650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203
The world-class Dallas Zoo covers 106 acres and features many rare and endangered species. Don't miss the award-winning Giants of the Savanna. The 11-acre multi-species habitat is home to elephants, giraffes, lions, cheetahs, and more. Key exhibits include the ExxonMobil Endangered Tiger Habitat the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo with interactive, educational exhibits for children, the Don Glendenning Penguin Cove, and the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center. Open: 9:00am -- 5:00pm (regular) and 9:00am - 4:00pm (winter) Closed Christmas Day Admission: Adults $15.00, Children (3-11) and Senior Citizens (65+) $12.00, Children under 2 are free. Parking $8.00
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field Street
Dallas, TX 75202
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which opened on Dec. 1, 2012, offers dynamic experiences to stimulate curiosity in visitors of all ages. With 180,000 square feet of space, standing 170 feet tall (equivalent to an average 14-story building) the revolutionary Perot Museum extends beyond the typical "museum" perception. The extraordinary building and outdoor space serves as a living science lesson, offering provocative illustrations of engineering, technology and conservation.
Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3-D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. The lower level of the cube houses a state-of-the-art, modular traveling exhibit hall; an education wing with six learning labs; a flexible space auditorium; and a children's museum including outdoor play space and a courtyard.
The plinth level houses the Main Lobby complete with a 35-foot Malawisaurus fossil; access to a roof deck; the Café; a 300-seat, multimedia Theater; and the Store. Inside and out, the Museum features natural sustainability and environmental friendliness including a rainwater collection system, LED lighting and solar-powered water heating.
The museum is located in Victory Park at the corner of Field Street and Woodall Rodgers Freeway in the heart of Dallas.
Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
The Garden is designed for preschool to middle school children to address the state and national standards for life and earth science. It is really an 8 acre laboratory with 17 outdoor and indoor galleries, each designed around a key science theme. In each of these galleries there are many hands-on exhibits and real plants and animals that are examples of these science concepts. The children will be immersed in nature; walking on boardwalks through grass tunnels, exploring a full-acre wetlands, walking along the Texas Skywalk through the tree canopy and under a waterfall. They will explore a "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" world where everything is giant-sized, learn that their food comes from plants and the critical people-plant-animal connections- outdoors where nature is real.
Dallas World Aquarium
1801 North Griffin
Dallas, TX 75202
The adventure at The Dallas World Aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds, such as Cocks-of-the-rock and many species of toucans, can be seen. Lounging around are Two-toed and Three-toed sloths. Endangered animals, such as Orinoco crocodiles, Giant river otters, Antillean manatees and several species of monkeys are part of the many conservation projects. The aquarium portion displays interesting marine life, including Japanese crabs, jellyfish, Leafy, Weedy and Ribbon seadragons. Black-footed and Blue penguins can be seen swimming as guests enjoy the outdoor South Africa exhibit. Sharks, rays and sawfish are only a few of the fish living in the Mundo Maya cenote. Safe from Neotropical eagles, are euphonias, tanagers and hummingbirds. Reptiles and amphibians, both of significance to the Maya culture, can be seen throughout the exhibit. Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Dallas World Aquarium
An old warehouse at 1801 North Griffin Street, near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas, became the original site of The Dallas World Aquarium, opening to the public in October 1992. Built in 1924, the empty warehouse had been occupied until 1982. During those years it was used for various industries, including the Mohawk Rubber Company and Pioneer Steel Rule and Die.
The adjacent building at 1815 North Griffin was purchased in 1996. Built in 1929 as a warehouse for the storage of rubber goods, it was later used by a Venetian blind company in the early 50s and lastly prior to the aquarium's expansion, as a restaurant/bar known as “Tejano Rodeo.” As with the first building, the interior was completely demolished, leaving only the brick walls and support structure. The alley between the two buildings became the “channel” between the freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. The ORINOCO – Secrets of the River opened to the public in October 1997.
The vacant lot at 1814 Laws Street (behind 1801 North Griffin) was purchased in May 2000 for the first newly constructed portion of the facility. Construction on the Mundo Maya exhibit started in April 2002 and opened to the public in August 2004.
The Dallas World Aquarium has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997 and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) since 2000.
Six Flags Over Texas
2201 Road To Six Flags
Arlington, TX 76011
For more than 50 years, Six Flags Over Texas has been providing family fun with over 100 thrilling rides and attractions, including mega-coasters like Titan and the all NEW Texas Giant. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly shows and attractions, plus fun-filled themed areas like Looney Tunes USA for the kids.
Adults (48”+) are $56.99, children are $39.99. All prices are plus tax. Parking is $15 per vehicle
Arts & Culture
Dallas boasts the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, top museums , performance halls and award-winning architectural designs, arts and culture . The festivals, exhibitions, shows and performances featured in the city throughout the year are sure to enhance any trip to Dallas.