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Big cities are known for their big, pretty, and functional parks. And though parks are not the first thing you may think of when you think of Dallas, our city is no exception. Downtown’s Klyde Warren Park isn’t just a green space—it’s an award-winning innovation. Situated over Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and Saint Paul streets, it is literally a park built on thin air. And it is an urban wonder. Within its 5 acres are a performance pavilion, a restaurant, walking trails, a mini dog park, a children’s playground, water features, an expansive lawn, and much more. White Rock Lake lies in East Dallas. The crown jewel of Dallas’ park system, the lake itself comprises more than 1,015 acres and offers a view of downtown. The lake and surrounding park areas attract walkers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers and offer kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals. Or you can just lay out a picnic for a lazy day along the shore. But these are only two of the lovely parks in the Dallas Region. You won’t have to go far to find your favorite spot.

Green Spaces in the Dallas Region

Featured Park & Trails

2. River Legacy Park

  • 1,300 acres of forests and greenbelts
  • 10 miles of cross-country trails
  • A treetop playground that looks like a giant treehouse
  • A canoe launch with access to up to 8 miles of paddling
  • River Legacy Living Science Center

3. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

  • 200 acres of rolling hills for exploring
  • Off-road biking trails
  • Picnic pavilion and kids’ playground
  • Butterflies, birds, and other wildlife
  • Dog friendly

6. White Rock Lake Park

  • 9.33-mile hike and bike trail
  • Shoreline picnic areas
  • Kayak and paddleboard rentals
  • Audubon Society bird watching area
  • Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

7. Klyde Warren Park

  • Performance pavilion, walking trails, dog park, children’s playground, games area
  • Free events such as book signings, group exercise, movies, music, and more
  • Food trucks every day
  • Accessible by M-Line Trolley, DART, and D-link
  • 2014 Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award

Nature Centers

Who says there’s no nature in Dallas? We know better. Here are a few more spots to take in the bounty and beauty of the land:

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