Dallas Attractions & Activities for Kids

So, you’re a kid, eh? Or maybe you’re just a kid at heart. Either way, you’re headed in the right direction. Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond is home to more fun per capita than any region in the country. No, really. Where else can you stare down a giraffe, chill island-style in a tropical-themed water park and reach dizzying heights on a rock-climbing wall all in one day? Yup, you said it. And it’s all waiting for you right here. This custom tour is all you need to get started. Just be sure to pack a camera. These are memories you’ll never want to forget.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a 1524.72-acre, scenic park set astride the Paluxy River. The land for the park was acquired from private owners under the State Parks Bonds Program during 1968 and opened to the public in 1972.

Eastward-dipping limestones, sandstones, and mudstones, deposited from approximately 113 million years ago along the shorelines of an ancient sea, form the geological setting for the park area. Over the last million years or so, these layered formations have been dissected and sculpted by the Paluxy River which, in many places, has cut down to resistant beds and planed off sizable exposures of rock in the river bottom.

101 Dinosaur Ln.
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
(254) 897-4588

Six Flags Over Texas

The entertainment capital of Texas, Six Flags Over Texas, offers fun for the entire family, including over 100 rides, shows, and attractions! New for 2009, the Glow in the Park parade! Six Flags Over Texas guests will watch in awe as the rich heritage of the Lone Star State comes to life with drummers, puppeteers, singers, dancers and kinetic stilt walkers creating the largest nighttime parade in the Southwest! Don’t’ miss out in 2009, because now there are more reasons than ever to visit Six Flags Over Texas!

2201 Road To Six Flags St E
Arlington, Texas 76011
(817) 607-6150
(817) 607-6144

Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax & Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax has over 225 life-like figures from Hollywood, history, horror, religion, and fantasy. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! features an eye-popping collection of oddities from around the world. The new Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze has endless passages of fun, never the same experience twice. Three exciting attractions under one roof. Seven minutes east of Six Flags.

601 Palace Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050
(972) 263-2391
(817) 263-2391

National Scouting Museum

Enjoy “Family Fun” at the National Scouting Museum, the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America. From the Norman Rockwell Art Gallery to full-sized indoor campsites, the museum’s 13 “action areas” are filled with interactive exhibits and more than 600,000 artifacts! Whether you’re involved in Scouting…or just looking for family fun…you’ll have a great time exploring the National Scouting Museum! Mondays are Free!

1329 W. Walnut Hill Ln.
Irving, Texas 75038
(800) 303-3047
(972) 580-2100

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

The Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The Railroad is serviced by two vintage locomotives which include “Puffy” the 1896 Steam locomotive and oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South, and a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive. Passengers enjoy riding in authentic 1920s and 1930s Victorian-style coaches as they take a step back in time and experience train travel as it was in the glory days of the expanding West. Pull into the Fort Worth Stockyards Station and you’ll be right in the middle of the Stockyards National Historic District where the Old West comes alive. Have fun at this outstanding retail and entertainment district.

709 S. Main street
Grapevine, Texas 76051
(817) 410-3123

The Planetarium @ University of Texas at Arlington

Not just for stars anymore, enjoy our state-of-the-art planetarium theater that seats 165! Our new Digistar 3-D projection system will awe audiences of all ages!

700 Planetarium Place; Arlington, TX
Arlington, Texas 76019
(817) 272-1183
(817) 272-0123

Legends of the Game Baseball Museum & Children’s Learning Center

An exciting, interactive, and educational glimpse into America’s pastime! Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Legends of the Game offers visitors the chance to experience the game of baseball on an entirely different level. Whether you are catching a Nolan Ryan fastball or admiring Babe Ruth’s King of Swat trophy, you are bound to gain a new appreciation for the sport so firmly woven into the fabric of America.

In the Children’s Learning Center you can learn to figure a batting average, find the sweet spot on a bat, and see how good sportsmanship and teamwork figure into everyday life with innovative and engaging educational programs. Using baseball as the unifying theme, programs at Legends of the Game can teach the young (and the young at heart) about history, geography, math, science, and communications. Where else can you examine the inner layers of a 4-foot diameter baseball?

