Family Resorts in Dallas

by Christine Switzer

Dallas offers a wide variety of tempting attractions to families, including everything from Fair Park’s Planetarium and the Dallas World Aquarium to Old City Park and the Dallas Museum of Natural History. Whether you and your family need overnight or week-long lodging, you can find comfortable, family-friendly accommodations at a handful of resorts scattered across the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas

Home to one of the best golf courses in the state, the Four Seasons Resort and Club at Las Colinas draws families and sporting enthusiasts throughout the year. The resort rambles over 400 acres north of downtown and offers swimming, racquetball, basketball and squash as well as golf. Special accommodations for families include cribs, childproofing equipment and in-room dining in many of the suites. Other kid-friendly amenities include baby and children’s toiletries and bathrobes, as well as full-day, year-round children’s and teen programs. On the night you arrive, keep your eyes open for the age-appropriate kid’s treats as well.

Great Wolf Lodge

A giant indoor and outdoor water park for hotel guests serves as one of many highlights of the family-oriented Great Wolf Lodge. The lodge’s grand-scale water diversions delight toddlers to teens, and adults can relax at the on-site spa or in one of the jumbo whirlpools. When not splashing about the spectacular, climate-controlled water park, young children will enjoy clock tower shows and story times, while tweens and teens can take advantage of the Northern Lights Arcade and gr8_space Tech Center. Fuel up at The Loose Moose Cottage or the Camp Critter Bar, and then bed down for the night in old-fashioned, lodge-style guest suites.

Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center

An expansive lakeside resort-style hotel, the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center spreads out around the shores of Grapevine Lake. Everything from the replica of the Alamo facade to the soaring 4.5-acre glass atrium has been geared to impress business travelers and vacationing families alike. Choose from among 1,500 guest rooms outfitted in dark wood furnishings and a muted southwestern color palette. Nearby attractions include Six Flags Over Texas, the Grapevine Mills Mall and the Cowboys Stadium. Families can enjoy a number of events hosted by the hotel throughout the year as well, such as the Lone Star Christmas event.

The Westin Stonebrier

With “fresh-air” balconies, extra-cushy beds and a lagoon-style pool, The Westin Stonebrier offers a restful retreat for the whole family. Adults can relax with a massage treatment, unwind in the bubbly whirlpool or tee off on the driving range, while children can enjoy activities with the Westin Kids Club. If needed, you can take advantage of the hotel’s babysitting service as well. Your family can spend the day playing at the nearby Hawaiian Falls Water Park, the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park or any one of four shopping malls. At the end of the day, connect over American cuisine at the casual, on-site Legacy Grill.


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About the Author

Christine Switzer has been a freelance writer since 2007. She contributes to travel and regional periodicals such as "Georgetown View" and "Burlington the Beautiful" and she enjoys writing on travel, lifestyle and the workplace. Switzer holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in English and has taught university courses in communication, public speaking and journalism.