With outdoor adventures, amusement parks and educational opportunities, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is full of family-friendly activities. There’s a long list of attractions that will appeal to all ages. Here are a few of our favorites!
Fair Park | Downtown Dallas
This 277-acre outdoor complex has been a fairground since 1886. It hosted the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936. Various local attractions (the Hall of State, the Children’s Aquarium) are located here, and the park holds more than 1,200 events a year, including the Texas State Fair. A centerpiece during the fair is the Texas Star, a Ferris wheel 65.8 meters tall, with 44 gondolas.
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History/Children’s Museum | Fort Worth
Dedicated to lifelong learning, the Fort Worth Museum engages visitors through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest.
Frontiers of Flight Museum | Dallas Love Field Airport
Aircraft fans are always awed by this Smithsonian affiliate museum. It has more than 30 aircraft and space vehicles on display, plus 13 galleries and exhibits, including artifacts from the Hindenburg, details about Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, and a full-size model of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Wright Flyer.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens | Fort Worth
Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Cultural District, just minutes from downtown, this 120-acre treasure offers stunning garden views, exciting exhibits, and more. From the koi-filled pools and sculpted hillsides, dramatic waterfalls and iconic Rose Garden, it’s the ideal spot for a quiet meditation.
The Dallas Zoo | Dallas
With its mission of engaging people and saving wildlife, the Dallas Zoo provides visitors with unique opportunities to make memorable connections with wildlife, while inspiring them to take action on behalf of wildlife in Texas and around the world.
Children's Adventure Garden | Dallas
The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden teaches life and Earth sciences through the experience of a connection to nature. Explore walled gardens, vegetable gardens, orchards and vineyards, treetops and rooftops!
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark | Grand Prairie, TX
At 80,000 sq ft, Epic Waters is the largest attraction of its kind in the state. Rides, slides and pools are contained by a huge, retractable structure. With heart-pounding adventures and quieter attractions, plus a space for toddlers and smaller children, it’s a great place to spend time with the family.
Six Flags | Arlington
Located in Arlington, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth, Six Flags Over Texas is the area’s largest, most thrilling theme park. Enjoy roller coasters, rides, playgrounds, live entertainment and special events.
Natural Outdoor Attractions
There are dozens of local lakes just waiting to offer tons of water-based fun! Fishing, boating, water skiing… take your pick!
- Burger’s Lake | Fort Worth
- Eagle Mountain Lake | Fort Worth
- Fort Worth Water Gardens | Fort Worth
- Lake Worth | Fort Worth
- Lake Benbrook | Fort Worth
- Lake Arlington | Arlington
- Lake Grapevine | Grapevine
- Lake Lewisville | Lewisville
- White Rock Lake | Dallas
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