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Our Top 5 Family Activities in Dallas

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Howdy, partner! Dallas is so much more than the Texas you’re probably thinking of! Yes, we have great BBQ, cowboys and tall hair, but a Dallas family vacation is also full of culture, history and fun family activities!

Here are five things to do in Dallas with kids and teens that we never miss when we visit.

5 Things To Do in Dallas With Kids

1. Perot Museum of Nature & Science

kids jumping at the Perot Museum

Arguably the best Nature & Science museum in the country, this relatively new museum has hands-on exhibits you couldn’t even imagine.  Exploring the permanent exhibits we soared like an eagle, felt an earthquake, threw footballs with NFL players, programmed robots and raced against a cheetah. They also have rotating exhibits, an IMAX theater and a children’s museum for little ones.

My oldest was 12 at the time and my youngest was three and we all found things to interest both the tots and the tweens. At 15 the oldest still wants to go back.

2. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Take a step into history with an audio tour of the Book Depository (above) from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John F. Kennedy on that fateful November afternoon. The Sixth Floor Museum is very tastefully done, walking you through the political history leading up to the assassination. There are two versions of the audio tour; one for children 10 and under and another adult version. This is definitely for tweens and teens. My 10YO and 12YO found it very interesting. The 3YO played with my iPhone in her stroller. Age 7 or 8 is probably the youngest at which kids will be able to follow the tour’s narrative and get something out of it.

the kids play area at Klyde Warren Park3. Klyde Warren Park

This is a new park that was built over the top of a freeway in downtown Dallas.  My kids really enjoyed just hanging out in a park that provided books, board games, Ping-Pong, foosball, and more.  It’s a totally new concept for a public park and a great place to relax when you need a break from site seeing. Like the zoo, this is an all-ages activity.

4. Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the Reunion Tower (top). The GeO-Deck sits 470 feet high and is a fun way to view this great city as a whole. The Cloud 9 casual restaurant is a fun place to eat with kids. During the week eat sandwiches and salads with a view. On the weekend they add hot dishes like brisket chili and mac & cheese. Everyone will be impressed with the height and the views, but the younger children are the sooner they’ll get bored; something to keep in mind before you pay for tickets.

5. Dallas Zoo

feeding giraffes at the dallas zooThis Zoo has been around for a while and has not always been one of our Top 5 points of interest. However, it’s has added some really amazing features and upgrades in the past few years that have turned it put in on our must-see list. The animal interactions in particular are top notch! Our family loved feeding  the giraffes face to face. Zoo educators also showed us how they train lions and even got the elephants to “show off” for us. This is an all-ages experience for sure.


If you still have time…

If you manage to do all of this and still have time, check out the gorgeous Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Explore recent history at the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

The *Dallas CityPass includes most of these attractions and offers a significant discount on admission if you plan to see them all. Check reviews of Dallas attractions and hotels on *Trip Advisor.

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A true Texas mom tells us the top 5 things to do on a Dallas vacation with kids. Plus a few extras in case you have more time. Her tips include Klyde Warren Park, the Reunion Tower and more.

Rebecca Darling, is native Texan and momma to 3 sassy Texas kiddos, Her ultimate goal is to make exceptional memories for her family. She writes a blog dedicated to family travel at R We There Yet Mom? You can keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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