Here are the top 20 things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth that will cost you absolutely nothing!
1. Located between Globe Life Ballpark and AT&T Cowboys Stadium, Arlington’s Richard Greene Linear Park offers a true outdoor experience with fantastic views. Its has awesome art installations around the nature trail and is very well shaded.
2. Enjoy the great outdoors in downtown Dallas at Klyde Warrren Park. Cool off and splash around at the children’s park or rent out family-friendly lawn games.
3. The first Saturday of every month is Target First Day’s at the Nasher Center in Dallas. The kids will enjoy making art and immersing in fun art activities.
4. Take a stroll on the amazing Margaret Hunt Bridge in Dallas and look up at the incredible architecture of the suspension bridge. The kids will love playing on the jungle gym.
5. The Trinity River Audubon offers free admission monthly on the third Thursday. On your next visit, get up close with native Texas wildlife and walk the trails as a family.
6. Be a local for a day and ride the M-Line trolley through uptown Dallas. I recommend getting off at the West Village stop to check out the shopping scene and local eats.
7. Into aviation? Watch the planes land and takeoff at Bachman Lake near Dallas Love Field and at the Founders Plaza near DFW Airport. We like to bring a picnic and sit on the lawn while the kids run around and play.
8. Experience the Denton’s lively art scene on the Historic Downtown Square during Denton First Fridays, which happens every (you guessed it) first Friday of the month. Be sure to stop by the Denton Welcome Center for free beer sampling from The Bearded Monk!
9. Denton Firefighters Museum is one of the places you will get a history of the heroes in Denton. Explore the wonderful collection of memorabilia from the 1800’s to modern day. The kids will enjoy dressing up and playing the part of a firefighter.
10. Everyday at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. you can watch a real-life cattle drive featuring cowboys, cowgirls and longhorns of the Fort Worth Herd in the historic Stockyards.
11. Take a break from city life in downtown Fort Worth and step into the glorious urban oasis that is the Fort Worth Water Gardens.
12. The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a flourishing garden worth visiting where you can find tons of events and interactive workshops for children of all ages.
13. The permanent collection at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is phenomenal. They have artwork by Monet, Picasso, Rembrandt and Matisse on display, and they even house Michelangelo’s earliest work, The Torment of Saint Anthony.
14. The Historical Park in Farmers Branch is one place we love to visit as family. It truly does take you back in time — complete with a general store and many other vintage shops.
15. The Texas Sculpture Garden in Frisco is one of the best places to see installations of sculptures from local artists in Texas.
17. Grapevine Summer Blast at Lake Grapevine is what we look forward to as a family every year. The fireworks show every Friday night (Memorial Day through Labor Day) is worth staying up for and begins at 9:30 p.m.
18. At the Fritz Park in Irving you will see adorable bunnies, gorgeous peacocks, playful ponies and sheep. It’s a petting zoo where your kids can get up close with these gentle animals.
19. The Interurban Train Railway in Plano will teach visitors about the Texas Electric Railway system. Whether or not you consider yourself a train enthusiast, this place is filled with interesting facts and gems.
20. Bicentennial Park in Southlake is one of my family’s favorites. Splash pads, water features and plenty of shade make this park fun for everyone.