Klyde Warren Park is one of the most popular parks in Dallas, and is located right in the downtown district. Situated right above the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Klyde Warren is a 5.2-acre park. It is always active and features a kids’ area, walking trails, performance pavilion and game area among other features. Be sure to check out its schedule for concerts, kids’ activities and even pilates in the park’s open-air structure. Food trucks are also now a fixture on the south side of the lawn, which are most visited on Tuesdays.
Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy Dallas, TX 75201 214-716-4500
Located in the Highland Park area, Lakeside Park is romantic and elegant. The lake is filled with hundreds of lily pads and a lovely wooden bridge passes over Turtle Creek to the popular teddy bear sculptures. The beautiful white mansion and the Read Memorial inside the park grounds are perfect photo opportunities, plus there is a running path around the lake, plenty of benches, and a beautiful staircase in the lush tree-lined park.
Lakeside Park, 4601 Lakeside Dr Dallas, TX 75205 214-521-4161
One of the most scenic parks in Dallas, White Rock Lake is a biker-friendly haven that is filled with wildlife, including parakeets. The whole walking and bike trail is nearly 9.5 miles long around the lake where lots of water sport activities take place. White Rock is great for fishing or relaxing on a peaceful day. However, you can also join running, kayak or sailing clubs that partake in activities at the park.
White Rock Lake Park, 8300 Garland Rd Dallas, TX 75218 214-670-8281
This small, hidden gem in Uptown Oak Lawn area is a magical pocket of greenery tucked away in between buildings. It’s a perfect spot to escape to read a book or photos, and the main entrance is located at Cedar Springs Rd and Hood St, but it’s easy to miss. There is a small terrace with benches that is ideal for a quiet lunch, and hidden among the foliage are a variety of angel, dragon fairy and gargoyle statues that make this a charming hideaway in the city. Butterflies, flowers and a small, ornate pavilion also add to the romantic ambiance.
Dragon Park, 3520 Cedar Springs Rd Dallas, TX 75219 214-670-4100
Located on the banks of the Trinity River, the Audubon Center offers trails for visitors to explore the area from lakeside to woodland scenery. The nature trails are filled with birds, wildlife and native vegetation, such as beautiful black willows. The center is located at the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban forest in the U.S, which is the perfect place to educate children on natural environments. Check out the Children’s Discovery Garden, or take a two-hour guided float trip down the river.
Trinity River Audubon Center, 6500 Great Trinity Forest Way Dallas, TX 75217 214-398-8722