The modern metropolis of Dallas in northern Texas is the commercial and cultural hub of the region and offers a wealth of fun activities for kids and their families. From cultural gems like the Dallas Museum of Art and the sleek Nasher Sculpture Center to getting back to nature at the Dallas World Aquarium, the Rose Hall of Birds, and the Dallas Zoo. Soak up some history at the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Dallas Heritage Village, and the African American Museum or grab some fun in the sun at Six Flags Over Texas, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

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1.Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a 66-acre botanical garden located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake. Established in 1984, the gardens were created by combining the 44-acre DeGolyer Estate and the 22-acre Alex Camp House, which today features 19 named and plant-specific gardens. Some of these gardens include the Trammell Crow Visitor Education Pavilion and Entry Plaza; the Margaret Elisabeth Jonsson Color Garden; A Woman’s Garden; and the Nancy Rutchik Red Maple Rill, which is home to over 80 varieties of signature Japanese Maples. A family-friendly feature of the gardens is the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, which was designed to connect children with nature and boasts over 150 individual kid-friendly activities, including The Texas Skywalk, The Moody Oasis, and a Walk in the Clouds.

8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, Phone: 214-515-6615

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2.Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science
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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a natural history and science museum located in Victory Park in downtown Dallas to inspire children to be the future leaders of tomorrow. Called a ‘world of wonder’ by The Dallas Morning News, the museum has several interesting and exciting exhibitions, experiences and programs that inspire curiosity and encourage learning through science and technology. The park has two campuses, the main campus, which is located in Victory Park and a secondary campus in Fair Park, the latter of which features an IMAX-theater, a fully equipped and functioning planetarium, and an on-site paleontology lab. Visitors can explore the museum at the Fair Park campus, which features no less than 11 permanent exhibit halls, and a fantastic display of historical dioramas. They can also experience National Geographic-partnered educational films in the state-of-the-art theater.

2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-428-5555

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3.Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park
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Spread out over five acres between Pearl and St. Paul Streets over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway, which was once a barrier between the two neighborhoods, Klyde Warren Park is a beautifully manicured urban green space in the heart of Dallas’ urban hub. Designed by the Office of James Burnett and named after the young son of billionaire Kelcy Warren, the park offers a lovely space for city-goers to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax. Resting on the edge of the vibrant and eclectic Dallas Arts District, the park serves as a gateway downtown and the Arts District and offers a variety of activities to enjoy, including free daily programs such as boot camp, yoga, outdoor concerts and films, photography courses, drumming classes, and book signings. Trendy food trucks serve delicious food and drinks, and there are tables and chairs dotted around the park for the perfect picnic.

2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-716-4500

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4.Dallas Children's Theater

Dallas Children's Theater
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Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) offers fun for the whole family with a variety of productions, shows and other entertainment throughout the year. Based in Dallas, the professional theater organization hosts nine main stage productions, as well as acting and drama classes, education programs, and a national touring company that reaches an audience of 250,000 youth on an annual basis. Dallas Children's Theater is also home to the Kathy Burks Theater of Puppetry Arts, which was founded in 1973 and stages two original puppet plays per year, using all styles of puppetry, including hand puppets, traditional bridge, and cabaret marionettes, shadow puppets, and Black Theatre rod puppets.

5938 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75231, Phone: 214-978-0110

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5.The John F. Kennedy Memorial

The John F. Kennedy Memorial
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The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial is a monument in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas that honors U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson and erected in 1970, the monument is located within the 623-acre John F. Kennedy Memorial Park near New Ross in County Wexford. The park is home to a small islet-studded lake which is home to a wealth of birdlife, as well as an arboretum with over 500 different azaleas and rhododendron. The botanical garden also boasts an outstanding collection of over 4,500 various shrubs and trees and families can enjoy a variety of fun features such as tree houses, a playground, a miniature train, and a pony and trap during the high season.

646 Main St, Dallas, TX 75202

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6.Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum
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The Kimbell Art Museum is a comprehensive art museum that houses a small, but high-quality collection of 350 artworks, as well as an extensive research library and various educational programs. Designed by renowned architect, Louis I. Kahn, the building is recognized as a significant work of architecture, particularly for the natural, silvery light that flows across the vaulted gallery ceilings. The museum’s collection consists of European works from the classical period, including Gainsborough, Fra Angelico, and Mantegna, as well as antiquities from Egypt, Greece, and Rome. An Asian collection features paintings, sculptures bronzes, and ceramics while famous works by Picasso, Monet, Matisse, and Mondrian add a special touch. The museum boasts a substantial research library with nearly 60,000 books, periodicals and auction catalogs that are readily available as a resource to faculty and graduate students, and art historians.

