Family Fun in Dallas: 5 Outings for All Ages

Texas is a state with a larger-than-life heritage, making it a great escape for families looking for a few days of fun.

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Texas is a state with a larger-than-life heritage, making it a great escape for families looking for a few days of fun. Whether your crew craves something historic or futuristic, the Dallas-Fort Worth area offers many different options for entertainment, so there’s something for just about every age and interest. From the Wild West to aquatic adventures, here are five great ways to spend your time here.

Fort Worth Stockyards

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Fort Worth is the place where the West begins, and if you want to experience true Western heritage, the Fort Worth Stockyards is the place to do it. Brick walkways and wooden corrals take visitors back to another time, and it’s also home to the world’s only twice-daily cattle drive. Visit the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, or wander through the Cowtown Cattle Pen Maze. Wherever you choose to scoot your boots, you’ll discover a fascinating world from yesteryear.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

One of the great things about the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is that it’s education disguised as a fun place to visit. From the planetarium to the interactive exhibits that let kids pretend to play as doctors, sit in an ambulance, or learn how to grocery shop, there are many innovative ways to enjoy a full day of family fun. Whether your child is into fossils or wants to lie on a bed of nails, wear your walking shoes and prepare to put some steps on that activity tracker.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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Nature is always on display at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and regardless of the season, there’s something great in store. Named one of the country’s must-see botanical gardens by Architectural Digest and a perennial favorite in local polls, the 66-acre escape to nature features 19 gardens, including the new 8-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, which has several different indoor and outdoor galleries for younger visitors to explore. Whether you want a peaceful stroll in nature or a place for the kids to run off some energy, you can find it here.

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Hands-on displays and dinosaurs — lots of dinosaurs — are just part of what makes the Perot Museum of Nature and Science a must-do. Four floors of adventure will keep everyone oohing and ahhing. With so much to do, you might want to plan your day in advance or spend more than one day here. It doesn’t matter if you’re hoping to be educated or entertained during your visit; chances are you’ll get a bit of both.

Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

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If your family loves water and the creatures that live in it, then your day will go swimmingly when you spend it at the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. With 55 different exhibits and more than 250 species, including snapping turtles, sharks, piranhas, eels, iguanas, and much more, this isn’t your average aquarium. Best of all, there are “touch tanks” that allow you to pet stingrays and other aquatic animals, which is definitely something to write home about.

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