181 Places to See & Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth

Everything really is bigger in the Lone Star State – and that includes family-friendly fun. We’ve compiled a Texas-sized summer survival checklist that includes all the must-dos for your growing brood – all within a day’s drive of Dallas Fort Worth. So get out your No. 2s, fill your tank with gas and start checking off these essential North Texas attractions.


Texas culture: You’re not a true Texan ’til you’ve been here and done this

  • GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower, Dallas
  • Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth
  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
  • National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
  • Old Red Museum, Dallas
  • Resistol Arena, Mesquite
  • Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas
  • Southfork Ranch, Parker
  • Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth
  • West End Historical District, Dallas
  • Western Currency Facility, Fort Worth

Science spots: Places to bring out their inner Einstein

  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science at Victory Park, Dallas
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Grand Prairie
  • Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco

Cool transportation: Get your ticket to ride (so Mom can sit down for a change)

  • DART, Dallas area
  • Forest Park Miniature Railroad, Fort Worth
  • Grapevine Vintage Railroad, Grapevine
  • Interurban Railway Museum, Plano
  • McKinney Avenue Trolley, Dallas
  • Museum of the American Railroad, Dallas
  • Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth
  • Trinity Railway Express, Dallas-Fort Worth

Aviation museums: Where dreams take flight … literally

  • Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison
  • C.R. Smith Museum, Fort Worth
  • Founders Plaza Plane Observation Park, DFW International Airport
  • Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas
  • Vintage Flying Museum, Fort Worth

Animal encounters: Some moms do eat their young – but not here

  • Dallas Zoo, Dallas
  • Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth
  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose
  • Frank Buck Zoo, Gainesville
  • In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center, Wylie
  • International Exotic Animal Sanctuary, Rhome
  • Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch, Pilot Point

Aquariums & fishing: In the event of Sponge Bob overload

  • Bass Pro Shops, Grapevine
  • Cabela’s, Fort Worth
  • Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas
  • Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium, Grapevine
  • Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens

Astronomy centers: Indulge in a cavity-free milky way

  • Noble Planetarium, Fort Worth
  • Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Gallery, Fort Worth
  • St. Mark’s School of Texas Observatory, Dallas
  • UNT Sky Theater, Denton
  • UTA Planetarium, Arlington




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