy’s Critters, Princeton (or they bring the farm to you)
Fritz Park Petting Farm, Irving
Latte Da Dairy, Flower Mound
Nash Farm, Grapevine
Preston Trail Farms, Gunter
Trinity River Farm, Fort Worth

PICK-YOUR-OWN FARMS
Kids are expert pickers … of fruit, that is

3 Vines Vineyard, Ponder
Blase Family Farm, Rockwall
Gnismer Farms, Arlington
Henrietta Creek Orchard, Roanoke

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HORSE-BACK RIDING
Yeehaw fun found here

Benbrook Stables, Benbrook
Dallas Polo Club, Red Oak
Hillcrest Farm, Argyle
Marshall Creek Ranch, Southlake
North Dallas Equestrian Center, McKinney
Park Lane Equestrian, Dallas
Prestonwood Polo & Country Club, Oak Point
River Ranch at Texas Horse Park, Dallas
Storybook Ranch, McKinney
Windmill Stables of Spring Park, Richardson

ART MUSEUMS
For mini monets in training

Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth
Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington
Art Center Theatre, Plano
Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Irving Arts Center, Irving
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
Meadows Museum at SMU, Dallas
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

HISTORICAL SITES
Round-trip ticket back in time

Chestnut Square Historic Village, McKinney
Dallas Firefighters Museum, Dallas
Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas
Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas
George W. Bush Presidential Center, Dallas
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, Arlington
International Museum of Cultures, Dallas
Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth
Mary Kay Museum, Addison
National Videogame Museum, Frisco
Texas Civil War Museum, Fort Worth

NATURE & OUTDOORS
It’s OK to get a little bit dirty … dig it?

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, Plano
Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, Southlake
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth
Cedar Ridge Preserve, Dallas
Connemara Meadow Preserve, Allen
Dallas Arboretum, Dallas
Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Cedar Hill
Elm Fork Nature Preserve, Carrollton
Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge, Fort Worth
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney
Klyde Warren Park, Dallas
River Legacy Living Science Center, Arlington
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, Dallas
Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas
Trinity Forest Adventure Park, Dallas
Trinity River Audubon Center, Dallas

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MUSIC & THEATER
Shakespeare never saw so many …

Artisan Center Theater, Hurst
Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth
Casa Mañana, Fort Worth
Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts, Richardson
Circle Theatre, Fort Worth
Dallas Children’s Theater, Dallas
Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas
Frisco Area Children’s Theater, Frisco
Grapevine Opry, Grapevine
Hip Pocket Theatre, White Settlement
Kids Who Care, Fort Worth
McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas
Plano Children’s Theatre, Plano and McKinney
Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas
Rover Dramawerks, Plano
Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse, Dallas
Theatre Arlington, Arlington
The Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie
Teatro Dallas, Dallas
WaterTower Theatre, Addison
Winspear Opera House, Dallas

This article will continue to update with up-to-date information periodically.