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Spotlight: Dallas

 

It’s the third biggest city in Texas and the ninth biggest in the USA. Even without the classic TV drama of the 80s, Dallas would probably still be one of the world’s most familiar city names. For anyone who is thinking of a family trip to discover Texas, Dallas is a pretty good place to start.

 

For Your Knowledge Lover

Dallas boasts some great museums, both indoor and outdoor. Forget the museums you were dragged around as a kid—today’s versions are full of activities and challenges which will help your youngsters to learn as they play.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science stands out. Opened in 2012, it is a wonderland of experiments and experiences. There are 11 permanent display halls, from Being Human to Expanding Universe, and there is a packed program of talks and special exhibitions.

For history lovers, try out the Dallas Heritage Village, where you can wander along a Victorian Main Street, visit the shops, and discover about life 100 years ago.

 

For Your Comfort Lover

Dallas has plenty of great hotels of every size, from the quirkiest of boutique hotels to grand luxury with spas and golf courses. For a family looking for a reliable and comfortable stay near the city center, there is a lot to be said for booking a 2-bedroom suite like those available from SpringHill Suites by Marriott Dallas NW HWY.

 

For Your Thrill Lover

Most families, at some stage, will be looking for a theme park. Dallas has plenty to choose from, or you could try them all.

Six Flags Over Texas is a classic theme park with big, fast rides. For true white knuckles, the Zero Gravity Thrill Park will throw you to great heights and drop you to even greater depths. It only has five rides, but everyone is unbelievable.

For a slightly quieter day, Adventure Landing offers a selection of traditional fun games like batting cages and bumper boats, or visit the energetic Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park to let off steam.

 

For Your Sport Lover

No baseball fan will want to miss out on a chance to watch the Texas Rangers at their home ground in Arlington. Make an afternoon of it by arriving early to watch the team warm up, and enjoy all the traditional atmosphere of the game.

 

For Your Peace Lover

There is no shortage of locations where parents can have a quieter time while their kids find entertainment.

The Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a haven of peace and quiet, but still has plenty of activities that can absorb the children for an hour or more. It’s a great place for a picnic, and it has a pioneer village just for kids.

Sandy Lake Park has gentle but fun activities in and around the water—and it won’t break the bank.

 

For Everyone

As a location for a family holiday, the only thing that Dallas lacks is a proper beach. But with so much to see and do, you will probably not have time to miss it.

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