The summer heat has arrived, and so has the hankering to get out and have some fun. As restrictions on businesses have loosened per Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to reopen Texas after COVID-19 shutdowns, more venues around Dallas-Fort Worth are reopening their doors.
In these first days of June, more waterparks, movie theaters, and amusement parks — welcome back, Six Flags! — have announced their opening dates. In almost all cases, guests should reserve tickets online, plan to wear masks, and be patient with new rules about temperature-taking, capacity limits, social distancing, and sanitizing.
Here are the latest Dallas-area amusements and attractions to welcome back visitors. The list will be updated as more places reveal their plans.
Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington will reopen to the public June 22. Season pass-holders and members get to come back early, June 19-21. The park has implemented new safety measures and hygiene protocols, which are explained here. Guests should wear masks and prepare to their have temperature checked. Reservations are required to stagger arrival times for social distancing and crowd control. Parking reservations are encouraged, too. For more information, reservations, and parking, visit the website.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Arlington reopens June 18-21 for members and season pass-holders, and June 22 for the general public. The waterpark has implemented new safety measures and hygiene protocols, which are explained here. Guests will have their temperature taken, but masks are not required. Reservations are required to stagger arrival times for social distancing and crowd control. Parking reservations are encouraged, too. For more information, reservations, and parking, visit the website.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden set an opening date of June 1, then chose to close at 3 pm that day out of an abundance of caution due to a scheduled protest in the area.. It now has reopened with limited capacity and new safety protocols. Reservations must be made online, and tickets are timed. More information in this story.
Reunion Tower has reopened for amazing city views, but sadly, no dinner at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant. Face coverings are encouraged, and guests should expect limited occupancy, including in the elevators. Find information about limited hours, special packages, and ticket sales online.
Cinemark Theaters are reopening in a four-phase plan that will begin on June 19. The first phase will be a test run, with five movie theaters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area opening first. The Plano-based chain's remaining theaters will reopen in phases, concluding on July 10. More information in this story.
Ipic upscale movie theater chain has begun a phased-in reopening, including its Fairview location, which opened June 4.
Medieval Times has reopened for dinner and a jousting show. "Guests must wear a mask to enter Her Majesty's castle ... and (we) ask that you please stay at a sword's length from your fellow Royals," they say. More information and ticket sales on their website.
NRH20 Family Waterpark in North Richland Hills reopens for its 25th anniversary season June 15. Guests can expect updated safety and cleaning protocols, as well as new procedures designed to allow for social distancing. Tickets and season passes can be purchased online.
Great Wolf Lodge resort and waterpark in Grapevine will reopen June 16, providing a convenient staycation location for families. Their new "Paw Pledge" program focuses on keeping families healthy and safe through sanitization, physical distancing, personal protection, and minimizing surface interactions. Guests may pick up complimentary masks at the front desk. For reservations and discounts, visit their website.
Sweet Tooth Hotel will reopen June 6, with their new exhibit, Intangible — A Fiber Fairytale. The Instagrammy attraction will allow just 10 guests at a time, masks are required, and temperatures will be taken. More information and tickets on the website.