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Dallas
Our mission is to build and maintain a public botanic garden which promotes the art, enjoyment and knowledge of horticulture, while providing opportunities for education and research.
Cedar Hill
Swimming beach, kayaking and fishing, DORBA bike trail, 3 playgrounds and camping opportunities.
Cedar Hill
Nature Experience Tours, hiking trails, natural style play area, plenty of space and the chance to be in the Citizen Science Program.
Natural Bridge
Explore the 200 million year old natural sandstone bridge and local landscape. Features include picnic area, trail, artisian well and gift shop.
Mineral Wells
Activities include camping; lake swimming; fishing; boating; rock climbing; horse riding and hiking.
Sulphur
Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters The Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters appropriately describes Chickasaw National Recreation Area, known for its many mineral springs, cool water, flora, fauna, and wildlife. Here one's mind may wander back in ti...
Davis
Turner Falls Park, the oldest park in Oklahoma, has received national publicity and has served as a classroom for the naturalist. Many springs from the world famous Arbuckle Mountains form Honey Creek which cascades down a seventy-seven (77) foot fa...
Cameron Park
(134 Miles)
Cameron
Aside from the zoo the park also offers 3 playgrounds, splash pad, disc golf, hiking and biking trails, paddle trails and more.
Ashdown
A series of boat lanes meander through timber, marshes, and oxbow cutoffs making Millwood Lake a \"tree-filled\" fishing haven. Famous for bass tournaments, this 29,260-acre lake abounds in largemouth, catfish and crappie. Spring and fall offer angle...
Shreveport
Located three miles west of Blanchard, the 160-acre nature park contains a pine-oak-hickory forest accessible by five miles of nature trails. The park has an interpretive building, a pavilion with restrooms, a handicapped-accessible trail, and severa...
Austin
Located on the western edge of Zilker Park, the Austin Nature & Science Center is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. Since 1960, ANSC has provided nature exhibits, education programs, and recreation resources for countless visitors, t...
Oklahoma City
Discover a breathtaking paradise nestled in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. The Myriad Botanical Gardens features 17 acres of landscaped gardens surrounding the crystal bridge conservatory.
Carrollton
Fill your day with excitement! Experience a kaleidoscope of over 20 colorful rides for adults and kids. Come discover the thrills that await.
Arlington
From the highest heights to the gentlest adventures, you will find plenty of rides you can enjoy together. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Arlington for kids.
Dallas
Explore educational activities and kids' attractions inside the biggest box of LEGO at LEGOLAND Discovery Center (LDC) Dallas Fort Worth.
Norman
Enjoy of FULL day of excitement and thrills on the 32' Rock Climbing Wall, Go-Karts, Batting Cages, Mini Golf, Hugh Arcade, Bumper Boats, Bumper Cars, Kidz Zone Play area and more! Great family place to visit if you're after things to do in Norman wi...
Orr Family Farm
(181 Miles)
Oklahoma City
Animal Petting Barn, Carousel, Fish at Hidden Lake, Duck Races, Pedal Car Track, Jumping Pillows, Hand Cars, Volleyball and Horseshoes Pony Rides, Old-Time Photo Studio, Maze, Playground, Sand Pit, Hear Jethro P. Hogg sing! Ride the Jupiter train a...
Bahama Beach
(8 Miles)
Dallas
The perfect place to cool off this summer! From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, Bahama Beach offers the best family waterpark value in the metroplex. Conveniently located only ten minutes south of downtown Dallas, you can get away from it all with...
Garland
Large 16,000 square foot outdoor waterpark. Great fun for the whole family. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Garland for kids.
Arlington
Has approximately 24 rides consisting of varying levels of intensity, but many suitable for young children and families including an enormous wet play treehouse with net ladders, slides and blast water cannons. Soon to feature the world's first 4D wa...
The Colony
Large waterpark for the whole family with rides for all, including the more adventurous.
South Mansfield
Hawaiian themed family waterpark with many rides for the whole family and those looking for a little adventure.
North Richland Hills
Entering its 19th year of operation, NRH2O has become a popular attraction in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This 17-acre outdoor family water park includes attractions for all ages. NRH2O is known in the Metroplex for its safe, friendly and clean envir...
Burleson
A fantastic pirate themed outdoor water adventure with 7 slides! And when they're sick of being wet try 4 stories of awesome indoor play, plus Lazer Frenzy, mini bowling, Frog Hopper ride and well stocked redemption arcade!
Denton
Outdoor swimming facility with diving board and winding water slide. Adjacent to a park which offers it's own outdoor pool, swing sets and adventure playground.
Splash Station
(46 Miles)
Cleburne
Great waterpark with giant water slides, water play features, river current and more in a friendly and safe environment.
