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Fun Day trips around Dallas

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Have the day off? Last minute no weekend plans? Plan a last minute family fun day! Here are some day trips ideas into Dallas and surrounding areas that would make for great memories and fun for the whole family.

Day Trips in Dallas

Dallas Zoo: You can easily take the DART train to the Dallas Zoo! Bring a picnic and some comfy walking shoes.

Perot Museum: Located in downtown Dallas, this museum offers fun for all ages. Since it opened 2012, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has inspired so many – young and old alike and has been a favorite cultural destination. It is open daily, and visitors often spend hours exploring all five floors to see dinosaurs and animals from the past and view a 3D movie.

Klyde Warren Park: Take a break from the hustle and bustle and bring your kids to play at this park that goes across Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Enjoy the tasty food trucks and soak up some sun.

Dallas Aquarium: Kids of all ages will love this. You can make a day of it and eat in the West End area or bring a picnic lunch and head the park afterward!

Dallas Arts District:  A perfect place to walk around most especially when the temperature is mild. The Arts District is a 20 square blocks and encompassing 68 acres, a hub of creativity features art for all the senses with award-winning museums, performing arts venues, restaurants, and bars.

Dallas Children’s Theater: For the theater lovers, this is your spot. Grab the whole family and watch one of their Broadway-like shows that guarantee to entertain everyone.

Reunion Tower: One of Dallas’ most recognizable landmarks which offer panoramic 360-degree views of the Dallas skyline. It is located next to the Hyatt Regency Dallas; the Reunion Tower Geo-Deck provides an indoor/outdoor observation deck, dining options, and unique entertaining spaces.

Dallas Heritage Village: A perfect place to step back in time, see and experience the nineteenth-century Texan life. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and teach the history of Dallas and North Central Texas. History buff or not, it is a special place for everyone.

Katy Trial: What a beautiful 4.6-mile long paved trail, located in the heart of Dallas, Texas! It is best for running, jogging, walking, cycling, skating, and it is best for all ages. The Katy Trail goes close by to the following points of interest: American Airlines Center Sports Arena, Pike Park, Reverchon Park, Turtle Creek Parkway, Robert E. Lee Park, Arlinton Hall at Lee Park, William B. Dean Park, Abbott Park, Glencoe Park.

Arboretum: Spend the day at the beautiful arboretum in the heart of Dallas of the serene White Rock Lake. Spring and Fall are great times to go to view the flowers and see the amazing displays.

White Rock Lake: Located only a few miles from downtown, this beautiful lake is a perfect place to escape the city life without having to leave the city limits.  You can enjoy the 9 miles of trails for hiking and biking, and it offers some picnic areas, playgrounds, a dog park, and a cultural center, and the lake for water activities like stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and fishing.

Trinity Audobon Center: An excellent place for nature lovers! It is a perfect place to explore miles of trails, to learn about local birds and wildlife at its Children’s Discovery Garden; and participate in a wide range of special events and programs.

Trinity Groves: One of the most popular spots for a photo shoot! Located directly next to the Trinity River and at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Suspension Bridge; it offers most picturesque views of downtown Dallas. Since it opened, it has become a popular destination for locals and tourists. It is filled with restaurants, shops, and galleries.

Day Trips just outside of Dallas

There are tons of places to go within an hours drive but still in North Texas.

Six Flags: Spend a full day at Six Flags over Texas. Ride the rides, eat, and see the fun shows in the park.

Fort Worth Zoo: Want to get out of Dallas? Try the Fort Worth Zoo, it is home to more than 7000 native and exotic animals

Fort Worth Stockyards: Head over a little farther west to Ft. Worth! They have so much to do and see there. Be sure to check out the stockyards.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden: Open all year long for you to enjoy! No matter what the season, there is always something spectacular to see and you can enjoy the Native Texas Boardwalk, Rock Springs, the Four Season Garden, Backyard Vegetable Garden, and the Japanese Garden.

Coyote Drive-In (2 locations: Lewisville, and Ft. Worth): Take the family to a fun drive-in movie! Watch for specials, sometimes they have a double feature where you pay for, but you can see two movies!

Ranger Game in Arlington: Cheer on the Rangers baseball team in Arlington!

Burger’s Lake:  Enjoy a day on the water at Burger’s Lake. A fun waterhole and you will think you’re at the beach!

Lake Lewisville: Want to spend the day on the water? Head to Lake Lewisville to eat and play on the water. Lots to do there!

Legoland: See sculptures made entirely of Legos! They are located in Grapevine Mills Mall.

The Harbor Rockwall: Great place for shopping, dining, movies or just to soak in the gorgeous view on Lake Ray

Heard Museum: Located in McKinney on 289 acres of wildlife sanctuary. Come walk the trails and check out the fun exhibits.




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