Dallas is a metropolitan area filled with urban parks in places as diverse as downtown business districts and forested areas just outside the city limits. Though almost all of them have standard amenities like footpaths, benches, and grassy areas perfect for picnics, others are full-featured parks with museums, cultural centers, and concert venues on the grounds. Most facilities are open year-round with the exception of the city’s splash parks and outdoor pools.
1.Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park is an urban oasis in the heart of Dallas. Over five acres of landscaped grounds are divided into areas for relaxation and recreation. While strolling along the scenic Chase Promenade, visitors will pass manicured lawns, a butterfly garden, a game area, an off-leash dog park, water features, a children’s play area, and botanical gardens. In the center of the park are food vendors ranging from a walk-up kiosk to a full-service restaurant, as well as several plazas and pavilions where friends and families can enjoy free musical, dance, and theater performances throughout the year.
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-716-4500
2.Addison Circle Park
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Addison Circle Park is one of the many excellent parks and recreational facilities in this small suburb of Dallas. This city park encompasses ten acres of grassy lawns bordered by a paved pathway perfect for jogging, biking, or walking your dog. The benches along the pathway are shaded by mature trees and are an inviting place to read a book, enjoy your lunch, or just sit and people watch. It is ideally located next to the Addison Airport and the Addison Conference and Theater Center, so out-of-town visitors can combine business with pleasure by attending one of the park’s regularly scheduled events at the end of their workday.
4970 Addison Circle, Addison, TX, Phone: 972-450-2851
Named after a prominent local business leader, James W. Aston, this public park in the City Center District has an abundance of shady spots to shield you from the Dallas sun. Surrounded by residential buildings, this petite park is a serene spot for quiet contemplation. Located in the triangle formed by Harwood Street, Live Oak Street and Pacific Avenue, it is slated to be absorbed into the Pacific Plaza park complex when construction is completed in the fall of 2019. Until then, it continues to serve as a place for local residents to escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas.
1950 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX, Phone: 215-665-2400
4.Belo Garden Park
Belo Garden Park is a perennial favorite of budding botanists and garden club grannies who visit the park to admire the wide variety of native species planted in this 1.7-acre green space. Other visitors come to keep cool in the Dallas heat by playing in the interactive water features or sitting on the shade of the Shumard Oak Trees that line Fountain Plaza. Still others enjoy the seasonal light displays and community events that are held in this small park in the Main Street District. Belo Garden Park provides residents and out-of-town guests with all these features and more in a sustainable urban environment.
1014 Main Street, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-744-1270
The designers of this municipal park really took the “recreation” part of “parks and recreation” to heart. They included places to play baseball, basketball, soccer, and tennis as well as interconnecting paths for joggers. Parents and their small children will appreciate the thought that went into creating a playground for children that is safe and ADA compliant. Individuals and groups can reserve the athletic facilities for camps, clinics, training sessions, and team practices by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department in advance. In addition to the athletic fields and recreational facilities, the park has a small picnic area with three tables and a grill.
3000 University Boulevard, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-987-5488
6.Cancer Survivors Park
This small plaza is a place for solemn reflection in the downtown business district. Built as a tribute to cancer survivors, it is one of a number of similar parks in the United States founded by a cancer survivor and his wife. Each features inspiring sculptures by local artists, a Positive Mental Attitude Walk lined with motivational plaques, and a Road to Recovery Walk where visitors can read about strategies for dealing with the disease. The bronze sculpture in the Dallas park was created by Mexican artist Victor Salmones and represents the journey of a cancer survivor from diagnosis to remission.
325 North St. Paul Street #700, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-571-1000
7.Cedar Ridge Preserve
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Cedar Ridge Preserve is managed by the Dallas chapter of the National Audubon Society whose mission is to protect birds and their habitats. Educational programs and conservation workdays held at the preserve help to further this mission. Visitors can walk or jog along the nature trails, enjoy the butterfly garden, learn about native plant species, or observe birds in their natural habitats. Guests can join guided ranger tours or pick up a detailed trail map at the main building for self-guided exploration. The preserve is open from 6:30 a.m. until dusk every day of the week except Mondays.
