10 Best Outdoor Activities in Dallas: Green Spaces and Urban Parks Unite

Located in the heart of the Trinity River Valley surrounded by prairies, and featuring hundreds of local parks and green spaces, Dallas offers residents and visitors a number of fun outdoor activities. No matter what you're in the mood for - taking your kids to a great local park with a playground, a romantic picnic for two among spring blooms, or an off-the-beaten path mountain bike ride, Big D features a wide variety of outdoor spots perfect for the mild seasons.

If you're traveling with kids and you want to spend the day outdoors, take them to the Dallas Zoo, where you'll be transported to the wilds of Africa and get to feed giraffes. Children will also enjoy numerous seasonal events at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, like the pumpkin patch in the fall and Spring Blooms during the spring season.

If you're an adventure lover or outdoor enthusiast, head on down to the Trinity River Audubon Center. This hidden gem is the largest urban forest in the U.S. and visitors can float down the river or explore miles of trails that feature regional flora and fauna. Another great spot to get in touch with nature is White Rock Lake Park, a favorite local spot for joggers and bikers. It even has a dog park!

Get out of your hotel room and experience the beautiful Dallas weather!


Reverchon Park
Photo courtesy of Friends of Reverchon Park Facebook page

This public park is almost 100 years old. It is situated in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas near Uptown. The main entrance to it is at Maple Avenue and Turtle Creek Boulevard, and it is adjacent to Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail. It...  Read More

Texas Discovery Gardens

If there's one thing at which children excel, it's taking time to smell the roses, so make sure to schedule a family trip to the breathtaking Texas Discovery Gardens. After frolicking through 10 themed gardens, including an ambrosial scent...  Read More

Fair Park
Photo courtesy of City of Dallas Instagram

Fair Park stands alone among city parks in Dallas, Texas in its claim to the accolade of National Historic Landmark. The park is home to a variety of cultural exhibits, including the Dallas Children's Aquarium, Texas Discovery Garden, eight...  Read More

Located in the North Dallas suburb of McKinney, the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a world away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas. It features a wide variety of trails and gardens perfect for your little one...  Read More

Dallas Zoo
Photo courtesy of Dallas Zoo Facebook

A statuesque bronze giraffe greets guests as they enter the Dallas Zoo. The engaging complex, home to a variety of wildlife, features exhibits like "Giants of the Savannah," "Primate Place" and "Snout Route," which presents animals with...  Read More

Runners and cyclists in Dallas seeking parks that offer top-notch trails, incomparable scenery, and a premium on safety should pay a visit to Katy Trail. Though the running and biking paths are the main draw here, there's tons more to do, from...  Read More

Klyde Warren Park
Photo courtesy of Klyde Warren Park Facebook

Located between Downtown and Uptown, the innovative Klyde Warren Park above Woodall Rogers Freeway opened in October 2012. This new green space in Dallas features a wide variety of activities and features, including a dog park, children's...  Read More

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Facebook

Located on the eastern shores of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden features 66 acres of blooming flower beds, manicured lawns and lush trees. The gardens house over 2400 types of azaleas, including the only publicly...  Read More

Trinity River Audubon Center
Photo courtesy of Trinity River Audubon Center Instagram

Located on the banks of the Trinity River, the Trinity River Audubon Center gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to explore miles of trails filled with local birds, wildlife and vegetation, like pecan, black willow and cottonwood trees....  Read More

White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake Park
Photo courtesy of Instagram User Luis Spinola

Set on the shores of a reservoir constructed in 1911, this city park's grounds in Dallas, Texas offer some of the best outdoor recreation around. White Rock Lake encompasses over 1,000 acres of wooded parkland and features 9 miles of jogging and...  Read More


Meet Denise Brandenberg

Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years.

Denise started her career as an advertising...  More About Denise

comments powered by Disqus

Build your own lists that you can easily reference or share stories with your friends.

Login ×

Forgot login/password?
Don't have an account? Create Your Account!

Enter your username or email in the box below and click
"Remind Me".

Remind Me ×
Create Account ×
Create Account ×

Already have an account?

Add to List ×
Save ×

Go to Lists Close Window ×