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Summer Fun In DFW
In honor of the first official day of summer, we’ve listed ideas to keep you or your family entertained. Here are some free & inexpensive options to help you make the best of your summer!
Frisco Commons Park and Spray Park- Free
o 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco TX 75034
o Playground designed to include children with special needs, plus a splash park, pavilion, and pond.
o The 2nd Saturday of each month after dark, the the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas meets here to look at stars & planets, being a telescope!
o Movies in the Park on select summer evenings, visit FriscoFun.org for selection & schedule.
Sci-Tech Discovery Center
o $8.50 General admission for children and adults, with group or senior discounts & annual memberships available
o Hands-on museum that explores science, math, and technology.
National Videogame Museum
o $12 General admission ($10 for children 10 and under), with senior, educator, & military discounts and memberships available.
o Museum dedicated to the history of video games with playable exhibits.
Music in the Square- Free
o Friday evenings in June from 7:30-9:30 PM
o Free concert on the lawn between the fountains and the library, vendors may be present with their own pricing, and restaurants are open in the area.
Play Street Museum
o 5729 Lebanon Road, Suite 120, Frisco TX 75034
o $11.50 per child age 1-8 (children under 1 year of age are free)
The Star Entertainment District- Free*
o 9 Cowboys Way, Frisco TX 75034
o Play football on the lawn outside the stadium and walk the Ring of Honor
o Live music on Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM in the Ring of Honor
o *Free to visit the Tostitos Championship Plaza or Ring of Honor areas. Restaurants, including an ice cream shop, and shops open; and stadium event prices vary.
Frisco Athletic Center Water Park
o 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco TX 75034
o $12 per adult, $10 for children 17 and under (free tickets for ages 2 and under), with memberships available.
o Watch movies from the pool or lazy river, and water park remains open during the event. Concession stands open for snacks & drinks.
o Dive-In Movies hosted on select summer evenings, visit FriscoFun.org/950/Dive-in-movies for movie selections & schedule. Tickets $10 per person.
Burning Boards Skateboard Competition- Free
o Saturday, August 11 at 6:00 PM (registration begins at 5:00)
o Skateboard competition open to all ages and skill levels. Registration and participation is free; vendors & food trucks will also be open.
o 3760 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony TX 75056
o $25 per bay, per hour (plus $5 membership fee on the first visit) for groups of 6 or less, season passes and lessons available.
o A new way to golf- with microchip golf balls! Earn points based on distance and accuracy.
o 5580 N Colony Boulevard, The Colony TX 75056
o $4 age 7 and up, $3 for 6 and under
o Indoor & outdoor poos with wading pool and splash park. Swim lessons and water exercise classes offered for additional fees.
Five Star Complex- Free
o 4100 Blair Oaks Drive, The Colony TX 75056
o Public park and sports facility with baseball & softball fields, soccer fields, football fields, playgrounds, and trails for hours of active fun.
Coyote Drive In
Legacy Hall- Free admission*
o 7800 Windrose Avenue, Plano TX 75024
o Catch the World Cup games on the big screen or select concerts for free in the Legacy Hall Box Garden- an outdoor stage and screen.
o *Casual dining and bars open for food & drink sales.
Arbor Hills- Free
o Spend a day enjoying and learning about nature in this 200 acre nature preserve park with 3 ecoregions. Trails, playgrounds, and pavilions are available.
o 6121 W. Park Boulevard, Suite A 100, Plano TX 75093
o $18.99 General admission (when purchased in advance online), with memberships and group rates available.
o Not really inexpensive, but Plano’s newest attraction allows kids and adults to explore art and technology, make their own crayon color, and more.
o 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069
o General admission tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 12 and under (2 and under are free). Memberships are available.
o 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and natural science museum with an emphasis on conservation and preservation of nature.
