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Looking for a way to escape the heat? The summer heat in the Dallas Fort Worth area can be stifling. Try some of these indoor places in DFW to cool off this summer.
Indoor Things to Do in DFW
The weather in Texas has been hot lately. I mean, triple digits like someone turned on the oven. Between the heat and humidity, being outside makes you feel like you will melt into a puddle in a matter of minutes. If you want a break from the heat, there is no shortage of indoor things to do in the Dallas Fort Worth Metro Area. If you have been hiding from the heat but cabin fever has started to sink in, it is time to start looking for things to do indoors in the Dallas and Fort Worth Metropolitan area.
Importance of a Well-Maintained Air Conditioning System
Being hot in your home makes it hard to relax. Especially during these dog days of summer, it is important that the HVAC system is running at its optimal level. The high temperatures can put a strain on the air conditioning system. Cogburn’s Heating and Air, a Denton Texas air conditioning company, offers a maintenance plan that can help you find problems with your air conditioning system so it runs at its best. The maintenance program will only cost pennies a day. With routine cleaning and maintenance, your air conditioning system can keep your home cool and running well.
Have Fun and Get Out of the Heat
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a 180,000 square foot museum that is packed with educational displays and hands-on exhibits. The museum has exhibits on human evolution, DNA, and what it means to be human. There are different interesting activities for all age groups, such as: Texas ecosystems, dinosaur skeletons, digging for fossils or race a T. rex, and interactive displays about birds and the link between birds and dinosaurs. Guests can experience a simulated earthquake or explore the universe. The museum is built to inspire a lifelong learner in everyone who visits.
Medieval Times is like having a dinner and a show in one. Step back into the renaissance time period with a king, and knights fighting for the hand of the maiden. What knight will win? Will it be your knight? Battle after battle will lead to the winning knight. Everything is included (except the tip and alcoholic beverages) in the entrance fee, including dinner, dessert, and the show.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is dedicated to lifelong learning. With a wide variety of collections, the museum offers many programs and exhibits. The museum offers a look into Texas and life in the Southwest. Some of the exhibits include:
- 9/11 Tribute – Visitors can see a piece of the World Trade Center, building one. In the Museum’s Urban Lantern area, see WTC 1, Column 133, floors 100-103 NIST Steel # N-101, Impact Steel which is on permanent display.
- Cattle Raisers – The 10,000 square foot exhibition area is dedicated to celebrating the history of cattle farming.
- Children’s Museum – The Fort Worth Children’s Museum is designed for children 8 and under. The area encourages children to play. At this age level, children learn best through play and are encouraged to get hands-on with the area.
- DinoLabs & DinoDig – DinoLabs and DinoDig® focuses on North Texas dinosaurs. Bringing dinosaurs to life with full articulations of dinosaur skeletons. There is a replica of a local dig site.
- Grossology and Animal Grossology– Want answers to life many slimy, crusty, oozy, and stinky questions about the human and animal bodies.
- Coral Reef Adventure– Watch the Coral Reef Adventure as a real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall.
- Tornado Alley– Tornado Alley takes some of the most beautiful and extreme weather, that is the least understood, on the planet. Explore the weather phenomena that is tornados up close, without the danger.
- Noble Planetarium– The Noble Planetarium brings the universe to you. With 80 seats, an all-digital projection offers a dynamic view of the night sky. Take a trip across the galaxy.
- Innovation Studios– In the 6,000 square feet space, the Innovation Gallery lets you invent, doodle, design, explore and imagine!
White Elephant Saloon
The White Elephant Saloon is in Hells Half Acre. Established in the 1890’s, the White Elephant is known in the Wild West lore for the last gunfight between the owner, Luke Short, and the Fort Worth Sheriff Longhair Jim Courtright. Longhair Jim was known as one the most corrupt lawmen in Fort Worth and it is said that the White Elephant Saloon is still haunted by his memory.
The White Elephant sat dormant for many years. In the 1970’s, it moved to the Historic Stockyard in the ’70s and is now one of Fort Worth’s premier tourist attractions.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Kids will love a day at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. With 12 LEGO® attractions under one roof, there is a lot to do. Visit Miniland to see some of the Dallas Fort Worth area attractions all made out of LEGOs. Build on the Earthquake table. After your building is complete, set off the earthquake and see how your building fares. The LEGO Ninjago City Aventure is a place for kids to climb, play, and train like a ninja. Kids will navigate a vortex spinning barrel, crawl through hover rings and lighting buzzer bars, climb the vertical ropes and more while testing their LEGO building skills. LEGO® Racers let kids build and race cars.
From now until the end of 2018, check out the Space Mission area. The new intergalactic building lets visitors explore alien planets that are build out of LEGO bricks. Build your own spaceship, take the lead in the mission control operations and watch a LEGO rocket blast off complete with smoke.
The LEGO Factory Tour lets visitors take a behind the scenes, top-secret look at how LEGOs are made. Kids can step into Heartlake City. Watch a 4d movie. Younger kids who have trouble with the little LEGO Bricks can explore the DUPLO Village. There are also several rides available in LEGOLAND: Forest Ranger Pursuit, Merlin’s Apprentice, and Kingdom Quest.
