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The Best Activities, Attractions, & Places to Go in East Texas

Take a trip to Texas and visit East Texas! This fun area offers a variety of things to do for all ages. From camping and discovering science, to zoos and aquariums, your visit to this area will be one to remember. Keep reading for the best activities, attractions, and places to go while in East Texas!

Our water park is the best place to have all the fun at Jellystone Park.

Jellystone Park™ Tyler at Whispering Pines

Visit our Camp-Resort for some fun in the sun! Located just 30 minutes away from the city, Jellystone Park™ Tyler offers the best camping in East Texas. From the wide variety of accommodations, themed events, and on-site attractions, your family is guaranteed to make lifelong memories. Whether you've never camped before or are a camping connoisseur, Jellystone Park™ is the place to visit. You can book your stay online here.

The Caldwell Zoo also has giraffe feedings.

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Caldwell Zoo

Now that you know where to go camping in East Texas, it's time to learn what there is to do around the area - starting with the Caldwell Zoo! This zoo has more than 3,000 animals from over 200 species. Each habitat is custom built to provide a safe and comfortable home for its occupants. Plus, it's only 20 minutes from our Camp-Resort! It is advised to buy tickets in advance, and these can range from $12.50 - $16.50. Visit their website to get yours today.

Discover science the fun way at the Discovery Science Museum.

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The Discovery Science Place

The Discovery Science Place is a dynamic children's museum where young minds have the freedom to examine, play, and find wonder in the world around them. It's not only a learning experience, but gives families time to have fun together and make some memories! If you are looking to come for the day, tickets range from $8 - $10, but you can also become a member, book a field trip, host a birthday, and more at this top thing to do in East Texas!

The Dallas Arboretum has a section just for kids and allows them to explore how plants grow.

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

If it's a beautiful day out, one of the best things to do in East Texas is go to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden! The Arboretum is noted as one of the top botanical gardens in the world with 66 acres of grounds to explore. Some of their signature gardens include the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, designed to connect children with nature, and the Tasteful Place, a ornamental garden, pavilion and kitchen inspired by the movement toward growing and eating fresh! Ready to book? Head over to their website and start planning your trip.

Adventure awaits at the Trinity Forest Adventure Park with multiple courses for the whole family to enjoy.

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Trinity Forest Adventure Park

Adventure is calling at the Trinity Forest Adventure Park! This aerial adventure park in Dallas, TX consists of high rope courses of varying levels of difficulty. It is created for thrill-seekers and new climbers alike! There is even a little course for participants ages 4 and up. Check out their website to view prices, courses, and hours of operation. 

From penguins, to jellyfish, to sloths, the Dallas Aquarium has it all.

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Dallas World Aquarium

As we continue our list of things to do in East Texas, we cannot forget about the Dallas World Aquarium. The adventure of the aquarium begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, lounging around are sloths as well as other endangered animals such as the Orinoco crocodiles, river otters, Antillean manatees, and several species of monkeys. The aquarium portion displays marine life, including jellyfish, seadragons, penguins, sharks, and more! 

The 5.2 acre park has a section for every one in the family including one for kids!

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Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park provides free programming and educational opportunities for the enrichment of their visitors. The 5.2 acre park is a great thing to do near our campground in East Texas. From Sheila and Jody Grant Children's Park, to a dog park, free Zumba, and an area to relax, you and your family could spend the whole day at the park!

LEGOLAND offers a variety of exhibits for kids to enjoy.

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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center

Discover the ultimate kids indoor playground filled with LEGO® attractions and rides at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center! Some of these include Miniland®, a 4D cinema, Merlin's apprentice ride, the great LEGO® race VR experience, and so much more! Ticket prices range based on what you want to see, check them all our on their website.


As you can see, there's plenty of things to do in East Texas for both adults and kids! From LEGOLAND®, to Trinity Forest Adventure Park, to Jellystone Park™. If you're looking for even more fun activities and attractions to try, check out this list for additional ideas. We hope to see you in East Texas soon!