Anyone who knows about Carrolton, Texas, knows it’s a hotspot for family fun every fall when it comes time to enjoy the month-long Texas State Fair! The fun doesn’t stop there! Carrollton has lots of different family-friendly locations for kids of all ages, with all different interests! 


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A.W. Perry Homestead Museum

Take a trip back into Victorian times when visiting the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. This historical museum provides a peek into what life was like in north-central Texas in 1857 when A.W. and Sarah Perry first built their house on 640 acres. The original home was eventually torn down in 1909 by their son Dewitt Perry. However, lumber from the original Perry house was used to build Dewitt’s new home for himself and his wife. This family home was converted into the museum that many families visit today, but you can still find the foundation stones of the first Perry farmhouse in the museum’s backyard.

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Blooms Candy Shop

Blooms Candy Shop is the place to go if you’re craving the ambiance of an old-fashioned candy shop! Here you can find over 800 different types of candy, over 50 glass bottle root beers, and 400 more hard-to-find gourmet and nostalgic glass bottle sodas. In addition to their store located in Historic Downtown Carrollton, you can also place orders for unique sodas, candies from different decades, or mystery boxes online! 

Directions and online orders can be found here.

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Elm Fork Nature Preserve

The land found at the Elm Fork Nature Preserve was never clear-cut and, in 1986, was given to the City of Carrollton as a self-contained ecosystem, virtually undisturbed. Trails are open for hikes 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk. Be sure to stay on designated trails, take only pictures, and leave only footprints when taking in the incredible beauty of the preserve. Leave your bicycles and precious pups at home while enjoying commonly seen animals such as raccoons, fox squirrels, beavers, armadillos, eastern cottontails, and striped skunks. Bird watching is another great activity to participate in while visiting, with commonly seen birds such as the great blue herons, snowy egrets, white-throated sparrows, red-tailed hawks, and more.

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Clifford E. “Bill” Hall Park

Clifford E. “Bill” Hall Park has everything an outdoors-loving family needs! Pack up some yummy, delicious sides and meats to take advantage of the grills and pavilion available at the park. While the grill-master works their master, the rest of the family will enjoy spending time on the trails and playing on the nearby playground structure. 

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Nickel Mania 

Nickel Mania is the place to be for any arcade-loving fan! Come as a family or plan a party for a great time. Get nickels there or bring your own to play over 125 of the latest and classic video games. Next, use those hard-earned tickets to pick a prize from their mind-blowingly large assortment of rewards! It’s fun for the entire family! 

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