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Things to do in Abilene, TX with kids

Texas - the state that embraces cowboys, dude ranches and all things BIG! But don’t be fooled, underneath, Texas is also a state of culture, history, and even beaches! (Who’da thought?!) Which means, you will never be short of fun and diverse places to go with kids!

A theme park haven, The Lone Star State has thrills to suit the whole family - from the yee haw Six Flags Fiesta, the family friendly Joyland Park, or the waterfront Kemah Boardwalk.

Zoos with a difference? You bet! Franklin Drive Thru Safari takes you to the plains of Africa, The Exotic Resort Zoo is dedicated to breeding endangered species, and Gator Country let’s you get snap happy with those gators!

You won’t be short of museums to take the kids to, with the futuristic Texas Air and Space Museum, roaring Dinosaur Park or the historic Heritage Farmstead Museum - just to name a few!

And of course, it’s Texas, so why not take the kids to experience the cowboy culture - with a dude ranch! Dixie or Silver Spur,  of The Mayan Dude Ranch are just some that offer great kids fun!

You may be a little kid, but you’re heart’s as big as Texas!

THE GRACE MUSEUM houses three museums in the historic Grace Hotel -- The Art Museum, The History Museum and The Children's Museum.

The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature features exhibitions of artwork that might just inspire those creative kids!

The national historic landmark includes a visitor center, museum and parade grounds. 17 buildings on the fort grounds have been restored and 5 have been reconstructed, giving an authentic feel for the mid-1880s. Worth timing your visit for special ev....

A beautiful state park in Texas with amazing outdoor fun! Rock climbing, history, trails, lakes, and more!

The past comes to life with over 150 life size dinosaurs to experience in this outdoor museum, with a fossil dig, museum and dinosaur walk!

1800 acres of wildlife in this self drive-through safari experience, with animals from all over the world, including that special white rhino.

The X Bar Ranch is the ideal sanctuary for anyone interested in the splendor of the Texas countryside. The ranch encompasses 7,100 privately-owned acres of diverse terrain including ample native flora and fauna, scenic vistas, star-filled night skies....

Castaway Cove is a fifteen acre water playground in the mighty Texas, with plenty of family rides along with some for the more adventurous!

Families can enjoy over 50 species on the drive thru safari, then pop by the petting zoo to get even closer to the friendlier ones!

5400 sq.ft of fun indoor play in Fort Worth, where kids can climb, dress up, play and use their imaginations! Birthday parties only.

An all year round water park with water play, slides, and great water fun for the whole family!

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

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!

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

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!

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!

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

Texan style big family fun fearing all things cowgirl and cowboy in the heart of 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!

Arrr…..it be a fantastic pirate themed outdoor water park for kids! Set sail for Pirates Cove Fun Zone and pirate Texas-style!

Over 30 rides and attractions in this family fun amusement park in Lubbock. A great family day out option with thrilling coasters and gentler rides for the little ones - something for everyone!

Explore one of the most beautiful caves in Texas through guided tours. Also gemstone panning and hikes!

Located in Lubbock's Clapp Park, this unique 93 acres open space and historical site is an amazing experience for the family!

Visit the historic Fort Crogham fort & museum with log cabins, schoolhouse, & blacksmith shop! Check out life on the Texas frontier in the 1800's.

Explore this Texas natural wonder located underground - perfect for families to enjoy through tours! An amazing and unique experience for all ages

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!

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

A unique play facility in Lubbock where kids can learn all about the legacy of the South plains - then play on a 3 story castle!

Lubbock has enjoyed 30 years of family fun with this family water park, with lazy river, kiddie pools, slides, wave pool, and lots of water fun!

Toddler fun at this Texas indoor amusement area for those funsters aged 1 to 4 year olds. A safe, friendly, and FUN environment for those little ones to play and develop.

The atmosphere at Beaumont Ranch is upscale, but very relaxed. The old Chisholm Trail ran through the middle of Beaumont Ranch. Even today real cowboys on horseback can be seen herding longhorn cattle outside the ranch’s 1880’s Western Town, Chisholm....

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

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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 forget your time at the bowling museum. It’s hours o....

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

Friendly petting farm in Texas with fun activities including pig racing, hay rides, cow milking & an interactive animal show.

From short jaunts out with Thomas The Tank Engine, Fun Trains trip, full excursions and weekend bandit robberies! Who's kid doesn't want to see that?!

The National Museum of the Pacific War is the only institution in the continental United States dedicated exclusively to telling the story of the Pacific Theater battles of World War II. Located on a six-acre site, the Center includes the George Bush....

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

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!

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.

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

Thousands of square feet of playground, with mesh tubing, zip lines, slides, and play for kids kids in Lewisville - and adults too if you like!

A cool, fun water park in Belton, Texas featuring a host of activities and slides that kids and their families will love over summer!

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

A unique wildlife preserve where there are several endangered species of beautiful animals for kids to encounter, and learn about. Not only that - kids can pat them too! A very eye opening family day out in Texas for the family.

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

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

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

Indoor roller skating fun for the whole family in Texas, with public skating sessions, classes and birthday parties!

Super fun bounce houses, birthday parties and an ice cream parlor! A family friendly indoor play center for kids of all ages - good old fashioned Texas style!

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

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!

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.

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

An amazing water park experience for the whole family in The Colony, Texas! A splashing choice for your family day out!

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.

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

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

Play games with real nickels, where kids can enjoy over 125 of the latest video games and try and win those great prizes! Classic arcade fun in Texas!

A fun scavenger hunt that you download onto your smart phone, which takes you around the city of Dallas so you can save it from a horrible outbreak!

