Water parks, theme parks, sporting events, award winning gardens, the biggest state fair in the country, and museums galore – Dallas has plenty to offer families with children of all ages. A large selection of family and budget friendly hotels in the city limits can be found along Interstate 35N. just minutes from downtown Dallas.
Most hotels along this 35N corridor are located only twenty minutes from Love Field Airport and about 40 minutes from DFW International Airport. Another good reason for families to chose accommodations in this area – you’re only thirty minutes from Arlington, where you’ll find 6 Flags Over Texas theme park and Hurricane Harbor water park.
An icon on the Dallas hotel scene is the Hilton Anatole. New at the Anatole in 2016 is Jade Waters, a new outdoor water complex with a 7,000 square foot pool for families with kids. Jade Waters also includes a lazy river and two 180 foot slides. If you’re visiting Dallas in the summer, a hotel with a swimming pool is a godsend.
For adults the Anatole has a full service spa and fitness center with racquetball courts and tennis courts. The hotel also has the largest Asian art collection found in any hotel in the United States. A family plan includes free wi-fi and breakfast with a children’s menu.
In the heart of downtown Dallas you’ll find plenty of activities for families. There’s the Dallas World Aquarium, The Perot Science Center and Museum, Klyde Warren Park, and the Dallas Arts District for the culture nerds in the group.
Just across the street from Klyde Warren Park is the Dallas Museum of Art. Most of the permanent galleries have free admission and children are welcome throughout the museum. There are also classes for every age from infant to pre-teen. No kidding!
Hungry after all that culture and walking around? Food trucks are parked across the street from the museum by Klyde Warren park seven days a week. try some original Tex-Mex cuisine at El Fenix original locations, since 1918. And hey mom and dad, they won best margarita for the past four years.
For a more serene day everyone loves the Dallas Arboretum, named one of the top arboretums in the country by Southern Living Magazine. Kids will love the Children’s Adventure Garden plus daily scheduled activities lead by docents and volunteers. Seasonal events include the annual Pumpkin Patch, a summer concert series and in the spring the Arboretum is alive with color during Dallas Blooms.
Kids can get up close and personal with life under the water at the Dallas Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park. For land lovers the adventurous spirit in kids and adults will be sparked by a night time safari at the Dallas Zoo. You can even camp out overnight, roast smores in the camp fire, and wake up with the animals on a fully guided evening out in the wilds of the zoo. Pretty cool!
If sleeping at the zoo doesn’t get your adrenaline pumping how about a day at Zero Gravity which promises “extreme fun for extreme families.” You can bungee jump, blast off and, you get the idea. And Zero Gravity is just ten miles from downtown off of Interstate 35N.
Texas is a sporting kind of place and Dallas plenty to offer, in fact there’s some kind of sporting event going on year round. From the Dallas Stars to the world famous Dallas Cowboys, you can get your sports on in Dallas. In the summer a hotdog and baseball are in order so head over to the city of Arlington for a Texas Rangers baseball game at Globe Life Park. And almost across the street you can watch the Dallas Cowboys play at the slick ATT Stadium. If it’s not football season you can still take a tour of the stadium.