Whether your teen is a local resident of Big D or one of the nearly 30 million yearly visitors to the Dallas, Texas area, he is sure to find a suitable place to hang out. In this diverse and modern area, even the most picky teen can find something to do that will leave them and their friends with lasting memories.
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If your teen is into the social scene, try one of Dallas's teen dance clubs and music facilities. The Door, located in the historic Deep Ellum area of Dallas, offers teens a music and dance locale that showcases both current headliners and up-and-coming performers. Club 17 specializes in entertaining teens 14-18 in its modern facility. This 8,500-square-foot club is truly Texas-sized, as evidenced by its dance floor that will hold up to 700 teens. This dance club features artists performing Hip Hop, Top 40, Dubstep and more.
If your teen is the amusement park type, Dallas has several options. The Zero Gravity Thrill Park is designed for teens and adults who demand an adrenaline rush in their activities. This park offers a bungee jumping experience from its seven-story Air Boingo tower that will get your teen's blood pumping. Its Skycoaster flings up to three guests over 100 feet in the air at 60 mph. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, in nearby Arlington, features the thrill rides, swimming adventures and food that has made the franchise popular throughout the country. Whether doing loops in Batman: The Ride or soaring on the Superman Tower of Power, the Six Flags family of parks will leave your teen worn out and full of new memories.
If your teens like to hang out in a mall, you are certainly in luck. Dallas is home to more shopping centers per capita than any other major U.S. city. The North Park Center is the largest mall in the area. This mall was named one of the "7 Retail Wonders of the Modern World" by Shopping Centers Today. Its expansion in 2006 left it housing over 235 stores, meeting the needs of nearly any teen. The Grapevine Mills is an upscale factory outlet shopping experience with many stores suited to a younger crowd, including the modern teen. Shop all day then hit a movie at its AMC Theater in the evening.
On a Budget
If your teen is on a tight budget in Dallas, she is still in luck. Dallas is home to a variety of free and almost-free activities. The brainy teen can visit the Dallas Central Library, home of one of the few remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence. The city also has two free museums --The African American Museum and The Hall of State. Teens that enjoy nature are not out of luck in metropolitan Dallas. The area features 20,000 acres of parks and 18 lakes, most of which are free or very inexpensive to enjoy. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs free concerts at several local parks in the spring and summer.