Little Elm Beach- Free*
o 701 West Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm TX 75068
o *$10 parking per vehicle on weekends and holidays, season passes are available.
o Beach along the edge of Lake Lewisville with swimming, trails, volleyball, and playground
Klyde Warren Park- Free
o 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas TX 75201
o 5.2 acre park built over Woodall Rodgers Freeway with playgrounds, gardens, dog park, games, sports, and food truck hot spot.
o Frequent events, including yoga and fitness classes, concerts, and group meet ups.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
o 2201 North Field Street, Dallas TX 75201
o $13-$20 General admission plus additional ticket rates for various exhibits. Group rates and memberships available.
o Nature and science museum with interactive exhibits to inspire a lifelong love of learning, housed in a building designed by award winning architect Thom Mayne.
o 650 South R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas TX 75203
o $15 for adult general admission, $12 for children and seniors, with group rates and memberships available.
o 106 acres of animal exhibits from all over the world and a monorail. Safari nights concerts throughout the summer for an extra fee. Visit dallaszoo.com/exhibits-experiences/safarinights/ for schedule and ticket rates.
o Gift shop and concessions available.
Dallas Firefighters Museum
o 3801 Parry Avenue, Dallas TX 75226
o General admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children
o Museum dedicated to the history of Dallas firefighters, located in a former fire station.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
o 8525 Garland Road, Dallas TX 75218
o $15 for adults, $10 for children under 13 (2 and under are free) with discounts for seniors, military, & first responders, and membership rates available. Groupon tickets can often be found, and Wednesdays are buy one get one free.
o 66 acres of lush gardens with a children’s play area, educational programs, and White Rock Lake views.
Texas Discovery Gardens
o 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Dallas TX 75210 in Fair Park
o General admission tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for children (2 and under are free) and memberships are available.
o 7.5-acre botanic garden featuring native Texas plants.
Fort Worth Zoo
o 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth TX 76110
o $14 for adults and $10 for children or seniors for general admission, half price admission on Wednesdays.
o Wide variety of animals and exhibits; the African Savanna exhibit is now open!
Botanical Gardens- Free*
o 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard, Fort Worth TX 76107
o *Admission is free to everything but the Japanese Garden. Tickets for the Japanese Garden are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 4-12 years of age, and free for children 3 and under. Memberships are available.
o Concerts in the Garden throughout the summer, tickets and schedule available at www.fwbg.org/events
Amon Carter Museum of American Art- Free
o 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth TX 76107
o View works of art and sculpture exhibits by American artists.
Bureau of Engraving & Printing- Free
o 9000 Blue Mound Road, Fort Worth TX 76131
o See where money is printed and learn about the history of U.S. currency on a self-guided tour.
o Gift shop four souvenirs and vending machines available.
1058 Park Road 59, Glen Rose TX 76043
$12.75 per adult, $10.75 for seniors, and $9.75 for children (2 and under are free), plus tax. Various activities are extra, and group rates are available.
Museum with interactive exhibits and dinosaur themed playgrounds.
Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark
2970 Epic Place, Grand Prairie TX 75052
$24 or $29 General admission for non-Grand Prairie residents ($14 or $19 for residents) with memberships available.
Mostly indoor water park (retractable roof) spanning 80,000 square feet, open year round featuring water slides, pools, and kid’s area.
Concessions, bar, and gift shop open.
Water Works Park
2400 Long Road, Denton TX 76208
$15 or $19, depending on height for non-residents (kids 2 and under are free, $2 discount for Denton residents). Monthly and season passes are available.
Water park with lazy river and children’s pool, plus indoor natatorium.
Concessions, lockers, and ice cream shop are open.
The Frog Pond Water Park
14032 Heartside Place, Farmers Branch TX 75234
$8 for non-residents and $5 for Farmers Branch residents age 3 and up (2 and under are free). Additional $5 for outside food and drinks- per bag or cooler.
Water park with slides, lazy river, lagoon pool, and pavilions.
Concession stands available for food and drinks.
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