7171 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX, Phone: 972-709-7784
Located in the suburb of Addison, Celestial Park is named after the sundial that dominates the southwestern edge of the property. Paved pathways lined by mature trees lead to the steps going up the sundial. The steps are engraved with quotes by the likes of T.S. Eliot, Dante, and Thoreau that talk about man’s relationship to the heavens. This romantic spot has been the location of many proposals and is a popular place to take engagement and wedding photos. Wide-open grassy spaces are perfect for throwing a frisbee, having a picnic, or watching the kids play a game of tag.
5501 Celestial Road, Dallas, Phone: 972-450-2851
While the name of this park might make you think people just go there to sit on a shaded bench and sip latte, you’re more likely to find budding athletes practicing their baseball and soccer skills, kids using the ADA-compliant playground equipment, and local residents getting exercise by walking or jogging along the paths. The park was actually not named after the beverage, but for the former mayor of University Park, Roy C. Coffee, Sr. In his honor, the city built a neighborhood park with in-demand athletic fields, picnic facilities, and recreational areas that is open to the public year-round.
3400 Northwest Parkway, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-363-1644
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One of the Dallas Park & Recreation facilities, this seven-acre community park has basketball and tennis courts as well as a playground for young children. Pets are welcome to join their owners as they walk or jog along the trails and can re-hydrate with a drink from the multi-level fountain. Other opportunities to exercise include sessions with Camp Gladiator and Foam Rolling & Stretch Therapy by Mark or informal games of catch, tag, or flag football. After working up an appetite, visitors can sit at shaded tables to enjoy a picnic lunch from home or takeout from a nearby restaurant.
4000 Cole Avenue, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-670-4100
11.Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is home to nineteen named gardens that will appeal to everyone from budding botanists to scientific researchers. Visitors enter the 66-acre property at the Trammell Crow Visitor Education Pavilion and Entry Plaza where they can purchase general admission tickets and begin their self-guided tour of the grounds. Special event tickets are available for flower shows, food and wine festivals, and a concert series that are held on the property. Visitors can also attend educational classes and demonstrations inspired by the sustainability movement at A Tasteful Place, a kitchen with its own garden and pavilion that is part of the complex.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-515-6615
Dealey Plaza is infamous for being the location where John F. Kennedy was assassinated. This special use park is home to The Sixth Floor Museum in the former Texas School Book Depository building whose main exhibit chronicles the events of November 22, 1963. The notorious grassy knoll is in Dealey Plaza as is the spot from where Zapruder shot his footage of the assassination. Historic structures in the park include the Dealey Statue, the Kennedy Memorial, the pergolas with markers honoring the founder of Dallas and one of its prominent families. The plaza has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993.
325 North St. Paul Street #700, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-571-1000
13.Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park
Designed by renowned French landscape architect Michel Desvigne, this public park in the Arts District is part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center complex. It is named for members of the Sammons family who made a generous donation to the construction of the center. The promenades and walkways of this 10-acre park are shaded by mature trees. Along these paths are carefully maintained lawns and gardens as well as a granite reflecting pool. Visitors can watch free performances by local actors and musicians in the park or buy tickets to productions in the opera house, theater, and performance hall.
325 North St. Paul Street #700, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-922-1802
This city park is home to the State Fair of Texas and attracts millions of visitors annually who come to visit the fair, admire the Art Deco buildings, catch a football game at the Cotton Bowl stadium, hear a concert, watch a theater performance, or learn something new at one of the park’s museums or exhibition spaces. Other guests come simply to walk along the Esplanade and enjoy the tranquility of the reflecting pool. Still others bring their kids to visit the Texas Discovery Gardens or the Children’s Aquarium. No matter what brings you to Fair Park, you’re sure to be impressed with this Texas-sized recreational area and its many attractions.
