The Dallas World Aquarium is one venue that will transplant you a thousand miles away, in the center of a rain forest. Save the flight miles and head downtown instead for this unique experience. The moment you enter, the sights, sounds and smells have you feeling like you stepped into a tropical rainforest. The waterfall rushing into the river hides the manatees swimming below. You can't help but walk the trail slowly so that you don't miss the howler monkeys or three-toed sloth. Enter the cave, and watch creatures you read about: poison dart frogs, an emerald tree boa, and vampire bats oh my! Directly below the rainforest, more sea creatures await you, like South American sea turtles and Arapaimas, one of the largest, strictly fresh water fishes in the world. And as if all this wasn't enough learning, head over to the Aquarium, and be amazed by these water wonders! You'll spend several minutes with your nose pressed on the glass oogling over the colors, sizes, and speed they move with. Take a rest inside the tunnel for a panoramic view of reef life, and see sharks stare back at you. After the tunnel, visit the marine displays including the moon jelly fishes from Palau! These transparent animals, with its helmet heads rhythmically moving in the dark, may give you the willies but it's worth the peek. The other 9 tanks include fish from Southern Australia, Lord Howe Island, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Bahamas, British Columbia, Sri Lanka, Indonesiaand Japan. The Dallas World Aquarium is also a wonderful place to do a family scavenger hunt. The website provides full tours of all its inhabitants. Jot a few down and see if your kids can find them during their visit. Hint: see if you can spot Nemo! There are two cafes and a restaurant onsite, but close early. Strollers were a success here even on busy weekends. But I'd suggest leaving it at home there's way too much to see for the future conservationists to sit still on wheels.