If you’re bringing the kids along for a vacation in Dallas-Fort Worth, family-friendly fun is the name of the game no matter where you go in the Metroplex! So take it from the parenting pros on the top hot spots to experience for a real home run with our suggested itinerary for families visiting DFW.
Arrive in Fort Worth for your first family fun stop—right off of I-30 or I-35. You can’t miss this mix of small town and urban fun.
GO BACK IN TIME
FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS:
You’ll find tons of free family fun at Fort Worth’s Stockyards National Historic District including the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily on Exchange Avenue. Say howdy to the drovers and strike a pose after the drive for a memorable photo op.
Head east on I-30 and you’ll know you’re in Arlington when you see the giant roller coasters of Six Flags Over Texas. | Approx. Travel Time: 20 min.
Texas Rangers Game, Courtesy: @house_of_west
HOME RUN FOR THE WHOLE TEAM
Arlington scores high with Globe Life Park (where the Texas Rangers play) and AT&T Stadium (where the Dallas Cowboys play). Both are within walking distance in the Entertainment District where you can spend a whole weekend exploring.
Also located nearby in the Entertainment District are Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor where you can get all the thrills on the rides at Six Flags and cool off with some water fun at Hurricane Harbor.
Just up the road from Arlington, you’ll find Grand Prairie right off of W. Main Street | Approx. Travel Time: 15 min.
Epic Waters, Courtesy: @coastergeekz
MAKE A SPLASH
Grand Prairie is home to the largest indoor water park in the nation: Epic Waters. With a retractable roof, Epic Waters offers year round swimming, thrills, relaxing and more. Whether it’s 30 degrees or 100 degrees outside, there’s always fun inside. Kids will love choosing from the eleven waterslides—three of which are “first of their kind.”
From Grand Prairie, heard north on Highway 360 toward DFW Airport. | Approx. Travel Time: 22 min.
Grapevine Railroad, Courtesy: @karisnarofk
FIND FUN YEAR ROUND
THE GAYLORD TEXAN RESORT:
There’s always something great to do in Grapevine, and if you’re looking for the perfect vacation headquarters, plan to stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort—complete with an indoor river walk, tons of kids activities and a unique water park, Paradise Springs.
Hop aboard the historic Grapevine Vintage Railroad and be transported to the Fort Worth Stockyards or journey through Grapevine in a 1920’s Victorian coach. You can also choose from exciting seasonal experiences throughout the year including Day out with Thomas and the North Pole Express.
Take TX-114 east toward Dallas where you’ll be greeted by the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. | Approx. Travel Time: 30 min.
Dallas Zoo, Courtesy: @tressapaavola
THE DALLAS ZOO:
Big fun is what you’ll find in the Big D especially for the whole family. Head out for a full day of exploring at the largest zoological experience in Texas at the Dallas Zoo. Pro tip: Save on multiple family-friendly attractions like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science or the Dallas Arboretum with the Dallas CityPASS.
Time to explore one of the most unique museums in the area or root for the home team. Take the Dallas North Tollway to Frisco. | Approx. Travel Time: 30 min.
Courtesy: National Videogame Museum
ALL FUN & GAMES
NATIONAL VIDEOGAME MUSEUM:
Any gamer young or old will love to get their hands on this interactive museum featuring over 100,000 video game consoles, games, artifacts and more. The only museum of its kind, the National Videogame Museum allows visitors to relive the history of the industry while playing as many games as possible.
Did you know there’s seven professional teams in Frisco? That’s right, you can enjoy a wide range of family-friendly sporting events such as Dallas Cowboys practices at the Ford Center at The Star; FC Dallas games at Toyota Stadium; Frisco RoughRiders games at Dr Pepper Ballpark; and the Dallas Stars at Dr Pepper StarsCenter.