UPDATED OCT 17, 2019
Sometimes simply going outside to get some fresh air is just what you need. The next time you need a mental break and a nice place to sit and relax for a bit, try these Dallas-area parks and green spaces.
Built over a major highway, Klyde Warren Park always has something going on. The park hosts yoga classes, live music, food trucks, movie nights, and all sorts of community events. If none of that is your speed, borrow a book or newspaper from the lending library, kick up your feet on a chair, and soak in some rays.
This place is a hole-in-the-wall or rather, a hole in the mall. In the middle of NorthPark Center is this beautiful 1.4-acre central garden. It’s the perfect place to escape the noise of the mall and immerse yourself in nature. If you’re hungry, stop by Bread Winners Café & Bakery next to the garden and grab a snack. Fitt Tip: ask to sit on the patio overlooking the picturesque lawn; happy hour starts at 3pm.
In the middle of the concrete jungle of Downtown Dallas, there is a beautiful lawn of greenery at Main Street Garden. The park features a play area, fountains, public art installation, and occasional events, making the ultimate urban oasis. If you can’t break away from the computer, just bring it with you because the park has Wi-Fi, too.
Right next to the Dallas North Tollway, you’ll find Reverchon Park, a sprawling 41.3-acre park featuring grills, tennis and basketball courts, sand volleyball, a baseball diamond, plenty of trails, and a playground. The park, established in 1914, is also near Katy Trail Ice House — the best place for a cold beer on a hot day.
For those north of 635, Vitruvian Park is a quiet little getaway where you can relax alongside the area’s spring-fed creek. In addition to fitness classes, the park also features occasional live music at its mini-amphitheater, if you’re looking for an easy date idea. To make it better, there are tables and chairs under a large tree that dominates the space, so bring a blanket, some food and have mini-picnic.
Adjacent to Addison Circle, Addison Circle Park hosts some of the town’s biggest events of the year including Oktoberfest, Taste of Addison, and Kaboom Town (put them in your calendar). And when there aren’t any events planned, you can enjoy the open fields, walking trails, covered pergola, and water garden. When you’re done, stop by the bars and restaurants that are a stone’s throw from the park.
If a little peace and tranquility is what you’re after, make your way over to this serene four-acre park on the north side of Celestial Rd. at Bellbrook Dr. It features jogging and walking trails, and beautifully-landscaped lawns that are the ideal backdrop for a slow, leisurely afternoon. Fitt Tip: the sundial, celestial quotes and poetry on the stairs are solid material for your Instagram.
The next time you and your friends are planning to meet up for a game of pick-up basketball or some tennis, make Cole Park your destination. The seven-acre grassy expanse is centrally-located in Dallas near Central Expressway between the Uptown and Oak Lawn neighborhoods, making it easily accessible no matter where you live in the city. Bonus: the outdoor space is half a mile away from West Village, where you can grab cold-pressed juice at Brewed+Pressed or Buda Juice.
Trinity Overlook Park, which overlooks the Trinity River, is the No. 1 best place to snap a picture of the Dallas Skyline (Fitt Tip: we recommend a panorama). This quaint little pocket park has plenty of shade, too, so no matter if you’re hitting the hiking and biking trails or settling in to take in the scenery, you won’t have to worry about getting scorched by the sun. Before you leave, though, make sure to hop over to the Trinity Groves areas and check out one of the many new restaurants in Dallas.
At only half an acre, Pegasus Plaza is tiny, but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. The park itself is surrounded by plenty of trendy restaurants like Americano and has a handful of interesting and unique sculptures scattered throughout. Just make sure you don’t leave without walking across the street and snapping a picture of the 30-foot-tall Giant Eyeball — it’s a must-see.
If you’re looking for a place to get in touch with nature without having to drive outside of Dallas County, Galatyn Woodland Preserve is your go-to. The park has multi-use trails, horseshoe pits, an animal sculpture playground, and a boardwalk for bird-watching. And for an extra adventure, get off the trail and walk down into the creek — just be careful and watch your step on the unpaved areas.
If you’ve never visited Prairie Creek Park in Richardson before, you’ll want to make it your next destination for an next outdoorsy walk. We suggest strolling through the park and across the bridge into the wooded area where you’ll encounter fields of green, colorful wildflowers, and a gushing waterfall. Fitt Tip: head here in spring with everything is in full bloom.
For those that work or live in the North Plano area, Bishop Flores Park is the ideal spot for an outdoor hang sesh. The area surrounds a fountain and a pond with several places to take a load off — chairs, benches, or the soft grass. And if you’re hungry or in the mood for a drink after, there are more than 20 places to pick from.