Kids of all ages love trains, and opportunities for family adventure abound up and down the DART lines. The best part is, DART is part of the fun. DART’s comfortable, air-conditioned light rail vehicles offer level boarding for those with strollers, plenty of space inside, and great value.
A DART Rail ride up the Red Line to Downtown Plano Station delivers you to the Interurban Railway Museum in Haggard Park. The Interurban linked Plano with much of North Texas until 1948. The interactive museum teaches visitors about its history and the science behind how it worked – and includes a guided tour Car 360.
Near West End Station, the Dallas World Aquarium is a watery wonderland where exotic sea life swim and dance in more than 85,000 gallons of saltwater – with a glass tunnel through it all to provide a panoramic view of reef life.
A few blocks from the aquarium, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will spark curiosity of young and old alike. With its emphasis on hands-on learning, the Perot is a living science lesson. Discover the fun of science together with your whole family on the second Saturday of each month – those are the museum’s Discovery Days, which this summer will feature the themes Inventions; Creatures & Critters; and Super Scientists.
The Perot is located on the D-Link, or is a short walk from Akard or West End stations.
Active, adventurous kids learn can how to rock climb in a safe and air-conditioned environment North Texas Outdoor Pursuit Center, located in a former grain silo near Downtown Carrollton Station. While you’re there, hit Babe’s Chicken Dinner House for some of the best fried chicken in town.
The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter train connects downtown Dallas with the more Western, laid-back atmosphere of Fort Worth. Here, family offerings abound. Not far from the ITC Station, stroll the Sundance Square district, where family-oriented restaurants are sprinkled liberally among more grown-up bistros and pubs, or take the Fort Worth T’s Route 7 directly from the ITC to the Fort Worth Zoo or the Cultural District. Here, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is geared toward engaging its younger visitors – and includes the spectacular Omni Theater with its dazzling 80-foot domed screen.
These suggestions are just a start. For more ideas, visit DART.org/DARTable.