The start of school is around the corner, but there’s still time to squeeze in some last minute summer fun. From aerial adventures to canoe trips and overnights in a museum, here are five places around Dallas-Fort Worth where you and your family can make the most of summer’s last days.
BSR Cable Park
5347 Old Mexia Road
Waco, TX 76705
(254) 227-6388
www.bsrcablepark.comIf your idea of ending summer with a bang includes water — then you’re going to want to check out this epic wake boarding park, located just an hour away from the metroplex. Not only does the park offer cable pulled wake boarding with free instruction, it also has a 4000-foot-long lazy river and several 60-foot-high water slides that catapult riders up into the air when they reach the bottom. Along with all the water activities, the park features a swimming beach, a massive hot tub, volleyball courts, a restaurant, waterfront cabins and an RV park.

Burger’s Lake
1200 Meandering Road
Fort Worth, TX 76114
(817) 737-3414
www.burgerslake.comMore water activities can be found closer to home at Burger’s Lake — a spring-fed swimming hole that’s been around since the 1920s. The lake features everything from diving boards and slides to a 25-foot trapeze that swings over the water. Along with the lake is a 30-acre park boasting sandy beaches, volleyball courts, picnic tables, and charcoal grills. There’s also a concession stand that sells snacks and rents out inner tubes. Better hurry though, the lake closes for the season on Aug. 23.

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Trinity River Expeditions
304 Lyman Circle
Dallas, TX 75211
(214) 941-1757
www.canoedallas.comTake a break from city life without leaving the city with a canoe trip down the Trinity River. Trinity River Expeditions offers canoe and kayak rentals for those who want to explore the river on their own. But a better option is to take one of the guided river journeys offered by expert canoeist and avid naturalist, Charles Allen. Allen takes visitors on a 10-mile journey through some of the most remote reaches of the river. Along the way, passengers have the opportunity to view everything from abundant wildlife and historic structures to remnants of ancient archaeological sights.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park
1820 Dowdy Ferry Road
Dallas, TX 75217
(214) 391-1000
www.trinitytreetops.comHow about a high-flying adventure through the Trinity Forest? The Trinity Forest Adventure Park offers zip-lining lining tours that encompass six different aerial courses over seven acres of the forest. The courses vary elevations and include an assortment of obstacles, ranging from ropes and ladders to cargo nets and wobble bridges. Depending on each individual’s experience level, the course can take up to three hours to complete and kids as young as six can take the challenge. Be sure to reserve in advance to secure a spot.

Perot Museum Of Nature And Science
2201 N. Field St.
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 428-5555
www.perotmuseum.orgVisiting the Perot Museum during the day is nothing short of mind-blowing. But sleeping in it at night is even more spectacular. The Perot Museum offers kids, ages 6 to 12 (and their adult chaperones) the chance to experience their very own night at the museum with a sleepover that includes hands-on demonstrations, access to exhibits, a 3D movie and a late night snack. A program is also available for teens and adults. There’s at least one sleepover every month, with the next one scheduled for Aug. 14.

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Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at Examiner.com.

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