The beauty of Texas' nature can be experienced first-hand with a hike through this 630-acre (146-hectare) preserve. With guided and self-guided tours available along the ten miles of wooded trails, outdoor enthusiasts can wander up to the Escarpment Nature Preserve, the highest point in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Along the way you can view ponds, wildflowers and a butterfly garden before arriving at vistas and an observation tower. The trails vary in difficulty. All are natural terrain paved with rock, mulch, or dirt. They are designed for foot traffic only, and bikes or roller blades are not allowed. Hikes can last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours, depending upon the trail selected. A snack bar, gift shop, and amphitheater are also located on the grounds.
Off the shores of White Rock Lake lies the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The 66 acres (26 hectares) of lush, perfectly manicured landscapes hold a treasure trove of trees, bushes, and flowers that are sure to make anyone green with envy. The DeGolyer House, a 1940s-style Spanish mansion, is also located on the grounds. Tours of the house and its sculpture garden are offered. The Jonsson Color Gardens, A Woman's Garden, and the Lay Ornamental Garden are all exquisite features of the picturesque grounds.
White Rock Lake sprawls over 1,015 acres (410.75 hectares). It boasts picturesque picnic spots and recreational areas that provide great respite from city life. Numerous waterfront trails are popular among local hikers and bikers as well as those visiting Dallas. A complete loop around the lake takes about three hours. The adventurous can indulge in an array of outdoor activities on offer like fishing, sailing and, horseback riding. Bird enthusiasts have reason to rejoice, as the area attracts beautiful, exotic species. The panorama of verdant landscapes that enclose calm waters is the very definition of tranquility.
A visit to the Dallas Children's Theater is entertainment for the entire family. Introduce your little ones to the world of live theater by involving them in activities here. Classes are offered here, and are conducted by established artists. A number of excellent plays including Rumpelstiltskin, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and several musicals have been shown here.
If you're looking for fun outdoor activities in Dallas, head over to Klyde Warren Park. Built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, this park gives city-dwellers a much needed green space. Dogs can run free through the water fountains in the dog park to keep cool. Concerts and other events open to the public are held here often. Bask in the sun, play some chess or ping pong, or take the kids over to the playground - make a day of it!
This historic site sprawls over 227 acres (918,636 square meters) and has one of the nation's largest collections of Art Deco buildings. Built in 1936, Fair Park is registered as a National Historic Landmark. It was built by the WPA to house the Texas Centennial Exposition, celebrating Texas' independence from Mexico. It boasts an inspiring list of museums including the African American Museum, Age of Steam Railroad Museum, Museum of Nature and Science, Music Hall At Fair Park, Dallas Aquarium and Dallas Horticulture Center. You will also find concerts at the outdoor Coca Cola Starplex, college football in the Cotton Bowl, and the annual State Fair of Texas. The Visitor Center shows a 10-minute film about the park and offers walking tours by appointment.
David Dike Fine Art Gallery, in business since 1986, is located near the exclusive Quadrangle/Uptown shopping and dining area. David Dike has put together a delightful collection of 19th and early 20th century oil paintings. This includes an impressive group of Texas Regionalist and Texas landscape works, including those of Jerry Bywaters, Julian Onderdonk and Frank Reaugh. The gallery is housed in a ranch-style duplex.
If you are interested in tribal, Asian, pre-Columbian and ancient artworks, the Joel Cooner Gallery is a must-see. The gallery is located just west of downtown, near I-35 and Oak Lawn Avenue in the design district. Specialties include masks, sculptures, textiles, currency, weapons and jewelry from China, Japan, Africa and Asia. The art's authenticity is guaranteed and the staff is happy to update clients on current research regarding purchases.
While shopping the gallery district in Dallas, be sure to stop at Roughton Gallery and indulge your passion for fine 19th and 20th century paintings. Located just north of downtown Dallas, Roughton Gallery offers a wide selection of quality paintings including the works of Louis Aston Knight and Hovsep Pushman. The gallery was founded more than 60 years ago and has a satellite showroom in Los Angeles. Other services include appraisals, framing and installation.
Opened in the year 1965, Texas Hall is set in the University of Texas at Arlington’s campus. This 76000-square feet (7060.6 square meter) theater can comfortably seat thousands of guests. This state-of-the-art theater is perfect for hosting events like lectures, meetings, music concerts, theatrical plays and more. Some of the celerities that have visited here are Rihanna, Benazir Bhutto, Aerosmith and Pat Boone amongst many others.
Take a cruise on Lake Grapevine and watch as your cares float away. You'll board the Black Watch, a wooden ship with a sail that has a timeless elegance. Chart the ship and relax as you experience a trip like no other. The Romantic Dinner Cruise is the perfect cruise if you want to enjoy amazing food while watching the sunset with your loved one.
The Bosque Park is a fantastic park lined with tall trees that provide a peaceful escape. The park is perfect for your morning run, and it is ideal for walking and playing around with pets too.