Summer is a great time to explore the city and its surroundings with the family. It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new or visit a new place. Here is a list of several fun family things to do over summer break in Dallas.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden offers something to fascinate the whole family. There are many gardens to tour, and special attractions happen regularly. Families enjoy bringing picnic baskets loaded with food and goodies and picnicking in the gardens. Children can attend Summer Camp, which provides hands-on science experiments and garden exploration and even features live expert calls over Zoom.
The Arboretum consists of over 66 acres of land and many named signature gardens, such as A Woman’s Garden which features a lovely infinity pool and sculptures, the Margaret Elizabeth Jonsson Color Garden, or the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Adults can leave the kids behind and have an elegant fancy-dress luncheon at one of the classy Garden Tea events.
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trail-way
Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway is an outdoor paradise with many fun things to do. There are many campsites and shelters and the park even has 20 equestrian campsites and many horse-friendly trails. Lake Mineral Wells is a 640-acre lake, and guests may bring or rent boats, along with canoes, kayaks, or paddle boards. Fishing is allowed from six fishing piers on the lake, no license needed.
There are over 12 miles of hiking or bike trails, with many birds and wildlife to observe along the way. For the more adventurous types, the park is home to Penitentiary Hollow, where people can participate in natural rock-climbing or rappelling on the sandstone rock formations.
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) offers free general admission, with some paid special exhibits. The DMA is a very comprehensive museum, and according to their website it’s one of the 10 largest art museums in the country and features over 25,000 works of art. The DMA cultural center that fosters community engagement through creative programs. In addition to art, the museum hosts a huge variety of programs including lectures, concerts, and dramatic and dance exhibitions. There are also many family and adult classes and workshops.
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center
A fascinating alternative to the zoo, the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is an endangered species sanctuary that visitors drive through in their vehicles. Some animals roam free throughout the park like ostriches, giraffes, and cheetahs. Home to hundreds of animals and over 50 species, the center is a fascinating place for animal lovers and conservationists. Fossil Rim is a unique and wonderful place to visit, and it’s a non-profit organization, so park visitors help sustain the endangered species.
Summer break gives families the chance to break routine and venture off the beaten path. It’s a wonderful time to explore the many attractions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. If there are any terrific summer break excursions that we missed, let us know at NTS Contractors of Dallas.