1121 First Avenue, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-426-3400
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Goar Park’s gazebo is well-known to residents of University Park. It is used regularly for weddings, concerts, performances, and other special events that bring the community together. In addition to the gazebo, the park also has a picnic grove, three lined soccer fields, and walking and jogging trails which follow the creek that feeds into the fishing lake in nearby Williams Park. Shade trees provide a welcome relief from the sun for summer visitors. This municipal park was named for a prominent local resident who worked for the city at the adjacent government building until his death in 1947.
3806 University Boulevard, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-363-1644
16.Great Trinity Forest
Part of the Trinity River Project, this 6,000-acre urban park is located in a forested area south of Dallas. Eight miles of trails run throughout the forest alongside the Trinity River. Located at the trailheads are places to park, fish, and launch canoes. The Trinity River Audubon Center helps to preserve the natural habitat of the Great Trinity Forest by educating visitors about the plant and animal species that are native to the area. The site is also home to a world-class 18-hole golf course which was awarded a Green Star by Golf Digest for its environmental practices.
7235 Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-571-1000
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Jubilee Park is a neighborhood park in the southeast of Dallas that is part of a larger community complex. The park provides recreational space in the form of a “smart” playground, half-court and full-court basketball courts, and a soccer field. In addition to the sports facilities, the park has a community garden as well as green spaces with picnic tables and benches where visitors can sit and enjoy the Dallas sunshine. Buildings that are part of the community complex including schools, a resource center, and a senior housing complex provide services for residents from babies to senior citizens.
907 Bank Street, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-887-1364
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Kiest Park is a large metropolitan park that was established in the 1930s by Edwin John Kiest and built on land he donated in memory of his wife, Elizabeth. Outdoor courts and fields are available for visitors who want to play baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, softball, or volleyball. Trails for hiking, biking, and jogging run through and loop around the perimeter of the park. An on-site recreation center has well-equipped gym and fitness facilities as well as meeting rooms where regular programs and special events are held for all ages. Additional amenities include grills and picnic tables, indoor and outdoor restrooms, drinking fountains, benches, and parking.
3080 S Hampton Road, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-670-1918
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This landscaped park just north of Dallas is located on the banks of scenic Turtle Creek. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic picnic or a hand-in-hand stroll along the leafy paths. Stand on the trestle bridge, sit on an old-fashioned wooden park bench, or pose by the whimsical teddy bear statues for an Instagram-worthy shot or a keepsake photo. Situated in an affluent neighborhood, the park is a quiet place to set out a blanket and read a book under the trees, take your dog for a morning walk, or simply sit and enjoy the sounds of the wildlife that call the park their home.
4601 Lakeside Drive, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-571-1000
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20.Main Street Garden Park
Main Street Garden Park’s central location in downtown Dallas makes it an ideal venue for large public events like festivals, concerts, and performances. Named for the garden in its northeast corner that was designed using repurposed materials, this special use park has premium amenities like free Wi-Fi, commissioned artwork, the City Park Café, and an urban dog run. Visitors of all ages are welcome at this community park. It is common to see parents watching their children play in the splash fountain, employees power walking along the paved paths on their lunch break, and couples picnicking on the great lawn.
1902 Main Street, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-744-1270
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Pioneer Plaza is located near the Dallas Convention Center and is a popular tourist destination because of its interesting features. One of the highlights is a set of bronze statues of cowboys on horses wrangling a herd of steers. Set against a backdrop of man-made cliffs, a natural stream and waterfall, and native landscaping, this impressive work of art is meant to represent the city’s western roots. Other features like bricks engraved with historic brands from area ranches, an adjacent cemetery where some of the original settlers of Dallas were buried, and a Confederate War Memorial make a visit to this park a truly unique experience.
