Reconnect With Nature at Dallas' Best Urban Green Spaces

Dallas is well known for its skyscrapers and shopping malls, but if you thought the city was just one big concrete jungle, think again. Dallas is home to one of the largest municipal park systems in the country, boasting more than 406 parks on 21,000 acres of parkland. And that doesn't even include the 200-acre Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano or River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre slice of paradise in the Dallas suburb of Arlington.

Speaking of paradise, White Rock Lake Park (one of Dallas' largest parks)– located just a few miles from downtown, offers a refreshing respite from the hubbub of city life. This primo spot is popular with day trippers who want to hike, bike and take in a canoeing or kayaking session on the lake.

But it's not always size that matters when it comes to the city's amazing green spaces. Especially when you consider Dragon Park, a tiny, privately owned public garden that's filled with lush landscaping and quirky stone creatures.

And finally, in a city filled with great parks, it doesn't get any better than the Klyde Warren Park. With its endless activities and free year-round programming–this community gathering spot is the ultimate play space for people of all stripes .

Dragon Park
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Dragon Park is not so much a park as it is a place of enchantment, tucked away on a tiny parcel of lush, landscaped land in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. Though, finding it is the difficult part, and as such, it remains under the radar of even most...  Read More

Ronald Kirk Bridge-Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway
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For decades, the Continental Avenue Bridge (now known as the Ronald Kirk Bridge and the Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway) served as a viaduct for vehicles between downtown and West Dallas. These days, the bridge is a pedestrian-only linear oasis,...  Read More

Robert E Lee Park
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Not only is this 17-acre creek-side park one of the city's most inviting green spaces, it's also loaded with history. Created as Oak Lawn Park in 1909, the park was renamed Robert E. Lee Park in 1936, after a statue of Lee was erected and...  Read More

Lakeside Park
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Nestled inside the Dallas municipality of Highland Park (two miles from the downtown), an area best known for its multi-million dollar homes and manicured lawns, lies Lakeside Park, a stunning 14-acre swath of green space running parallel to...  Read More

Trinity River Audubon Center
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You've heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." Well, before this 120-acre nature preserve and environmental education center opened in 2008, the area was home to the largest illegal dumping site in the state. Nowadays, the...  Read More

River Legacy Parks
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More proof of the area's unyielding natural beauty lies within this 1,300-acre oasis along the west fork of the Trinity River in the Dallas suburb of Arlington. It's part of the 75-mile greenbelt parkland that stretches from west Fort Worth...  Read More

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
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Located less than twenty miles from downtown Dallas in the suburb of Plano, this 200-acre pocket of tranquillity is ideal for city-dwellers looking to reconnect with the natural world without having to venture too far. The park features an...  Read More

White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake Park
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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...  Read More

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
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Nestled along the shores of White Rock Lake, this oasis of horticultural magnificence is arguably one of the most enchanting as well as most visited botanical gardens in the country, welcoming nearly a million visitors to its grounds each year....  Read More

Klyde Warren Park
Photo courtesy of Klyde Warren Park


Perched atop a sunken freeway, this nationally acclaimed 5-acre oasis is just one of the examples of what makes Dallas' downtown area so dynamic. The park was opened in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area...  Read More


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As a perpetual wanderer, foodie freak and wannabe chef, Ilene is always on the lookout for the best places to see, eat, drink and sleep. When she's not writing about the latest happenings in...  More About Ilene