Dallas certainly has no shortage of family-friendly activities and attractions. But there’s no need to compromise your own day out just to keep the kiddos entertained: these fun-filled outings offer something for all ages–from tots to teens and everyone in between.There’s not a better place to find the most attractions in one location than Downtown Dallas, the city’s (as well as the state’s) most walkable neighborhood.
Trinity forest adventure park
Just minutes from downtown Dallas lies Trinity Forest Adventure Park, a seven acre combination obstacle course and zip line park where families can soar, swing, scramble and climb to their heart’s content. Designed for ages six and over, the park boasts over twenty zip-lines (from 10′ to 75′ above ground) and 70 different elements (cargo nets, wobble bridges, tight ropes and the like) which are spread out over six aerial obstacle courses, each with varying elevations and challenges.
Perot museum of nature and science
Whether you’re a science buff or just have a curious mind, the world-class Perot Museum offers a treasure trove of goodies that are certain to fascinate visitors of any age.
Dallas world aquarium
Nestled inside a massive refurbished warehouse in Dallas’ Historic West End District, this privately-owned aquatic wonderland is home to countless varieties of marine life (many of which are endangered) from all over the world.
River ranch at texas horse park
Those looking to tap into their inner cowboy (or cowgirl) need not travel to the countryside when they can hit the trails at River Ranch, a 600-acre equestrian facility–located within minutes of Downtown Dallas.
Dallas heritage village at old city park
This living history village, located in one of the city’s oldest parks on the southeastern edge of downtown– allows visitors to experience what life was like in North Texas during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Situated 3 miles south of downtown, the Dallas Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals (from roughly 400 species), including all the favorites – chimps, lions, elephants, camels, zebras, hippos and giraffes. But there’s more going on here than your usual walk-through animal exhibits.