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Top Attractions to See at the State Fair of Texas With Kids

The State Fair of Texas is almost here. I just love this time of year! Bring on the corny dogs and Big Tex! It’s such a fun time to take the kids and make a fun day out of it. We decided as a family a few years ago that we would visit the fair every other year because it can be costly. This year is our year to go and I’m so excited! I’ve put together my top attractions to see at the State Fair of Texas With Kids.

Top things to see and do at the Fair with Kids

Big Tex!

This is a landmark. You have to go see Big Tex. If you’ve been around here for awhile you might even remember where you were when the old Big Tex caught on fire. It was awful. Luckily, this Big Tex is good as new and he’s looking good. He gets very crowded but he’s also a good meeting area or a place if you get lost. Big Tex is always high on our list!

Things to see and do at the Fair with Kids

Animals

Yes, they stink and it gets crowded but the kids love feeding them. Visiting and feeding the animals is a huge highlight every year. Go to the inside area and fork over the cash to actually feed the baby animals. The kids will love you forever.

Dog Show

If you are a dog lover then go to the indoor dog show. This is a nice treat to be able to sit down in the a/c! This is a great show that is kid-friendly and short and sweet. It does draw a nice crowd so be prepared to wait!

Things to see and do at the Texas Fair with Kids

The Big Wheel

We never really go on this because the lines are always sooooo long but it’s fun to look at. I cannot imagine actually waiting in line for that but to each his own. I love taking pictures of it! If you’ve ridden this wheel, how long did you wait in line?

Food

Food is actually a highlight of the fair. Did you know some people come to the fair just for the food? They do!  We can’t leave without getting a Fletcher’s corn dog. They never taste as good as they do anywhere else as they do at the state fair. We always comment on how many tickets each corn dog is, but they are worth every ticket!! Other food favorites include a funnel cake, turkey legs (I’ve never had one!) and there’s always the food court area to try the winning foods of the fair.

Midway Games

Okay, so this is not high on my list but it is for my kids. This costs a fortune and the prizes are the worst things ever but the kids keep trying. We try and put this one-off until the bitter end. Maybe you have a good excuse to bypass this one??

 

This is my one extra stop and my kids love to go visit this half of a man. He’s funny (and a little crude) but he’s very interesting! Have you ever seen him? I cannot figure out his trick!

 

Are you going to the fair this year with your kids? What are your favorite things to do? Opening day is Friday, September 29th! We’ll see you at the Fair! Here’s a look at the daily schedule and ticket price information.

The best things to see and do with Kids at the State Fair of Texas

Let’s Go Visit the Dallas Zoo!

If you’re new to the Dallas area then spending the day at the Dallas Zoo is a must. It’s a great zoo with a lot to offer for the whole family. Grab your walking shoes, here are 5 Reasons to Go to the Dallas Zoo.

Visit the Dallas Zoo

Size

The Dallas Zoo is a good sized zoo. It’s not too big and not too little. You can definitely do it in a day or even a few hours if you just have an afternoon. I’ve been to the Dallas Zoo several times and I feel like it’s very well marked and labeled for visitors. There are tons of maps and signs showing good directions.

Visit the Dallas Zoo

Africa Exhibit

This hands down one of our favorite exhibits and what we do as soon as we arrive at the zoo every single time. We bypass all the other things and head straight to the African exhibit to feed the giraffes. This does cost extra (around $5) but is so worth it! My advice is to get there early and do this first so the giraffes are hungry! The giraffes will come right up at your eye level and eat from your hands. It’s an amazing experience that you and your kids will never forget!!

Visit the Dallas Zoo

Looking for more fun things to do in Dallas? Check out these Best Places to Take Visitors or visit Klyde Warren Park

Children’s Area

The Dallas Zoo has a fabulous children’s area that is great kids. There is a fun water area so if you go during warmer months bring swim gear. We usually go during spring break and let the kids take shoes/socks off. You should also bring a towel. Other features in this area include a Farm where you can pet and see baby animals, a Swap/Shop area, Bird’s Landing, and other fun amenities. They also have eateries and places to sit in the shade. Just a warning; we usually do this LAST. Our kids NEVER want to leave this spot!!

Visit the Dallas Zoo

(photo courtesy of Traci Denny)

New Hippo Exhibit

Spring of 2017 opened a brand new $14 million dollar center just for the hippos! It includes an African water hole that is 24 foot by 8 foot underwater viewing window of the 120,000-gallon pool. Visitors can get really up close and personal with the hippos in their new habitat. Come meet the Hippos in the Dallas Zoo YouTube channel, check it out!

Zoo Membership

Visiting the zoo can be expensive but there is a great deal that many people don’t take advantage of and that’s getting a membership. A family membership will cost you $129 for the year but it will include 2 adults and 4 children to come year round (364 days a year!) for free parking,  a subscription to the zoo magazine, free admission, exclusive members only event invites, and tons of discounts. This would be a great gift idea from grandparents or family instead of toys!

What is your favorite thing about the Dallas Zoo? Tell us in the comments!

DFW Boat Show

If you’re looking for some good family fun this summer then check out the DFW Summer Boat Expo. It’s the largest boating event in North Texas and will feature over 450 boat and watercraft models from over 20 North Texas boat dealers. This would be fun for the entire family to check out. Here’s more info about the boat show and how you can earn free tickets!

When:  

Thursday, July 20, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission)

Friday, July 21, 3-8 p.m. (Free admission)

Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m- 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

The weekend days will have a lot more traffic so try and attend on Thursday or Friday to save money on admission!

Where: Dallas Market Hall

2200 Stemmons Freeway

Dallas, Texas 75207

 

Cost & Ticket Information:

$12 Adults

$6 Children (ages 5-13)

Free (Children under 5)

Tickets for the show are only available at the door

Parking is free of charge

 

These are some of the brands that will be represented:

Bennington, Regal , Yamaha , South Bay, Four Winns, Triton, Glastron, Blue Wave, Berkshire Pontoons, Xpress Boats, Sea Hunt, Xcursion, Cobalt Boats, Starcraft, Supra, Moomba , Chaparral, Cruisers Yachts, G3 Boats, Southwind, Nautic Star, Rinker, Hurricane, Sweetwater/Godfrey, Aqua Patio, San Pan, Polar Craft, Malibu, Axis, Correct Craft/Nautique, Legend Boats, Sportsman, Sun Chaser, Avalon, Caravelle, Hurricane, Epic, Nautic Star, Clearwater, Veranda, Xpress Boats, Skeeter, Supreme, Sylvan, Monterey, Crest, Sea Fox,  Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Harris Flote Bote, Bayliner, Meridian, Grady White and more

Visiting the DFW boat show is the perfect way to beat the heat this summer and help support the boating and marine industry of North Texas. For more information about the DFW Boat Expo, go to www.dallasboatexpo.com/. Connect on Facebook – www.facebook.com/dfwboatexpo and Twitter – @dfwboatexpo.

Giveaway: Guess what? We’re giving away 4 tickets to the Boat Show. Be sure and follow Plano Moms on Instagram and Facebook for more details.