PLACES TO VISIT IN DFW DURING THE SUMMER AND HOW TO SAVE MONEY VISITING THEM

Summer is here and I know some places in the DFW area that you can visit with your kids and also ways to save money while you visit them! Check this out!

Just minutes from downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden sits on 66 acres along the southeast shore of White Rock Lake. The property’s fourteen world-famous displays showcase seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees, and plant collections. The gardens also host seasonal outdoor festivals, concerts, art shows, and educational programs, and guided tours of the property are available.

Address: 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dallasarboretum.org

  • Adult general garden admission (13-64): $15
  • Seniors general garden admission (65 & over): $12
  • Children general garden admission (2-12): $10
  • Children general garden admission (under 2): Free
  • Children’s Adventure Garden admission: $3 (additional general garden admission for non-members)
  • On-site self parking or parking garage: $15
  • Discounted daytime parking: $9

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

AUGUST Dollar Days August 1 – August 31: General Admission is $1

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PlayGrand Adventures is a playground that will encompass 10 acres of park land, separated into distinct play areas or “Zones”.  Each “Zone” contains unique play equipment, specifically designed for inclusive play.  This is not just a children’s playground but one designed for all ages and abilities, that incorporates various challenges to encourage teamwork, cooperation,  and achievement.  The playground is contained with a perimeter border for safety. Phase I, approximately 5 acres, is now open.

This project’s future phases are being led by a committee of dedicated individuals from the community, local and national organizations, and the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department. 

Address: 2100 Epic Place, Grand Prairie, TX 75052

Official site: https://playgrandadventures.com/

FREE

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Kidzania is entertaining and educational!

Every activity at KidZania is the perfect combination of fun and learning. For example, children learn about human anatomy while performing surgery on a mannequin at the Hospital, or get a degree in archaeology at the University, or create a nutrition & workout plan at the Fitness Studio… Each activity is created by professional educators to blend in local school curriculum for deeper, more advanced outside-the-classroom learning.

Address: 2601 Preston Road. Suite 3011. Frisco, Texas 75034

Official site: https://dallas.kidzaniausa.com/

  • Prices starting at $14.95

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Check their website for Group discounts.

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Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before! This exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in interactive scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes.

  • Discover the science of Jurassic World.
  • Meet the most adorable baby dinos.
  • Get up-close and personal with velociraptors.
  • Come face to face with life-size dinosaurs.

Don’t miss this awe-inspiring journey into Jurassic World: The Exhibition, for a limited time in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Address: 5732 Grandscape Blvd. The Colony, Texas 75056

Official site: https://jurassicworldexhibition.com/

  • Prices starting at $19.50

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POP! is an interactive experience for all ages that takes guests on an adventure through themed rooms and photo moments.

A fully-immersive and truly unforgettable experience, POP! features unique photo opportunities for guests to have fun, strike a pose, and snap a picture – including 7 extra-special photo moments with integrated cameras and lighting. Kids are going to have a blast and you’ll keep those amazing pictures as memories.

Address: 13350 Dallas Pkwy. Dallas, Texas 75240

Official site: https://www.dallaspop.com/

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

  • VIP (All ages – Skip the line + extra goodies!): $50
  • Adults (Ages 13 to 64): $22 to $32
  • Kids (Ages 4 to 12): $8 to $12
  • Toddlers (Ages 3 & under): Free and do not need a ticket
  • Military or Seniors: $20 to $28

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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a top Dallas attraction for families and curious tourists. The museum is divided into thematic areas with interactive educational stations, games, and high-tech displays. These themes include engineering and innovation, energy, evolution, earth sciences, and more. It also features a 3D theater, the Moody Family Children’s Museum and playground, and a 54-foot escalator that overlooks the property from within a glass enclosure.

Address: 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.perotmuseum.org

  • Prices around $13-$20/non-member

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

City Pass Save up to 40% off admission to the Perot Museum, plus three more top Dallas attractions.

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One of the ten largest museums in the United States, it has a collection of more than 24,000 works from the Americas and around the globe, including everything from ancient artifacts to contemporary art. Highlights from the collection include Classical art and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, paintings by Claude Monet in the European art gallery, and several contemporary pieces by Jackson Pollock. In addition to the permanent collections, temporary exhibits highlight the work of prominent artists, explore thematic topics, and display historic collections.

Explore works of art in the Museum’s collection through movement, sketching, stories, and more on this interactive tour led by DMA Teen Ambassadors.

Address: 1717 N Harwood Street, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dallasmuseumofart.org

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

General Admission: Is FREE! Every Day.

The general admission includes viewing the Museum’s collection galleries and most exhibitions.

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Dallas World Aquarium is a fun and educational place. Housed in some 87,000 gallons of saltwater are a vast array of sea life including bonnethead sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, sea turtles, giant groupers, and rare leafy seadragons. A beautiful highlight is the Orinoco Rainforest exhibit, complete with numerous free-flying birds, such as toucans, along with tree sloths and aquatic species.

Address: 1801 N. Griffin Street, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dwazoo.com

  • Adult – $26.95 + tax
  • Child – $18.95 + tax (2 thru 12)
  • Child – free (under 2)
  • Senior – $22.95 + tax (65+)

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Membership Levels

Membership card(s) are non-transferable. Photo ID must be presented with your membership card for admittance.

