Parks, gardens and attractions
Explore the outdoors
Get in touch with nature by visiting Dallas' best trails, parks and gardens.
Klyde Warren Park is 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 play area, games and live music.
White Rock Lake in East Dallas is a wonderful spot to picnic, hike, bike or fish. Spanning more than 1,015 acres, the urban lake is a hot spot 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, the park also has water fountains, an urban dog run, a toddler play area, main stage and public art installations.
Formerly a rail line flowing through Dallas, the Katy Trail is a beacon for walkers, joggers and riders through the Uptown and Downtown neighborhoods. 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 Ronald Kirk 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.
A short 20 minute drive from Downtown, the Cedar Ridge Preserve covers 600 acres of native trees, grasses and wildflowers, butterfly gardens and nine miles of trails. There’s also a picnic area for visitors, so pack a lunch and enjoy getting in touch with nature.
Known by locals as “Teddy Bear Park,” this Highland Park neighborhood favorite is the perfect place for a picnic and pictures with its life-size teddy bear statues. Take a stroll along the 14-acre park for scenic views and enjoy a peaceful day of nature.
The Belo Garden is a 1.7-acre urban oasis in the heart of Downtown Dallas, designed to provide a relaxing space for visitors. The park is surrounded by tons of greenery, seasonal flowers and an interactive fountain.
Located in Uptown along Turtle Creek, Reverchon Park encompasses 46 acres of green space. The park has a range of activities and features like tennis courts, a baseball field, a playground and plenty of walking trails.
Explore the great outdoors along the Trinity River. The River Audubon Center serves as a gateway to explore the 6,000 acres of the Great Trinity Forest including, nature trails, kayaking, hiking and so much more.
Explore the beautiful gardens at the Dallas Arboretum in East Dallas. The Arboretum features 66 acres and 11 gardens, filled with seasonal florals on display year-round. There’s also seasonal festivals like Dallas Blooms, as well as a Children’s Garden and an edible display garden called A Tasteful Place.
Discover nature’s beauty at Fair Park’s Texas Discovery Garden. Stroll through 7.5 acres of organic gardens, check out the impressive two-story Butterfly House, and stop by the Snakes of Texas exhibit that features 20 species of native snakes.
If you’re looking for a day trip from Dallas adventure, head to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Less than a two hour drive from Dallas you’ll discover a safari park that’s dedicated to the conservation of species. Enjoy the safari tour where you’ll see giraffes, ostriches, cheetahs and more! Fossil Rim is a member of VisitDallas.
Seeking a new adventure? Trinity Forest Adventure Park is an aerial adventure park made up of high ropes courses for all ages. Each ropes course is self-guided and includes various obstacles like wobble bridges, cargo nets and zip lines with varying degrees of difficulty so you can start off easy or challenge yourself.
Located in South Dallas, Opportunity Park is a 20-acre park that features “Our History” art installation panels that highlight early pioneers, neighborhoods, schools and businesses that made up the African American community in Dallas.
The Hamilton Park community located in North Dallas was one of the first suburbs in Texas that was built specifically for African Americans. The 18-acre park, named after Civil Rights activist Dr. Richard Theodore Hamilton, also includes a recreation center and a historical marker.
Last updated on 02/10/2020.