Also at LEGOLAND Discovery Center is Pirate Beach. While this is not an indoor activity, kids will love being able to splash around the waterpark while visiting LEGOLAND. Dodge water jets and pirate tricks. Reach the treasure chest on the shipwreck. There are fountains to splash in, water cannons to shoot and slide to go down.
Dallas World Aquarium
The Dallas World Aquarium is located in the Historic West District in downtown Dallas. Opened in 1992, the aquarium was built in an old warehouse. In 1996, the building next to the warehouse was bought to expand the aquarium. The area between the buildings became a “channel” of sorts between the freshwater and saltwater ecosystems. In May 2000, construction was started to expand the aquarium again. The Dallas World Aquarium has been accredited by the AZA, Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1997 and had been a member of the WAZA, Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 2000.
There are 5 different areas of exhibits: Mundo Maya, Orinoco, Aquarium, South Africa, and Borneo.
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art, located in the Dallas Art District, is a popular attraction of people who live in the DFW area. The Dallas Art Association was established in 1903. It started as part of the Art Committee of the Public Library and grew into more. A well-known Texas artist, Frank Reaugh, suggested that a properly lit and arranged art gallery was provided for the building.
The art collection was originally located in the Dallas Public Library and admission was granted Dallas Public Library. In 1904, the DAA hosted its first annual exhibition. In 1926, a hailstorm caused the glass roof of the Fair Park Free Public Art Gallery of Dallas to break but only one painting suffered minor damage as a result. Throughout the years, the art gallery was forced to sell off pieces of the collections to cover costs. On January 21, 2013, the museum started free admission to everyone, daily.
The Dallas Museum of Art has more than 23,000 pieces of artwork that explore 5,000 of years of history, which has earned it the reputation as being one of the leading art institutions in the United States. On the third Friday of each month, visitors can enjoy Late Nights. From 6 pm to midnight, people can enjoy tours, film screenings, reading, concerts, and family programs.
Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
Anyone who is interested in the life and death of John F. Kennedy will want to visit the Sixth Floor Museum, located in what was the Book Depository, at Dealy Plaza. Guests will be taken through JFK’s life, assassination and death and the legacy he left behind. Every year, some 350,000 people continue to visit the former Texas School Book Depository building.
On Presidents Day in 1989, the Sixth Floor Exhibit opened as a response to the many visitors who came to Dealy Plaza to be at the scene of the assassination. in 1963, the two areas on the sixth-floor area that were included in the evidence were restored to their 1963 appearance.
In 2002, the Museum opened the Seventh Floor Gallery. This space offers 5,500 square feet for special exhibitions or events and public programming. The Seventh Floor Gallery has showcased historic photographs, artwork, presidential campaign commercials, home movies, and unique artifacts through a series of traveling and in-house exhibitions.
The museum also hosts public events. These programs explore specific aspects of the Kennedy presidency and assassination with museum collections, personal stories, and experiences.
This is a stop on the JFK Assassination Conspiracy Tour, focusing on the first and fatal shot.
The Escape Game
Why not have a fun puzzle game while escaping the heat? The Escape Game is a 60-minute adventure. You and your team will pick your challenge and then will be “locked” into a roo. With one hour to figure out the clues to get out of the room, players need to figure out how to get out of the room and escape. There are several different and unique experiences that have players immersed in the game. Whether you choose to plan your escape from prison, steal priceless art pieces, breaking out of the classroom on the last day of school, or stealing from the stash of a gold rush legend.
If you enjoy the escape games on your phone or tablet, you will enjoy being immersed into the action. Find clues, figure out the riddles and find the way out of the locked room. By working together with the rest of your team, you can solve the challenges and make it out of the room.
Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance
The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance founded 1984, teaches the history of the Holocaust. It also works to advance human rights. The goal is to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference. The programs aim to have a deep impact on all visitors, regardless of age. With the different exhibits and programs, guests learn about the discrimination and deep-rooted hatred of the Jews that led to the attempted annihilation that was the Holocaust. In 2017, more than 86,000 people toured the museum.
The Dallas Holocaust Museum, located in the Dallas’s Historic West End, is a premier attraction in North Texas. It is the only Holocaust museum located in North Central Texas, as well as Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The North Texas area is home to over 50 survivors, refugees and hidden children from the Holocaust. Dedicated members and volunteers generously support the Museum every year.
Cogburn’s Heating and AC Maintenance Plan
If you are looking for something to do inside in the Dallas Fort Worth area, there is no shortage of fun activities for all ages. Be sure to have your HVAC system working at its optimal performance. No one wants to come home to a hot house after enjoying the cool air at these indoor places in the DFW area.
To keep your AC system in its best performance, make sure to have the system cleaned and routine maintenance performed regularly. A Denton Texas air conditioning company, Cogburn’s Heating and Air offers maintenance plans in order to stay ahead of routine care. Let the professionals find problems before it gets started.