As the summer draws to the close, it can begin to feel like you have done all the things there are to do! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite summer activities around the area, and hopefully they will help you make it through the final stretch of summer heat.
- Berry Picking
Nothing says ‘summer’ like fresh berries. They’re easy enough to find wherever you get groceries, but there’s something special about picking them yourself. Fortunately, the entire Metroplex is surrounded by farms dedicated to providing just such an experience. Click here for a list of farms by city.
Taking your children (or just yourself) to a museum provides many benefits. You’re generally out of the heat, you’re physically active, and you’re being inspired! Schools are great, but there’s no substitute for the look in a child’s eyes when their curiosity is sparked. Treat yourself and the kiddos to these awesome free museums in the area, and watch the magic of learning happen!
- Animal Encounters
If you and your children are aching for a more outdoorsy learning activity, the DFW area offers a several venues for interacting with and learning about animals. For a more common experience, visit either of the acclaimed zoos in Fort Worth or Dallas. If you’re looking for something more hands-on, try the Dallas World Aquarium (try to go during the week, when it’s less crowded) or Fossil Rim (beware the ostrich).
- Six Flags
The dedicated children’s park makes this ideal for outings with kids of all ages. There are adventures to be had for all, and enough souvenir shops to make the hottest day more bearable. If you go early, you can hit several rides before it gets too hot. Then you have plenty of time to shop and ride one of their water features! Plan your trip here.
- Water park
If the adventure of Six Flags sounds great but you’re looking for something a little more ‘watery’, the Metroplex has an abundance of options for you. If you’re looking for the big rides, you can go across the street to Hurricane Harbor (protip: if you buy a season pass at Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor is included). For a list of the top 13 parks, look here.
- Ranger’s Game
There’s a special joy that comes from hanging out in the nosebleeds at Globe Life Park. It’s shaded with the best breeze in the whole stadium, and I love being able to see everything going on from the vantage point. Our Rangers have had tough few weeks, but it feels like they’re getting their groove back! There’s no better time to catch a game! Buy tickets here.
Something about growing up in North Texas breeds a love for being on the water. We have plenty of lakes that are great for boats and skiing, but my favorite way to enjoy the water is from a kayak. Texas State Parks have recently introduced ‘Paddling Trails’ and we have more info here. If you’re looking for a more urban experience, you can look at Panther Island in Fort Worth or White Rock Lake in Dallas.
- Drive-in Movies
Feeling nostalgic? DFW is home to a growing number of Drive-In theaters! Most offer new releases with the occasional throwback. My family loves to pile up our truck with blankets and pillows and head out around 6! More information on theaters and what they offer here.
- Food Trucks
Food truck are one of the best ways to sample the artistic creations of talented chefs, and the best atmosphere to experience them is definitely at a food truck park. These parks are the best place to meet up with other foodies, and let the kids play while expanding their culinary horizons.
‘The stars at night/Are big and bright’ and this is, indeed, the heart of Texas. If you and your kids are night owls, this could be one of the more exciting things you do this summer! Whether you drive out to one of the stargazing tours at a state park or visit one of the planetariums in the area, the stars are sure to leave you and your kids in awe. Information on great spots here.
If you’re not into picking fruit, you can still enjoy the fruit of the earth at one of these fantastic North Texas gardens! Fort Worth and Dallas compete for best gardens, so there is plenty to enjoy. The seasonal flora and fauna are top notch at each of these locations around the Metroplex.
- Pokémon Go
Sometimes, we can get too carried away with our devices, but Pokémon Go has done more than its fair share to make our smart phones good for us. Bring your kids out to one of these great spots or events. Take some time walking about and enjoying the scenery as your hatch virtual eggs and catch virtual Pokémon.
- Library – Dallas, Ft. Worth and Arlington Library events
With all the adventures to be had in the Metroplex, there are a few things that you just can’t do, unless you have a book. The story times and other events at the Fort Worth, Dallas, and other Metro libraries are sure to awaken the imagination and take your kids on grand adventures (without leaving the a/c!)
Until Next Time,