What are the Top 5 Parks in Dallas Texas?
Did you know that Dallas Texas has one of the largest municipal park systems in the country? With over 21,000 acres of parkland and over 400 parks, it’s also home to the huge River Legacy Parks in the suburbs of Arlington and the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.
Those looking for more active outdoor adventures gravitate towards White Rock Lake Park (one of the biggest in Dallas, not too far from downtown) to bike, hike, kayak, or canoe in the lake.
For the gardening types, a must-see green space called Dragon Park is a privately owned public garden known for its stone creatures and gorgeous landscape. Those looking to engage with their community in a variety of ways, Klyde Warren Park is known for its fantastic programming and play space.
In no particular order, here are our Top 5 Parks in Dallas Texas!
KLYDE WARREN PARK (Downtown)
Klyde Warren Park is located on top of a sunken freeway that separates Downtown and Uptown in the Dallas Arts District. It’s considered a “premier community gathering spot” due to its year-round programs (fitness, dance, family-friendly entertainment, music, film & more), delicious food trucks, and Savor (the gastro-pub). It also has a butterfly garden, kid-friendly areas, and even places for dogs!
Klyde Warren Park earned the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Open Space Award.
WHITE ROCK LAKE PARK (East Dallas)
White Rock Lake Park is ideal for escaping for the day without having to completely leave the city. Only a few miles east of downtown, it’s considered one of Dallas’s largest parks. It is more than double the size of Central Park! It has everything from various wildlife, forests, bird-watching, hiking trails, biking paths, picnic areas, playgrounds, a dog park, cultural center, and more! The huge lake allows for fun water activities such as sailing, fishing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. And, when we can socialize in crowds again, it’s home to many events like music festivals and boat races.
ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE (Plano)
Hardly 20 miles from the suburb of Plano, Texas, there is a 200-acre nature preserve that is perfect for city-dwellers looking to reconnect with nature. With several miles of both paved & unpaved trailers (even an off-road biking trail for more experienced outdoorsmen & women), there’s plenty of ways to get moving in nature here. An observation tower is a great date spot while watching the sunset, and the recreational area is perfect for the whole family.
LAKESIDE PARK (Highland Park)
Highland Park may be known for its wealthy luxury homes and perfect landscaping, but Lakeside Park is a breathtaking green space spanning 14 acres parallel to Turtle Creek. A perfect picnic spot and place to take long walks, the springtime boasts beautiful azalea bushes. Across the bridge are huge sculptures of Teddy Bears, which are a must-see. You can stroll along Lakeside past Armstrong Parkway to make it to the Turtle Creek Greenbelt Trail, which is a nearly 2-mile pathway that cuts through Reverchon Parks and Oak Lawn.
RIVER LEGACY PARKS (Arlington)
The fifth park in our Top 5 Parks in Dallas list is River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre sanctuary in the Dallas suburb of Arlington alongside the Trinity River. From East Dallas to Fort Worth, there stretches a 75-mile greenbelt parkland with nearly 10 miles of trails for biking and hiking of various levels, wildlife spotting opportunities, playgrounds, and interactive plant & animal life exhibit along the Trinity River.
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