About Jessica L
Lives in New York City, New York
Since Oct 2014
25-34 year old female
Hey, there! I'm Jessica, an eastern polyglot journeying West. With Korean, Japanese, and Chinese floating around in my mindspace, I've got my sights set on tackling French and the rest of the Romance languages next -- and their countries, food, and culture with them! I was bitten by the travel bug young and have moved every few years since I left my family home in sunny Southern California, leading me to experience life amongst the rice paddies of Hita-shi, in the quaint college town of Amherst, and from bustling Tokyo to sleepless New York, which I now proudly call "home." My favourite international cities include Kyoto, Osaka, London, and Paris, continuing to dot my travel map with trips to Marrakech, Malta, Tel Aviv, and Dhaka in the meanwhile. Learning where the best local eats are and exploring each city as a native is my game, so hang on tight, and be sure to keep your arms and legs inside the aircraft at all times. Cheers!
Game & Entertainment Centers
History Museums, Parks, Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
Gardens, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Natural History Museums
As earthbound as we humans naturally are, no child can resist the urge to smile when they discover the art of flight and how we managed to achieve it. The Frontiers of Flight Museum specializes in exactly that, following aviation history from the early 1900s and the Wright brothers, through the World Wars, and extending all the way to the modern-day age of Southwest Airlines and space rockets to the moon. There's a play area for younger children, complete with videos and aviation-themed equipment, as well as numerous historical models of real planes for kids to wander around and learn about, thanks to the veteran docents who volunteer to share all of their knowledge.
Located right next to SpeedZone, Zero Gravity is a great stop for the thrill-seeking family. You get to choose from five different rides, with names that can sound mild but appear perfectly horrifying in person: Bungee Jumping, The Texas Blastoff, Nothin' But Net, The Skycoaster, and The Skyscraper all feel like bucket list items if members of your family are brave enough to give them a go!
The Dallas Zoo is a worthy visit for those with tiny tots. Take your kids around the Savannah, give them a ride on the ponies, let them pet the pygmy goats, and watch the delighted looks in their eyes as they feed giraffes for the very first time! When they're ready to get their own noms on, the Serengeti Grill is a great place to scare the bejeezus out of them, where only a thick sheet of glass separates hungry lions from your own hungry little cubs!
The Dallas World Aquarium seems more like an indoor zoo and aviary than an aquarium alone, so makes a great alternative to the Dallas Zoo. Covering you on both land and sea animals alike, you'll descend from the top of the rainforest with colorful birds and free-roaming monkeys, down to the jungle floor with jaguars and sloths. Come for the feeding of the endangered Orinoco crocodiles, and watch Mayan dance performances after learning about the importance of reptiles and amphibians to their culture - a unique zoological and anthropological display, which is sure to captivate your little ones!
Combining the powers of the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Dallas Children's Museum, and The Science Place, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a must-see for visitors of all ages. In addition to the impressive dinosaur exhibit and planetarium, each floor of the museum provides interactive exhibits, where kids and adults alike can learn more about how our world works, from the human body to complex physics.
While you're getting some shopping done, be sure to stop by the Galleria's ice rink for a quick spin on the ice. Open year-round, whether you just need a reprieve from the heat, want to take classes, or are throwing a birthday party for your kids, the Ice at the Galleria is a great way to spend an afternoon with the whole family.
Just outside of Dallas lies the city of Arlington, where you'll find the Texan branch of Six Flags Over Texas to keep your family entertained for a whole day or longer! Although the brand is well known for its thrill-inducing roller coaster rides, Six Flags also has a variety of family-friendly rides, meaning there's sure to be something for every family member, big and small.
Take your family on a blast to the past at the Dallas Heritage Village, where visitors are encouraged to tour a long red-bricked street lined with immaculately restored buildings dating from as early as the mid 1800s. Sip root beer floats in the saloon with the under-21s; explore what schoolhouses and doctor's offices used to look like to encourage your young ones to appreciate the lives they lead now (with laptops and smart phones!); and remember to drop by the general store for that authentically fascinating jangle of antique cash registers and rustic gift wrapping. Just remember not to freak out when a 'gun fight' breaks out in the streets!
Trailercakes is the perfect cupcake shop to appeal to the whole family. While youngsters will simply love the cupcakes for being cupcakes, more mature family members will find themselves in a bit of a nostalgic titter at names like 'Slap Your Mama' and 'Pebbles & Bam Bam.' Choose from Mini and Biggie-sized cupcakes from a menu of 25 or so different flavors, and if you think the frosting is too sweet, what are you doing in a cupcake shop anyway?!
Named one of the top five youth theaters in the nation, the Dallas Children's Theatre is a perfect family experience when your young ones are too little to handle a fully-fledged opera or symphony. The performances of children's stories like Pinocchio, The BFG, Charlotte's Web, and Frog And Toad are beautifully enacted on stage; with interactive scripts and professionally-produced sets and costumes that are sure to lull your babies into a state of utter delight (while you chuckle under your breath at the errant pun or two). Great for an afternoon or evening of fanciful entertainment!
Whether you visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens or the Texas Discovery Gardens, your family will enjoy the respite from concrete, asphalt, and glass as you wander through the soothingly breathtaking greenery found in the middle of the city. The Discovery Gardens offers up ten themed gardens, but the highlight for children of all ages is sure to be the indoor butterfly garden. Around noon, staff release the butterflies in a demonstration that is sure to wow the sweetest of little hearts.