Dallas' more than 350 parks and 160 miles of biking and hiking trails are perfect for every nature-lover out there. There are things to do outside for everyone.
Klyde Warren Park opened in 2012 and introduced a central green space in the middle of a bustling downtown scene. The 5.2-acre park delivers a comprehensive activities calendar for locals and visitors, including daily fitness classes, a dog park, a children's center, games and live music. Connectivity was key in picking the spot above Woodall Rogers Freeway for the park; visitors can get to Klyde Warren via foot, trolley or bicycle from multiple neighborhoods.
White Rock Lake in East Dallas is a wonderful spot to picnic, hike and bike, or fish from the piers. Spanning more than 1,015 acres, the urban lake is a hot pot for kayakers, canoers, and paddle boarders year round, and the nine-mile loop around the lake is the place to be on a sunny Dallas afternoon.
Surrounded by architecturally significant buildings, Main Street Garden Park is situated in the middle of vibrant Downtown Dallas. Along with the garden, which opened in Nov. 2009, the park boasts water fountains, an urban dog run, a tot lot, main stage and garden shelters featuring a digital art display.
Formerly a rail line flowing through Dallas, the Katy Trail is a beacon for walkers, joggers and riders through the Uptown and Downtown districts. Entrance points along the 3.5-mile trail will drop you off at the front stoop of some of Dallas' must-see districts, restaurants and bars.
The Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge gives visitors in West Dallas a place to enjoy a sunny day with the Trinity River flowing below. In the evening visitors can take in a magnificent view of Downtown Dallas with Trinity Groves, a popular dining destination, just steps away.
The nature center covers 640 acres of preserved wilderness, including native-plant nurseries and seven miles of hiking trails. Combine that with a picnic area for visitors and a visitor center for all the info you need before your hike and you have the perfect place to get in touch with nature.
The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden features 66 acres with 11 lush display gardens that offer seasonal color all year long. Home of Dallas Blooms, the Southwest's largest outdoor floral festival, the Arboretum provides a tranquil oasis where visitors are surrounded by the beauty of all four seasons with gorgeous views of White Rock Lake.
Texas Discovery Gardens is a 7.5 acre organic botanic garden featuring native and adapted plants. Witness nature's intricate web of life through guided walking tours that allow visitors to see birds, frogs, and other native wildlife. Be sure not to miss the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium, home to dozens of different types of butterflies!
Named one of '20 Best Zoos' by USA Today, the Dallas Zoo is the largest zoological experience in Texas, with a 106-acre park, thousands of animals and an education department that offers programs for all ages. Visit the Giants of the Savanna Exhibit, an 11-acre safari experience where visitors can get up close and personal with giraffes, elephants, lions, cheetahs and many other African species.
The adventure begins at the top of the rainforest exhibit, where exotic birds and lounging sloths can be seen along with a wide array of animals that are part of the many conservation projects. Experience the outdoor South Africa exhibit and catch a glimpse of black-footed penguins, Shoebill storks and Madagascar giant day geckos.
The 289-acre site aims to educate visitors on the importance of preserving the environment. Fun interactive activities, like bird-watching and hiking trails, immerse visitors in the environment, and foster a greater appreciation for nature.
The Dallas Farmers Market's main goal is to promote a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle for the region. By supporting local farmers, the market hopes not only to boost small businesses, but to also reestablish the connection between food and the community. A walk through the market is sure to emit a communal vibe that would otherwise be difficult to find in a big city like Dallas.
With over 3,000,000 gallons of water, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Arlington is famous for its heart-pounding rides. A plethora of family-friendly activities cater to both thrill seekers and the faint of heart. Prepare to be soaked with bigger, better, and wetter excitement!
The National Scouting Museum serves as the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America. The site looks back at the history and cultural impact of the youth organization that has been around for over a century. Interactive activities and even an opportunity for young Scouts to receive their merit badge make this a truly unforgettable experience.