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Dinosaur Skeletons at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science picture in Dallas – Fort Worth
Perot Museum of Nature and Science picture in Dallas – Fort Worth
Dinosaur Skeletons at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science picture in Dallas – Fort Worth
Perot Museum of Nature and Science picture in Dallas – Fort Worth

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If you've brought the kids to the Big D, set aside some time for a visit to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. This 180,000-square-foot facility is jam-packed with hands-on exhibits and educational displays that address such topics as Texas ecosystems human evolution. One particular highlight for recent visitors was the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall, which features towering dinosaur skeletons and an educational scavenger hunt. The Rose Hall of Birds also captivated visitors: Here, interactive displays explain how birds fly and socialize.

Many travelers say that the Perot Museum makes an excellent respite from the hot and humid Texas weather and they were pleasantly surprised by the museum's excellent hand's-on exhibits. Reviewers also said this is a great activity for the whole family, as its attractions appeal to a wide range of age groups.

The Perot Museum sits a few blocks north of the Dallas World Aquarium, on the outskirts of downtown Dallas. You can reach the museum by taking the No. 52 or No. 59 bus from downtown, or taking the light rail to Akard Station (accessible via all lines). There's also on-site parking available for $10. You can stop by the museum between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $20 for adults, $13 for youth ages 2 to 12. Admission to any special exhibits or 3-D films will cost extra. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the museum's website; however, in order to receive any available discounts (such as military or teacher discounts), you must purchase your ticket at the museum. If you purchased a Dallas CityPASS, your admission is included.

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The Perot Museum of Nature and Science earns praise for its extensive interactive displays. The massive dinosaur skeletons housed in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall are a particular favorite among recent visitors. Courtesy Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Dallas Museum of Art houses an expansive collection of art from around the world. You'll find both ancient and contemporary pieces here. Courtesy Dallas Museum of Art

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The Fort Worth Water Gardens sits adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Visit Fort Worth

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