Most of the outdoor or cultural attractions, if not all, are family friendly. A kiddo favorite, of course, is the zoo. The Fort Worth Zoo was founded in 1909 as a modest attraction housing one lion, two bear cubs, an alligator, a coyote, a peacock, and a few rabbits. Now, this family favorite boasts 7,000 native and exotic animals and has been named as a top zoo in many magazines and media outlets. Current zoo exhibits include Penguins, World of Primates, Asian Falls, Raptor Canyon, Flamingo Bay, Meerkat Mounds, Australian Outback & Great Barrier Reef, Waterfowl Walk, African Savannah, Parrot Paradise, Texas Wild!, and the Museum of Living Art.

If you want to absolutely dazzle your children, there’s another preferred spot in town: Splash Dayz Water Park at White Settlement (a neighborhood of Fort Worth). From a lazy river and multi-level rope courses to the 60-foot-high climbing walls and a 20,000-square-foot indoor family arcade, this Texas adventure park will bring your family together like it’s Christmas morning.

To teach your kids the value of a dollar, or at least show them how they are printed, visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility, part of the Department of the Treasury. Most people don’t know that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces the nation’s paper currency in only two cities: Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth (another hometown bragging right). Take a tour and stop by the visitor center.

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