If you are visiting or live in Dallas Fort Worth area you are going to want to read on.
As kids have less school due to spring break or summer, parents want to keep their kids active without breaking the bank. I am going to be honest, there are way more than 5 things to do in this area, honestly over 500, but these are our favorite. I believe all of the activities listed below will leave your whole family looking back on your visit as a fun day.
We have put together the Top 5 Family-friendly things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth area.
1. Dallas Zoo
For our family, we can’t be in a city for an extended amount of time without paying a visit to the Zoo. We have been to our fair share of great zoos as well as some that left us disappointed. I can proudly say the Dallas Zoo won’t disappoint. It is over 100 acres with over 2000 animals to see and learn about. You can see the hippos, flamingos, get up close to the Gorillas and so much more. Our family’s favorite part is the Wilds of Africa section. There is so much to see and do make sure you plan to spend the whole day there.
2. Fort Worth Stockyards
I know this doesn’t scream fun when you read the title but it is truly a once in a lifetime experience. At Fort Worth Stockyards, you get to learn about the cattle driving history, surrounded by historic buildings, and shops. Browse the market and get you something to eat for those little cowboys. The best part is two times a day you can watch a real cattle drive! Twice a day every day, real cowhands or cowboys drive a herd of Texas Longhorns down Exchange Avenue. This was the highlight for my kids they couldn’t believe how close they got and how big their horns were. They still talk about it this day, which means we are due for a trip back again.
3. Perot Museum
Even when you drive up and look at the building you will be in awe of this museum. As you walk up they have “lily pad” frogs that younger kids will want to run and play on but make sure you look up. If you look in the window the last time we went they had a Huge T-Rex skeleton you could see thru the big window. Our kids couldn’t wait to get inside and explore.
The Perot Museum is a natural history and science museum that will have your kids imagination run wild. They don’t just have exhibits to walk through, many of them they have made interactive. Like the ability to build your own bird as you work your way thru the section. You can even watch scientist extracting or cleaning up fossilized bones from dirt and rocks through a section of windows. Even if you have been before they are always bringing in new exhibits to kids and adults alike.
4. Top Golf
If you aren’t an avid golfer don’t write this one off. I was honestly unsure how a family outing would go our first time to Top Golf.
I can just say, even our 4-year-old is asking when we will go back so she can hit the ball. The whole family had fun competing against one another to see who could get the best score. The nice part is they have a waiter assigned to your “lane”. If you need drinks, food or help you just ask and they will either bring it to you or help you. Ultimately it’s like Golfing with targets, they thought it through to make sure it is fun for all ages. Even if you have never golfed before I would encourage you to give this a try.
5. Great Wolf Lodge
I listed this as a top family destination because it doesn’t matter what the weather is like your family will have a blast! The Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor adventure water park. You can stay in themed rooms that make you feel like you are outdoors, without all the roughing it. The reason we love it is even if you are only staying one night you can have two days of fun!
You can enjoy the water park even before you get in your room, they allow you to start enjoying the water park at 1 pm the day of check-in. This way the kids can splash and play even the day of arrival! They have activities for the kids during the day as well, as your kids can enjoy Magiquest. Magiquest is an adventure that has your family exploring the whole hotel and water park finding clues to complete your quest!
As I stated from the get-go there are hundreds of things to do in Dallas Fort Worth Area but these are our families top 5. If you live in the area or are just visiting for a few days make sure to include these activities in your must do list while you are here. I hope that you can enjoy them all with your family and create memories that last a lifetime!