Amusement Attractions in Dallas

by Kimberly Caines Google
Penguins can be viewed at The Dallas World Aquarium.

Penguins can be viewed at The Dallas World Aquarium.

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Whether it is business or pleasure that takes you to Dallas, you will find plenty of activities to either fill down time or fill your days. Dallas, the nation's ninth-largest city, has pleasant weather and a variety of amusement attractions to suit all ages. Whether you are a thrill seeker, animal lover or water worshipper, Dallas and its surrounding area most likely have what you are looking for.

Land Animals and Sea Creatures Galore

Dallas has attractions where you can view and interact with a variety of animals. The Dallas Zoo ( features notable attractions, such as the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, where you can visit the petting zoo, enjoy pony rides and feed birds. The 106-acre zoo features an African safari, where you view see African wildlife. If marine life peaks your interest, visit The Dallas World Aquarium ( Situated in an old warehouse, this attraction introduces you to an underwater world of inhabitants, such as sharks, stingrays, alligators and penguins.

Calling All Daredevils

For the daredevils among us, SpeedZone ( presents various challenges. The racing facility features four race tracks where you can test your speed in a single or double-kart or 300-horsepower dragster. Potential daredevils lacking courage can entertain themselves at the on-site restaurant, bowling alley, miniature golf course or video-game hall. If you are fearless and craving an adrenaline rush, Zero Gravity Thrill Park ( is the place for you. The park features five thrill rides including a bungee- jumping attraction, a 16-story drop and a giant slingshot attraction that propels you 150 feet into the air.

Relaxation Seekers

The 66 acres that make up the Dallas Arboretum ( contain various garden displays featuring seasonal flowers, plants, trees and scrubs. Enjoy the visual beauty of garden displays as you walk through the serene setting. Indoor and outdoor dining is available; seasonal festivals and concerts are also organized. Art and architecture fanatics can enjoy The ArtWalk (, a 3.3-mile route through downtown Dallas and the Art District.

Water Lovers

Approximately 30 minutes outside of Dallas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor (, North Dallas' largest water park, offers 47 acres of water rides, slides, pools and lagoons. If your don't want to leave the city, visit Bahama Beach (, a family water park with slides, a playground, two beach-like pools and a lazy river. Even though some rides have height restrictions, there are activities for people of all ages.

For the Little Ones

Younger children will have hours of fun at Legoland Discovery Center ( Walking into the facility is as if you are stepping into a giant box of blocks. The amusement facility is divided into various areas, including the Lego Factory, which shows how the blocks are made; Lego Studios, a 4D movie theater where Lego sculptures come to life; Lego Miniland, where you can walk through miniature sculptures of various countries; and Lego Racers, where you can build your own vehicles.

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