The bell for the first day school looms ahead. But before it’s time to say goodbye to the summer, make the most of the remaining no-school-days with these fun things to do in August in Arlington, TX:

One: Take in some Texas Rangers baseball.

Friday Night Fireworks, Blue Bell Ice Cream Sundays, a Dollar Hot Dog Night and more are on the roster for August theme nights at Globe Life Park, home of our favorite boys of summer, the Texas Rangers. Bonus: Use promo code “arlington” for a special Arlington CVB ticket discount when you purchase tickets for any regular season home game on the Rangers ticket website.

Two: Splash the back-to-school blues away at Hurricane Harbor.

Hot and humid days are especially trying when the first day of school looms, so you better head to Hurricane Harbor to cool off and play in three million gallons of blue water. *Exclusive* Book a hotel room in Arlington now thru August 20 to take advantage of 1 complimentary Hurricane Harbor ticket for each room night booked! Tip: Be sure and check out the park’s private cabana area, where you can relax in the shade poolside and enjoy other perks. PLUS, the park has extended its season until October 1, so there’s even more time to have fun in the sun!

Three: Go retro at Free Play Arlington.

Teach your kids how to kick it old-school at Free Play Arlington, where a $10 entry fee buys all-you-can-play Q-Bert, Frogger, Pac-Man and other classic games—plus, there’s a robust beer selection and a tasty arcade food menu waiting for you, too. Note: Free Play is kid-friendly, but children must be supervised. Late nights (after 8 pm) are for grown folks only.

Four: Visit Six Flags Over Texas.

So you still haven’t checked Six Flags off your summer to-do list? No worries—there’s still plenty of time, and an August visit to Six Flags is actually a pretty perfect way to end your summer. Be sure and check out some of the park’s newest and coolest attractions and features, like THE JOKER, a wicked-crazy, wicked-fast, “free flying” roller coaster that offers Texas-sized thrills; live shows like “Chart-Toppers”, a high-octane pop music revue; and funnel cakes—you’ve gotta have a funnel cake. Get tips for making the most of your Six Flags visit. Bonus: Six Flags is hosting a Back-To-School Superhero Bash on August 18!  Find out more.

Five: Go super sleuth at Breakout Games.

Unleash your secret agent alter ego at Breakout Games, one of Arlington’s newest (and most intriguing) entertainment destinations. This choose-your-own-adventure destination challenges visitors to crack codes, solve puzzles and track down clues to engineer brilliant escapes in less than an hour. Not for the fun-fearing or uncreative!

Six: Arlington Skatium

Located just minutes from The Parks at Arlington, Arlington Skatium (billed as the Skatium website as the “largest rink in the great state of Texas”), is a fun-packed, yet highly affordable destination for outings large and small. Strap on those wheels and take a turn or two around the Skatium’s beautiful maple floor, then head over to the concession area for a cold drink and a hot slice of pizza when you’re ready for a break. Bonus: Arlington Skatium is hosting a Back-To-School All Night Skate Party on August 18 – check it out!

Seven: International Bowling Museum

One of the most unusual museum destinations in Dallas-Fort Worth is the International Bowling Museum, where you can examine one-of-a-kind bowling artifacts, bowl a frame or two in a not-your-average alley, and see rare photos and vintage film clips of bowling’s greatest legends. Don’t forget to pick up a customized bowling ball at the museum gift shop on your way out.

Eight: Alley Cats Entertainment

Can’t decide between Putt-Putt Golf, laser tag, or rock climbing? Why not head to Alley Cats Entertainment and do it all? Bonus: Check the Alley Cats website for Early Bird and Summer Heat Wave discounted ticket options.

Nine: Hotel Getaway

Bid farewell to the summer with a family slumber party (or a girls getaway or a weekend with that special someone) with a luxurious staycation at one of Arlington’s premiere hotels. You can order room service, take the Arlington Trolley to a Rangers game, lounge by the pool and more—and best of all, there’s no making of beds or cleaning up afterwards.

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