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North Texas has ushered in the spring and finally kicked winter to the door. It is now perfect picnic weather. Dallas/Fort Worth is generously sprinkled with ideal picnic locations with flowery country and manicured cityscapes that will compliment any food you can pack in a basket.
Fort Worth Water Gardens
1502 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 392-7111
www.dfwi.org/Fort-Worth-Water-Gardens

Hugged by the buildings of downtown Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is on most visitors’ itineraries when they visit this bustling city. Masking the roar of the city with the serene sounds of flowing water, this is the urban utopia for picnics. The park itself was designed by John Burgee and Phillip Johnson, architects from New York. If that is not impressive enough, the natural facilities here are surprising. Featuring its own mountain, canyon, forest, lake, waterfalls and prairie, Fort Worth Water Gardens has three main pools: The Aerating Pool, The Quiet Pool, and The Active Pool, each a delightful choice in setting for a picnic.

Addison Circle Park
15650 Addison Road
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 450-2851
www.addisontexas.net/addison_circle_park

The site of festivals, concerts and other large events, Addison Circle  and Addison Circle Park are the hub of this town. When it is not hosting events, Addison Circle Park is quite the popular picnic spot. Its borders encompass over 300,000 square feet of fountains, fields and walking trails as well as special amenities like a covered pavilion and covered pergola in this indoor and outdoor mecca of fun. Where the suburban hum can still be heard, this picnic venue is still peaceful, and ideal for people-watching and basking in the spring sun.

Flagpole Hill Park
Northwest Highway & Buckner Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75238
(214) 670-8281
www.visitdallas.com/Flag-Pole-Hill

White Rock Lake is one of the most traveled urban lakes for runners, bikers and even dragonboaters. All of these trails and pathways lead to one inescapable destination – a plethora of green nooks that can be snatched up for a scenic picnic. Overlooking the lake, Flagpole Hill has picnic tables ready, as well as a pavilion and picturesque views, all conveniently wrapped into one watery urban wonderland.

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Dallas Arboretum-Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 515-6615
www.dallasarboretum.org

The Dallas Arboretum is likely the first place in DFW to come to mind when searching for unbelievable landscaping and a classic flowery backdrop. Now, with the opening of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, picnicking at the Dallas Arboretum comes with a new sense of adventure. The Children’s Adventure Garden allows visitors to bring food and even coolers in, creating the opportunity to make an entire day out of a visit, instead of a few hours until the walking and the incredible palette of flora give way to hunger pangs. Try this picnic site for a daylong chance at beauty, adventure, food, and then more beauty and adventure.

Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 392-5510
www.fwbg.org

One of Fort Worth’s most frequented green locales, leaving the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens off the list of best picnic spots in the DFW metroplex would be a travesty. With a selection of gardens as wide as the menu you can work into your picnic, including perennials,Texas native plants, roses, and the much applauded Japanese garden. After a scenic sack lunch on site, try walking off the meal with any of these noteworthy gardens: the Fragrance Garden, Fuller Garden, Trial Garden, Water Conservation Garden and Conservatory.

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Kena Sosa is a freelance writer in Dallas. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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