Dallas is a big city, and to some it may seem difficult to find fun things to do in Dallas Texas… but they’re out there!
We have been there a few times and I want to tell you about the things to do in Dallas Texas that we have discovered! These include some fun attractions, like the Dallas Zoo, Southfork, the Dallas Aquarium, and more.
If you are planning a Dallas vacation, you will also need a few places to eat at, and a place to stay in, so I will tell you about a few great restaurants to try and few hotels to consider (including downtown hotels and Bed & Breakfasts).
I also have listings of events taking place in Dallas. To help you easily find the Dallas attractions, hotels, and restaurants, I have a map that shows their exact locations. I also have a Dallas weather forecast for the next few days to help you plan.
Before I continue, when I say “Dallas”, I do mean the Dallas area and that will include other cities too. Now on too…
Things To Do In Dallas Texas
The first of our favorite things to do in Dallas Texas is a visit to the Dallas Aquarium (aka Dallas World Aquarium), which is a fascinating place.
They have a big aquarium with an underwater tunnel and several cool exhibitions, like the “Rainforest” (South American jungle), “South Africa”, and “Mundo Maya” (Mayan civilization).
My kids love the Dallas Texas Aquarium. I think yours will too.
Another of my kids’ favorite things to do in Dallas Texas is a visit to the Dallas Zoo.
The Dallas Zoo is near downtown Dallas. It covers about 95 acres and has around 1800 animals! The Dallas Zoo also has a very nice area for little kids.
If your kids like animals, take them to the Dallas Zoo. They’ll have a good time!
There are at least three water parks in Dallas Texas.
Two are two Hawaiian Falls water parks, one in Garland and the other in The Colony. The third is Bahama Beach water park, south of downtown Dallas.
The Dallas Texas water parks are really great in Texas’ hot summers!
Horse back riding was one of my favorite things to do as a kid. I had a horse named Dusty and had lots of fun riding her. My kids also like horses a lot, but they don’t get to do horse back riding as often I did.
I was so happy when I discovered the Double D Ranch where we could all do horse back riding in Dallas Texas. There is much more than only horseback riding to do though.
I think it is a great place for kids to get the Texas experience!
Six Flags near Dallas Texas is called Six Flags Over Texas in honor of the flags of the six nations that governed Texas. It is located in Arlington, about midway between Dallas & Fort Worth.
Six Flags has a free-fall tower, a wooden roller coaster, several steel roller coasters, trains, and many other rides that my kids love.
A day at Six Flags is always a fun day in my kids’ lives! I like it too, but these days I check out roller coasters carefully before I get on them!
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas on November 22, 1963. The shots were supposedly fired from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository building. Today, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is located in this building.
I think a visit to the museum is worthwhile since the death of Pres. Kennedy had such a profound effect on our country.
If you were old enough to watch the TV series “Dallas” back in the 80s, a visit to Southfork Ranch will be a treat.
Since the end of “Dallas”, Southfork Ranch, the Ewing home, has been turned into a tourist attraction. It is located in Plano, about 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas.
We have been there several times… We once took my parents there. They were big Dallas fans and loved Southfork Ranch. We also went there a couple more times for my kids’ Taekwondo tournaments.
I must honestly say that my kids couldn’t really be bothered because they never watched the show. However, my wife and I enjoyed every visit to Southfork!
If you like golf or mini-golf, TopGolf Dallas is a great place to go spend a few hours!
I think of TopGolf as a golf entertainment center!
They have several different types of point-scoring golf games to play, including a huge mini-golf course. They also have a bar and a restaurant that serves great meals. You can even host parties there.
This is a place that grown-ups and kids can enjoy. If you haven’t been to TopGolf yet, give it a try. I think you’ll like it!
Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is a fantastic waterpark in Grapevine, towards the northwest of downtown Dallas.
I won’t say too much here, but I urge you to read why Great Wolf Lodge is something you do not want to miss when vacationing in Dallas.
These are some of our favorite things to do in Dallas Texas. There are of course many more… the Dallas area is huge… and I will be adding more of the best things to do as I discover them. So return to this page often!
I hope you have a lot of fun while visiting Dallas! We do!
PS. Look at our Dallas map to see where all these things to do are located. The map also shows hotels and restaurants.