Home of the American oil industry and filled with swanky skyscrapers, Dallas is often considered the concrete jungle of Texas. Many oil industry headquarters are situated in the towering office blocks, and to help the resident’s part with all this money, there are numerous gigantic shopping malls located all over the city. Therefore, it might surprise many people to learn that Dallas is also home to a great municipal park system, in fact one of the largest in the whole of America. The lucky citizens of Dallas have plenty of open air spaces to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city. And here are some of the very best.
It would be easy to blink and miss Dragon Park, but therein lies its attraction. In fact, some people would not consider this tiny scrap of land as a municipal park, but it is an enchanted haven tucked away for people in the know. You can find Dragon Park in Oak Lawn, and it is well worth the effort. This atmospheric hideaway is littered with secret nooks, and expect arty sculptures hidden in unexpected places. Dragons, gargoyles, and angels all reside in this excellent city park.
Klyde Warren Park
From the sublime to the ridiculous, Klyde Warren Park is in complete contrast to Dragon Park in that it is one of the most popular and well-known parks in Dallas. Located in the heart of the city, this five acre park provides a breathing heart for the congested city. It has great walking trails, a pavilion that can cater for all types of live performances, and of course a wonderful play area for kids. This park regularly hosts all manner of events, including regular Pilates sessions. On the south side of the expansive lawn is an area now dedicated to a favorite of Dallas, the food truck. And of course around lunchtime many office workers head down to the park to get some fresh air and eat wonderful fast-food creations.
If you fancy a romantic stroll through one of the most beautiful parks in Dallas, then head over to the Highland Park neighborhood. As you might expect the main feature of this lovely park is the lake, which is adorned with a multitude of lily pads. You can walk hand-in-hand over the quaint Turtle Creek Bridge and go and see the enchanting teddy bear sculptures that live in this fairytale park. Other highlights include the Read Memorial, and the stately White Mansion which give perfect opportunities for those most important selfie shots.
White Rock Lake Park
White Rock Lake Park is ideal for those who love outdoor pursuits, and if you are a keen biker then this park is ideal as it is very biker-friendly with trails dotted all over the green expanse. This park is also brimming with local wildlife including parakeets. The walking/bike trail is an exhausting nine and a half miles long, and many visitors take advantage of the huge lake to enjoy all manner of water sports. If you want to take it easy then bring your fishing rod and find a cool place in the shade. So the next time you visit Dallas make sure you take some time out to take advantage of these great outdoor spaces.