Children & Family

7 Things to do Outside Right now in Dallas

Take advantage of this season's lighter crowds and wallet-friendly prices by enjoying the city's many outdoor offerings.

Angela Roe
Posted on Aug 18, 2020

While the heat hasn't given way to fall just yet, many Dallasites are still looking for ways to get out of the house with their families in a way that's safe, relatively cool, and appropriately distanced from others. Check out these options for some inspiration.

Dallas Arboretum
Through August 31, the Dallas Arboretum invites you to August Dollar Days, where admission is just $2 (though you need to reserve your ticket online in advance). Remember your mask in case you cannot distance while exploring the garden's summer varietals, and plan to grab a $2 hot dog and $1 soda. With parking discounted at $5, families can't beat this warm yet safe chance for a beautiful outdoor experience!

Texas Discovery Gardens
Venture to Fair Park for a nature lover's adventure across Texas Discovery Gardens' 7.5 acre-organically maintained oasis. In addition to the outdoor playground, little ones might enjoy some of the indoor activities, including a daily butterfly release, Snakes of Texas House, and art gallery. Picnic tables are onsite at the gardens, so bring snacks from home and dine al fresco.

Klyde Warren Park
Bring some lawn chairs, your favorite movie buff, and catch a Saturday night Movie in the Park. Though the Children's Park is currently closed, Klyde Warren Park is a nice brunch or lunch option, featuring unique food truck experiences such as Yummy Pizza, Serious Salads, Liberation Coffee or Chiave's Italian Street Food. The park offers free fitness classes each week as well as a dog park for your furry friends. Just don't forget to stay hydrated while you enjoy the glorious views of the Dallas' skyline.

White Rock Lake
For the athletic types, White Rock's nine-mile hike and bike trail is perfect for a family day outdoors and offers plenty of space to spread out. Take in the stunning lakefront views with a to-go pizza from nearby Cane Rosso or juicy barbeque from Smoky Rose. Or do some bird-watching with loved ones at sunset. Snap plenty of pictures, too! 

Bishop Arts District
You can easily make an afternoon of strolling the sidewalks of one of the city's trendiest neighborhoods, the Bishop Arts District. If you must pop inside for a few minutes, visit Lula B's to find unique gifts or {neighborhood} to shop handmade goodies. Grab some small plates to-go from Oddfellows and schedule curbside pick-up at Bishop Cider Co. This walkable area makes buying local and supporting a vibrant community so easy!

Lakeside Park
This lush outdoor enclave is nestled in Highland Park and offers lovely walking paths fit for a quaint "family day." With benches around the park, you could stop to read, draw naturescapes or sip some coffee and nibble a pastry from Highland Park Village's Royal Blue Grocery. Fishing is permitted, as are photo ops with the Lakeside Park's giant teddy bear statues, which are sure to get the kids' attention.

Nasher Sculpture Center
Hit the Dallas Arts District for the big reopening of the Nasher on August 20. While you may not be comfortable touring the indoor exhibits, there is plenty of art to be seen in their outdoor galleries. Masks are required while outside, and reservations are required for the sculpture center's contactless admissions process. While kids activities are suspended at the moment, the sculpture center offers incredible content and lessons for families online.

Editors Note: Both Lakeside Park and Highland Park Village are outside of Dallas city limits. Highland Park Village is a member of VisitDallas.