Plan your visit as zoos, arboretum and other fun attractions reopen in Dallas-Fort Worth
The summer fun, the new normal route, unfolds this weekend with the reopening of some of the area’s top attractions. The Dallas Arboretum and Dallas and Fort Worth zoos, among others, are opening their gates, taking safe distances and other precautions to protect both visitors and staff from the spread of COVID-19. Here is a summary of what is open and what to expect.
Reopening on May 29th with security changes that include pre-sale of season tickets and parking. Tickets are available up to a week before your visit. According to city guidelines, face shields are required for visitors 3 years and older.
Indoor areas other than toilets will be closed and some sidewalks will be one-way. The carousel, mini-train and monorail are not in operation. Snack bars, walk-in food stalls, and the craft beer garden will be open, and hand sanitizing stations will be spread across the park.
From June 2nd, Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., a time slot is only available for seniors for visitors aged 65 and over.
During your visit, keep an eye out for some of the zoo’s new animals, including a giraffe calf named Kendi, born May 2nd. Kendi and mother Katie can sometimes be seen in the feeding yard or on the north side of the Giants of the Savanna habitat.
Dallas Zoo, 650 SRL Thornton Freeway, Dallas. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $ 17 for adults, $ 14 for ages 3-11 and 65 and older, free for ages 2 and younger. Parking is $ 10. dallaszoo.com.
Larger flamingos as well as giraffes, hippos, rhinos and birds live in the African savannah of Fort Worth Zoo.(Tom Fox / employee photographer)
Fort Worth Zoo
May 29th is also the opening day of the Fort Worth Zoo, and new measures are being taken here too. In order to better control the flow of people in the park, users must make reservations online before visiting. Ticket purchases can be made online up to 72 hours in advance. Customers can print their reservations or have them scanned on mobile devices. Early or late arrivals are not permitted.
“We’re excited to welcome families back to the zoo and give them the opportunity to go outside and reconnect with wildlife,” said Michael Fouraker, the zoo’s executive director, in a statement.
The zoo is also taking other measures to keep everyone safe. Indoor exhibitions are temporarily closed and restaurant and merchandise locations are 25% full. Water fountains are closed. There are more hand washing stations throughout the zoo, and a designated “clean team” constantly cleans hard and frequently touched surfaces. Social distancing will be effective, and the zoo strongly encourages guests to wear masks while visiting.
Interactive experiences like giraffe feeding and the Toyota Children’s Ranch are open. The employees monitor the amount and limit participation if necessary.
The zoo is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended summer times. Reservations can be made at fortworthzoo.org/safe-start.
Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Park Walk, Fort Worth. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is $ 5. fortworthzoo.org.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
The arboretum will reopen on June 1st with timed ticketing and other security measures. Reservations are accepted up to a week in advance. No walk-up tickets are sold. Groups are limited to a maximum of five people. To keep the number of guests in the garden below 1,000, there will be a time-controlled ticketing system with tickets that are sold for four-hour, overlapping blocks of time. Parking must be purchased in advance and spaces will be allocated to ensure safe distancing. The arboretum encourages everyone ages 3 and up to wear face-covering when they are within 6 feet of others.
The Rory Meyers children’s adventure garden, a tasteful place, the souvenir shop and other public buildings will be closed. Water fountains are turned off and trams are not in operation. There are only two toilets available, which are 25% occupied. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and drink and dispose of their rubbish when leaving.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in June, then from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in July and August. USD 15 for adults, USD 12 for seniors 65 years of age and older, USD 10 for children 2 to 12 years old, and free for children 1 and under. Parking spaces purchased online are $ 10. dallasarboretum.org.
Also open this weekend
The first Monday flea market in Canton will reopen for the weekend ending May 31. Firstmondaycanton.com.
Epic Waters in Grand Prairie opens on May 29th. Epicwatersgp.com.
Hawaiian Falls locations in Mansfield and Roanoke will open on May 29th. Hfalls.com.
Fort Worth Stockyards has opened several new attractions in the entertainment area of Mule Alley. One of these is the family-friendly herd experience, where kids can hear stories from the old west and visit the living longhorn herd. Daily cattle transports in the district have been stopped for the time being. Friday to Sunday. fortworthstockyards.org.
Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie is open for live thoroughbred races. Admission is limited to the Bar & Book Sportbar at 25% occupancy. lonestarpark.com.
The Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas is open Friday through Sunday from 2pm to 10pm. The last elevator is available at 9:30 pm. reuniontower.com.
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cavflight.org.
The Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium is open with advance booking and limited attendance. Check the website to see which attractions are temporarily closed. visitealife.com/grapevine.
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney has returned to regular hours and requires social distancing during your visit. Höremuseum.org.
Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., Is open with a 25% capacity limit. winstar.com.
A view of Globe Life Field on March 18, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.(Tom Pennington / TNS)
Globe Life Field in Arlington kicks off June 1st with public tours. Mlb.com/rangers/ballpark.
Hawaiian Falls in The Colony opens on June 4th. The Garland location opens on June 5th. Hfalls.com.
The Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine opens on June 8th. Facebook.com/GaylordTexanResort.
The Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine opens on June 15th. Greatwolf.com/grapevine.
Audrey Eads contributed to this report.