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101 Family Day Trips and Staycation Ideas Around Dallas

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Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Dallas. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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Explore Gardens and Sculpture Gardens

  Nasher Sculpture Center
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  Lavender Ridge Farms
Dallas Museum of Art Sculpture Garden



Get Wild on a Hike

  Trinity River Audubon Center
Cedar Ridge Preserve
  Twelve Hills Nature Center
Spring Creek Forest Preserve
Texas Buckeye Trail


Time Travel Today

  Frisco Heritage Center
Heritage Farmstead Museum
Old Red Museum
Dallas Historical Society
The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum


Make Life a Beach

Joe Pool Lake
Pebble Beach Park
Burger's Lake
Little Elm Park
Meadowmere Park
Ray Roberts Lake State Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

Bahama Beach
Great Wolf Lodge - Grapevine
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Hawaiian Falls
King Spa and Waterpark
Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex
Chisholm Aquatics Center
Water Works Park
Wet Zone
Randol Mill Family Aquatic Center
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Dallas Musuem of Art
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame
Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum and Sculpture
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
DFW Elite Toy Museum
African American Museum, Dallas


Explore These Cities

Fort Worth
Broken Bow


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Commemorative Air Force
Frontiers of Flight Museum
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Museum of the American Railroad
McKinney Avenue Trolley
Forest Park Miniature Railroad
Cavanaugh Flight Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Kadee Farm
Yesterland Farm
Elves Farm
Blueberry Hills Farm


Play Ball!

  Allen Americans
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Mavericks
Texas Rangers
Dallas Stars 
FC Dallas


Treat Yo' Self

  Rocket Fizz
Fuzziwig's Candy Factory
Blooms Candy & Soda Pop Shop
Pokey O's Cookies and Ice Cream


Connect with Nature

Klyde Warren Park
The Katy Trail
Lake Texoma
Davy Crockett National Forest
Caddo Lake State Park
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Splash Kingdom
Six Flags Over Texas
Big Rivers Water Park


Talk to the Animals

In-Sync Exotics
Dallas Zoo
Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
Arbuckle Wilderness Park
Rocky Ridge Safari


Explore the Globe Close to Home

Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Samurai Collection
Meadows Museum


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

Turner Falls State Park
Wichita Falls at Lucy Park
  Hamilton Pool Preserve


Get Active Indoors

  YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center
ASI Gymnastics
Premier Martial Arts


Challenge Yourself

  Go Ape!
Summit Rock Climbing Gym
Escape the Room


Shop Your Heart Out

  Grapevine Mills
Half Price Books
Toys Unique
Galleria Dallas

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Dallas. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away