With over 230 days of sunshine and a temperate climate year-round, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy world-class golf courses, exciting watersports, bicycling and horseback riding throughout Dallas & Fort Worth no matter when they visit. Take a look at a sample of activities you can enjoy outdoors in Dallas & Fort Worth.
Cowtown Wakepark brings wakeboarding, the country’s hottest water sport, to Fort Worth in a whole new way – there’s no boat and you don’t need any experience or equipment.
1301 E Northside Drive,Fort Worth, TX 76102-1202 | www.cowtownwakepark.com | 817-717-1384
The NEW Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden is open, and adults as well as children will love learning about nature in nature. It's not just for kids! Just minutes from downtown on the shore of White Rock Lake, the Dallas Arboretum features 66 acres with 11 lush display gardens that offer seasonal color all year long. The Arboretum provides a tranquil oasis where visitors are surrounded by the beauty of all four seasons. Amenities include the Hoffman Family Gift Shop, a dining terrace and several facilities available for rental.
8525 Garland Road, Dallas | www.dallasarboretum.org | 214-515-6500
The world-class, 106-acre Dallas Zoo is the largest in Texas and features many rare and endangered species. Don't miss the award-winning Giants of the Savanna, the only habitat in the U.S. where elephants mingle alongside giraffes, zebra and other African species. Key exhibits include the Tiger Habitat; Lacerte Family Children's Zoo, with interactive, educational exhibits for children; Don Glendenning Penguin Cove; and the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center.
650 South R. L. Thornton Freeway Dallas, TX 75203 | www.dallaszoo.com | 469-554-7500
Enjoy the captivating beauty of the oldest botanic garden in Texas. Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens are home to more than 2,500 species of plants in its 23 specialty gardens. Plan a visit to the world-renowned Japanese Garden, where the koi-filled pools, sculptured hillsides, crafted stonework and dramatic waterfalls provide a view of exotic conservation. Or explore the winding paths of luxuriant tropical foliage in the 10,000-square-foot Conservatory.
3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard Fort Worth, TX 76107-3420 | www.fwbg.org | 817-392-5510
Stroll along the wandering paths of the 7-acre Fort Worth Japanese Garden and discover a world of wonder. Feed thousands of exotic Koi fish, explore the gift shop, or surrender your senses and activate your zen self.
3300 Japanese Garden LaneFort Worth, TX 76107-3422 | www.fwbg.org/gardens/japanese | 817-871-7685
The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge features forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of Fort Worth once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the area beckons to those searching for a piece of nature to refresh their spirits and reintroduce a measure of tranquility to their increasingly urban lifestyles. Boasting over 3600 acres, the center is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north central Texas. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the Refuge. Staff naturalists at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center are available to facilitate your exploration.
9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth | www.fwnaturecenter.org | 817-392-7410
Ride the Trinity River Trails! Come take a trail ride with experienced guides along the beautiful landscape of the Trinity River. This is a great family or individual activity that all can enjoy.
128 E Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth | www.fortworthstockyardsstables.com | 817-624-3446
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a beautiful and refreshing oasis adjacent to the Fort Worth Convention Center. Designed by Phillip Johnson, the Fort Worth Water Gardens is an architectural and engineering marvel to be enjoyed any time of the year. Visitors can experience a variety of water features as they wander through this relaxing urban park.
1502 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 | www.fwnaturecenter.org | 817-392-7111
Fort Worth Zoo is home to more than 500 species of animals, and its wide array of indoor and outdoor exhibits includes World of Primates, Asian Falls, and Raptor Canyon. Texas Wild! is a hands-on exhibit that teaches about the state's various regions. The Great Barrier Reef takes visitors to the mysterious waters of the Coral Sea. And, the zoo is home to the country’s premier herpetarium, the Museum of Living Art (MOLA).
1989 Colonial Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76110-6640| www.fortworthzoo.org | 817-759-7500
Located on 400 acres between Dallas and D/FW Airport in the City of Irving. Includes 431 guest rooms and suites, an 18-hole golf course, sports club including tennis, swimming, racquet ball, squash courts, jogging tracks, fitness center and a world-class spa. Exceptional meeting space offering a 34,000 sq. ft. conference center with 30multi-purpose and function rooms. An 8000 sq. ft. ballroom hosts the areas premiere social and meeting venues. An 8,000 sq. ft. ballroom hosts the areas' premiere social and meeting venues. .
