Best Parks In The DFW Area

March 29, 2014 8:00 AM

(Photo credit: PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/GettyImages)

(Photo credit: PASCAL PAVANI/AFP/GettyImages)

Blessed with beautiful, sunny weather for much of the year, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has a reputation to live up to in providing amazing parks filled with entertainment for the eyes, the ears and the sense of adventure.

Klyde Warren Park
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 716-4500
www.klydewarrenpark.orgWith free events going on daily throughout the year, this innovative approach to urban parks has proved revolutionary in Dallas. Complete with a dog park, children’s play area, performance stage, library and even year-round ice-free ice skating, there is little chance that a visit on any day of the week will prove uneventful at Klyde Warren Park. The new addition to a greener downtown is one that was quite necessary and welcomed by Dallasites and visitors to the city alike.
Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 515-6615
www.dallasarboretum.orgThe Dallas Arboretum is a collection of gardens of both local flora and plants and flowers from around the world. The great thing about the Arboretum is that it features both beauty and brains. With rotating exhibits throughout the year, there was little left to desire until now. The Rory Meyers Children’s Garden has blown visitors away with learning opportunities at every pace, sculptures, experiments and high-tech hands-on discovery of nature. The extra few bucks on the ticket price is more than worth it. The Rory Meyers Garden also allows food to be brought in, making it a great place to picnic and explore for a day.
Fair Park
1121 1st. Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 426-3400
www.fairpark.orgFair Park is a legendary site in North Texas, even when it isn’t fair season. With its multiple museums, an aquarium, swan paddle boats and history. Fair Park is at its best when big events come to town like car shows and musicals at the Music Hall. But fountains and picnic areas make it an ideal option for spending a leisurely Saturday or Sunday without an itinerary.Related: Best Parks In North Texas
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 392-5510
www.fwbg.orgA cornucopia of gardens awaits visitors to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, the most notorious being the mesmerizing Japanese garden. The perfect park for strolling, the eyes will not tire of the endless array of colors and fragrances. From the Fuller Garden to the Trial Garden to the Conservatory, park yourself on a bench after a walk in the fresh air and take it all in within the walls of this fantastic urban park.
River Legacy
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 860-6752
www.riverlegacy.orgRiver Legacy overlooks the water and gives families a place to learn about the local ecology of the area. With indoor fun like an activity center and live animals to view, it’s a great warm-up to exploring outdoors afterward. What’s more, River Legacy is free.Related: Best Parks In Dallas (2010)
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