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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Ascend Camp and Retreat Center
Ascend Camp and Retreat Center

(469) 998-2267

5218 Kiwanis Rd
Dallas, TX 75236   Directions Website

Ascend is a camp with heart and soul that provides meaningful experiences that will transform your life. Whether you are planning a company holiday party or a family reunion, they have everything you need for an unforgettable experience.

If you're looking for leadership development and a deep appreciation for nature, check out Scouts Camping is the perfect opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun. Plus, with day trips for schools and unique offerings for scout units, they have something for everyone. With warm hospitality, quality lodging, fantastic food, and a wide range of activities, Ascend is the place to be. And for those who love to pump their adrenaline, Paintball is a thrilling adventure game that tests your skills and tactics while having a blast with friends.

Cedar Hill State Park
Cedar Hill State Park

(972) 291-3900

1570 FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104   Directions Website

Explore Cedar Hill State Park, a stunning urban nature preserve where you can take in breathtaking views of the limestone hills and rare prairie pockets or relax by the picturesque Joe Pool Lake. Plenty of outdoor activities exist, including mountain biking, bird watching, hiking, jogging, boating, fishing, and swimming.

Bring your family to hike, bike, picnic, camp, geocache, and nature watch. You can even spend the night at one of the 350 developed campsites, all near restrooms with hot showers. All sites have water and electricity, and several are ADA-accessible.

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

(214) 515-6615

8525 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218   Directions Website

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens has 66 acres of lush plants and flowers, and you'll feel like you've entered a different world. And the best part? You'll have a stunning view of downtown White Rock Lake and the Dallas skyline.

Dallas Arboretum is considered one of the best in the nation and has over a dozen different gardens and thousands of species of plants, and visitors can enjoy the parks year-round.

Be sure to check out the azalea collection with its 2,400 varieties and the ferns, holly, and color garden. And don't miss the Women's Garden, a recent addition featuring small garden rooms and a reflecting pool overlooking White Rock Lake.

Dallas Paddle
Dallas Paddle

(469) 348-8393

389 East Lawther Dr
Dallas, TX 75218   Directions Website

Are you looking for a fun-filled day out? Dallas Paddle is the place to be. You can take on kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding, and their rentals have you covered. The best part is that walk-ups are always welcome, so you don't need to worry about making a reservation beforehand.

Once you arrive, a quick check-in and a few minutes of instruction are all it takes to get you ready to hit the water. And the good news is that safety is a top priority here. They provide life vests for adults and children so you can enjoy your time on the lake without any worries.

If you're ready for some fun in the sun, head over to Dallas Paddle Company and make unforgettable memories on the water.

Kyde Warren Park
Kyde Warren Park

(214) 716-4500

1909 Woodall Rodgers Fwy Ste 403
Dallas, TX 75201   Directions Website

Klyde Warren Park in Dallas is a fantastic place providing visitors with free programming and educational opportunities. The park is a showcase for the diverse multitude of cultures and talents that Dallas has to offer.

It is also a town square where citizens can congregate and create traditions. The 5.2-acre park relies on contributions from donors to keep it clean, safe, and active for more than one million visitors annually. It is a central gathering space for Dallas and its visitors.

Lonestar Adventure Sports
Lonestar Adventure Sports

(214) 724-8311

3600 Pilot Point
Grapevine, TX 76051   Directions Website

Lonestar Adventure Sports is the perfect place to be. They offer many activities that will keep you entertained for hours. Whether you're into kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking, biking, or just soaking in the beautiful scenery, they have everything you need to have a great time. Even better, they're open year-round so that you can enjoy the experience in any season.

Their rental options include a variety of choices, such as single and double kayak rentals, paddleboard rentals, and golf cart rentals. If you plan on making this a regular activity, consider their Adventure Club Card. It'll give you access to discounts and exclusive events, making your experience even more enjoyable.


(972) 567-7871

113 Las Colinas Blvd E
Irving, TX 75039   Directions Website

Get ready for the ultimate experience in stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking at Stand Up Paddle North Texas, where they offer premier rentals and top-notch support and training for every age and skill level.

Whether you're looking for SUP fitness, SUP yoga classes, birthday parties, youth group activities, team-building opportunities, date packages, or sunset paddles, they've got you covered. Their mission is simple, they want everyone to experience the joy of stand-up paddling and kayaking, regardless of age or athletic ability.

Texas Discovery Gardens
Texas Discovery Gardens

(214) 428-7476

3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dallas, TX 75210   Directions Website

Walk around the 7.5 acres of lush tropical greenery and native plants at Texas Discovery Gardens. You will want to attend the Butterfly House, where you can see hundreds of free-flying butterflies worldwide.

The Gardens is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children and adults on how to sustain the natural world. They aim to provide a safe and natural oasis for the Dallas community and hope every visitor leaves with the knowledge and desire to emulate the sustainable practices at home.

Trinity Forest Adventure Park
Trinity Forest Adventure Park

(214) 391-1000

1820 Dowdy Ferry Rd
Dallas, TX 75217   Directions Website

Face your fears, push your limits, and experience a new adventure at Trinity Forest Adventure Park, the perfect place to go if you're looking for an exciting and thrilling adventure. This aerial park is designed with high ropes courses with different difficulty levels, making it perfect for both thrill-seekers and those new to climbing.

Multiple climbing trees are available for those who love heights, and even a Littles course for children ages four and up. Each course includes military-style obstacles such as wobble bridges, tight ropes, ladders, cargo nets, zip lines, and more, allowing adventurers to test their balance and bravery.

White Rock Lake
White Rock Lake

(214) 660-1100

1152 N Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75218   Directions Website

If you're looking for an urban oasis to spend quality time with your family, you should check out White Rock Lake. It's a beautiful spot that offers many activities, from hiking and running to fishing and sailing.

You can also volunteer to give back to the community through organizations like For the Love of the Lake and the Padillacs. So, whether you want to have fun or train for your next marathon, White Rock Lake is the perfect destination.

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