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In Dallas, everything is swanky right? Dallas is a great city to visit with lots of world-class museums, green spaces, shopping and architecture. But is Dallas Texas for kids? The answer would be a resounding yes. Thanks to lots of really rich resident, their love of philanthropy, and a flush government, there are also lots of fun free things to do in Dallas with kids that won’t break your bank. Dallas attractions for kids only start with amazing Dallas hotels for kids (with waterparks!). From there, Dallas attractions for kids include everything from museums in Dallas for kids to green spaces for exploring. Following up on our suggestions for free things to do with kids in Fort Worth, we thought we would go through free things to do in Dallas, Fort Worth’s neighbour.
- 1 Dallas Hotels For Kids
- 2 25 Free Things To Do in Dallas TX With Kids
- 3 Map of Fun Free Things To Do With Kids in Dallas
Dallas Hotels For Kids
If you are looking for the best hotels n Dallas for kids, how about a choice of hotels that include entire waterparks. Dallas is so OTT you actually have a choice of fun hotels in Dallas for kids (waterpark optional).
Here are some Dallas hotels for kids that include waterparks:
- The Hilton Anatole is located in the design district and has a waterpark on site complete with slides and a lazy river.
- If you choose to stay outside of Dallas itself, check out that family favourite, The Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine Texas.
- The Gaylord Texan has a waterpark, arcade, zip lines and a lazy river. In winter, they also have an ice exhibit similar to the Gaylord ICE Exhibit our children loved in Washington, D.C..
The best Dallas hotel for kids doesn’t necessarily need to be a resort. If you think just a nice pool with kids will placate your kids, these are two great Dallas hotels for kids.
- The Westin Galleria is located near the Galleria Dallas, a ginormous shopping mall with an American Girl store.
- The Omni Dallas Hotel pool has a heated rooftop infinity pool with fantastic views over the Dallas skyline.
To find the best hotel deals in Dallas Texas for these and other hotels, check out Hotels.com.
25 Free Things To Do in Dallas TX With Kids
There are plenty of things to do in Dallas Texas for kids that will have you opening your wallet frequently, for example theme parks like Six Flags and Hurricane Harbor. You can kept busy in Dallas for a weekend to a week. If you want a break from the city, there are easily accessible weekend getaways from Dallas, too. It’s refreshing to have some options that include free things to do in Dallas with kids.
Explore History in Dallas With Kids
Attractions in Dallas Texas for kids include historical attractions that include local as well as national history. Monuments and log cabins could make fun activities in Dallas for kids.
The JFK Memorial is located near Dealey Plaza, the site where President Kennedy was assassinated. Created by architect, Philip Johnson, the JFK Memorial was dedicated in 1970 and shaped like an open tomb.
Nearby there is Founders Plaza which has a log cabin reconstruction of the city’s founder, John Neely Bryan.
New York City may have its one famous bull statue on Wall Street but everything is bigger in Dallas. Artist Robert Summers has created a sculpture of a herd of Longhorn cattle and 3 cattle riders driving them to market. The Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive sculpture is located on the actual historic 19th century Shawnee Cattle Drive which is now in front of the Convention Center.
Note that if your kids are into cowboys, Fort Worth is an easy day trip from Dallas that is totally worth doing!
You may not think libraries provide fun Dallas activities for kids BUT the J. Erik Jonsson public library has one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence. You may also want to check out William Shakespeare’s first folio from 1623.
Check Out Public Art & Architecture in Dallas With Kids
Dallas City Hall is an impressive piece of modern architecture done by I.M. Pei who created the famed pyramid entrance to the Louvre. It’s located on a 7 acre plaza with sculptures by famous sculptor, Henry Moore.
NorthPark Center is a fun mall with food, shopping and an art collection. The art collection has works by such famous artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Stella.
What to do in Dallas with Kids: Dallas Museums For Kids
Dallas is chock full of museums and there are even some free entry ones. Most of these museums are located in the Dallas Arts District which spans some 68 acres. No need to worry about paying a lot of money for museum entrance and having to cajole children into staying somewhere they don’t like.
Among the free museums in Dallas for kids to enjoy are:
The Dallas Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the country. Among the museums in Dallas for kids, this museum would be the most prominent.
Located in a former elementary school, The Samurai Collection at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, has displays of 10 centuries of samurai gear from armor to weaponry.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is another great Dallas museum for kids. It has a small but exquisite collection that covers art from all of Asia (China, Japan, India and South East Asia). Bonus: There’s a shaded sculpture garden at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
African American Museum displays art important to African American history such as folk art, quilts and photographs.
If your kids like contemporary art like the Tate Modern or MoMA, check out the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art as an alternative Dallas attraction for kids. The art is cool, colourful and I’m sure you’ll think your kids could have done something similar.
While you are in the Dallas Art District, swing by and see the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony also designed by I.M. Pei.
Although the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is not free to enter, its lobby and plaza have a one acre forest with oversized musical instruments to play.
Dallas Attractions For Kids: Urban Oasis
There are small (by Dallas standards) parks as well as parks and recreation facilities that would make great things to do with kids in Dallas.
Fountain Place is a 60 story skyscraper in downtown Dallas also designed by I.M.Pei in the Dallas Arts District. The architect designed lobby and plaza are an amazing oasis of waterfalls and fountains set on nearly 2 acres.
Pegasus Plaza is another public park in Dallas with a fountain and stream fed by a mineral spring. The Pegasus sign has been a landmark since 1934.
There’s also a landscaped garden at CenterPark, NorthPark Center’s green space which runs community events amidst more artworks and foliage.
There’s a really well done accessible playground at Kiest Park.
Not all Dallas open spaces are urban parks. Check out fun things to do in Dallas for kids that are more free-range in style.
One of the best things to do in Dallas with kids is a visit to the Klyde Warren Park is a 5 acre urban park built over a freeway. It’s very family-friendly with a playground, food trucks, and water fountains.
White Rock Lake is a 1000+ acre man-made water and park area which lends itself to water activities like kayaking and SUP as well as strolling around its nine miles of paths.
Attraction in Dallas for Kids: Transportation Fun!
Ever since we discovered that my children find public transportation fascinating when we rode around Venice on the waterbuses, we try to use local transportation where we can.
Who can resist those pretty trolleys that add to the allure of New Orleans and San Francisco? In Dallas, you can take the free restored vintage M-Line trolleys of that go from West Village through uptown and downtown which helpfully take you through past the many cool things to do in Dallas for kids.
The D-Link is another free shuttle that takes you through some of the Dallas things to do with kids mentioned above, including the cattle drive statues in front of the convention center and the Dallas Arts District with its fab free museums.
We took eco-friendly golf carts in Miami, and my kids had a blast. The Dallas version is called E-Frogs Dallas and you can text them for pick up.
My kids also love model railroads which are also fun things to do in Dallas. Located at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the display in Dallas with 8 trains running continuously is the largest permanent display in the USA.
Map of Fun Free Things To Do With Kids in Dallas
Here are some of the fun free things to do with kids in Dallas mapped out for your convenience.
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