  • Individual – $95/ privileges for one adult cardholder
  • Dual – $150/ privileges for two adult cardholders
  • Senior Individual – $85/ privileges for one adult cardholder over 65 years of age
  • Senior Dual – $105/ privileges for two adult cardholders over 65 years of age
  • Family – $195/ privileges for two adult cardholders and up to four children under 18 years of age residing in household
  • Single-parent Family – $140/ privileges for one adult cardholder and up to four children under 18 years of age residing in household
  • Grandparents – $150/ privileges for two adult cardholders and up to four grandchildren under 18 years of age
  • Single Grandparent – $120/ privileges for one adult cardholder and up to four grandchildren under 18 years of age
  • Corporate – $1400/ privileges for six corporate assigned cardholders with up to three nondesignated guests per cardholder
  • Non-designated Guest(s) – $80

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The Dallas Zoo is a 106-acre park housing more than 2,000 exotic animals from 406 species in a variety of different habitats. Focusing on two major regions – Zoo North and the Wilds of Africa – the zoo includes highlights such as Giants of the Savanna, the Otter Outpost, the excellent Wildlife Amphitheater with its displays of birds in flight, and the Endangered Tiger Habitat with its forest-like setting. Another attraction kids will love is the Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park, a fun theme park with enough bungee jumps and free-falling rides to keep them amused for hours.

Address: 650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, Texas

Official site: www.dallaszoo.com

  • Starting at $15

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Check their website for daily savings.

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Heart of the City of Dallas, Klyde Warren Park serves as a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors. The 5.2-acre deck park, is an urban green space built over the recessed Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets in downtown Dallas. Klyde Warren Park is a highly active space, providing daily free programming for the public ranging from yoga to lecture series to outdoor concerts and films. The park is privately operated and managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

Food trucks

Bootcamp

Yoga

Barre

Dance

Live Music

Address: 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201

Official site: https://www.klydewarrenpark.org/

FREE

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Established in 1866, Fort Worth Stockyards is one of the biigest tourist attractions in the DFW area with all kinds of entertainment and fun things to see and do, from rodeos to live music shows, museums, and western-themed shopping. Start your adventure at the Stockyards Visitor Center or the Stockyards Museum in the Livestock Exchange Building.

Address: 500 NE 23rd Street, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: www.fortworthstockyards.org

FREE

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The Water Gardens are a beautiful collection of pretty fountains to gaze at. Designed to allow visitors to cool themselves in the flowing water, they are a refreshing contrast to the hot urban landscape of this southern city. The largest of these is called the “active pool,” a 38-foot-tall terraced area that is used by waders as steps while the water flows across the stone and into a central pool. The “aerating pool” is a collection of fountains that sits beneath the shade of towering oak trees, especially beautiful at night when it is lit up. The “meditation pool” is a peaceful place that is cordoned off by cypress trees, while water slides down sheer walls into a calm, blue pool.

Address: 1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas

FREE

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Fort Worth Zoo is a world-class facility with hundreds of species from around the world, including 68 endangered and threatened species. This is the only zoo in the United States that houses all four species of Great Ape (chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos, and orangutans). In addition to its diverse range of animals, the zoo has several attractions, including the Country Carousel, rock climbing, the miniature Yellow Rose Express Train, a petting zoo, and a 40-foot-long statue of an iguana nicknamed Iggy.

Address: 1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: https://www.fortworthzoo.org/

  • Adult (13-64) $16
  • Child (3-12) $12
  • Senior (+65) $12

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

Wednesday is half-price day at the Fort Worth Zoo! These tickets are valid for Wednesday admission only and must be used within 30 days of date of purchase. No refunds, rainchecks, or exchanges. Parking is not included in the price of the ticket.

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One of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, Fort Worth Botanic Garden is spread over 109 acres and is a great place to visit any time of year. Home to 2,500 species of plants laid out in 23 unique gardens, with highlights like the Fragrance Garden, the Rose Garden, and the Rain Forest Conservatory. The Botanic Garden also hosts interesting programs, like adult educational programs and kids’ workshops, and has dining on-site with garden-view patio seating.

Address: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: http://fwbg.org

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

  • Adult $12
  • Child (ages 4 – 12) $6
  • Child (3 and under) FREE
  • Seniors (age 65+) $10

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One of Fort Worth’s most popular destinations for visitors and locals alike is Sundance Square, a privately owned, 35-block section of the historic downtown core that is full of things to do with restaurants, cafés, and hotels, Sundance Square contains many excellent shopping opportunities, from high-end boutiques and interesting art galleries to large department stores. The centerpiece of the district is the Plaza, a vast public square with fountains and seating, as well as a stage used to host live concerts and other entertainment like Yoga or Zumba classes (check website for info) and their famous Movie nights every Thursday during the summer.

Address: 201 Main Street #700, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: http://sundancesquare.com

FREE

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The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth have a large permanent collection of 2,600 modern and contemporary piece. Some of the more famous names represented are Anselm Kiefer, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Susan Rothenberg, and Andy Warhol. Designed by Tadao Ando, this unique complex, with its five pavilions of concrete and glass, overlooks a one-and-a-half-acre reflecting pond around which is a sculpture garden and terrace.

Address: 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas

Official site: www.themodern.org

  • $16: General (age 18 and above)
  • $12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel & First Responders with ID
  • $10: Students with ID
  • Free: Under 18 years old

WAY TO VISIT AND SAVE MONEY:

The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays. 

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Have a great summer!

Love,

Valentina Meza – Kohnenkampf

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