Parks: Located only five miles east of downtown, White Rock Lake Park provides an ideal escape without having to leave the city limits. And as one of Dallas' largest parks, over twice the size of Central Park in New York City, this urban oasis truly offers something for everyone. Visitors will find everything from vast forests and a variety of wildlife (it's an Audubon Society-designated bird watching area) to over 9 miles of trails for hiking and biking. There are picnic areas, playgrounds, a dog park and a cultural center, not to mention a 1,015 acre lake for activities like paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing and fishing. Speaking of activities, White Rock Lake also hosts a multitude of events, ranging from marathons to boat races and music festivals. Oh, and did we mention that there's a replica of George Washington's Mount Vernon house here? Head over to the west side of the lake if you want to take a look.
Free Things to Do: Priceless memories don't cost a dime at breathtaking White Rock Lake Park, one of Dallas's most beloved free attractions. Visitors can spend the afternoon biking, walking or running the scenic nine-mile trail, rowing across the shimmering reservoir or hooking a giant catfish from the tranquil fishing dock. Then, as more than 200 species of birds trill and tweet overhead, guests delight in a postcard-perfect picnic amongst delicate wildflowers while waiting for the most spectacular sunset views in the city. There's even a dog park perfect for your furry best friend. The dog park is divided into small dog and large dog sections, so it's perfect for all breeds.
Best Attractions & Activities, Outdoor Activities: 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 biking trails perfect for spending the day outdoors. Bird sanctuaries are located on the premises, along with wetland sites endorsed by the Audubon Society. In addition, the park provides scenic views of the Downtown Dallas skyline and some fantastic fishing spots. Pack up a delicious picnic and plan on spending the day at this beautiful, quiet spot that is a favorite of Dallas locals.
Romantic Things to Do: Set on the shores of a reservoir constructed in 1911, this city park's grounds in Dallas, Texas offer some of the best recreation around. White Rock Lake encompasses over 1,000 acres of wooded parkland and features 9 miles of jogging and biking trails, perfect for a day outdoors with your sweetheart. Bird sanctuaries are located on the premises, along with wetland sites endorsed by the Audubon Society. In addition, the park provides scenic views and some fantastic fishing spots. Pack a picnic for two, as this park offers both seclusion and beautiful vistas of Dallas during the sunset. Head on over to the nearby Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Center for a restaurant meal.
Local Expert Denise Brandenberg Says:
Free Things to Do: "Park in the lot off of Mockingbird - there's always a free spot."
Best Attractions & Activities: "Bring a picnic lunch for one of many scenic settings along the walking trail."
Best for Free Things to Do Because: White Rock Lake Park is the most popular free park in Dallas and the perfect way to spend the day in nature...for free!
Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: White Rock Lake Park is where city slickers can escape to nature just minutes from downtown.
Best for Outdoor Activities Because: White Rock Lake Park boasts awesome Downtown skyline views and nature at the same time.
Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: White Rock Lake is Dallas' version of Central Park.