Many of the suburbs of DFW are the area’s best-kept secrets. There are lots of fun things to do in Garland with your family! This post is part of an ongoing series to help local families and visitors find fun, family-friendly entertainment across Texas.
Garland is a fairly large city on the northeast side of Dallas. It has been recognized several times as a great place for families and parents. If you are looking for things to do in Garland, there are lots of ideas that include outdoor activities.
Things to do in Garland
1. Granville Arts Center
The Granville Arts Center is the hub of theater, film, and music. This venue has multiple stages and theaters for a full calendar of plays, concerts, ballets, and films. The Garland Symphony Orchestra performs here and the city screens free movies on weekends. Check the schedule for the current goings-on.
2. Lake Ray Hubbard
Lake Ray Hubbard is a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Hike and bike the trails, watch the wildlife or go fishing. There is a Bass Pro Shop nearby for buying or renting everything you need for waterskiing, kayaking or boating.
3. Nature Preserves
Rowlette Creek Nature Preserve and Spring Creek Park are the perfect places to see the City of Garland’s signature wildflower, the Firewheel, in the spring and summer. Year-round, both parks are perfect for walking and birdwatching. Most areas have covered or uncovered picnic areas with grills. The Greenbelt section of Spring Creek has a playground.
4. Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing
If you love learning about the local history of cities, the Landmark Museum is filled with bits of Garland history dating back to the earliest settlers. The museum is housed in the Santa Fe Depot and is open on Saturdays.
Nickelrama is a classic game arcade where every game is run on nickels instead of quarters. The arcade is open for play daily and is also available for parties. There is a general admission fee and games are then 1-10 nickels to play. Nickelrama has a mix of new and classic arcade games, as well as simulators and prizes.
6. Surf and Swim
Surf and Swim is a family wave park open seasonally, May through September, at Audubon Park. Attractions include a wave pool for floating and a kids’ splash pad area with fountains and sprayers, plus plenty of shaded picnic tables and lounge chairs.
7. Lunar Mini Golf
Play miniature golf indoors on a course illuminated only by blacklights. Lunar Mini Golf is located at Firewheel Town Center and is open daily. Pay a flat fee by age with everything you need to play provided.
8. Painting with a Twist
Painting with a Twist hosts several paint-and-sip classes each week. They also have a monthly family-friendly night where parents and kids can work together to create a work of art. Tickets are priced per canvas, so you can pay for a single piece for parent and child to work together or purchase one for each person. Check the calendar and make reservations at least a few days in advance.
9. Hawaiian Falls
Hawaiian Falls is a seasonal waterpark chain in DFW. The Garland location is open seasonally and has a wave pool, lazy river, playground climbing structures, and slides. Purchase one-time tickets or season passes.
10. Trampoline parks
There are two popular trampoline parks in Garland: Urban Air and Jumping World. Both indoor play venues have open jump and games and they are both also open daily and charge a per-hour admission fee. Check the individual venues for special events.
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