A few months ago we went to Dallas for a family vacation. It was a much needed vacation, one that wasn’t sponsored so we actually got to a chance to relax. It was a nice break to be able to unwind and have fun without having to meet any deadlines or post while on our trip. Our trip was 4 days long. Honestly, it was one of the best vacations that we had been on in a long time. It was a little bittersweet because we weren’t able to bring Tristan.
Our first day there, Tatiana and I were solo. We had a blast! My husband joined us on day 2. Dallas is a beautiful city with so many things to do and see. We had the chance to visit a few of their most well known places so I wanted to share them with you.
Things to Do in Dallas With Kids
1. The Federal Reserve
The Federal Reserve was our first stop once we stepped off of the plane. When I knew we were going to Dallas, it was one of the first places that I put on our itinerary. Tatiana had been learning about money in school and since our trip was during the beginning of the school year, I wanted to find a place to supplement what she had been learning.
One of the things that I loved about the Federal Reserve was that the experience was interactive and it was a good learning experience. You can walk through and play different games that teach you about money. The Bankers challenge game was one of our favorites. It asks questions about home loans. It’s a great way to teach your kids about finances and making good decisions for future home purchases. The game takes you step by step through a loan application and lets you decide if applicants should be approved for a home loan. Tatiana made a good bank manager. She made $8 million for her branch.
2. Twisted Root
If you’re a burger lover like us, Twisted Root is a must eat. It’s not the best budget-friendly option as sides are sold separately but they do have cheese fries, amazing shakes, and homemade custard. All of the food served there has no hormones and free range. They offer seasonal game like camel, llama, beaver, and wild boar. If you’re adventurous eater, I would suggest giving those a go. My burger was topped with the homemade BBQ sauce which was amazing, and the peach lemonade is the best I’ve ever tasted! If you’re still on the edge about whether or not you should be adding Twisted Root to your Dallas bucket list, I should probably tell you that Guy Fieri gave the joint a thumbs up hisself on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
3. Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Ever since I was a little kid, I admired JFK. The Sixth Floor Museum has been on my bucket list for years and I’m happy I got to visit with my family. I’ll be honest, visiting the museum will give you the chills. It’s not every day that you walk through an assassination site. It’s eery. The museum takes you through the entire history of JFK and the events leading up to his last day as President. One of the last things that you see in the museum is the chaos that ensues as a result of the assassination. It’s almost as if you are in the moment. It was mind blowing walking through the museum and learning all of the details.
If you’re up for something educational on your trip, I would highly recommend this. Tatiana was a little bored at times because she didn’t quite understand what we were watching. I would suggest this for older kids who know a little bit more about JFK and history.
The museum is an affordable choice too. Children ages 0-5 are free, kids 6-18 are $13, and adults are $14.
4. Old Red Museum
The Old Red Museum was built in 1892 and is located in the historic West End of Dallas. It’s nearby to the Sixth Floor Museum and right next to the JFK Memorial and Dealey Plaza. It’s a must see on your trip to Dallas.
6. Fort Worth Stockyards
The stockyards was one of our last stops during our trips. I can’t say enough about how fun the stockyards were. If you want to see cowboys and cattle, this is the place to go. Entry is free so it’s definitely an affordable option. You do have to pay for parking but if I remember correctly, it was less than $10 for the day. Unfortunately we didn’t get to spend much time at the stockyards but we were there long enough to watch the cattle drive that take place twice a day. The stockyards have everything from fun activities to restaurants and shops so you can spend an entire day there to soak in everything they have to offer. If you only have a chance to do a few things on this list, this by far is one of the best things to do in Dallas with kids. Kids of all ages will love the stockyards! Adults will love it too.
7. AT&T Stadium Tour
Usually I plan all of our trips in advance with the help of my family. We sit down and figure out which places we absolutely have to visit while we’re traveling. This time I did things a little differently. I left a little extra time in our schedule to surprise my husband with a tour of the stadium that the Dallas Cowboys play in at home. My husband is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and typically when we go on trips there aren’t a lot of places that he is absolutely thrilled about but I knew this time would be different.
We visited the stadium on day 2 of our trip. It was the first place we went to when we picked up my husband from the airport. This moment was so worth it because his best friend was able to meet us there and they were able to experience it together. The tour was worth every single penny. Our tour guide brought us through every nook and cranny of the stadium, even in Jerry’s perch. Even if you’re not a huge football fan, I would suggest this tour because it was such a cool experience.
8. Magnolia Market
Technically Magnolia Market isn’t in Dallas but it’s a short drive away so we had to visit during our trip. My family watches Fixer Upper all of the time. Going to Waco wasn’t even up for debate. My only regret is that we didn’t have more time to spend there. Magnolia Market is the perfect place to spend the day with your family. You can do a little shopping, try the different food trucks, indulge in a few sweet treats, and play games on the open lawn.
Check out a video of our trip below
What are some of your favorite things to do in Dallas with kids?