1428 Young Street, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-953-1184
The Oak Lawn neighborhood is home to Reverchon Park named for French botanist Julien Reverchon whose family immigrated to Texas in the nineteenth century. The park is one of the oldest and most successful parks in Dallas with just over 41 acres of land containing several garden areas, multiple sports facilities, an accessible playground, a multi-use path, and a recreation center. The rec center holds camps, classes, and other fun activities for everyone from toddlers to seniors as well as a fitness center with free weights and state-of-the-art machines to help adults meet their fitness goals.
3505 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-670-7720
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Tietze Park is part of the Dallas Park & Recreation department who maintain its softball field, tennis and basketball courts, playground, pavilion, and picnic areas with help from the Friends of Tietze Park Foundation. A newly constructed aquatic center will replace the current pool and is due to open in the fall of 2019. It will include a zero-depth children’s pool with spray features and a lap pool for older children and adults. Named for a former park superintendent, the park is one of the most popular municipal parks in the city and is sure to maintain this reputation with the addition of the aquatic center.
2700 Skillman Street, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-670-4100
24.W. J. Thomas Park
What better way to keep cool in the Dallas sun than a visit to the W.J. Thomas Park, a municipal park in Carrollton. One of two city-run splash parks, the W.J. Thomas Park offers a water feature shaped like a fire hydrant, water cannons, spray rings, and more. Children and their parents will also appreciate the availability of on-site restrooms and shaded areas that provide protection from the sun. Visitors can have a picnic lunch or fire up the grill for a Texas-style barbecue. The park is open seasonally between May 1st and October 15th.
1955 Perry Road, Carrollton, TX, Phone: 972-466-3080
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25.White Rock Lake Park
White Rock Lake Park has a wide range of features and amenities for guests to enjoy. Not just a recreational area with well-kept sports facilities and multi-use trails, the park is also an arts space with a sculpture garden, an amphitheater, and a cultural center. The lake is a popular place to fish or go sailing, canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding. On the shore, residents and out-of-town guests can enjoy typical land-based activities like picnicking, tossing a ball around, or sunbathing in the grass. Standard amenities include bathroom facilities, a drinking fountain, and dedicated parking spots.
E Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX, Phone: 214-660-1100
25 Best Dallas Parks
- Klyde Warren Park, Photo: trongnguyen/stock.adobe.com
- Addison Circle Park, Photo: Lars Johansson/stock.adobe.com
- Aston Park, Photo: lukyeee_nuttawut/stock.adobe.com
- Belo Garden Park, Photo: Sherry/stock.adobe.com
- Burleson Park, Photo: pongmoji/stock.adobe.com
- Cancer Survivors Park, Photo: spacedrone808/stock.adobe.com
- Cedar Ridge Preserve, Photo: David J. Ringer/stock.adobe.com
- Celestial Park, Photo: alexkich/stock.adobe.com
- Coffee Park, Photo: jvezzani/stock.adobe.com
- Cole Park, Photo: weedezign/stock.adobe.com
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Photo: Melastmohican/stock.adobe.com
- Dealey Plaza, Photo: st_matty/stock.adobe.com
- Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/stock.adobe.com
- Fair Park, Photo: Martina/stock.adobe.com
- Goar Park, Photo: Stephan Dinges/stock.adobe.com
- Great Trinity Forest, Photo: ant/stock.adobe.com
- Jubilee Park, Photo: Jubilee Park
- Kiest Park, Photo: Phongphan Supphakank/stock.adobe.com
- Lakeside Park, Photo: Rattasak/stock.adobe.com
- Main Street Garden Park, Photo: Fototocam/stock.adobe.com
- Pioneer Plaza, Photo: zz3701/stock.adobe.com
- Reverchon Park, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Tietze Park, Photo: coffmancmu/stock.adobe.com
- W. J. Thomas Park, Photo: olezzo/stock.adobe.com
- White Rock Lake Park, Photo: nat693/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: SeanPavonePhoto/stock.adobe.com