The winter season is a beautiful time of year to visit Texas. The warm and friendly atmosphere and the crisp cool nights make Texas a state many people put on their winter vacationing list. If you are looking for family fun in Texas this winter, continue reading for a list of 12 wintertime family activities in North Texas (DFW).
12 Wintertime Family Activities in North Texas
There may be snow, and there may not be snow. One thing is for sure; there are plenty of Texas Longhorns to see. You never know what the weather is going to be like on any given day, so if you’re heading to Texas, pack a coat just in case.
Oh, and, we don’t all wear cowboy boots and a cowboy hat. Nor do we all ride a horse!! But we do have fun.
Panther Island Ice
Panther Island is Fort Worth’s only outdoor skating rink. Opened every day at Coyote Drive-In, but hurry, the last day of operation is January 14th. Not an expensive activity at all. Enjoy winter wonderland at it’s finest (in Texas that is).
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is one of the best wintertime family activities
A real Texas family experience. Everyone needs to see cowboys rope a steer! Going on Jan. 18 – Feb. 9th at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Then, after the Stock Show, head down to the Fort Worth Stockyards where the fun begins and ends!
If you’re a LEGO fan, then this is an event you’ll want to take the family to visit. First time in the U.S., this event will be held at the Ford Center in Frisco, TX on January 26 & 27, 2019. There’s been a few like this one, but not this large. You’ll see over 99,000 square feet of astonishing interactive exhibits. For all LEGO fans young and old. Check it out here.
Though some are closed during the wintertime months and the ones that are opened may have fewer vendors, but we have some that are opened during winter – mostly on weekends. Call before you go. Go HERE to see more Farmers Markets in the DFW area, but opened in spring/summer.
Coppell Farmers Market
Dallas Farmers Market at 920 S Harwood St.
Fort Worth Cowtown Farmers Market – opened every Saturday year-around at 3821 Southwest Blvd.
Grapevine Farmers Market – this one is a storefront on Main Street that is opened year around.
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market – 3rd Saturday Nov-Mar
Historic McKinney Farmers Market Jan-Mar
Texas Rangers Fan Fest
Everyone will be gathering at the Globe Life Park in Arlington to cheer for the Texas Rangers. All fans great and small are invited on January 26th from 9 am to 4 pm.
Who doesn’t like watching big trucks run and dive in the mud! Back by popular demand at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on February 23rd at 7 pm. This is a great event for Hot Wheel fans alike. Monster Jam promises to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats the entire time!
Indoor Water Parks
Two that come to mind are Great Wolf Lodge and the new Epic Waters Indoor Park in Grand Prairie. No matter the weather, you and your family can take a swim indoors.
Take a Hike
There are many nature trails, landscapes, and other areas to enjoy during winter in North Texas. Such as the well-hidden Trophy Club Park. I think the residents are glad this park is a well-kept secret. However, it is opened to the public. You may want to experience a hike at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. I love it there.
Lewisville Lake, as well as Ray Roberts Lake, offers great hiking trails too. River Legacy Parks Trail in Arlington has eight paved urban hiking trails you might want to check out.
Fort Worth Stockyards
A place to put on your bucket list for sure. This is my favorite place to go in Fort Worth. So much to do and see just in this area. Here’s a post I wrote when my son and I visited there. It’s an old post, but a trendy one on my blog – Fun Things to do at the Fort Worth Stockyards
DFW Winter Boat Expos
Dallas – February 1-3 & 7-10, 2019. Dallas Market Hall
Fort Worth – March 14-17 Will Rogers Exhibit Hall
Six Flags Over Texas
There is nothing better than experiencing this amusement park with the family when it’s cold outside. Whether you live in Texas or are traveling here this winter, Six Flags’ Winter schedule is now only opened on February 23 & 24 all day. Check the schedule before you go. Six Flag is definitely one of the best family activities in North Texas
Texas Motor Speedway
Daytona 500 Watch Party on Feb. 16-17, 2019. Admission is free. Come out to watch the Daytona 500 the World’s Largest HDTV.
Check out TMS’s events on their calendar https://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/events/
Also, word to the wise – I live pretty darn close to this place, and when a popular event is happening at TMS, the traffic can get challenging. Also, keep in mind that the roads of the town it’s next to is under construction big time!!
***AND one more family activity for your pleasure here in Texas.
I stumbled on this while searching for something else — my, how that happens a lot to me.
Glamping in North Texas
Forty miles from the Fort Worth TCU area and 20 miles from Weatherford is this unique way to enjoy the great outdoors of Texas. Check it out people; it’s glamping at your most beautiful and a perfect place to unwind and unplug – Sundancer-The Luxury Glamping Tent Experience
Hopefully, this list of wintertime family activities in North Texas will help showcase some ways you and your family can enjoy the great Lone Star State. There are so many things to do in Texas when winter hits and Texas has become one of the most popular vacation spots during this time.
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