Museum tickets also include admission to a behind-the-scenes tour of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where guests will see the press box, owner’s suite, batting cages, and more!

1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, Texas 76011
(817) 273-5600

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Interactive exhibits and Omni Theater, an IMAX dome. The Museum is currently under construction, set to open Fall 2009. During construction, exhibits are offered on the first floor of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The renovated Omni Theater will reopen May 2008. Museum School continues to offer classes for preschool and elementary school-aged children.

1501 Montgomery St.,
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
(817) 255-9300
(888) 255-9300

Hurricane Harbor – A Six Flags Water Park

The largest water park in North Texas, Hurricane Harbor’s exciting rides and attractions sprawl over 47 acres of colorful scenery. Blast down thrilling water rides like the Tornado, the Black Hole, and Sea Wolf. Explore the treasures of Hook’s Lagoon, or catch a wave on Surf Rider. The park also features beach volleyball courts, private cabanas, lounging areas, locker facilities and gift shops.

1800 E Lamar Boulevard
Arlington, Texas 76006
(817) 865-3356

Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park

More than 350 marine and freshwater species from tiny seahorses and jellyfish to sharks and a giant snapping turtle.

1462 First Ave @ MLK Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75210
(214) 670-8443

“Texas Wild!” at the Fort Worth Zoo

This nationally ranked zoo is home to animals from around the globe! The Texas Wild! exhibit highlights flora and fauna native to the state and features tons of hands-on activities for kids.

1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas
(817) 759-7500

Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park

Nestled in 13 wooded acres just south of downtown Dallas, Dallas Heritage Village provides visitors, both young & young at heart, a unique museum experience. The Village is a living history museum, portraying life in North Texas from 1840-1910 with permanent and temporary exhibits throughout 38 historic structures. A Civil War-era farm, elegant Victorian homes, a school, a church, as well as several commercial buildings represent the lives of Dallas’ earliest residents. During the fall and spring, the Village highlights historical themes and brings them to life through first-person characters dressed in period clothing. Self-guided and docent-led tours available.

So, you’re a kid, eh? Or maybe you’re just a kid at heart. Either way, you’re headed in the right direction. Dallas/Fort Worth & Beyond is home to more fun per capita than any region in the country. No, really. Where else can you stare down a giraffe, chill island-style in a tropical-themed water park and reach dizzying heights on a rock-climbing wall all in one day? Yup, you said it. And it’s all waiting for you right here. This custom tour is all you need to get started. Just be sure to pack a camera. These are memories you’ll never want to forget.

1515 S. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75215-1273
(214) 421-5141
(214) 428-6351

Dallas World Aquarium

The Dallas World Aquarium is a unique attraction and event facility in downtown Dallas, featuring aquatic exhibits from around the world, a South American rainforest and a Mundo Maya exhibit displaying animals such as Brown sharks and Jaguars, which were important to the ancient Mayan culture.

1801 North Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
(214) 720-2224
(214) 720-2242

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

See animals living in their near-natural environment. Located just one hour and 20 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth, the 1800 acres of open spaces lets you interact with deer, rhinos, giraffes and other wildlife. Drive your own vehicle through the 9 1⁄2 mile tour. You will see long-distance views of savannah-like pastures, forested areas and hillsides for the animals to roam. Come experience some of the most magnificent animals on the planet.

2155 CR 2008
Glen Rose, Texas 76043
(254) 897-2960
(254) 897-3785

“Wilds of Africa” at the Dallas Zoo

The Dallas Zoo was founded in 1888, making it the first zoological park in the Southwest. Covering over 95 developed acres – it’ the largest zoological park in Texas. The Dallas Zoo is widely recognized for our outstanding Wilds of Africa exhibit, Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, and award-winning Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center!

650 South R.L. Thornton Frwy (I-35E)
Dallas, Texas
(214) 670-5656

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Experience our multi-million dollar production featuring dramatic horsemanship, falconry, jousting, and hand-to-hand combat while feasting on a four-course banquet in our fully enclosed, European castle. Reservations required. Group rates available.

2021 N. Stemmons Frwy.
Dallas, Texas 75207
(888) 935-6878
(214) 761-1800

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