My summer fun with kids always starts at parks. One of our favorites is Bicentennial Park in Southlake, because it offers a large variety of activities and is fun for all the ages in our family. For me, there is plenty of shade, it’s fully fenced and gated and the bathrooms are clean. My kids love the sand pit, sprayground, small creek, zipline, slides, swings, a dragon to climb on and hammock swings. There’s also ample grassy areas for older kids to play Frisbee or kick a ball around!
The nostalgic streetcar connecting the Dallas Arts district with the shops and galleries of Uptown is an awesome free way to have a city tour. Our family likes to start at Klyde Warren Park in the Arts District of Dallas. I let the kids get wet in the splash pad, then dry off and catch the trolley from the north side of the park. Exploring downtown Dallas in the comfort of an air-conditioned, vintage trolley is definitely a unique opportunity for memorable summer fun!
There are only two locations in America where money is printed and engraved. One is in Washington DC and the other is in North Fort Worth. Here, you can learn all about how money is made! No reservation required, just show up between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Tuesday through Friday, take a free self-guided tour and enjoy all the activities for kids.
DFW airport is the fourth busiest airport in the world. Don’t miss the awe of watching the planes take off and land from this prime location just north of the airport in Grapevine! Our family loves to talk about where the planes are headed and what adventures the passengers are taking. We also spend time reminiscing about our past vacation memories. Founders’ Plaza is open daily and is free to visit!
At the Water Gardens in Fort Worth, you’ll find unique water fountains and the “mountain” made from stone blocks. Climb up the mountain for panoramic views or venture down the valley with water running under your feet. The sound of the waterfalls creates a relaxing and peaceful experience, with plenty of room for the kids to move around. You aren’t allowed to get in the water here, but you can ride the free Molly the Trolley to Sundance Square where the kids can run through the fountains.
The TEXRail is a brand new addition to the public transportation system in DFW. Your family can ride from the airport (Terminal B) all the way to downtown Fort Worth in under an hour! Ride for $2.50 per adult or $1.25 per kid. Our family likes to get off in Grapevine, stroll Main Street, grab a bite to eat and snap photos of the murals and sculptures. You can also ride the TEXRail to the Fort Worth Stockyards or downtown Fort Worth at the Water Gardens. See VisitDFW’s guide to the TEXRail for a full day of fun!
While most big cities have a zoo, what makes the Dallas Zoo unique is being able to discover dinosaurs! Until September, you can have summer fun with kids finding over 24 larger-than-life dinosaurs. Your kids will interact with robotic dinosaurs and be able to search for fossils. You won’t want to miss this limited-time exhibit!
At this Frisco museum, the operating model “Traintopia” meanders 2,500 feet through miniature scenes from around the country. My favorite memory is my delighted toddler endlessly squealing, “Choo-Choo” as the train made its way around the model village. Located inside the Frisco Discovery Center, this museum costs $8 for adults and $4 for kids. At the Discovery Center, you’ll also find the Sci-Tech Discovery Center and the National Videogame Museum. Spending a day here is perfect for summer fun with kids, tweens or teens!
Once you’ve watched the model train in Frisco, it’s time to experience your own ride on a miniature train! The Forest Park Minature Railroad (a Fort Worth favorite since the 1950s) offers a 5-mile round trip ride across Trinity River to Trinity Park. The kids will love hearing the horn as you chug down the tracks. The ticket booth and train stop only accepts cash ($5 per person) and parking is free. Catch a ride Friday through Sunday!
This unique attraction only has a handful of locations across the country, so we’re really lucky to have one in Grapevine! LEGOLAND has rides, playgrounds, an outdoor splash pad and multiple LEGO building locations. Plus, it’s all located inside one of the best malls you’ll ever experience. At Grapevine Mills Mall, you can go under the sea in SEA LIFE Aquarium right across the hall from LEGOLAND, or walk through the mall to Peppa Pig World of Play for more exciting for summer fun!
Local Tip: Reserve your tickets online to ensure entry and best prices to LEGOLAND and other Grapevine Mills Mall attractions.