Dallas is a wonderful city to enjoy with children. This modern metropolis in the heart of America offers families a wealth of opportunities for education and fun, coupled with beautiful scenery and a lively pace.
Please note that this is not an itinerary submitted by an actual family. This day was planned by one of our travel experts as a recommendation for a family of children with ages 4 through late teens, based on knowledge of the city. Factors such as time, cost and distance have been considered to make this a great day to get a sense of the city and keep the children and teens interested and engaged.
Address: 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E), Dallas, TX 75203
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Getting There: Take the DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Red Line to the Dallas Zoo Station
Admission: Adults – $15, Children – $12 ($8 parking)
Established in 1888, Dallas Zoo is the oldest zoological park in Texas. Located on 103 acres and housing over 2,000 animals representing 406 species, Dallas Zoo is also the largest zoo in Texas. From the African savanna to the South American rainforests, this zoo offers an exciting adventure through habitats around the world. The Giants of the Savanna habitat features elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, zebras and other animals that call the savanna home. For just $5, visitors can feed the giraffes at eye level on the Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge. The Wilds of Africa exhibit features six African ecosystems, the first exhibit in the world to include every major habitat of an entire continent. Glide through these six habitats on the Monorail Safari, the only one in the US that climbs and turns, taking guests on a one mile tour through bush, desert, forest, woodland, river and mountain environments. Children will enjoy riding ponies, feeding birds, and petting farmyard animals at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo. The entire family will have a wild time at Dallas Zoo.
Address: 1121 First Avenue Dallas, TX 75210
Getting There: Take the DART, Green Line will bring you directly to two Fair Park stops
Admission: Free to enter, separate fees for venues
There is plenty to see and do at Fair Park. This 277-acre recreational and educational complex is home to nine museums, six performance facilities, a beautiful lagoon and Texas Star, the oldest ferris wheel in North America. Fair Park has been the host of the annual State Fair of Texas since 1886. The state fair runs each year from late September to late October and offers more than 70 amusement rides, over 200 food vendors and has 370,000 square feet of exhibits. If your visit to Dallas doesn’t match up with the State Fair, check the events page for other exciting annual events.