The Best Things to Do in Dallas With Kids

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Looking for the best things to do in Dallas with your kids?! You and your little ones are going to have a BLAST! There are so many fun things to do around town.

We’ve created a list with all the best things to do in Dallas with your kids. From indoor activities such as museums and waterparks to fun outdoor activities, like ziplining, paddle boarding, or a trip to the zoo, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Let’s jump right into it! 

The Best Things to Do in Dallas With Kids Indoors

Dive into a deep blue world of marine wildlife at SEA LIFE Grapevine. Get immersed in close encounters with gliding sharks, graceful rays, crafty octopuses, colorful clownfish, adorable sea turtles, and lots more. They even have some fun hands-on experiences where you can handle spiny sea urchins, starfish, sea anemones, and more. You’re sure to have a good time at SEA Life with your family. It’s the perfect weekend activity.

📍 Grapevine Mills Mall

Whether you’re an aspiring pirate, a nimble ninja in-training, or a valiant knight who moonlights as an astronaut, LEGOLAND is a guaranteed good time for the whole family. It’s such a fun activity for the whole family. There are so many attractions to explore. They even have a 4D movie experience.

📍 Grapevine Mills Mall

The Children’s Aquarium is officially open again! The aquarium got a full makeover, from new paint colors, amazing murals by local artist Steve Hunter, new super fun hands-on experiences, and of course new fish. The Children’s Aquarium currently houses more than 15,000 fish featuring Swell Sharks, Archer Fish (that spit), Weedy Sea Dragons, Doctor Fish, Mahi Mahi, and so many more. It’s such a great place to explore with your kids. One of our favorite things to do at the aquarium was being able to touch the Cownose Rays and participating in a bunch of other hands-wet activities.

🗓MON–SUN | 10AM–7PM 
📍 Children’s Aquarium Dallas | 1462 1st Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75210 (at Fair Park)

Take your little ones The Dallas World Aquarium. It’s soo much fun! Not only do you get to experience the underwater world, but they also have birds, monkeys, alligators, penguins, and so much more!

🗓MON–SUN | 8:30AM–4PM
📍 The Dallas World Aquarium | 1801 N. Griffin St. Dallas, Texas, 75202

It’s always so fun coming to the Perot Museum. There’s always so much to explore! Did you know that the Perot has a children’s museum for kids 5 years and under? Let your kids roam, play, and discover together on an adventure filled with an indoor nature hike, exploring a pint-sized farmer’s market, splashing at the water play table, and so much more. 

🗓SUN | 11AM–5PM
📍 Perot Museum of Nature and Science | 2201 N Field St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

📷Great Wolf Lodge| @GreatWolfWaterPark

Splash up some water fun at the Great Wolf Lodge’s 80,000 square-foot waterpark. You’ll find fun slides, rides, a lazy river, and so much more! 

📍 Great Wolf Lodge | 100 Great Wolf Dr, Grapevine, Texas, 76051

Escape the Texas heat at this fun indoor playground! Kids Empire features a bunch of different play structures, a dance floor, a bike track, plus a bunch of seating options for mom and dad to watch their kids play and have a blast.

🗓FRI–SUN | 10AM–10PM
📍 Kids Empire | 6859 Arapaho Road, Dallas, Texas, 75248

📷Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark | @EpicWatersGP

Slides, lazy river, wave pool, FlowRider, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark has it all! You and your kids are definitely going to have the best day at this indoor water park. This 80,000 square-foot facility offers non-stop excitement.

📍 Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark | 12970 Epic Place Grand Prairie, Texas, 75052

The Best Things to Do in Dallas With Kids Outdoors

📷Dallas Zoo | @DallasZoo

One of our favorite things to do in Dallas with kids is definitely the Dallas Zoo. Did you know that it’s one of the largest and oldest zoological experiences in Texas?! Featuring thousands of animals, the zoo is such a fun activity for kids of all ages. 

📍 Dallas Zoo| 650 S. R. L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, Texas, 75203

Enjoy the beautiful weather paddleboarding or kayaking on White Rock Lake. Tandem Kayaks starting at $26.99 per hour and Stand-Up Paddleboards – $26.99 per hour. 

🗓Hours of operations depending on weather conditions, call ahead.
📍 White Rock Paddle Company | 389 E. Lawther Dr, Dallas, Texas, 75218

📷White Rock Paddle Company | @whiterockpaddle
📷Hawaiian Falls Waterparks | @HFalls

Cool off at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark located in Garland, just a short drive outside of Dallas. This outdoor waterpark features a wave pool, a relaxing lazy river, a kids playset, and of course, a bunch of fun water slides!

🗓FRI | 10:30AM–10PM
🗓SUN | 11:30AM–6PM
📍 Hawaiian Falls | 4550 North Garland Avenue
Garland, Texas, 75040

*Open daily June 9 – August 1, 2021, Weekends only August 6 – September 19, 2021

Go Ape in Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is Plano’s largest park featuring over 8 miles of trails and ziplining. Tackle dangling obstacles with your kids, explore the trees from a new perspective and fly around on multiple ziplines from exciting heights. Minimum age 4 years old, 285 Ibs and 4 ft 7 inches height.

📍 Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park | 5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, Texas, 75074

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Vanessa is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do in Dallas City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in Dallas, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinDallas on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.