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

Active, jumping and bouncing fun at this indoor trampoline park, with trampoline dodgeball, fun kids zone and an arcade. Bouncing family fun in Plano, Texas!

Kids can have a CRAZY fun time with this unique bounce house in Plano, with great open play and fabulous birthday parties!

We offer 40 bowling lanes for family fun entertainment, arcade, full service sports bar & grill that include 12 lanes of luxury bowling & more! We offer a free summer of bowling for kids 13 & younger with Mel’s Kid’s Club and year round kid friendly....

The African American Museum offers exhibits, visual art forms and historical documents that relate to the African American community.

A cool and modern play space for kids AND parents in Frisco, with ball pits, slides, dress up, coloring books, and so much more!

Waterpark fun with pirates ship, lagoons, gators, slides, thrills, spills, waterfalls - it's all here on Shore Beach with an exclusive beach with volleyball too!

Award winning programs that make developing motor and sports skills FUN! A unique and interactive indoor play area for kids.

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

A Texan-sized experience for active kids of all ages! Go-Karts, 3 Adventure mini golf courses, themed arena Laser Tag, redemption gaming arcade, and bumper boats!

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.

10,000 sq feet of large inflatables and indoor fun in Plano, with an area for kids under 3yrs too!

A fun, colorful bounce-filled day perfect for active kids under 10 who love to bounce!

Digital slot car racing for ages 6 and up. Super fast, and super fun. Race realistic scale models of NASCAR, Formula 1, or even off-road vehicles on our giant tracks. Easy enough for a child to participate, but challenging enough to keep even an a....

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 day out option with fun events too!

A fun indoor playscape where kids can be dropped off, or spend family time together, among the slides, tunnels, tubes, ropes and play areas.

Enjoy Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Miniature Golf, kiddie rides, climbing wall, Interactive Redemption and Video Games and much much more with an all you can eat family buffet in Plano!

Experience the thrill of sky diving without ever having to get in a plane in Austin!

Amazing kid and family fun at the Main Event! With bowling, billiards, laser tag, and arcade, mini golf, rock climbing, and more!

An absolutely full day out is on offer here: they have paintball and laser tag, an amusement park, Go Karts, mini golf, bumper boats, rock wall, video games and batting cages!

Texas water park fun with this Hawaiian Falls attraction in Garland. Rides, slides, and plenty of water fun for all ages!

A fun, and welcoming horseback riding academy in Plano that offers private and group riding lessons to children and adults of all ages, six days a week!

Bouncing fun for all at this indoor trampoline park, with basketball, dodgeball, and after dark fun with glow in the dark! Great Texas fun - with escape rooms!

Over 350 animals are waiting to make friends with families at the sweet Austin Zoo, with keeper talks and story time!

Get playing in the LARGEST indoor playground in Central Texas, with and 18ft tall playscape, arcade, and toddler area!

Indoor rollerskating and rollerblading with a light show, fog machine and music! Austin family fun!

Whether you are an individual traveler or part of a group tour, Southfork is open daily, 'year round for guided tours of the ranch made famous by "Dallas". Tour the famed Ewing Mansion and re-live exciting moments from the series in the "Dallas Legen....

Cool down in summer in Hawaiian Falls latest waterpark in Pflugerville, Texas!

Ice skating for the whole family in Austin, with daily public sessions, as well as birthday parties and skate lessons!

Five historic farm themed areas for the kids to learn from and explore which will take them back to the Blackland Prairies of the 1800s! Set on over 90 acres of beautiful Texan woodland, it also includes a barn where kids can get close to their favo....

Enjoy an underground adventure in the heart of Texas Hill Country with cave tours offered to allow you to explore the amazing formations.

Exciting sand dunes in Texas, Monahans Sandhills State Park offers camping, hiking, wildlife and sand dune surfing!

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....

351 acres of Austin fun with jogging, kayaking, gardens, springs, swimming, and heaps more for kids and the whole family in this beautiful park.

Thinkery is the evolution of the new Austin Children's Museum - but still a place where families, fun and science all play together!

Mini golf fun for all ages in Austin, where kids can play on the 18 hole golf courses, and adults can get young at heart!

Summer fun in Austin with the Children's Day Art Park - part of the summer events of Austin Symphony. A fun and magical day out for the whole family!

If you're 7 to 97, Laser Tag is a hide-and-go-seek game for everyone! The ultimate adrenaline rush in a fun combat environment. Also the glow in the dark SkyTrail ropes course, and arcade!

Classic family fun at Shenaniganz with bowling, escape rooms, lazer tag, go-karts, jump zone, lazer maze and more great kids fun in Rockwall!

An adorable zoo in Texas with rescue animals where kids can have hands on experiences, with a playground, train, maze and seasonal events too!

True cowboy fun at this 348 acres ranch with riding trails, and amazing food! Fun activities for all who stay overnight at this super fun dude ranch!

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

A wacky and fun collection of junk! Built in a small house in suburban Austin, one man has created a playground haven for kids!

A charming family friendly produce farm where kids can learn about foods and where it all comes from!

A true Texas tradition for over 50 years, this amazing dude ranch is great for families who are looking for that perfect yee haw getaway, with activities including horseback riding and overnight getaways.

Explore a natural wonder millions of years in the making with these guided tours in Texas! Great underground family fun!

Experience a rush as you soar over canyons and creeks with breathtaking 15-mile views of the Wimberley Valley with these fun zipline avdentures!

From day visitors to overnight guests, all wannabe cowboys and cowgirls are welcome at this amazing Texas ranch, where you can enjoy the full Western experience! Horse riding, swimming and hiking are just some of the activities for your family day ou....

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