Summer in Texas can be brutally hot, but that’s no excuse not to enjoy your visit. The Dallas/Fort Worth area has all sorts of things to do while still keeping cool, from relaxed shopping experiences for the adults to mini adventures for the kids. Here are six indoor activities that will help you beat the heat while having fun.
Find a Path to Adventure
LEGOLAND Discovery Center is located inside the Grapevine Mills Mall, close to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, and offers lots of activities and adventures for young families. Little ones can play with the softer bricks of the DUPLO Village, while older kids can explore the MINILAND interactive city or experience realistic weather effects at the LEGO 4D Cinema. They can also attempt the Ninjago City Adventure obstacle course challenge or try to rescue the princess from her troll captors at the Kingdom Quest ride.
Get to Know Marine Life
SEA LIFE is located across from LEGOLAND at Entrance 5 of Grapevine Mills Mall. At SEA LIFE, kids and adults can learn about the creatures that inhabit the sea, rivers, and lakes. They can stand eye-to-eye with a giant Pacific octopus, and walk among sharks, rays, and green sea turtles in the underwater Ocean Tunnel. Reserve a spot at one of the several educational talks and feeding demonstrations to learn more about the aquarium’s inhabitants. Hilton DFW Lakes is close to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and within walking distance of LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE.
Discover Contemporary Art and High Fashion
NorthPark Center has been one of the country’s top destinations for luxe shopping for decades. You’ll find all kinds of shoes, clothes, and accessories brands in this award-winning mall. And the luxury brands also share space with contemporary art: NorthPark boasts a fine collection of modern art by major artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Dining options include the airy food court and high-end restaurants overlooking the 1.4 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Campbell Centre is only one mile away and offers local area transportation.
Cheer Along with the Sporting Crowd
Prepare your vocal chords to keep up with the passionate cries of Texan sports fans. The American Airlines Center is the home of both NBA team the Dallas Mavericks and the 1999 Stanley Cup winners, the Dallas Stars – the city’s major ice hockey team. The sports center is close to the central business district and the Historic West End, which offers many options for a pre- or after-game drink or meal.
Spread Your Wings
Experience a true sense of freedom in one of iFly’s two locations in Dallas and Fort Worth. See what it feels like to free fall from a plane – but in controlled conditions inside a vertical wind tunnel, where you’ll defy gravity and fly higher and faster with one of the instructors. Children as young as three can fly, so this is a great activity for the whole family.
Walk Among the Dinosaurs
The Perot Museum has something for everyone, from gems, minerals, and rare fossils, to a farmer’s markets for tiny tots, and the opportunity to design and build a robot. Kids can learn about the human body and the mysteries of the mind, while the museum’s hands-on experiences will keep everyone’s attention for hours. Dinosaur fans will love the Ultimate Dinosaur Exhibit, which gives access to rare specimens from across the globe – including the Eoraptor or the Gigantosaurus – and teaches about their characteristics through cutting-edge technology.