Top Family-Friendly Activities in Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo of Fish at Dallas Aquarium

Whether you’re moving there or just passing through, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex offers a multitude of family-friendly activities for kids of all ages. Whether you’re the thrill-seeking adventurer or the urban explorer, these top things for families to do in DFW will have you coming back for more.

Six Flags Over Texas

Located in Arlington, Six Flags Over Texas is home to more than 40 amusement rides for the thrill-seekers, fun-seekers, and Bugs Bunny fans in your family. Continually adding rides, stores, or renovations, the park also hosts multiple seasonal events, making it a great place to visit year-round.

Fort Worth Zoo

As the oldest zoo in Texas, the Fort Worth Zoo is a favorite for both locals and vacationers. The zoo houses 12 permanent exhibits and countless species, allowing guests to visit their favorite animals up close or enjoy a ride on the Yellow Rose Express Train around the park.

Great Wolf Lodge

Combine a hotel, water park, spa, and arcade and you’ve got Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Water Park Resort. Whether it’s a vacation or a staycation, Great Wolf Lodge is a great place for families to have fun. A personal favorite is the MagiQuest activity—you’ll see guests of all ages partaking in this interactive adventure.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Plan a little extra time for this one—this five-story museum is filled with hands-on activities, educational exhibits, and learning labs sure to please even the smallest explorer in your family. Don’t forget about its 3D theater, main lobby dinosaur, and children’s museum, too.  

Klyde Warren Park

Want to spend the day outside with the family? Head over to Klyde Warren Park where you can enjoy the Texas sun, eat at the food trucks nearby, and take in the Dallas skyline surrounding you.

Texas Rangers Game

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, going to a Texas Rangers game is a great family night filled with stadium hot dogs and and an electrifying atmosphere. All you’ll need is your glove and game face to make this fun for the whole family.

Fort Worth Stockyards

In true Texas style, the Fort Worth Stockyards offer tons of things to do, from the Cowtown Cattlepen maze and petting zoo to the Cowtown Coliseum and rodeo. The stockyards will bring out a person’s inner cowboy faster than you can say “yee-haw!”

Galleria Ice Skating Center

Families are able to ice skate year-round at the Ice Skating Center in the Galleria. Skate around the rink located inside the Galleria Dallas shopping center, but don’t forget to save some energy to shop around the Galleria’s three floors of stores and restaurants when you’re done.

Dallas World Aquarium

The Dallas World Aquarium is perfect for families to explore year-round. Walk through the glass underwater tunnels; watch the penguins, manatees, and otters at play; and look out for free-roaming New World Monkeys, birds, and much more inside this aquarium.  

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