Top 15 Free Family Fun Activities Around Dallas

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Aimee Robinson
Dallas Travel Guide

Having issues finding inexpensive things to do with the kids? Triple D is full of all sorts of fun surprises that are perfect for the entire family that won’t hit you in the pockets.  From beautiful parks to amazing museums, Dallas has many great places to spend the entire afternoon. Enjoy learning history at the Freedmen’s Cemetery located north of Downtown Dallas or enjoy some fun in the sun at one of Dallas’ newest parks, Trinity Overlook Park, that has views of downtown Dallas, and the Dallas Floodway, with a beautiful area for kids to play. With the help of my daughter, we put together a list below of other great free attractions around Dallas.

  • White Rock Lake Park – A beautiful local park that includes a 1,015 acre lake, six playgrounds, 9.33 mile hike and bike trail, designated bird watching area, and numerous picnic areas. A great hang out place all year-round.
  • Trinity Overlook Park – One of Dallas’ newest parks located right near downtown where the Dallas Skyline is beyond breathtaking. You can locate play and picnic areas as well as walking and bike trails which are nice for a fun family outing.
  • Klyde Warren Park – A great downtown Dallas park that includes a variety of activities, including children’s playground, water play area, a fitness area, and food truck stations. You can also find scheduled events, such as movie night and concerts that are family friendly.
  • Victory Park – Also located in downtown Dallas near the American Airline Center. A great place during the summer where you can catch a movie on select days in June and July. A great time for family and friends to get together with lawn chairs and popcorn.
  • Thanks-Giving Square – Is a peaceful complex that is dedicated to the concept of thanksgiving that we celebrate around the world. It’s a place to sink into meditation and explore the various beautiful traditions.
  • Fountain Place – Has received international recognition, for its beautiful dancing waters and fountains that leap water into the air. It’s a great place to take the kids for some relaxation time.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza – Has become a big part of downtown Dallas’ urban landscape and cultural heritage.  The memorial was restored to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the JFK assassination, and a good place for a history lesson.
  • Freedmen’s Cemetery – A pre-Civil War burial ground built by African Americans that were freed from slavery in the mid-1860s, this area honors former freed slaves that were buried in what was known as “Freedman’s” town. A must for children who love history.   
  • Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive – Measuring at 4.2 acres featuring life-sized sculptures of a 19th century cattle drive, with three cowboys on horseback and 49 steers going over a small hill and crossing a stream it’s definitely a sight to see.
  • Crow Collection of Asian Art – Is a two-level museum that showcases the beautiful Eastern cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia.  The first Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm is a free family event including face painting, performances, and storytelling.
  • Dallas Museum of Art – The first Tuesday of every month, you can visit the museum for family friendly programs that include art activities, storytelling, theater workshops, and views of phenomenal exhibits.
  • African American Museum – Is devoted to the preservation and display of African American art and cultural and historical materials. The Museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 12pm to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm.
  • Interurban Railway Museum – Located in Plano, the museum displays pictures and artifacts from the North Texas transit system. Open Monday-Friday from 10am to 2pm and Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm.
  • McKinney Avenue Trolley – Beautifully restored vintage trolley cars that go along downtown Dallas’ original trolley tracks through historic Uptown.  Take the family on a free ride on the temperature-controlled trolleys 365 days a year to sight-see the trendy Uptown neighborhood.
  • Model Train Display at Children’s Medical Center – Is the U.S.’s largest permanent model train display located in the lobby of the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. It consists of eight trains that run simultaneously. A free exhibit that is open daily from 6am to 10pm.


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