Dallas may not be near the mountains or sea, and yes, it can get quite steamy during the summers–but that doesn’t stop locals from enjoying the great outdoors. In fact, this predominately sunny city (averaging 232 days of sunshine annually) boasts more than 22,000 acres of parkland and 125 miles of hike and bike trails for nature enthusiasts to explore. One of the most popular among the crop is White Rock Lake, a 1,015-acre urban oasis offering 9 miles of running and biking trails as well as recreational activities like sailing, kayaking, fishing, and bird-watching. Located adjacent to White Rock Lake is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a stunning 66-acre pocket of tranquillity filled with seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs and exotic plants.
Oh, and did we mention that Dallas is home to the Great Trinity Forest, one of the largest urban hardwood forests in the nation? One of the best ways to view it is on a zipline tour with Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park. Those who prefer to stay more grounded can also explore the forest on horseback with River Ranch at Texas Horse Park and by foot at the Trinity River Audubon Center.
The fun doesn’t stop here. No matter what your preferred outdoor pursuit may be, this cheat sheet will come in handy for anyone looking for places to get out and about in Dallas.