4150 North MacArthur Boulevard Irving, TX 75038 | www.fourseasons.com/dallas/ | 817-759-7500
The Katy Trail runs through the densest part of our city - more than 300,000 people live or work within a mile of its route. Every day, the Trail offers an ideal thoroughfare for kids and adults from home to work, school and entertainment.
The Katy Trail runs from the West End and the American Airlines Center in the south, through the heart of urban Dallas past Knox Street, up to SMU and Mockingbird DART Station in the north.
3523 McKinney Ave., PMB 441, Dallas | www.katytraildallas.org | 214-303-1180
Klyde Warren Park, which opened on October 27, 2012, is Dallas’ open air community center offering green space, beautiful amenities, varied and engaging programs and terrific events all for free and in the heart of the city.
2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas | www.klydewarrenpark.org | 214-716-4500
Panther Island Pavilion (PIP) is taking Fort Worth by storm. PIP caters to a wide variety of uses such as concerts, festivals and events. Panther Island Pavilion features a waterfront stage overlooking the Trinity River. In addition to hosting events, PIP has you covered with the hottest watersports around. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is turning into the next big thing and they are excited to announce that PIP is the place to try it out in Fort Worth.
395 Purcey Street, Fort Worth | www.pantherislandpavilion.com | 817-698-0700
Texas Discovery Gardens is a 7.5 acre organic botanic garden featuring native and adapted plants. Inside, our two-story Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium transports you to a tropical rainforest, complete with hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Located in Dallas' historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders. Family festivals, free admission days, and our extensive (and growing) EarthKeepers® student education program introduce children and adults to natural outdoor learning experiences.
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Dallas | www.texasdiscoverygardens.org | 214-428-7476
The Texas Horse Park builds upon the years of history and rich equestrian traditions of Texas. Deep in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest, the Texas Horse Park is an exciting new equestrian facility located on 302 acres featuring stylish architectural elements in a beautiful pastoral setting.
Saddle-up with the two non-profit organizations, Equest and River Ranch Educational Charities and experience the fun of riding horses in the big city. These first-class operators welcome people of all ages to the park whether they are attending modern day city-slicker programs, corporate or family events or therapy-focused services.
The Texas Horse Park provides a break from city life. It opens up a world of equestrian adventure and a glimpse into the early days of Texas ranching and farming along the Trinity River.
811 Pemberton Hill Road, Dallas | www.texashorsepark.com | Equest 972-412-1029 | River Ranch 469-804-2660
Parks and trails along the Trinity River and its tributaries allow for a variety of outdoor activities. Trinity Trails offers 40 miles of running or biking trails, 17 trailheads for picnics and rest stops, five boat launches for canoes, kayaks and sculls, equestrian trails for horseback riding, a water-ski slalom course and fishing in a number of spots.
Northside Drive and Samuels Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76102 | www.trinitytrails.org
Crafted out of the hills of east Fort Worth, Waterchase Golf Club offers an unmatched combination of course design, course condition and customer service. Designed by Steven Plumer, Waterchase opened to rave reviews and received a nomination to Golf Digest's Best New Courses, as well as hosting a Texas State Open.
8951 Creek Run Road, Fort Worth, TX 76120-3950 | www.fortworth.com
Minutes from Downtown to the east, White Rock Lake features a scenic park with 9 miles of running, biking, and walking trails as well as excellent fishing, sailing and various picnic and leisure activities.
830 East Lawther, Dallas | www.whiterocklake.org | 214-670-8740
David Alexander and Jeff Cook are long-time Southlake residents and have operated Widowmaker Trail rides since 2002. They are both founding members of the Southlake Mounted Patrol where they provide volunteer time at High School football games, parades, and Southlake festivals. They also work with the Southlake Police to improve safety on the 15 miles of lake trails.
2301 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas | www.dallashorseback.com | 214-478-2448