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 .