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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations around the Mid-Cities / DFW Area





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, Fort Worth, and all over the Mid-Cities. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!

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, as well as to check each venue's COVID requirements (masks, limits, social distancing).

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

  Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Brekenridge Park
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area


Time Travel Today

  Dinosaur Valley State Park
Chestnut Square Historic Village
Log Cabin Village
Dallas Heritage Village 
Plano Heritage Farmstead


Make Life a Beach

  Burgers Lake
Joe Pool Lake
White Rock Lake Conservancy
Lake Grapevine 
Lake Lewisville Lake Park


Splash into Some Water Fun

  Six Flags Hurricane HarborThe Waterpark at Beachside Billy's Volente Beach
The Waterpark at Beachside Billy's Volente Beach
Castaway Cove Waterpark
Great WolfLodge - Grapevine


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Ft. Worth Museum: Science and History
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame
Kimbell Art Museum
Perot Museum of Nature and Science 
Play Street Museum
Children's Aquarium at Fair Park


Explore These Cities



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

  Frontiers of Flight Museum
Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Museum of the American Railroad
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Texas Motor Speedway
Harbor Lights Cruises


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Yesterland Farm
Nash Farm
Halls Pumpkin Farm
Mainstay Farm 
Blessington Farm
Lone Star Family Farm


Play Ball!

  Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Wings
Texas Rangers 
Dallas Stars
Dallas Rattlers
FC Dallas


Treat Yo' Self

  Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream
Cow Tipping Creamery
Devious Desserts
Melt Ice Creams 
Paleteria San Marcos
Sweet Firefly


Connect with Nature

  Ft. Worth Botanic Garden
The Ft.Worth Japanese Garden
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Trinity River Audubon Center
Leonhardt Lagoon at Fair Park


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Splash Kingdom
Six Flags Over Texas
Zero Gravity Thrill Amuseument Park
Morgan's Wonderland 
Six Flags Fiesta Texas


Talk to the Animals

  Fritz Park Petting Zoo
Ft. Worth Zoo
Westland Ranch
Stockyards Stables Petting Zoo 
Sea Life - Grapevine


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Plano International Festival
Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Dallas Latino Street Fest 
Latino Cultural Center


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Airfield Falls
Prairie Creek Park Waterfall
Waterfall at Marion Samson Park
Ft. Worth Botanic Garden Waterfalls 
Waterfall at Pioneer Plaza


Get Active Indoors

  iT'Z Family Food & Fun
Adventure Landing
LegoLand Discovery Center


Challenge Yourself

  Escape The Room
Summit Climbing Gym
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 
Trinity Forest Adventure Park
Galleria Ice Skating Center


Shop Your Heart Out

  Froggie's 5 & 10
Monkey & Dog Books
Toy's Unique
The Toy Maven 





Most of these destinations are within an hour from ___________. 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