National Parks / Natural World in DALLAS with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Dallas has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Dallas, Texas offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Dallas itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • The Dallas Arboretum

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    (6 miles) 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 State Park

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    (15 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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    (15 miles) Cedar Hill

    Nature Experience Tours, hiking trails, natural style play area, plenty of space and the chance to be in the Citizen Science Program.

  • River Legacy Living Science Center

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    (18 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.

  • Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

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    (19 miles) Plano

    An amazing 200 acres park perfect for jogging, walking, orienteering, hiking and playgrounds....great for families!

  • Natural Bridge Park

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    (26 miles) Natural Bridge

    A nature filled day where kids can explore a 200 million year old natural sandstone bridge and local surrounding nature.

  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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    (33 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!

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  • The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

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    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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    (1 miles) Dallas

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

  • The African American Museum

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    (2 miles) Dallas

    The African American Museum is an institution dedicated to the research, identification, selection, acquisition, presentation and preservation of visual art forms and historical documents that relate ...

  • Frontiers Of Flight Museum

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    (5 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.

  • National Scouting Museum

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    (12 miles) Irving

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

  • The Heritage Farmstead Museum

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    (17 miles) Plano

    Step back in time at this fascinating and fun farmstead experience! What was it like to live in Texas in the 19th century? Just head to this museum to find out! An educational and brilliant family ...

  • Planetarium at UT Arlington

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    (18 miles) Arlington

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

  • National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

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    (33 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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    (33 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!

  • Northeast Texas Childrens Museum

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    (60 miles) Commerce

    Exciting kids about knowledge through hands on exhibits, informed performance, workshops, classes and planned activities.

  • Mayborn Museum

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    (87 miles) Waco

    A terrific collection of fascinating Texan exhibits, as well as cultural, historic and hands-on experiences.

  • The Center for Earth And Space Science Education

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    (94 miles) Tyler

    A dynamic public science facility, offering educational and entertainment programming to encourage an interest in science education. Enjoy traveling hands-on science exhibits and large-screen movies ...

  • The Dallas World Aquarium

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    Dallas

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

  • Dallas Zoo

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    (3 miles) Dallas

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

  • In Sync Exotics

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    (25 miles) Wylie

    Join the weekend self-guided tours of this amazing facility dedicated to the rescue of neglected, abused and unwanted exotic felines. Texas animal fun!

  • Fort Worth Zoo

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    (33 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!

  • Cypress Lake Ranch Amazing Animal Adventures

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    (59 miles) Bonham

    A great experience for animal lovers out on the farm. Kids will love spending the day with the ponies and all the other cute animals! They are also great for birthday parties.

  • Frank Buck Zoo

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    (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!

  • Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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    (71 miles) 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 ...

  • Cameron Park Zoo

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    (86 miles) Waco

    Get kids out of the house and into a world of nature, in Waco's 52-acre natural habitat, featuring everything from orangutans to komodo dragons!

  • Caldwell Zoo

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    (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 ...

  • Tiger Creek Big Cat Refuge

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    (91 miles) Tyler

    A not for profit foundation which provides sanctuary and care for Lions, Tigers, Cougars, Leopards, Pumas and more!

  • Grapevine Vintage Railroad

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    (19 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 ...

  • Pole Position Raceway

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    (27 miles) Frisco

    High standard indoor karting, for over 48". Arrive and Drive available.

  • Zero Gravity Thrill Park

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    (9 miles) Dallas

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

  • Sandy lake Amusement Park

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    (15 miles) Carrollton

    Over 20 fun packed rides for kids AND adults in this charming amusement park in Dallas.

  • Six Flags Over Texas

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    (16 miles) Arlington

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

  • Legoland Discovery Center

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    (19 miles) Grapevine

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