Go Fun, Not Far
One of the bonuses to living in a really big state, and a really big metroplex, is that you have the advantage of enjoying a variety of summer fun without traveling very far. Big cities mean big fun, and whether you like water, sports, or adventure, Texas — and specifically DFW — has you covered if you're looking for attractions for a Texas Staycation!
5 Places to Splash Down in DFW
- If you've never been to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, you won't believe everything you can do at this combination hotel and play zone. With a full-blown indoor waterpark, mini golf, restaurants galore, and thematic hotel rooms, your family will have a blast!
- Along the same lines, visit The Gaylord Texan Resort — also in Grapevine — with its Paradise Sprints Water Park, resort pools, lazy river, giant lagoon and more. And right now there are pirate-themed activities happening during the Summerfest of More.
- Hawaiian Falls has five locations in Texas: Roanoke, Mansfield, Waco, Garland and The Colony with acres and acres of water slides, pools, lazy rivers and fun in the sun. Featuring island-themed live music and activities for the whole family all summer long.
- From thrill rides to family rides, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington is hard to beat for spending the day in a water park full of the rides you've come to expect from something named "Six Flags". And with over a dozen thematic in-house eateries, you'll never want to leave.
- And speaking of Six Flags, the legendary theme-park itself is just right across the highway in Arlington. Thrill rides, shows, experiences, tons of food and all-day fun await your family at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. And yes, there are a few rides where you can definitely get wet!
Sports Fam? Catch This!
Take 'em out to the ballgame! The Texas Rangers baseball game that is, in Arlington. With theme nights, a kids zone, hotdogs and entertainment before and after the game at Texas Live! Right next door, a visit to the new climate-controlled Globe Life Park is sure to be a highlight of your summer.
Adventures with Animals
- With safaris, a robust kid's area and creatures from around the world, The Dallas Zoo is an all-day getaway in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, near downtown. The Dallas Zoo even has a couple of Dollar Days coming up, which makes this experience even easier for your family — and you can bring your own picnic lunch which makes this a super affordable summer adventure.
- On the other side of DFW, you can spend the day at The Fort Worth Zoo! And this zoo has extras like a Stingray experience, and Safari Splash — an animal themed splash park. The Fort Worth Zoo offers half-price Wednesdays, and you can also bring your picnic lunch to this zoo.
- If your kids are into animals that are a little more exotic, and you'd rather enjoy a natural venue, take your family to Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose, where they can see real dinosaur footprints in the riverbed. Camp, picnic, hike, mountain bike, swim, fish and paddle in the river. You can even ride horses or geocache!
Before school starts back up again in August, see a few sights and soak in the sun, right here in your own backyard.