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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around the Mid-Cities


Remember, it's always best to follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation.

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 the Mid-Cities. 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
Fort Worth Botanical Garden
Nasher Sculpture Center
Texas Sculpture Garden



Get Wild on a Hike

  Bob Jones Nature Center
Cedar Hill State Park
Cedar Ridge Preserve
Colleyville Nature Center


Time Travel Today

  A.W. Perry Homestead Museum
Arlington Historical Society
Old City Park
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum


Make Life a Beach

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

  Arlington Museum of Art
Cattle Raisers Museum
Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
National Videogame Museum


Explore These Cities

  Glen Rose
Forth Worth


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

  Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Vintage Flying Museum
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Interurban Railway Museum
Frontiers of Flight Museum
Forest Park Miniature Railroad
McKinney Avenue Trolley


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Hall's Pumpkin Farm
Kadee Farm
Preston Trail Farms
Henrietta Creek Orchard
Elves Farm
Blueberry Hill Farms
Mainstay Farm


Play Ball!

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


Treat Yo' Self

  Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream
Paradise Bakery and Cafe


Connect with Nature

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Colleyville Nature Center
  Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area
Dallas Arboretum
Lake Texoma
Davy Crockett National Forest


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Six Flags Over Texas
Celebration Station


Talk to the Animals

  Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
Dallas Zoo
RNR Stables
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
The Dallas World Aquarium
Fort Worth Zoo


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Artes de la Rosa Cultural Center for the Arts
The Samurai Collection
Meadows Museum
African American Museum, Dallas
Crow Collection of Asian Art


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

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


Get Active Indoors

  Altitude Trampoline Park
Pump it Up
Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA
The REC of Grapevine
Galleria Dallas Ice Skating Center


Challenge Yourself

  Go Ape!
Summit Rock Climbing Gym
Trinity Forest Adventure Park


Shop Your Heart Out

  The Shops at Willow Bend
Bricks & Minifigs
Half Price Books
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 Midcities. 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