There are so many fun things to do in Dallas with kids it can be hard to narrow it down. It’s a good problem for an area to have! Next time you hear the words, “I am bored!” consider visiting any of these Dallas Fort Worth family attractions that include Dallas family resorts, waterparks, museums, and movie theatres!
Fun Things to Do in Dallas with Kids
From outdoor fun in the sun to indoor attractions to beat the heat, the Dallas Fort Worth area is host to a variety of family fun options.
(Note: Please double-check their websites before visiting for hours of operations. Businesses’ hours and operating rules per business are subject to change without notice. Last updated: June 2021)
Parks & Outdoor Space
Dallas Arboretum – Visit one of the top botanical gardens in America.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden – Visit a living musuem filled with beuatiful garden structures and trees.
Epic Waters Indoor Park – This Grand Praire indoor waterpark features slides, rides, a lazy river, and pools!
The Cove at Lakefront – Located in Little Elm, this new indoor waterpark features FlowRider® Double Surf Machine, water slides for all ages—including two high-adrenaline slides for thrill-seekers!
Pirates Cove Water Park – Located 20 miles south of Fort Worth and 46 miles west of Dallas, this waterpark is located next door to North Jellystone Park.
Hurricane Harbor – Come experience North Texas’ largest waterpark filled with over 20 rides and attractions
Summerfest at Gaylord Texan – Gaylord Texan’s 18th annual SummerFest featuring events and activities for the whole family to enjoy throughout the resort! Outside, resort guess will make a splash at Paradise Springs – our 10-acre outdoor resort pool featuring four winding waterslides and a relaxing lazy river! Read about our Gaylord Texan experience here
JadeWaters at Dallas Hilton Anatole -JadeWaters amenities features a splash and play area for kids, a lazy river, waters slides, and more! Book a weekend getaway at JadeWaters to enjoy this hidden Dallas, TX gem! (Read about our Jadewaters experience)
North Texas Jellystone Park – Fresh air and outdoor activities are always a plus right now. Take-out activities such as crafts and scavenger hunts are available. Go next door via walking or a golf cart ride to Pirates Cove Water Park.
Coyote Drive-In Fort Worth – Our family visited the Lewisville location a few years ago and loved it. We were super sad when they closed it. The good news is they have one still open in Fort Worth.
Studio Movie Grill – Many North Texas locations are open and showing new releases.
Cinemark – Consider booking your own private movie showing!
Dallas Zoo – The Dallas Zoo is located three miles south of downtown Dallas and full of fun. Explore the zoo with animal encounters, attractions and more!
Fort Worth Zoo – The herd is back! Elephant Springs, the Zoo’s newest habitat, includes green spaces and various watering holes for the Asian elephants and a greater one-horned rhino to roam. Reservations no longer required to attend.
Frank Buck Zoo – This is a bit of a drive outside of the DFW area, but those who have gone rave about this zoo in Gainesville, TX. Frank Buck Zoo is open daily and no pre-purchased tickets needed.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Experience over five floors of 11 permanent exhibit halls featuring hands-on activities, and educational games.
National Videogame Museum – learn about the videogame industry’s rich history, where its heading next and how to be a part of it.
Kidzania Dallas – Read about our Kidzania experience (pre-pandemic) here. KidZania is powered by kids taking on various roles & responsibilities throughout the city. Kids can independently explore the city and take part in the experiences they choose.
Legoland – Visit the ultimate indoor Lego playground! With 12+ attractions and rides, your children are sure to have a good time.
Sealife Aquarium – Visit Texas’ only 360 ocean tunnel! Book a combo ticket to visit this attraction and Legoland at once.
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Experience a show like no other. There are epic battles of steel and steed at this dinner and tournament.
Crayola Experience – Discover the magic of color at Crayola Experience, Crayola’s premier, one-of-a-kind family attraction! Dozens of hands-on, creative activities and a full day of fun awaits families in Plano, Texas at The Shops at Willow Bend
More Summer Fun ahead
- Ultimate Dallas Bucket List – 100+ activities for North Texas families to enjoy!
- Super Summer Schedule – Plan ahead with this Summer planner.
- Pogo Pass – Save on Dallas family attractions with this exclusive offer.
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