Last Friday Fair Park announced that the brand new Summer Adventures amusement park is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August 18, wrapping up just in time for Fair Park to set up for the State Fair which will start September 27.
Errol McKoy, president of the State Fair of Texas, says that Summer Adventures is “an amazement park not an amusement park” during a presentation at the Dallas Parks Foundation CONFAB event last night.
Access to rides, the Texas Discovery Gardens butterfly exhibit, live entertainment, and the children’s aquarium and petting zoo are included in the $29.95 adult admission price ($24.95 for children and seniors and free for children age 2 and younger.) Though the kids tickets are a bit steep if you have a large brood, prices are $3 off if you bring a Dr. Pepper can and group discounts are available.
Once you pay admission you will receive a plastic “passport card.” The card is similar to the ticket system used during the fair, where you can purchase “points” for your card at stands throughout the park that can be used for games, food, and merchandise. Food choices include Fletcher’s corny dogs, the Highland Park Soda Fountain stand, and the Pelican Bay Grill, an air-conditioned spot where you can sit down and get an adult beverage.
McKoy also says that there are tents with free sunscreen and water bottles just past the entrance. There are water features and shaded tents throughout the park to provide respite from the Texas summer heat, including the Sleepy Hollow hammock tent, a shady area to take a rest from all of the action.
Some highlights for the thrill seekers include the Flow Rider boogie board ride, the log flume (pictured,) and the 500-foot Top o’ Texas Tower, the world’s tallest tower ride.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit serves Fair Park via bus and rail line routes. Additionally, a special gated lot will be available through Gate 11 for those attending Summer Adventures in Fair Park. Parking is $15. Click HERE to learn more and get advance tickets to Summer Adventures at Fair Park.
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