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Fun Day trips around Dallas

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/Ft. Worth Area

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

Ft. Worth Zoo: Want to get out of Dallas? Try the Ft. Worth Zoo.

Perot Museum: Located in downtown Dallas, this museum offers fun for all ages. See dinosaurs and animals from the past. View a 3D movie or just bring a picnic and enjoy the scenery.

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!

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!

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

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

Ft. 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.

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 1 but you can see 2 movies!

Legoland: Come see sculptures made entirely of Legos! Located in Grapevine Mills Mall.

Day Trips Just Outside of Dallas:

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!

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

The Star in Frisco: Visit the Dallas Cowboys headquarters and even go on a tour!


Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic' em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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