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Traveling to Dallas for Weight Loss Surgery? 8 Family-Friendly Things to Do in Dallas

May 20, 2020

Nicholson Clinic is proud to have helped patients from all 50 states and 10 countries around the world achieve their weight loss goals—and we look forward to being by your side in your weight loss journey as well.


Patients coming to Nicholson Clinic from out of town typically stay in Dallas five to six days. We ask patients to arrive one day prior to their scheduled surgery date, and request that patients spend at least three days in Dallas before traveling home in order to monitor their recovery. Our patients are strongly encouraged to bring a family member or friend to Dallas to assist them after surgery (or, bring the whole family!)


While you are resting and recovering from your weight loss procedure in the hotel, there’s plenty for your loved ones to do in Dallas! Here are a few of our favorite family-friendly destinations in Dallas.


The Dallas Arboretum 

Listed among the top arboretums in the world, The Dallas Arboretum’s 66 acres of breathtaking gardens are truly stunning year-around. The Arboretum, which is located on the shores of White Rock Lake is also home to the 8-acre Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, an educational and explorational wonderland for kids!


The Dallas Zoo

Located just 3 miles south of downtown Dallas, the 106-acre Dallas Zoo is the oldest and largest zoo in the state and is named one of the “20 Best Zoos” by USA Today. The Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals representing 400 species. During your visit you can learn more about the animals during one of the Zoo’s “Keeper Chats” with a zoologist, feed the giraffes and get up close with a variety of animals at the Wild Encounters Stage. Be sure to stop by the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo, which includes barn animals, a play area, Discovery House and more!


The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park

Uniquely designed with children in mind, the Children’s Aquarium features eye-level, interactive zones and exhibits the whole family can enjoy. The Children’s Aquarium is home to a diverse collection of aquatic animals, including marine and freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.


The Dallas World Aquarium

Located in an old warehouse near the Historic West End District in downtown Dallas, The Dallas World Aquarium offers guests a look at endangered animals such as Orinoco crocodiles, Giant river otters, Antillean manatees and several species of monkey as well as a display of a variety of marine life, including sharks, rays and sawfish. Adventure begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds can be seen, and sloths observed lounging around.


Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Race a T. rex, challenge each other in robot competitions, explore the links between dinosaurs and modern-day birds, experience a simulated earthquake, journey through the universe and test what it means to “be human.” The five-level Perot Museum is packed with hands-on discovery and adventure for explorers of all ages.


Klyde Warren Park

Enjoy a family picnic or a have little family competition with a board game from the kiosks at “Dallas’ living room,” Klyde Warren Park. This one-of-a-kind urban deck park is perched above an 8-lane highway, but you’d never know it. Kids can burn off energy on the playground while you enjoy tunes from a live music concert. Check out the park website to find see the list of daily activities happening during your stay in Dallas.


The Sixth Floor Museum

Explore the life, assassination and legacy of JFK in the rich, multi-media experience at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza. The museum is located in the old Texas School Book Depository, the primary crime scene for the JFK assassination, and provides a historical context of the events that took place on November 22, 1963 and the aftermath of JFK’s death.



There’s no shortage of shopping adventures in Dallas, whether you’re looking for luxury brands or budget-friendly shopping. Check out top shopping destinations in Dallas including NorthPark Center, Highland Park Village, Galleria Dallas, The Shops at Park Lane, the Design District and the neighborhood gems at Knox/Henderson or the Bishop Arts District.


Making the commitment to travel to Dallas for weight loss surgery at the Nicholson Clinic is a decision that can change your life. If you have any questions about planning your trip to Dallas, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or to speak with your Patient Care Advocate. We are with you all the way!