Things to do in ARLINGTON with kids

If we suggested taking a fun day out to a family friendly Texan city, would Arlington come to mind? If not, it really should! This often overlooked gem has all the kids fun of other big Texan cities, with a few surprises thrown in!

Love thrills and spills? They have that completely covered! You want thrills? None other than Six Flags will be waiting for you!  Prefer spills? Then head on over to Hurricane Harbor - perfect for those hot Texan summer days!

Does your mind wander to the stars? Then let your eyes wander there too at the fascinating Arlington Planetarium where kids can check out what planets and constellations can be see in the bright Texan sky!

Think Arlington is all city? Nope! River Legacy Living Nature Center has miles of hiking and biking trails for those nature loving families. We told you Arlington had some surprises!

Don’t forget to say a big “Howdy!” when you get to this big city with it’s small town feel, because we know it will be saying “Howdy!” right back at ya!

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  • Planetarium at UT Arlington

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    Arlington

    Enjoy live stargazing and fascinating programs at this state of the art planetarium, located at the University of Texas!

  • Hurricane Harbor

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    (2 miles) Arlington

    Ocean sized thrills perfect for the whole family on that hot summers day, with over 24 rides of varying intensity, and a great way for an active family to stay cool!

  • Six Flags Over Texas

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    (2 miles) Arlington

    Big thrills and more gentle adventures at this iconic theme park in Texas. Great family fun for all ages!

  • International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame

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    (2 miles) Arlington

    Get ready to bowl! Just across the street from Six Flags, explore early Egyptian bowling games, see what middle age lawn bowling was like and actually bowl on our 'Highway 66' mini lanes! You won’t ...

  • River Legacy Living Science Center

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    (3 miles) Arlington

    A 12,000 square foot nature center with interactive exhibits, nature trails and aquariums, which leads into the 1,300 acre River Legacy Parks.

  • Alley Cats Family Entertainment Center

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    (4 miles) Arlington

    Great fun for the whole family in Arlington, Texas, with ten pin bowling, rock climbing, laser tags, putt putt golf, and a fun arcade!

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not Grand Prairie

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    (6 miles) Grand Prairie

    Experience the weird and the wonderful at Ripley's Believe It Or Not in Grand Prairie, Texas! You won't believe some of what you will see!

  • ITz Euless

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    (7 miles) Euless

    Family fun centre featuring tenpin bowling, bumper cars, climbing wall, laser tag and heaps of games!

  • Laser Quest

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    (9 miles) North Richland Hills

    offers live action laser tag, the bruise-less, mess-less combat game played with infra red equipment!

  • NRH2O Family Water Park

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    (9 miles) North Richland Hills

    17 amazing acres of water fun in this Dallas / Fort Worth water park for those water lovers of ALL ages! Lagoons, rivers, slides and a children's area await you!

  • Cedar Hill State Park

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    (11 miles) Cedar Hill

    Outdoor adventure in Texas with this fun state park, with a swimming beach, kayaking and fishing, trails, 3 playgrounds and camping!

  • Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

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    (12 miles) Cedar Hill

    Nature tours, hiking trails, play areas, the great outdoors, and a chance to join the Citizen Science Program! Y'all have outdoor fun in Texas now!

  • Hawaiian Falls Mansfield

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    (12 miles) South Mansfield

    A fun Hawaiian themed water park for the whole family to enjoy on those hot Texas days! Rides, wave pools, and lots of family fun to be had!

  • Summit Rock Climbing

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    (13 miles) Grapevine

    Welcomes kids from 7 years to try their hand at bouldering and climbing via their kids' club, recreational team and private lessons.

  • National Scouting Museum

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    (13 miles) Irving

    The Museum preserves, collects, organizes, and displays Scouting's treasures documenting the movement's unique influence on American culture.

  • MetroDemic Scavenger Hunts

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    (13 miles) Fort Worth

    Save the city of Fort Worth from a horrible outbreak with this fun online scavenger hunt that takes you around some iconic sites!

  • Grapevine Vintage Railroad

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    (14 miles) Grapevine

    From short jaunts out with Thomas The Tank Engine and the abbreviated Fun Trains trip, to full excursions and seasonal specials. Plus every weekend the train is robbed by bandits, who's kid doesn't ...

  • Lester Lorch Park

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    (14 miles) Cedar Hill

    Beautiful park space, trails and 36 holes of disc golf! Great for outdoor loving families!

  • Stockyards Station

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    (14 miles) Fort Worth

    Texan style big family fun fearing all things cowgirl and cowboy in the heart of Fort Worth.

  • Fort Worth Stockyards

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    (14 miles) Fort Worth

    Forth Worth Stockyards is yee haw fun with attractions like rodeos, mazes, gunfights, museums, and cattle herds.

  • Fort Worth Zoo

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    (14 miles) Fort Worth

    Visit the oldest zoo in Texas, with 16 permanent exhibits, animals from all around the world, a water park and great learning opportunities for kids!

  • Ellens Amusement Center

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    (15 miles) Cedar Hill

    A great Texas style family fun center with something for everyone! Batting cages, mini golf, paintball, go-karts...enjoy!

  • Log Cabin Village

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    (15 miles) Fort Worth

    Step back in time into the 19th century at Fort Worth's living history museum, that preserves the heritage of Texas

  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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    (15 miles) Fort Worth

    Enjoy a day out in nature with the oldest botanic garden in the whole of Texas, with 110 acres of gardens, plants, and activities just for families and kids!

  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

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    (15 miles) Fort Worth

    Enjoy a celebration of the women who have shaped the American West in this National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in that yee haw town of Fort Worth!

  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

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    (15 miles) Fort Worth

    With fascinating exhibits, a planetarium, and a Children's Museum, this hands-on museum in Fort Worth makes science and history FUN!

  • Bahama Beach

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    (15 miles) Dallas

    Cool off in summer with this family water park, with slides, playground, fortresses and dumping buckets! It can only be Bahama Beach in Texas!

  • Zero Gravity Thrill Park

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    (16 miles) Dallas

    EXTREME rides for EXTREME families at this Texas thrill park, with rides that will test your bravery to the limit!

  • SpeedZone

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    (16 miles) Dallas

    Get behind the wheel and perfect those karting driving skills at SpeedZone! With state of the art racing tracks, rides, mini golf and bowling!

  • Legoland Discovery Center

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    (16 miles) Grapevine

    Explore educational activities and kids' attractions inside the biggest box of LEGO at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Dallas Fort Worth.

  • Dallas Zoo

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    (17 miles) Dallas

    95 acres of amazing animal attractions for the family to enjoy in Dallas - with additional exhibits and animals encounters!

  • Frontiers Of Flight Museum

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    (17 miles) Dallas

    Aviation history for the whole family at this fascinating museum that brings to life the stories from our aviation past - with real life aircraft on display.

  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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    (18 miles) Dallas

    A fascinating, moving and educational exhibition all on the life and assassination of that great man - John F. Kennedy - in the location where it supposedly happened.

  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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    (18 miles) Dallas

    5 floors of fascinating and interactive exhibit galleries, including a specific interior museum for under 5s, 3D animations and interactive games.

  • The Dallas World Aquarium

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    (18 miles) Dallas

    Explore under the oceans at Dallas World Aquarium, with creatures from all across the globe ready to be experienced by kids!