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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

While Fort Worth is known for its many wonderful museums, families will most enjoy the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.  Our kids had a blast carrying out experiments with hands-on activities and playing in the children's area.  We were impressed with the large number of helpful staff on hand.  The museum, which includes a planetarium and IMAX theater, is a fun place for families to explore science and history.  However, because the museum is a bit pricey ($14 per adult, $10 per child) and many of the exhibits are similar to ones we have seen elsewhere in the state, we view this more as a good addition to an already fun Fort Worth itenerary as opposed to a destination in itself.


Fort Worth Stockyards

The heart of the Texas Cowboy experience is found in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.  Once the last major stop on the Chisolm Trail, the Stockyards is now a great place to spend a fun day as a family.  Cowboys lead longhorn cattle through the stockyards during the twice-daily cattle drive, and a live rodeo is held on Friday and Saturday nights.  Our kids particularly enjoyed the mechanical bull and cattlepen maze (as seen on the Amazing Race), but the highlight of their trip was when they got to sit on a live bull for a photo.  There are also fun restaurants and shops lining the street.  We had a delicious steak at H3 Ranch, and we found our daughter the perfect pink cowgirl hat in one of the shops.


Dinosaur World

If your children love dinosaurs, Dinosaur World is the place to be.  With over 100 life-sized dinosaur replicas situated along the Dinosaur Walk, children's imaginations come to life as they picture a time when these awesome creatures roamed the earth.  Dinosaur World, which also features a museum, fossil dig, playground, and gift shop, is your family's source for dinosaur fun.


Houston Museum of Natural Science

A Houston CityPass includes admission to the main exhibit hall of the Museum of Natural Science.  While our family enjoyed some of the exhibits, most of them were geared toward an older audience (5th grade and higher).  The museum included several extra exhibits and an IMAX for an additional fee.  We felt like the cost for a family to experience this museum in-depth could quickly become too expensive.  The one exhibit that we believe is worth the cost, is the Butterfly Center.  For the best butterfly encounters, be sure to wear bright colors so the butterflies will land on you.


Children's Museum of Houston

Wow! The Children's Museum of Houston is amazing!  Room after room of engaging exhibits geared specifically toward young children, your family could easily spend an entire day exploring this museum.  Their fitting slogan, "A playground for your mind" is very descriptive.  From scientists with lab coats, to police in a patrol car, kids can let their imaginations go wild and explore the world around them through play.  We recommend every Texas family visit this well-done children's museum.  Note: because of the popularity of this attraction, the museum can get quite crowded and feel chaotic to parents, but we believe it is still worth a visit because of the fun offered.  If possible, try to visit on a weekday morning when it will be less crowded.



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