Dallas, Texas is a great destination for families with plenty of fun things to do with kids including outdoor adventures and indoor experiences. With loads of parks, gardens, museums and attractions, you’ll never hear your kids say that they are bored! Whatever the their ages and interests, our list of brilliant things to do in Dallas with kids will keep the whole family happy.
Dallas with Kids: Fun Things to do
Just minutes from downtown, on the shore of White Rock Lake, you’ll find the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. With lush garden displays bursting with bright, seasonal colours kids will love exploring the extensive grounds. There’s lakes and ponds, waterfalls and sculptures as well as fish, birds, bees and butterflies to admire. Little ones can burn off some energy in the Children’s Adventure Garden and you can enjoy a picnic on the grounds or refuel at the many dining options.
One of the best parks in Dallas for children of all ages is White Rock Lake. It is a great park for activities as well as just sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting. There are miles and miles of biking and walking trails, a museum, cultural centre, arboretum and dog park. You can also rent a kayak and go for a paddle, head to the wetland for some nature observation or grab a pair of binoculars and enjoy the brilliant bird watching opportunities. Bring some snacks, as there are plenty of pretty places where you can enjoy a picnic whilst surrounded by nature.
Nature and wildlife lovers should head to Fair Park to the Texas Discover Gardens. Here, you’ll find a two-story Butterfly House and Insectarium. Step inside and you’ll be transported to a tropical rainforest, complete with hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Sliter over to the Snakes of Texas house and you’ll see 20 species of venomous and non-venomous native snakes. You’ll also learn all about these creatures and how they help gardeners by keeping rodents and other pests under control. At the Texas Discovery Gardens, children can also enjoy a gardening workshop and learn how to create backyard habitats for butterflies, birds and other native wildlife.
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is very cool. Kids will be amazed at the incredible dinosaurs fossil skeletons that tower over visitors. The other museum exhibits delve into all kinds of scientific fields including earth and energy systems, sports, and engineering and innovation. Everything is extremely interactive and engaging. Kids will be absorbed in tasks and challenges for hours as they move from one area to the next. Don’t be surprised if they all want to be scientists when they grow up!
History comes to life at the Dallas Heritage Village where kids can explore what it was like to live in Texas over 100 years ago. The Dallas Heritage Village has the largest collection of 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings in Texas. Actors bring the people of the past alive and children can marvel at the old way of doing things. Children will also get a kick out of visiting the Donkey Paddock, where they can scratch some snoots.
Adventure Landing is a family fun park full of attractions and activities for everyone. The whole family can try their hands at adventure golf, batting cages, bumper boats, laser tag and speedway go-karts. You can even play your favourite games in the massive video arcade which has over 100 games so you can drive, blast and dance the day away. To keep the energy levels up there’s cotton candy and ice-cream stalls as well as funnel cakes too. What’s not to love?
Just outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, you’ll find Pioneer Plaza which is home to 49 bronze longhorn cattle herded by three cowboys on horses. The statues commemorate the 19th-century cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail. The plaza also has many native plants and trees and a flowing stream. It really is an incredible scene. Like something out of the wild west but right in downtown Dallas.