Take the kids for a break from the fast pace of Dallas at one of these peaceful and awe-inspiring museums. Both are just minutes away from the city, so the kids won't complain about a long car ride, and a visit will open their eyes to the wonderful world of nature!
Dallas World Aquarium
Immerse yourself and your children in an underwater world at Dallas World Aquarium. Located in the West End Historic District of downtown, this facility is home to some of the most unique and endangered species on the planet. Get up close to a wattled jacana, or visit a spectacled owl in the eight-story Mundo Maya exhibit. Be sure to take part in one of the aquarium's fun and educational tours or workshops. Not limited to creatures of the water, the Dallas World Aquarium doubles as a zoo where the kids can learn a thing or two about amazing animals from around the world.
The beautiful Dallas Arboretum is truly a treat for the eyes. The museum's gardens cover 66 acres of land, and every inch is dedicated to sharing a view of trees and plants from around the world. One of the largest exhibits includes the DeGolyer estate, a gorgeous Spanish-style home and its surrounding flowerbeds. Kids will love the Rory Meyer's Children's Adventure Garden, where they'll learn about plant science in a very fun way. Take advantage of several dining options provided by the arboretum and this scenic getaway will prove to be a great escape from city life, without actually leaving the city.