From visiting the Trinity Forest Adventure Park and Klyde Warren Park to guided horseback rides at River Ranch, there’s no shortage of fun things to do and places to see in Dallas with kids – all without leaving parents bored or frustrated out of their minds. Eight of the best family things to do in Dallas with parents.
Family Things to do in Dallas
Trinity Forest Adventure Park
Right off Interstate 20 in Dallas, Trinity Forest Adventure Park is the first and only aerial adventure park of its kind in the state. Here, families can climb, soar, scramble and swing to their heart’s satisfaction.
The seven-acre park boasts seventy different elements such as tight ropes, wobble bridges, cargo nets, and so on, and over twenty zip-lines (from 10 to 75 feet off the ground). Designed for ages six and above, these obstacles are spread over six aerial courses, each with varying difficulty.
Aside from the aerial courses, Trinity Forest Adventure Park also offers a variety of recreational activities during the summer. They include fishing, rock climbing, swimming, and pony rides among others.
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Klyde Warren Park
Named after the young son of billionaire Kelcy Warren, Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre public park located in the heart of Dallas.
The park was opened in 2012 to serve as a gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy, as well as for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area. Today, Klyde Warren Park abounded with year-round programs, ranging from children’s entertainment, film screening, and musical performances to lawn games and fitness and dance sessions.
In addition, the park also features special areas. These areas are for dogs, kids, and for games.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a must-see museum for all. Adjacent to the Dallas Arts District, it’s your destination for everything from dinosaurs to DNA, to the expanding universe and dazzling gems and minerals.
Highlights include an earth hall where you can experience an earthquake, a hall of gems and minerals with a 5-foot geode, and a children’s museum with a dinosaur dig.
Not to be missed in this vast 180,000-square-foot architectural gem is the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall.
Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is a great place to spend a few hours to half a day. It’s home to countless varieties of marine life from all over the globe.
Aside from Orinoco crocodiles, poison dart frogs, electric eels, piranhas, and stingrays, this privately-owned aquatic wonderland also boasts of a forty-foot-long glass tunnel filled with sharks as well as a 20,000-gallon walk-through exhibit brimming with hundreds of Indo-Pacific fish.
Visitors can also see animals like penguins, jaguars, tree kangaroos giant river otters, manatees, and three-toed sloths.
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
Billed as a “cruise ship on land,” Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is a year-round 80,000 square-foot, indoor/outdoor waterpark with a retractable roof. It boasts of 11 different waterslides, including the first indoor double rider Aquasphere inner tube ride and the nation’s tallest indoor Aqualoop.
Those not into waterslides have various options to enjoy as well. There’s a full-service bar, a café, and a 4,000-square-foot arcade. Additionally, there is a kiddie play area, a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, and a surf simulator.
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River Ranch at Texas Horse Park
River Ranch at Texas Horse Park is the best place to saddle up in the middle of Dallas. It’s a first-class facility designed to provide kids and families with a great outdoor adventure experience.
This 600-acre equestrian facility is located within minutes of Downtown Dallas. It’s for those looking to tap into their inner cowboy (or cowgirl). Ages nine and over can enjoy all levels of guided horseback rides. Younger children (3-9 years) can also enjoy these horseback rides, but with a hand-guided pony ride.
River Ranch at Texas Horse Park is open from Wednesday through Monday.
Dallas Segway Tours
Dallas Segway Tours is a fun and wonderful way to see Dallas. It offers a perfect combination of friendly people and a fun ride around a beautiful city.
The company offers sightseeing tours of places like the Katy Trail as well as all the famous Downtown landmarks. The tours are open to anyone aged between 14 and 70 years.
Visiting Dallas Zoo is a must. Whether you live in Dallas or just passing by. It’s a large, carefully planned zoo with plenty of detailed decoration. Known as the leader in endangered species research, the Dallas Zoo offers unique habitats, exotic creatures, and nature exhibits from around the globe.
It’s home to over 2,000 animals, including all the favorites: giraffes, hippos, zebras, camels, elephants, lions, and chimps.
There’s also a kid’s area complete with a nature-inspired swap shop, pony rides, a petting farm, and interactive exhibits.
Clearly, Dallas has no shortage of family-friendly activities and attractions. Consider this list if you’re looking for a fun-filled family outing to jolt you and your little ones from months of hibernation.
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