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What they say about the weather in Dallas is true — if you don’t like it, just wait a beat and it will surely change. All the more reason to be prepared for those perfectly sunny afternoons when they do come around. You know those days — the ones where being inside seems like a crime and the stuffy gym is the last place you want to be. We got you.
Read on for our list of the best outdoor workout spots in the Big D. Whether you’re seeking a heart-pumping Vinyasa flow in the grass or a leisurely lakeside stroll, we’ve got you covered.
In the heart of downtown Dallas, you’ll find Klyde Warren Park — a 5.2 acre urban oasis built rather unexpectedly above the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. The park is open to the public and hosts free group fitness classes throughout the spring and summer, including Tai Chi, bootcamp, yoga, and even ballroom dancing. There’s also a children’s jungle gym and dog park to keep the whole family happy. Hungry after your sweat session? Swing by one of the many food trucks that border the park, open every day from 11am to 4pm.
Take in scenic views of the lake and city skyline as you cycle, walk, or run the 9.33-mile loop around White Rock Lake. In the mood to switch up your workout? Hit up White Rock Paddle to reserve a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Or, you can rent one of the public LimeBikes for only $1 an hour. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy lakeside and make a day out of it.
Eager to find out what’s up with SUP? If you’re willing to take a bit of a drive, there’s no better place to learn than DFW Surf. With spots in Grapevine, Frisco, and Little Elm Beach, DFW Surf caters to watersport beginners and experts alike. Take a beginner classes to hone your paddling skills, or put your balance to the test in a more advanced SUP Yoga session. DFW Surf also offers bike rentals and tours for those who want to stay grounded and explore their lakeside nature trails. Fitt Tip: adventurous paddlers should definitely try the SUP Glow Saturdays tour — a guided paddle tour where you take in the sunset and then use LED-lighted torch paddles to navigate the waters after dark.
At the Nasher Sculpture Center downtown, every first Saturday of the month guests can enjoy free yoga in the garden. Power through your Vinyasas as you enjoy views of a world-class collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. And don’t forget to bring a camera — you’ll want to capture all of the stunning art for your Insta.
No list of Dallas outdoor workout spots would be complete without mention of the ever-popular Katy Trail. Built over an old railroad line, this 3.5-mile urban trail runs from the American Airlines Center downtown to the Mockingbird DART station and offers plenty of space for skaters, bikers, runners, joggers, and walkers alike. Craving a cold one after crushing that run? Take a quick detour and head to the Katy Trail Ice House for some patio burgers and brews.
Longing for Hill Country views but can’t find time to make it out of the city? Head to the Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve: 600 acres of trails just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. There are over nine miles of walking trails, marked clearly for both experienced and beginning hikers. And believe it or not, the preserve is situated at an elevation of 755 feet, boasting some pretty impressive views. Be sure to check their calendar for fun community events, like the summer park concert series and the Head for the Hill Bike Rally.
Eager to recreate that volleyball scene from Top Gun? Break out your cut-off shorts and aviators and head to the Sandbar Cantina and Grill for some friendly competition. Known locally as “Beach Ellum”, you can play all the free volleyball you want at the Sandbar’s white sand outdoor courts. If you’re looking to meet some new people, join one of the Sandbar’s coed volleyball, dodgeball, or flag football leagues. When you’re done on the courts, head to the patio for a hand-crafted cocktail or a quick bite.
Just ten minutes south of downtown Dallas, the Trinity River Audubon Center boasts the largest urban hardwood forest in the US. Less popular than the trails at White Rock Lake or the Katy Trail, Trinity River offers plenty of quiet, secluded space for your weekend jog, run, or bike ride. Nature-lovers will appreciate the park’s the vibrant wildlife (including sixty species of birds). Just don’t forget the bug spray!
The Trailhead really is an oasis when it comes to health and fitness. This development in Fort Worth is truly unique, boasting access to over 60+ miles of the riverside Trinity Trails for hiking and biking, an outdoor fitness and activity lawn popular with Vinyasa yoga pop-ups, healthy eateries like Mellow Johnny’s and Press Cafe, and is home to The Clearfork Farmers Market. This spot really has everything you need for a day of outdoor activity.
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