Family Activities in Dallas, TX
The Texas Discovery Gardens is 7.5-acres of organic plants and wildlife from Texas and abroad. Garden favorites include the wildlife pond, Shakespeare Garden and Grand Allee du Meadows. The indoor tropical butterfly house, featuring hundreds of free-flying butterflies and moths from around the world, is the only one of its kind open year round in the Metroplex. Make sure to stop by at noon for the daily butterfly release demonstrations, when newly emerged butterflies are released into their new habitat.
Children and adults are welcome to join the Gardens’ affordable EarthKeepers program, where you’ll learn science, math, language arts and social studies concepts through hands-on outdoor learning exercises.
Pop quiz! Where can you feed an ostrich, listen to world-famous musicians, watch acrobats, ride a roller coaster, watch a live pig race and eat fried gator on a stick? Well, the State Fair of Texas of course! The State Fair has been a Texas family tradition since 1886. Running from late-September to mid-October and located on the beautiful Dallas fairgrounds, the State Fair of Texas has a variety of events and attractions for kids and adults alike. Just make sure you come hungry. You won’t want to miss the chance to try one of the many popular (and sometimes outrageous) items offered at the Fried Food Capital. Fried cookie dough, anyone?
Remember watching Ripley’s: Believe it or Not! when you were a kid? The oddities and artifacts collected by Ripley and his team are always enough to keep us entertained at any age. At Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax / Ripley’s Museum, you can see all the interesting items featured on Ripley’s and a host of wax figures of your favorite celebrities and characters from Hollywood classics to the present. After the wax figures and strange items, head to the Impossible LaseRace or Enchanted Mirror Maze to experience the weirdness first hand. The snack bar is stocked with reasonably priced food like hotdogs, nachos and pizza or you can stop at one of the many local restaurants in the area.
Home to the Dallas Stars and 2011 NBA Champions, the Dallas Mavericks, the American Airlines Center is the premier entertainment venue in the Lone Star State. With foot-long hotdogs and Texas-sized pretzels, you’ll save some cash by splitting with the kiddos.
If sports aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to do at the AA Center. You won’t want to miss the chance to see a performance from one of the world-class musicians and entertainers on the main stage. Or take the kids on a tour of the Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant replica and soda shop on the Terrace Level outside section 306.
Nestled in the cedar-lined hills of Dallas County is the beautiful 1,826-acre Cedar Hill State Park. Enjoy the shimmering beauty of Joe Pool Lake while you swim, sun on the beach or fish on the pier. A top mountain-biking destination in North Texas, there are more than 15 miles of trail for biking, hiking or nature walks. Take a tour of Penn Farm and get a glimpse into the history of the Texas family farm. The best thing about camping at Cedar Hill is that you’re only a short drive from the heart of the DFW Metroplex if you forget supplies (or just want to take a break from roughing it and grab dinner and a movie).