3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792, Phone: 817-332-8451

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7.Dallas World Aquarium

Dallas World Aquarium
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Located in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, The Dallas World Aquarium is a non-profit aquarium and zoo that conserves threatened or endangered animals through co-operative breeding programs with various other zoos from around the world. The aquarium is home to a superb collection of exhibits, including an artificial reproduction of the Orinoco Rainforest, which is home to a variety of exotic birds, and animals such as three-toed sloths, tamarins, poison-dart frogs, and vampire bats. Ten main aquatic tanks feature marine life from regions around the world, including Indonesia, Fiji, Southern Australia, Japan, British Colombia, and the Solomon Islands. An awe-inspiring, interactive 40-foot (12 m) tunnel displays fish that live on the continental shelf, while several smaller displays boast colorful corals, jellyfish, and vibrant sea anemones.

1801 N Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: 214-720-2224

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8.Moody Family Children's Museum

Moody Family Children's Museum
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The Moody Family Children’s Museum is based in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park in downtown Dallas and offers kids under the age of five the chance to learn through play. A shimmering blue pathway leads visitors to the museum’s pint-sized displays explicitly designed for kids, including a water play table, a tiny farmer's market, an indoor nature hike, and various objects for climbing, scrambling, crawling and squeezing through. Other fascinating exhibits include the Trinity River corridor and terrarium with displays of spiders, bugs, and insects; a scaled Margaret Hunt Hill bridge and the Dallas city skyline; and a massive sandbox where budding paleontologists can dig for dinosaur bones.

2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-428-5555

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9.Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall

Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall
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Set in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park in downtown Dallas, the Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall offers children the chance to discover the world of engineering, maths, and science and how to solve everyday problems. The exhibit features different areas relating to the engineering field ranging from architectural and electrical to mechanical and software engineering, including a 3D animation lab where children can design and build their robot. This fantastic display allows kids to explore the connection between bridges and robots and even has them racing robots through mazes, picking up objects and battling head to head in exciting challenges.

2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-428-5555

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10.Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall

Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall
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Based in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park in downtown Dallas, the Lamar Hunt Family Sports Hall offers visitors the opportunity to put their athletic prowess to the test and learn more about the work that goes into being a top athlete. The Sports Hall features all kinds of sporting facilities from track and field to ball courts, and a gymnasium with a hands-on science lab where guests can try their hand at pitching baseball, shooting a hockey puck, throwing a football, or doing handstands and cartwheels. All action is captured on a high-speed camera to be watched and analyzed afterward.

2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-428-5555

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11.Rose Hall of Birds

Rose Hall of Birds
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The Rose Hall of Birds is based in the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park in downtown Dallas and is one of two substantial new paleontology halls, which offer a visual feast spanning millions of years. Overlooking the dinosaur hall, the Rose Hall of Birds focuses on the theory that dinosaurs are birds and features dinosaur footprints that morph into bird prints. Other fascinating exhibits that give the nod to this theory include a lifelike wood carving of a Flexomornishowei, the oldest fossil bird found in North America; a giant pterosaur is known as Quetzalcoatlusnorthropi slung from the ceiling and several amazing displays of dinosaurs.

2201 N Field St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-428-5555

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12.Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
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Situated in the vibrant and eclectic Arts District, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is one of the city’s major art museums with an extensive permanent collection of works dating back to the 3rd century. Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, the museum won a Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects in 2007. Home to over 24,000 works of art from around the world that celebrate ‘the human power of creation’ and include collections of Mediterranean, South Asian, European, and African art. The European collection includes works by Gustav Courbet, Paul Cezanne, Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. There is an expansive collection of decorative arts and design, as well as ancient American art, including works by Georgia O’Keeffe. The museum’s non-circulating research library – The Mildred R. and Frederick M. Mayer Library contains an impressive collection of over 50,000 volumes and tomes available to the general public and curators alike.

1717 N Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-922-1200

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13.GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower

GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower
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One of the most recognizable landmarks in Dallas, the Reunion Tower is a 561-foot (171 m) observation tower in the Reunion District in downtown Dallas. Locally known as ‘The Orb,’ the freestanding structure is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The tower features three circular floors around a central glass-encased shaft, which offers magnificent city vistas in the lift ride up to the observation deck on the first level. The observation deck is called the ‘GeO-Deck,’ which offers interactive digital experiences featuring information about various Dallas landmarks and telescopes for breath-taking views. Enjoy a snack at the Cloud 9 Café while soaking up the views. The tower's rotating top level is home to celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning fine dining restaurant, Five Sixty, so named as a reference to the restaurant's elevation, while the second level is used for special events.

300 Reunion Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75207, Phone: 214-712-7040

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14.Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo
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The Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre animal sanctuary that is home to over 2,000 animals representing 406 species. Located three miles south of downtown Dallas, the zoo was established in 1888 and is the oldest and largest zoological park in the Lone Star State. The zoo has two central regions, namely the Wilds of Africa and ZooNorth, which is the original and oldest section of the zoo. Visitors can navigate the areas of the park on self-guided or guided tours and enjoy a range of nature-related educational programs, and special events. The zoo not only houses and protects a variety of species but also takes part in several conservation and preservation programs for endangered species.

