The extended Summer break has a lot of families feeling stir-crazy. Especially if the local pool and playgrounds are still closed. Luckily, the large lakes, abundant walking trails, and world-class attractions make it easy to find Summer activities for kids in DFW.
Texas Tried and True
If you’re new to the area, wrangle the kids and start with a few Texas standards like the weekend rodeos and world’s only twice-daily cattle drive at the Fort Worth Stockyards, The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. Or take to the skies with the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower for a unique view of the city and educational opportunities for the whole family.
Then settle in for an afternoon in the West End Historic District that includes 67.5 acres of restaurants, museums, shops and entertainment.
For the Adventurer
Pack a lunch -- or maybe meals for a whole weekend -- and choose from the hundreds of breathtaking lakes and parks around DFW. Depending on where you go, there are options to keep everyone in the family active and entertained.
Maybe that’s a walk or bike ride along the trails. Or maybe your family prefers the open water with a boat and a few fishing rods. Both paths are open to you thanks for the award-winning parks departments in North Texas.
Some wise parents will even turn their time outside into a sneaky science or history lesson at a Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden or the Dinosaur Valley State Park. School is out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t repeat a favorite field trip or two.
For the Animal Lover
The Dallas Zoo and Fort Worth Zoo are destinations for visitors and residents alike and it’s easy to see why. The variety of animals and interactive exhibits make it easy to find your favorites and repeat the experience year-round. Before you go, check out the websites to plan your trip and check out their social pages to help make your priority list whether it’s elephants, sloths or big cats.
“Secrets of the Zoo” on DisneyPlus is an easy way to find their favorites too as the staff in Tampa introduces each animal and makes them a little more relatable along the way.
Or combine all our categories above with a horse-back ride for the family through Benbrook Stables, River Ranch at Texas Horse Park or Storybrook Ranch. It’ll give everyone a taste of Texas history, a chance to explore nature from a different angle and provide a close encounter with a majestic animal. Plus, it might get everyone to agree on afternoon naps if you’re lucky.
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