The Dallas/Fort Worth Texas area is a fairly popular destination for families looking to enjoy some quality time together. Dallas and Forth Worth are actually two different cities, but they are so close together that they are often thought of as one. I-20 goes through both of them, to the south of downtown. I have been through that area of the United States many times, either going to visit my son when he lived in San Antonio, or on my way to Arizona or California. I even went on a business trip to Plano, Texas many years ago for a week. This area of Texas features a variety of kid-friendly fun and adventures the whole family will enjoy while visiting Dallas Fort Worth.
Here are some things I would add to a list of things to do if I was going on a road trip myself to visit Dallas Fort Worth.
Heritage Farmstead Museum
I am a huge fan of farms and museums, so this tops my list! This living museum will help your kids understand more about farm life. The Heritage Farmstead Museum features livestock like sheep, pigs, and chickens. You’ll also see one-room schoolhouses and old barns when you opt to tour this living farm museum. Permanent exhibits include the Plano Elegance, a Blackland Prairie Farmstead. It is an overview of Blackland Prairie farm culture and history from about 1890 to 1936. Another exhibit of interest to me is the displays of Girl Scout and Boy Scout memorabilia. This includes uniforms, books, sashes with patches, pinewood derby cars, and Girl Scout cookies.
National Videogame Museum
Who wouldn’t love to visit a museum dedicated to video games?! That’s why I had to include the National Videogame Museum on my list of fun things to do in the Dallas Forth Worth Texas area. This museum features over 100,000 artifacts. The mission is to preserve the history of videogames, and they do a pretty good job. This museum is fascinating for both kids and adults. Displays include a Timeline of Consoles, an 80’s Arcade, and “Pre-Historic Games”. (Pong anyone?)
This is the largest zoo in Texas, at least as far as animals to see goes. The Hippos at Hippo Outpost are pretty cool to witness, and you’ll enjoy seeing giraffes and penguins. During your time at the Dallas Zoo, your family will be able to understand more about why zoos are important in our world.
Stockyards National Historic District
Enjoy an old-fashioned train ride on The Grapevine Vintage Railroad for a little history lesson and then dive back into all that you can enjoy in Stockyards National Historic District. Witness a cattle drive twice daily where you can meet longhorns and drivers. This district is the best place to learn more about Fort Worth’s Western heritage. One of the only places where you can see a year round rodeo, every Friday and Saturday.
There you have it, my list of things to do in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas with kids. This list is far from complete, but it can give you a starting point and help you think of other things to do to fill in your days. From old fashioned cowboys, to cattle hurdles, and fun museums, Dallas Fort Worth in Texas surely offers you much fun to be had while visiting Dallas Fort Worth on your next family road trip vacation.