8300 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (2.5 miles)
White Rock Lake is one of the most frequently visited city parks in the Dallas area. It features a 1,015-acre city lake which offers kayaking, piers and boat ramps. The Boathouse, located by the boat ramps has various small boats for rent. It also houses one of the largest fish hatcheries in the state. There is a 9.33 mile hiking and biking trail; this is a great way to experience the wonders of nature in an urban setting. This park also has picnic areas, which offer scenic views of the wetlands. The Bath House Cultural Center and the Dallas Arboretum are both also at this location; these attractions offer a glimpse into the local culture, insects and plants that are native to Dallas.
8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218 (2.8 miles)
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is open daily from 9am – 5pm. There are over 66 acres to explore and discover, it offers 19 different named gardens which are open during every season so you can experience different plants as the seasons change. The Rory Meyers Children Garden offers over 150 child friendly activities to engage young minds in life and earth sciences. This location offers multiple areas to dine at, as well as the option to bring a picnic lunch. They offer a wagon rental in order to help accommodate the smallest visitors. This location also offers various musical entertainments throughout the year. There is a gift shop on the premises; the proceeds go towards the research and education programs that this Garden is heavily engaged in.
2323 N Jim Miller Rd, Dallas, TX 7522 (3.0 miles)
Designed by David Bennett and built in 1979 in the heart of Dallas, the Grover C Keeton Golf Course is an 18-hole Championship Golf Course, measuring 6,8000 yards par 72. Outstanding driving range, a snack bar open seven days a week serving an assortment of sandwiches and drinks from 6:30 in the morning; a golf shop fully equipped with the latest golfing gear and material which is also housing the Keeton Park Chop Shop, a complete club repair service; 70 2015 Yamaha Golf Carts; 18-hole Foot Golf Course, two practice putting greens and short game area and an Outdoor Pavilion are some of the conveniences the Keeton Park has to offer to beginners and professional golfers alike. The Keeton Golf Course also offers personalized services.
1462 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210 (5.5 miles)
The Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is open from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm seven days a week. This aquarium has six different zones, including a Stingray Bay. The Fresh Water Zone has exhibits that feature the ferocious Red Bellied piranha and the Electric Eel. The Shore Zone offers a glimpse into the mysterious world of the Hermit Crab, and the Spiny Lobster. The mesmerizing Giant Pacific Octopus and the Hawksbill Sea turtle can both be found in the Near Shore zone, while the Off Shore Zone contains the deadly Lionfish and the graceful Nautilus. Stingray bay offers the chance to feed and touch different types of Stingrays, with an informative guide there to answer all of your questions. This Aquarium also offers a special overnight program, this includes an overnight stay within the aquarium confines, a continental breakfast and a special fish keeper talk in the morning.
1121 1st Ave • Dallas, Tx, 75210
Dallas Fair Park is a 277-acre park, and is home to numerous Museums including the African-American Museum, Perot Museum, Children’s Aquarium, Hall of State, Texas Discovery Gardens and the South Dallas Cultural Center. This cultural epicenter hosts live entertainment performances at the Music Hall, Gexa Energy Pavilion, Magnolia Lounge and at the Fair Park Band Shell. This is where you can find the Texas State Fair, Cotton bowl Stadium and Swan Boats. Dallas Fair Park contains the World’s largest collection of 1930s Art Deco buildings, as well as many great examples of the Mid-Century Modern building style. There are over abundance of opportunities for breathing photos to be taken, including the Texas Star Ferris Wheel and Big Tex, a friendly cowboy who is at the Texas State Fair every year with a welcoming smile. This venue also hosts various festivals including Day 1 Dallas, which is a celebration on New Year’s Day.
1428 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75202 (6.9 miles)
Situated in the convention center district of Dallas, and adjacent to the pioneer park cemetery, the public park attracts a high number of tourists every year, ranking second after the Dealey Plaza. The large sculpture at the vicinity serves to commemorate the 19th-century cattle drives that occurred along the Shawnee Trail. Currently, the sculpture is the largest bronze made monument across the globe. The plaza gives a venue suitable for outdoor activities and meal function, especially during the sunny days. Occasionally, the centers organizers are likely to surprise the crowds at the events through the vibrant space and settings incorporated into your special events. One can participate in nature trails walking through the civil war memorial.
Dealey Plaza Dallas, TX 75202 (6.9 miles)
Located in the West End District, Dallas, Texas, Dealey Plaza gives the memories of the tragic assassination of J F Kennedy in 1963. Named after the Civic leader George B Dealey and completed in 1940, it neighbors the monument erected in remembrance of J F Kennedy. Currently, the site is the most frequently visited place by attracting international recognition after the assassination that occurred a few yards away. Other than being the landmark that gives Dallas the identity, its home to a museum that offers recounts of Kennedy’s life, legacy and death through sight and sound collections. It explains why the landmark was designated a National Historic site in 1993 to commemorate American Political History.
2201 North Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201 (7.6 miles)
The Perot natural history and science museum sits in Dallas, Texas, with two campuses located in Victory Park and Fair Park respectively. The center gives a collective communal experience, significant cultural expression and new perspectives to facing life. Other than manifesting the remote and artistic features, the museum offers a perfect opportunity for learning and stimulating personal creativity. The museum is home to different forms of performances that reflect different customs. For this reason, visitors can attend the architecture forum, public discussions, films and numerous exhibitions available all year round. The high definition screens give a rare opportunity to view the Big Bang Theory associated with the creation of the solar system.
650 South R L Thornton Freeway, Dallas, TX 75203 (10.5 miles)
The Dallas Zoo is the proud home of over 2,000 animals, and has been at its current location for over 100 years. It has several truly unique exhibits. Visitors can see Elephants and other animals in the same open air enclosure. It is also the only place in Texas that visitors can view Koala’s. The Dallas Zoo is considered the “hottest” zoo in the United States, maintaining more than 70 different species of venomous and poisonous reptiles. They offer Lights Out Overnights, Twilight Safari Night Hikes and Family Nights. The Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo is located inside the Dallas Zoo. The Children’s Zoo offers pony rides, a petting area for farm animals and a discovery center.
300 Reunion Boulevard East, Dallas, TX 75207 (8.2 miles)
Reunion Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Dallas, Texas. It is locally known as “The Orb”. This observation tower stands at 561 feet tall, and it is the 15th tallest building in Dallas. There is a unique restaurant in the Reunion Tower, Five Sixty. It is located on the towers rotating top level. The restaurant is run and managed by Chef Wolfgang Puck, a celebrity chef, who specializes in modern interpretations of Asian Dishes. The Observation level is called the “Geo-Deck” and features an interactive digital tour about the different landmarks Dallas has to offer, including Reunion Tower. At the Geo-Deck there is a causal cafe that offers light food and drinks to enjoy while looking at the revolving view. There is a gift shop located inside Reunion Tower that has a variety of souvenirs.