Back in my 20s, I lived in a small town on the East Coast and was trying to find my way around town.
Whenever I asked a local, “What’s a great thing to do here?” I always got the same answer: “You should go to Philadelphia or Baltimore or D.C. or New York.” Basically, get out of town.
Fortunately for Dallas-Fort Worth families, there are a lot of fun, affordable options in the immediate vicinity — and you don’t have to leave the state.
In fact, taking short day trips around North Texas will not only take the stress out of traveling with kids in tow but will also keep your budget intact.
Our kids range in age from 3 to 12, so it’s important for us to find places the whole family can enjoy. In Grapevine, we splash in the 84-degree water park inside Great Wolf Lodge. In Dallas, we beat the heat by ice skating at the Galleria. In Fort Worth, we soak in culture in the world-class museum district. In Arlington, we take a stroll through River Legacy Parks.
Here are few of my favorite destinations for a family staycation.
Explore and learn in Fort Worth
Older kids can explore the DinoLabs and DinoDig or play the role of a forensic science investigator at the “CSI: The Experience” exhibit, which runs through Sept. 2. Based on the popular TV show, the exhibit — recommended for age 12 and older — allows visitors to run through crime-scene scenarios to build a case based on scientific evidence.
Go wild in Arlington
Have a howling good time in Grapevine
Splurge in Dallas