Children & Family

One Last Adventure

Five exciting things to do in Dallas before school starts.

David C Justin
Posted on Aug 11, 2020

It's August and that can only mean one thing - the new school year is about to start (albeit virtually for some!). So while you're out with the kids shopping for the traditional first day of school outfits (can you say new pajamas for everyone this year?), take a little detour and go on one last Dallas adventure before summer officially comes to an end.

Friendly reminder: Wear your mask, stay safe and follow all social distancing protocols. For more details on how each adventure is handling COVID-19 precautions, visit their respective websites.

Zero Gravity Thrill Amusement Park
Founded in 1992 with the single goal of being the most extreme amusement park in the world, the rides at Zero Gravity are designed to push your adrenaline production into overdrive. Bungee jump from the seven-story Air Boingo tower; soar through the air at 60 miles per hour on the Skycoaster; launch 150 feet into the air in two seconds flat on the Texas Blastoff; fly at the end of a 165-foot propeller on the Skyscraper; and freefall - Yes, freefall! - with no ropes, cables or parachute to slow you down as you drop 130 feet straight into Nothin' but Net. Open seven days a week, ride tickets start at $34.99 plus tax.

Urban Adventure Quest
Use your collective intelligence to solve clues and complete challenges with Urban Adventure Quest. Armed with your smartphone, a bottle of water and a good pair of shoes, learn the secret history of Dallas at you earn points and compete with other players. You can start anytime you want and play at your own pace. Tickets start at $49 for teams of 2 to 5.

Elm Fork Shooting Sports
Elm Fork Shooting Sports
offers shooters of all ages and experience levels to try their hand at skeet shooting and target practice. Hone your dead-eye pistol skills at the Old West-themed shooting gallery and see who the best shot in the family is. With certified instructors on site to help you, Elm Fork is open Wednesday through Sunday. Prices start at $9.95 for skeet shooting and $18 for target shooting.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park
Test your balance and bravery as you and your family take on a military-style obstacle. Trinity Forest Adventure Park is filled with ropes courses of varying levels of difficulty that will challenge even the nimblest tree climber. With wobble bridges, tight ropes, ladders and zip lines, you'll have the freedom to explore face your fears and push your limits after learning the ropes at the staff-taught ground school. Prices range from $44.95 to $54.99 for ages 6 and up. Senior, military, 4-pack and group discounts are available. Reservations are required.

Dallas Zoo
Take a step into the wild and track down exotic wildlife at the Dallas Zoo. From the Giants of the Savanna to the Wilds of Africa, get up close and personal with lions, tigers and bears. Head to the Wild Encounters to learn all about the fascinating habits of reptiles, porcupines and birds before witnessing the unmatched speed of Winspear, the zoo's ambassador cheetah. The Dallas Zoo is open daily, and tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for children and seniors. At this time, all zoo tickets must be purchased online before you go.