Dallas Bucket List: 10 Things to Do Outdoors
Sometimes living in a city is the easiest way to ensure that you won’t see and do all the amazing things it has to offer. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we don’t carve out enough relaxation time for ourselves when we are at home. Whatever the cause, it’s time to break the habit if you live in a city as hopping as Dallas. So to help you emerge from your busyness-bubble, here are 10 refreshing outdoor things to do in Dallas this spring and summer.
1. Hang out at Klyde Warren Park.
This 5.2 acre park built over Woodall Rogers Freeway has added a welcome splash of color to Downtown. But in addition to its aesthetic appeal, Klyde Warren Park also offers a packed schedule of events throughout the week. Come during the day for their fitness classes and children’s programs or stop by at night to grab a bite at a food truck and hear a local band.
2. Enjoy a Late Night in the Arts District.
Places like the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crowe Collection of Asian Art have transformed museum-going into an evening affair with popular night time programming. Appreciate both art and nature at Till Midnight at the Nasher on the third Friday of each month, when musical performances and movie screenings are held at the Nasher Sculpture Center gardens. Make sure to come back for the Spring Break Block Party to enjoy street performances and museum hop all evening long.
3. Grab a drink at the Ginger Man.
For a relaxing round of drinks, head to The Ginger Man in Uptown. In addition to a great selection of local craft beers, this laid back pub, tucked away in a cozy old house on Boll St., provides ample front porch and back patio seating.
4. Savor ice cream at Sprinkles.
A welcome addition to the Plaza at Preston Center, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Ice Cream has been satisfying Dallas’ sweet tooth since last August. On a lazy afternoon, savor a Sprinkles Sundae (that’s a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between a cupcake top and bottom) while window shopping at the Plaza. Short on time? Don’t worry—just grab a cupcake for you and your pooch at the Sprinkles ATM.
5. Check out the Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum.
A long-time destination for families and a popular location for wedding photos, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden covers 66 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Come for a relaxing stroll and stay to attend a garden tea, participate in a wine tasting, or pack a picnic for the Thursday night concert series.
6. Go hiking at the Cedar Ridge Preserve.
The Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly known as the Dallas Nature Center) comprises multiple trails for hiking, biking, and jogging. Venture out onto Fossil Valley Trail if you’re up for a more challenging hike or opt for Possumhaw Trail for a short stroll and some dog watching.
7. Browse the Oak Lawn Farmers Market.
Don’t miss out on The Oak Lawn Farmers Market which sets up shop behind the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church on Cedar Springs and Welborn. Each Saturday morning from 8 to noon, you can sample ridiculously fresh produce from local farmers and pick up some tasty jams, sauces, and olive oil. Vendors also come out to sell fresh flowers, artisan bath products, and more.
8. Admire tulips and couture at Highland Park Village.
With countless shopping opportunities for the fashion-forward, an iconic movie theater, and restaurants galore, Highland Park Village is the place to shop. Factor in the beautiful blooms and seasonal topiaries surrounding the sidewalks and you couldn’t find a better place to be on a lovely spring afternoon.
9. Take an ArtWalk Through Dallas.
Next time you go for a walk, make it an ArtWalk! The Business Council for the arts has drawn up a 3.3 mile route through Dallas that takes you up close to many of the city’s most beloved works of art and architecture. Maps and audio guides for the self-guided tour can be found at publicartwalkdallas.org.
10. Host a party in your own backyard.
Even with so much to see and do, sometimes relaxing in your own back yard is the best way to spend a spring afternoon or a summer evening. Remember making plans to grill outdoors with your friends? Well, now’s the time to make that happen! After all, your pool has gotten pretty lonely during the winter months. We’ve got to admit, as much as we love exploring the city, our favorite thing about Dallas will always be home.