Things to Do With Toddlers in Dallas
, Texas is a family-friendly vacation venue that combines historic scenery with the metropolitan feel that only large cities can offer. The city is actually home to more than 406 parks. There are welcoming picnic areas, lighted public tennis courts, jogging trails and a number of lakes that invite anglers and those who just want to play at the water's edge. Family-friendly activities abound, no matter what the ages and temperaments of your children might be.
Visit the Dallas Arboretum
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Plan a visit to the Dallas Arboretum. With expansive grounds of flowers, shrubs and trees, this is the perfect venue for little ones to run and explore. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., there are blooming beds and rolling lawns perfect for walking and playing. The best time to visit the arboretum is spring, when the flowers are in bloom and the smells are strongest.
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
Stop by the Dallas World Aquarium
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Bring your toddlers to the Dallas World Aquarium. The venue is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and features marine animals as well as birds and bats. Toddlers will love the 40-foot waterfall, and the promise of vampire bats might make your older toddler crane his neck in the hopes of catching a glimpse of them. Note that the birds are flying freely in the upper levels of the venue, and if your toddlers are afraid of birds, it might be best to stick with the enclosed marine animals down below.
Dallas World Aquarium
1801 North Griffin Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Plan on a Day at the Dallas Zoo
Explore the Dallas Zoo with your toddler. Open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the zoo encompasses 95 acres of exhibits, picnic areas and also play opportunities. The Lacerte Family Children's Zoo is a favorite of toddlers and older kids alike. With parental guidance your toddler has the chance to pet some animals she might not usually encounter.
650 South RL Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203
Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.