Best Parks in Dallas

by: Jo Montgomery

Dallas is one of the best places to live in Texas. That may seem like a lofty statement, but just try and dispute it! Dallasites will defend their great city to the end, insisting it has the perfect urban-suburban mix. And the more we learn about Dallas, the more we realize they may be right. Dallas has a unique feel and flow that makes it a place families, young professionals, retirees, and everyone in between, are proud to call home. And it doesn’t hurt that Dallas has a wonderfully mild climate, relatively low taxes, and a nice healthy economy. 

Dallas is also home to an impressive cornucopia of parks. For that matter, Dallas touts some of the best urban green spaces anywhere. The Dallas Park System is one of the largest municipal park systems in our nation. They maintain an impressive 406 parks, adding up to over 21,000 acres. And they even have a collection of dog parks for four-legged family members that will get tails wagging. 

That’s why we chose all of Dallas’ sweet spots to place our 9 Dallas Windsor luxury apartment communities. Most are within walking distance to these green treasures. Many are, in essence, the back yards of our Dallas properties. Don’t worry, you don’t have to mow them! 

Although every one of Dallas’s parks is a refreshing break from city life and will have you reveling in the sun and warm Texas breezes, they’re not all the same. In fact, we have a few favorites. That’s why we’re sharing what we think are the very best parks in Dallas. 

Dallas, USA – June 7, 2019: Downtown Klyde Warren green park in summer with lawn grass and cityscape skyline

Best Parks in Dallas

Dragon Park  

At 3520 Cedar Springs Road, proves that size doesn’t really matter – when it comes to Dallas green spaces. It’s a small (we mean tiny!) privately owned public garden, tucked into the Oak Lawn neighborhood, filled with spectacular landscaping and whimsical stone creatures. Many who love it, say that finding it was the difficult part. For that reason, most locals don’t even know about it. But when you do find it, it is so worth it. It’s a serene space sprinkled with secret nooks, lovely water features, and a host of eclectic statues in the forms of angels, dragons, and gargoyles. Whether you’re looking for a quiet space to contemplate your navel or a perfect place for a picnic – this is it. We think it’s a little slice of heaven and a totally unique retreat in the heart of the city. Oh, and here’s a tip for you. Although the address is on Cedar Springs Road, it’s easier to park and enter from Hood Street. Don’t tell them we told you!

Oak Lawn Park  

Formerly Robert E Lee Park located at 3400 Turtle Creek Boulevard, is one of Dallas’ oldest parks. It’s 17 acres of inviting green space. The name has changed a few times over the years since it was built in 1909. It began as Oak Lawn park, was changed to Robert E. Lee Park, but once again bears its original name. What you’ll find there are shaded seating areas, walking trails that amble along Lakeside Creek, and lush landscaping. The park is also known for its annual Easter celebration, with live music and the famed pooch parade. So, pack your picnic and your Frisbee and head down to Oak Lawn Park.

Lakeside Park 

At 4601 Lakeside Drive, is nestled in the Highland Park section of Dallas. In an area known for its multi-million-dollar homes and manicured lawns, this stunning 14-acres of green space runs parallel to Turtle Creek. There’s not a bad time to visit, but you’ll want to head over between the end of March and the first of April when multitudes of azalea bushes show off with splashes of color. Lakeside Park is a terrific place to lay out a blanket and read a book or enjoy a picnic, but it’s also perfect for a stroll or a run. Oh, and take the time to cross the bridge and marvel at the gigantic Teddy Bear sculptures. And here’s a tip for you. Head over on July 4th for the best fireworks display in the city put on by the nearby Dallas Country Club.

Ronald Kirk Bridge and the Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway    

Formally known as Continental Avenue Bridge and West Dallas Gateway, is now a pedestrian-only linear sanctuary spanning a full 1.2 miles over the Trinity River. It’s one of Dallas’ most unique urban parks hands down! This veritable nature’s playground is filled with water features, gardens, a bocce court, human-sized chess boards, and actual playgrounds. No matter what you choose to enjoy at this park, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of the amazing views of downtown Dallas. So, if you’re looking for the perfect skyline photo for your Instagram feed, this is the place. And the views from here are spectacular at night. To add to the appeal of this park (as if we needed to!), it also offers loads of free activities – from children’s programs and fitness classes to alfresco movie screenings and special events. 

There you have it! The best parks in Dallas – in our opinion. Go on out and check them out for yourself.