Summer Activities in Dallas, TX
Whether you crave the rush of the world’s steepest roller coaster, the bigger-than-life theatrics or the sound of your child’s laugh as they ride one of the most charming vintage carousels this side of Topeka, the whole family will have a day to remember at Six Flags Over Texas.
But Six Flags isn’t just for families. It’s a great summer date spot for the thrill-seeking couple, too. While you’re there, check out the Texas Giant, a wooden coaster with a record-crunching 79-degree drop. The more cautious among us will appreciate a calming, whimsical ride through Yosemite Sam’s Gold River Adventure. Six Flags Over Texas will provide an entire day of fun and adventure for everyone.
History buffs can’t resist The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. The tour, chronicling the legacy of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Big D. See the grassy knoll during a cell phone walking tour and see exhibits inside the museum like artifacts, photos, films and interactive educational programming.
But it isn’t just the display that makes this exhibit historic. The entire collection is housed in the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository -- the very place Lee Harvey Oswald was said to be standing when he took the fateful shot(s).
The Fort Worth Zoo is a great place to take the kids on a sunny weekend or have a daytime date with your beau. Check out the Texas Wild! Petting Corral where you can get up close and personal with domestic goats, an armadillo, an opossum, chickens and even a real Texas longhorn. In addition to special events all year long, the zoo has 12 permanent exhibits where you can see penguins, primates, cheetahs, exotic flamingos, meerkats and more and find out what it’s like in the Australian Outback or the African Savannah. While you’re there, stop at the Museum of Living Art, which features reptiles, amphibians and more.
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, located in Founders Plaza in Arlington, is the perfect place to hang out with friends while enjoying free music and performing arts. With a range of genres to choose from, the Pavilion has a little something for everyone. Bring your own lawn chair and picnic basket (no glass containers) and sit under the expansive Texas night sky. You’ll jam to the beat of authentic native rhythms on a Tuesday, then hear the haunting sounds of Eastern strings on Wednesday. Regardless of culture, age or income level, Levitt Pavilion brings the magic of the performance arts to audiences across the Dallas area.
The Dallas Museum of Art collects quality art from diverse cultures over many centuries, including modern art. For over 100 years, the museum has brought some of the most spectacular collections to Texas. Past exhibitions include works by Frank Lloyd Wright, an exhibition on African headwear, works by Matt Conners and Fergus Feehily, and modern Mexican works on paper.
One of the most popular attractions at the museum is it’s C3 program, offering guests the opportunity to experience art through touch, sound, vision, creation and conversation. Members of the museum can even get free parking, free admission and other perks.