650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203, Phone: 469-554-7500

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15.African American Museum

African American Museum
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The African American Museum is an art museum that explores the African American experience with a fascinating range of exhibits and displays. Located on Grand Avenue in Fair Park, the museum was established in 1974 and boasts an impressive collection of African and African American art, and artistic, cultural and historical materials, as well as one of the largest folk art collections in the nation. The museum boasts four vaulted galleries and a research library in which the rich heritage of black art and history is displayed, along with a theater, studio arts area, and classrooms.

3536 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210, Phone: 214-565-9026

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16.J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
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Located in the Government District of downtown Dallas, the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library is the Main Library Branch of the Dallas Public Library system and is named after J. Erik Jonsson, one of the founders of the world-renowned company, Texas Instruments. Situated directly across from Dallas City Hall, the library is set within a new Modernist building inspired by the design of the Dallas City Hall, consisting of ten stories, eight of which are above ground level and two below. The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library features an original copy of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, an extensive genealogy library, several free exhibits, and free Internet access.

1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201, Phone: 214-670-1400

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17.Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
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Six Flags Fiesta Texas is an amusement park in San Antonio that offers a wealth of family-friendly fun for adults and children of all ages from adrenalin-pumping rollercoasters to gentle teacup rides. Originally built to be a destination musical show park that focused on the musical culture of the state of Texas, Six Flags Fiesta Texas now spans 200 acres and offers a variety of rides, roller coasters, themed entertainment shows, and more hidden behind a rock quarry wall. The park’s iconic ride is the iconic Scream, which can be seen from outside the park. Other thrill rides include Batman, Boomerang, and Goliath, and family rides include Gullywasher, Waverunner, and Whistle Stop. Six Flags Fiesta Texas also offers a range of restaurants and concessions, souvenir shops and more.

17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257, Phone: 210-697-5050

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18.Dallas Heritage Village

Dallas Heritage Village
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Home to the largest assemblage of 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes, buildings and commercial structures in Texas, Dallas Heritage Village is an excellent example living history in the heart of a modern city. Located in Old City Park, the Dallas Heritage Village is a collection of beautifully preserved historic buildings from around the region that have been brought together for preservation and interpretation. Built during the nineteenth century, the village is designed to reflect what life would have been like for a typical Northern Texas community between 1840 and 1910 and consists of 21 impressively restored buildings including a school, church, saloon, hotel, general store, and a bank. Tours around the village give a fantastic insight into life during that period, and a calendar of interpretive programs aims to educate, preserve and assist in bringing the history of the quaint village to light and helping it to survive.

1515 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75215, Phone: 214-421-5141

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19.AT&T Stadium

AT&T Stadium
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Home to the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as the Cowboys Stadium, is a massive football stadium with a retractable roof stadium in Arlington. The stadium plays host to the annual Cotton Bowl Classic and the Big 12 Championship Game and visitors can explore the stadium and learn more about the game and the players on guided tours. The AT&T Stadium offers daily trips to people of all interests and ages and includes admiring the artworks displayed throughout the stadium, checking out the VIP boxes and changing rooms where the players gather and throwing a football on the field.

1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011

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20.Pioneer Plaza

Pioneer Plaza
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Pioneer Plaza is a large public park located in the Convention Center District of downtown Dallas that is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. The provides a focal point with the historical significance of the town, celebrating the trails that brought settlers to Dallas and commemorating Dallas' beginnings. The plaza boasts a flowing stream in a natural setting surrounded by native plants and trees, and a bronze sculpture of a cattle drive with longhorn steers being driven by three cowboys on horses created by artist Robert Summers of Glen Rose. Pioneer Plaza is next to the Pioneer Park Cemetery which features the Confederate War Memorial.

1428 Young St, Dallas, TX 75202, Phone: 214-953-1184

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21.Shayna's Place

Shayna's Place
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Shayna's Place is a restaurant chain that was originally founded in Rhode Island. The delightful sandwich shop and cafe chain, which was founded in 2015, is named in honor of owner Lou Olerio's cousin Shayna, an avid foodie who uses her love of cuisine to bring awareness to Down's syndrome. Hearty artisanal sandwiches are served up throughout the day, including the Vinny's Kitchen, which was voted as America's best grinder sandwich by USA Today. Other options include the curried chicken salad-infused Traveler, the vegetarian Peace Train, and the Kessler, which pairs turkey, sprouts, and green apple with cranberry chutney. Seasonal soups and salads are also served up throughout the day, along with a selection of coffee and tea beverages. At breakfast, diners can enjoy classic and creative egg sandwiches, lox bagels, and multigrain avocado toasts.

1605 N Beckley Avenue

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