Our Top 5 Family Activities in Dallas

Visiting Dallas? How about a side trip to McKinney, TX?

feeding giraffes at the dallas zooHowdy, partner! Dallas is so much more than the Texas you’re probably thinking of! Yes, we have great BBQ, cowboys and tall hair, but it’s also full of culture, history and fun family experiences!

Here are five things My family most likes to do when we visit Dallas.

1. Dallas Zoo

This Zoo has been around for a while and previously would have never made our Dallas Top 5. However, the Zoo has added some really amazing features and upgrades in the past few years that have turned it into a must-see. The animal interactions in particular are top notch! Our whole family loved feeding giraffes face to face. Zoo educators also showed us how they train lions and even got the elephants to “show off” for us.

2. Perot Museum of Nature & Science

kids building cars at the perot museumkids 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 us. At 15 the oldest still wants to go back.

dealey plaza museum3. 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. My older two (10 and 12) found it to be very interesting. The 3YO played with my iPhone in her stroller. I would say 6 is probably the youngest at which kids will be able to follow the tour’s narrative and get something out of it.

klyde warren park4. 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.

5. Reunion Tower GeO-Deck

Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of the Reunion Tower. 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.

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.

Money Saving Tip: The Dallas CityPass includes most of these attractions and offers a significant discount on admission if you plan to see them all.

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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