Getting around Dallas Texas with Kids

Trying to figure out how to get around Dallas and whether you need a car? Here’s some quick advice.

Texans love their cars and Dallas is no different. However, don’t be fooled. If you’re only in town for the weekend and primarily visiting the downtown attractions, don’t worry about renting a car. Public transportation will be adequate.

However, if you’re planning on being in town for more than 3 days, I would recommend renting a car and visiting some of the attractions that are on the outskirts like Six Flags or heading over to Fort Worth. Be sure to check what your hotel’s parking policy is because parking fees can get quite expensive.

All the major car rental agencies (Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Dollar and Thrifty) have offices at DFW airport, Love airport and other locations around the city. Check for rates at, they’re usually the best price in town.

Budget,   National, Avis, Hertz, & Alamo!

If you’re planning on traveling mostly around the downtown Dallas area, ditch the car and use the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses and light rail which provides 45 miles of light rail and 120 bus routes. Visit for routes and schedules and fare information.

Whether you use it to get around or just want to take your little ones for a “ride,” the free M-Line Streetcar (aka McKinney Avenue Trolley) is worth using. Our family used it to get from our downtown hotel to the Dallas Arts District. A few of these trolleys date as far back as 1906. You can catch one year-round between 7am and 10pm weekdays, 10am and 10pm weekends (every 15 min. during peak and lunch hours, every half-hour off-peak hours and weekends).

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For more ideas on things to do and where to stay with the family, check out these other destinations in Texas: Houston and the Gulf Coast, San Antonio, and Austin.

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Esther Lee is a contributing writer for Trekaroo – a reviews site dedicated to exploring and traveling with kids.

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About the author

Esther Lee is one of the co-founders of Trekaroo. She is also the mom to a 6 year old boy and 1 year old baby girl.

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