Splash Kingdom
(55 Miles)
Canton
Splash Kingdom is a family friendly park. Lots of fun for the whole family.
Waco
Lookin' for a splashin' good time? Look no further! Just in time for the sizzlin' summer, the coolest spot in town is the Waco Water Park. Right in the heart of Waco Riverbend Park, this new state-of-the-art water park is a complete water adventur...
Flint
The second largest indoor water park in Texas with fun for visitors of all ages! Masses of exciting state of the art features for the family to enjoy together.
Belton
The park features two 300 foot body slides and a 300 foot tube slide, plus lazy river, wave machine, little kids' pool, plus volley ball and basketball courts.
Castaway Cove
(125 Miles)
Wichita Falls
Cast Away Cover is a fifteen acre water playground with plenty of family rides along with some for the more adventurous!
Shreveport
Splash Kingdom is a family friendly park. We ask our guests to keep this foremost in their mind when they visit Splash Kingdom. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Shreveport for kids.
Volente Beach
(174 Miles)
Leander
This waterpark has it's own sandy beachfront and has attractions that include water slides, tube slides, and a kids activity pool for the younger members of the family.
White Water Bay
(191 Miles)
Oklahoma City
Relaxation isnt all that is offered at White Water Bay. Zip down the largest speed slide in Oklahoma, the 64 ft. Mega Wedgie. For some family fun, leap into the largest family‐friendly raft ride in the state: The Big Kahuna.
Edmond
Come to Pelican Bay and enter a tropical paradise! Colorful cabanas surround a water playground with features such as: a current channel, swirling vortex, Waterslides, climbing wall
Spring
More than a half-million gallons of water surge through the huge pool offering plenty of wave-floating fun for the whole family.
Dallas Zoo
(3 Miles)
Dallas
With 95 acres to explore, thousands of animals to visit, and a huge variety of family activities, the Dallas Zoo is enormously entertaining! Our goal is to make your visit an exciting adventure with opportunities to learn about interesting wildlife, ...
Wylie
Dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines, whom you may study. Join them on the weekends for a self-guided tour of their facility.
Fort Worth Zoo
(33 Miles)
Fort Worth
12 permanent exhibit areas offering a stunning array of happy wildlife, including a petting corral with creatures like corn snakes and armadillos. Plus a playbarn incase the weather turns!
Bonham
We are a fun place for birthday parties and family outings at the farm. We also bring the farm and ponies to you if preferred. Our animals are friendly and love to come visit for your birthday party or event.
Frank Buck Zoo
(62 Miles)
Gainesville
Plenty of contented animals to watch, animal exhibits, events and programs. The kids will love feeding the giraffes, you can do this daily at 10.30am so head out early!
Glen Rose
Come and Discover Fossil Rim; you can see animals living in their near natural environment. Located just one hour and 20 minutes from the DFW area, the ~1700 acres of open spaces lets you interact with deer, rhinos, giraffes and other wildlife. Drive...
Waco
Unplug, drop the digital, and connect your kids to a real-life adventure at Waco's 52-acre Natural Habitat, featuring everything from orangutans to komodo dragons!
Caldwell Zoo
(90 Miles)
Tyler
The zoo's philosophies are the preservation of our world's wildlife and the enrichment of the lives of zoo visitors, especially children. The mission of the Caldwell Zoo is to "provide positive educational and entertaining experiences that will st...
Franklin
Great place to learn new information on all types of animals. Kids will interact with the animals. We have a play area and picnic areas also.
Copperas Cove
See over 50 species on the drive thru safari, then pop by the petting zoo to get even closer to the friendlier ones!
Wynnewood
The G.W. Exotic Animal Park is the largest in the world for big cats open to the public. Take a Walk on the Wild side and take the endangered adventure tour and play with baby tigers, lions, bears. Don't forget to bring your camper, our new lake reso...
Gators & Friends
(162 Miles)
Greenwood
In addition to the huge reptiles, Gators and Friends has a fully stocked petting zoo where you and the kids can walk among tame and cuddly miniature horses, kangaroos, ring-tailed lemurs, deer, coatimundis, goats, llamas, a camel, a capybara (the lar...
Jubilee Zoo
(178 Miles)
Shreveport
Jubilee Zoo is a family entertainment facility featuring a petting zoo and exotic animal exhibits. Bring the kids or spend some special time with your special someone. Bounce in the moonwalks, let the little ones ride a pony, tour the 20+ acre zoo ...
Cypress Zoo
(182 Miles)
Benton
Come Have a WILD day at Cypress Zoo and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center with roughly 30 species located on about 10 acres inside the Cypress Black Bayou Park.

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