When it comes to Dallas’ parks, greenbelts and backyards, it’s a dog’s life — I should know! Our pup-friendly city has more than 100 miles of trails for hiking, biking, skating and, most important, dog walking.
For those looking for more laid-back activities, Dallas also boasts loads of parks made for playing, lounging, ball throwing and snacking. And if your family is looking for a new home sweet home, the backyard is an important part of the real estate equation.
As a pooch that relishes his time outdoors (not to mention car rides with the windows down!), I’ve been to most of the grassy areas around town and have sniffed out the very best. Whether you’re up for meeting cool new canines or prefer to splash around in a fountain, here’s my list of some of the very best green spaces in the city.
The Katy Trail is a 3.5-mile course through Uptown. The trail is so popular, you’ll find joggers, cyclists, skaters, bladers and walkers from morning to night. It’s one of my favorite places to catch up with my other four-legged friends and get “tuckered-out.” The paved trail is flanked by trees, brush and flora.
Best reason to visit: exercise with friends
Klyde Warren Park, which opened in Dallas in 2013, is a 5.2-acre deck park built over the Woodall Rogers Freeway in downtown Dallas. Here, you’ll find playgrounds, walking trails, food trucks and restaurants, and putting green, as well as areas for concerts, films showings and performance broadcasts.
Best reason to visit: A dog park, complete with fountains, is the perfect place to cool off during those hot summer afternoons.
Lakeside Park, located in Highland Park, is the place to go for 14 acres of lushly landscaped paths bordering Turtle Creek. There are also playground areas and a collection of concrete Teddy Bear statues.
Best reason to visit: plenty of open space for bunny runs, playing fetch and friendly strolls
Lake Cliff Park is 44.5 acres of green space located in heart Oak Cliff, near the Bishop Arts District. A tranquil retreat, this park features fountains, gardens and a lake area. It’s a great place to walk, run and relax.
Best reason to visit: a paw-fect natural setting for quiet time and pup naps
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is not only one of the very best outdoor areas in the city, but it’s also one of the best in the nation. With 66 acres of expertly manicured grounds, patrons enjoy gardens, water structures, leisure areas and dining. Last fall, the Arboretum opened its latest phase, the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, an 8-acre indoor and outdoor nature experience for children.
Best reason to visit: Beauty — human companions will love the incredible variety of plants and flowers.
Best Backyards You can Own
There are three backyards you have to see to believe. The first one is located at 4346 Park Ln. The Preston Hollow home is beautifully set back on 1.1 acres, and the backyard has major play potential.
Best reason to visit: This home has a resort-style pool (great for practicing the doggy paddle) and an outdoor entertainment area.
In Old Preston Hollow, the backyard at 5433 Falls Rd. is worth a million barks. An oasis for humans and hounds alike, there’s a huge covered outdoor area (great for naptime or alone time), as well as a pool and spa.
Best reason to visit:The expansive lawn and towering trees provide serene shade for bird watching.
In University Park, 7800 Amherst Ave. is another home with a beautiful backyard I could roll around in for days. It’s on a corner lot, which means there’s heaps of greenspace.
Best reason to visit: The covered patio is the perfect hangout in the dog days of summer.
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