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Fun Activities in North Texas

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You’ll never run out of things to do in North Texas, which is home to some of the most popular attractions in Lone Star State. Here are some suggestions for the whole family to enjoy.

Dallas World Aquarium

1801 N Griffin St
Dallas, TX 75202
214.720.2224

This family-friendly attraction is one of the most exciting aquariums in the United States, harboring stunning aquatic creatures and plants from around the world.

Some of the Dallas World Aquarium’s famous marine residents include the moon jellyfish, clownfish, clown shrimp, pot-bellied seahorse, and the giant Pacific octopus. Visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to see the tropical birds on display along the Avian Trail as well as the brightly-colored reptiles and snakes at the Amphibians Exhibit.

Click here for the full schedule of feedings and talks at DWA.

Guests can also enjoy snacks and drinks at on-site restaurants like Eighteen-O-One, Café Maya, and Jungle Café.

Located in the West End Historic District, DWA is within close proximity to other attractions in Downtown Dallas like the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

9601 Fossil Ridge Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76135
817.392.7410

At 3,600 acres, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the nation. This breathtaking preserve gives visitors the opportunity to reconnect with nature and view a range of native in their natural environment, including birds, deer, buffalos, and alligators. The Hardwicke Interpretive Center is open for guests who’d like to learn more about native flora and fauna.

The nature preserve also offers nearly 20 miles of serene hiking trails for either staff-guided or self-guided tours. View the trail map here.

The canoe launch is open depending on water levels at Lake Worth. Click here for updates on the canoe launch site’s availability.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

1629 Park Rd 59
Glen Rose, TX
254.897.4588

Dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures roamed North Texas in the distant past, leaving their fossilized footprints behind in Dinosaur Valley State Park.

This massive 1,500-acre park is situated along the scenic Paluxy River, where ancient dinosaur tracks can be found in the limestone riverbed. The best time to look is in the fall with moderate daytime temperatures and low river levels that make it easier for visitors to spot the dinosaur tracks.

When not searching for fossilized footprints, guests can enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, swimming, and fishing.

Lake Texoma

One of the largest reservoirs in the U.S., Lake Texoma spans over 93,000 acres of pristine shoreline and water area along the Texas and Oklahoma border. Built in 1944, the vast reservoir offers numerous options for recreation, with clean and well-maintained beaches, picnic areas, campgrounds, hiking trails, and boat launch sites.

Lake Texoma is also a famed fishing spot with an abundance of smallmouth, largemouth, and striped bass. Click here to view a fishing guide to the lake.

Other activities in and around the lake include golfing, hunting, and horseback riding.

For those planning an extended vacation, Lake Texoma offers cabin rentals, hotels, and resorts depending on your needs and budget.

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