Whether you’re watching your budget or just tired of watching the TV, you don’t have to look long or hard for things to in North Texas. Here are some of our favorite Top 10 Free Things to Do in DFW.
Trying to keep kids programmed all summer – isn’t just time consuming, but it can get expensive too. However, in the DFW Metroplex, there are so many things to do AND many things you can do for FREE. (Yep, one of my favorite words.)
So the next time the kids say I’m bored (or maybe it’s just you looking for something new to do with your weekend) or you’re just looking to change it up a little bit, here’s a good place to get moving this summer (and many of these are open throughout the year.)
Top 10 Free Things to Do in DFW
Kids Bowl Free – DFW
I’m all about getting the kids moving especially in the summer. With Kids Bowl Free – kids can get 2 free games of bowling all summer of the program from bowling centers across the country and many of them in DFW. All you have to do is get registered for free and they’ll send your tickets on Sundays for the whole week!
DFW Airport Founder’s Plaza – Grapevine
When we went, there weren’t just families there, we found adults of all ages waiting to see the planes take off and come in from a great vantage point. Dedicated to the founders of DFW Airport in 1995, the plaza provides convenient parking, picnic tables, telescopes, historic information, a commemorative monument and a radio that broadcasts air traffic control communications from the FAA tower. Bring a picnic and spend the afternoon watching airplanes.
LEGO Mini-Build – LEGO Store at Northpark Center – Dallas
Who doesn’t love LEGOs? Once a month at the LEGO store at Dallas’ Northpark Center, you can participate in a free mini-build! This event has limited space and time slots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to safety and build experience standards, builders must be between the ages of 6-14 to participate. The mini model must be completely built in store. In order to sign up, guests must have a registered LEGO® VIP email address. If you do not have one you can create one for free at shop.LEGO.com/VIP. The August mini-build is a cute little snail!
Addison Summer Series – Addison
Rockin’ the River – Fort Worth
Legacy Hall – Plano
Levitt Pavilion – Arlington
I’m a huge fan of outdoor concerts, enjoying the DFW sky under the stars (and in some cases under the stars) and listening to your favorite bands – and for free. From Addison’s Summer Series, Arlington’s Levitt Pavilion, Fort Worth’s Rockin’ the River and Legacy Hall in Plano (and more), you can almost find a concert every weekend. One of my favorites’ is Levitt Pavilion in Arlington. Downtown you’ll find a beautiful outdoor stage that accommodates more than 100,000 visitors for more than 50 concerts a year.
Dallas Museum of Art – Dallas
Amon Carter Museum – Fort Worth
I love a good museum and in the summer when it’s not just hot or a good rainy day in the winter, there’s no better place to retreat than to immerse yourself in learning. Two of the best museums with free admission are the Dallas Museum of Art and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. You’ll find American art as well as free tours even for the kids. So don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the art of some of their own outdoor programs throughout the summer, so head to their website for more on times and dates.
Klyde Warren Park – Dallas
Right in the middle of Dallas, you’ll find a 5.2 acre deck park over the highway with tons to do all year long. Open anytime, you can check out the programming like this weekend’s STEM in the Park, from 9 am – 3:30 pm.
Other activities you can do at Klyde Warren Park include:
- Performance Pavilion
- Savor and Relish
- Walking trails
- Dog park
- Children’s park
- Games area
Fireworks – Lake Grapevine
Nothing can make anyone feel like a kid again than watching fireworks. And Grapevine does a free 10-minute show (with a downloadable music soundtrack) every Friday night at 9:30 pm as part of their SummerBlast program, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Viewing areas include Acorn Woods Park, the field next to Scott’s Landing Marina, Horseshoe Trails Park, Oak Grove Park (baseball, soccer and softball fields), Katie’s Woods Park, Lakeview Park and Rockledge Park for $5 a car.
Other great free places to enjoy in DFW include:
- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens – Fort Worth
- Sundance Square Fountains – Fort Worth
- Fort Worth Stockyards – Fort Worth
- River Legacy Science Center – Arlington