The My City (with kids!) series is all about meeting other blogging moms around the world and finding out more about their home town – and whether you’re planning a holiday or a move to the town, or just enjoy finding out more about how other families live around the world – it’s always a worthwhile read!
Today I’m sharing my space with Texan Travel Blogger and mom of one, Jody, who shares more about the best things to do in Dallas, Texas – her home town.
As one of the largest cities in the great state of Texas, Dallas is full of things to do and see for people of all ages. It is a melting pot of various cultures and hosts a diverse population. No matter what you are looking for, chances are you can find it in Dallas. It is a great place for a family getaway and there are a ton of fun activities you can do in Dallas with kids.
Here are the things that should be at the top of your list:
Top Things To Do In Dallas with Kids: Our Family Favorites
Butterfly House at Texas Discovery Gardens
This is my son’s #1 pick (and mine too)! Located in Fair Park (where the state fair is held every year), is Texas Discovery Gardens and the Butterfly House. There are 7.5 acres of organic gardens to explores, but the shining star of this place is the Butterfly House. It’s like walking into a two-story rainforest FULL OF BUTTERFLIES! They are not in any cages or separated from you in any way. The butterflies are free-flying and will be all around flitting and fluttering by you, and occasionally landing on you. It’s like a fairy tale. Your kids will absolutely love this place!
Address: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas, TX, 75210 (Fair Park, Gate 5)
Perot Museum of Nature & Science
This is the best museum in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, in my opinion. If your kids love dinosaurs, space, and/or playing with cool science stuff, this is the place for you! There is so much to see, discover & interact with in this museum. Make sure you allow yourself a few hours. There is also a little cafe, so you could really spend the day here if you’d like.
The most popular attraction in the whole museum is to try and outrun some of the fastest athletes that have ever lived (which is located on the lower level). Race side by side with a T-Rex, a cheetah, or even an Olympic runner! The kids LOVE it and will probably want to do it over & over (get to the museum early and do this first).
The Gems & Minerals Hall is my personal favorite. Some of the most stunning gemstones you will ever see. You will be amazed at the natural formations of these minerals & gemstones. They are extraordinary and many look other-worldly. I could spend all day in this part of the museum. The kids will love the GIANT purple geode.
INSIDER TIP: Did you know you can spend the night at the museum? It’s true, but it is not easy to find information about it on their website & it is not well known (even the locals don’t know about it). We have been to the Perot MANY times, and THIS is the way to do it! You practically have the whole place to yourself & then you get to sleep right next to the dinosaurs! It is an amazing & memorable experience.
Contact the museums Family Adventures team at 214.756.5763 or email them to get more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
These gardens are absolutely gorgeous and a favorite among the locals for weddings & taking photos. Take a couple of hours to stroll along pathways through the greenery, under overhanging trees and enjoy the fountains. Have afternoon tea at DeGolyer Restaurant on-site or plan a picnic – there are a ton of perfect picnic spots throughout the gardens. Visit on a weekend afternoon and enjoy live music on the lawn. Your littles will love the Children’s Adventure Gardens.
If you will be in Dallas in the fall (Sept. 19 – Nov. 1), you MUST go checkout Pumpkin Village. This area of the gardens is decorated with literally thousands of pumpkins and gourds of all shapes, colors & sizes (seriously, there are pumpkins everywhere). It’s perfect for those fall family pictures!
INSIDER TIP: There is often a long line to enter Pumpkin Village. Try to get there early and head straight there. Also, in my experience, the line moves really fast.
Address: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218
Dallas World Aquarium
This one is #2 on my sons’ list. If you have an animal lover in the family (like I do), this is a must-do. Everyone will enjoy walking through the underwater tunnel with sharks, manatees & sting rays swimming overhead. My personal favorite are all the jellyfish. They are just so cool & calming to watch. Although the aquarium has all of the cool marine life you would expect to find there, there is much more! See sloths, birds, primates, & jaguars – just to name a few.
INSIDER TIP: Check for feeding times & times when they give educational talks on specific animals.
Address: 1801 N Griffin St., Dallas, TX 75202.
If you enjoy a stroll/hike, check out Katy Trail. It’s a 7.5 mile out & back trail that stretches from the Highland Park area into downtown. You can enter just about anywhere on the trail and can go for as long as you like & then turn around. This trail is paved and rated as easy, so everyone can participate.
They are currently working to add a soft-surface trail, running parallel to the current path that will be specifically for people on foot. It’s a nice mix of nature and retail areas. The trail is open for walking, running, biking, & dog walking (on leash).
If time allows, stop off at Katy Trail Ice House. It’s a Restaurant & Bar with a cool feel and plenty of outdoor seating under the trees. And not to worry, kids and dogs are welcome. There is a kid’s menu and they’ll even bring out a water bowl for your pooch!
Where to Park:
You can park at Reverchon Park (a beautiful park to explore as well) near the baseball fields. There is a ramp that leads to the Katy Trail.
Mid-trail parking: You can also park at Katy Trail Ice House (either valet or park on the street) or Kalita Humphreys Theater.
INSIDER TIP: On weekends, the trail is extremely popular and gets very busy and crowded. To avoid the crowds, go on a weekday.
Klyde Warren Park
This park is awesome for several reasons. It’s a 5-acre park built on an overpass in the heart of downtown. There is an awesome children’s park, food trucks galore, and you can enjoy “movies in the park” on certain evenings once a month. There are also a variety of fitness/health classes that are free (registration is required in advance) including yoga, bootcamp, barre, and meditation. There are many places to park – see the website for all of your parking options. Also, check the website for specific information on the schedule of events during your stay.
Address: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
Where to stay in Dallas
Check Top 10 Family Friendly Airbnb’s In Dallas. I’ve narrowed down your options to the best places to stay close to all that Dallas has to offer.
Dallas with Kids: Honorable Mentions
If you have the time, here are a few more fun family-friendly activities in Dallas.
McKinney Trolley (M-Line Trolley)
Ride around the city and through the arts district. There are many places to get on/off.
Address: 3153 Oak Grove Ave, Dallas, TX 75204
Reunion Tower Geo-Deck
See Dallas from the top of “the ball.” Enjoy the outdoor observation deck, interactive educational activities, and eat at the revolving Cloud 9 Cafe.
Address: 300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207
About as weird as it sounds. Nothing much to it (it’s a giant eyeball sculpture that is very real in appearance), but worth stopping by for a quick look (pun intended).
Address: 1601 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
And there you have it – our favorite fun things to do in Dallas with kids! Whether you are in town for the night or for a week, Dallas is sure to keep your family entertained.
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About the Author
Jody is a happily married mom of one awesome 12-year old. She was born and raised in Texas in the United States. She has lived in the Dallas area for the last 14 years. After growing up in a small town, she loves all that the Dallas metropolitan area has to offer. Going on vacations with her family is her favorite way to spend her down time. On her blog, My Travel Obsession, Jody shares her passion for family travel by providing time-saving vacation planning tips & tools, family travel hacks, itineraries and more.