Located in the heart of Dallas inside an 11th-century-style castle, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is definitely one not to be missed. From preschoolers to senior citizens, everyone will marvel at the two-hour live jousting tournament featuring six heroic knights on beautiful spirited horses with electrifying swordplay. Sitting ringside, prepare to be crowned as you cheer your personal knight to victory all while eating a ‘utensil free’ four-course meal fit for royalty. Be sure to check out their website for specials, as tickets can be pricey, but they’re definitely worth it.
Even for a non-golfer, Topgolf is a great way to spend the day with family. Unlike regular golf that’s slow-paced and outdoors, Topgolf is fast-paced and similar to an upscale driving range with targets to aim at. This digital driving range has several different games to choose from for both first timers and avid golfers. Complete with the amenities of a sports bar, Topgolf also offers a 54-hole mini golf course and batting cages. Whether you’re in the mood to relax inside one of the lounges or outside on the patio, Topgolf has something for everyone.
Topgolf Dallas, 8787 Park Lane, Dallas, TX, USA +1 214 341 9600
Located in Victory Park near Downtown Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science offers families a wide variety of exhibits and activities, including hands-on experiments with the actual scientists who work there. Opened in 2012, this gorgeous science center features interactive kiosks, an IMAX theater, an outdoor plaza and a one-acre science park with water features, giant leap frogs and musical instruments. Highlights include digging for dinosaurs, experiencing an actual earthquake, building robots and creating digital music, just to name a few. This 180,000-square-feet museum with five levels of state-of-the art interactive and multimedia exhibits and educational programs is sure to fascinate visitors of any age.
Ever dream of flying? Worth the 30-minute drive to the suburbs of Frisco, iFly Indoor Skydiving makes the dream of flight a reality for ages 3 to 103. With the newest and most advanced wind tunnels in the world, iFly gives the excitement and feel of skydiving without having to jump out an airplane. Get ready to be blown away, literally, for 1.5 hours as you float, parachute free, on a smooth cushion of air.
iFly Indoor Skydiving, 8380 State Highway 121, Frisco, TX, USA +1 214 618 4359
Grapevine Mills Mall is the ultimate family experience and only 30 minutes from Dallas. From LEGOLAND Discovery Center to Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium to the Rainforest Café to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, these are many fun activities for kids. Parents can also take advantage of the great shopping discounts offered from factory stores like Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Disney and Nike. Grapevine Mills Malls offers so much more, so families might have to make it a two-day trip.
Stay, swim and play at the Great Wolf Lodge of Grapevine. Choose your cabin-style suite that’s an experience in itself, filled with either single beds or log style bunkbeds, a refrigerator and a flat screen TV. Then head over to the outdoor/indoor 84 degrees waterpark featuring nine water slides, six pools, a giant water fort bucket, a lazy river, an obstacle course and basketball hoops. With so many attractions, activities, and interactive games, your children will be begging to stay an extra day. Nightly rates can change during peak season, so be sure to check out their specials.
Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX, USA +1 800 693 9653
By Nicole Overton