People may think that DFW does not have enough to offer in terms of outdoor recreation, but there are actually several hidden gems in the metroplex that we are lucky to have. Check out this list of some of our favorites.
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is an approximately 200-acre park that is tucked away in West Plano. Offering the community a place to come hike, bike, walk, run and let the kids enjoy the playgrounds. The scenery is stunning here, and often you’ll find photographers capturing families in front of Texas sunsets and wildflowers. There is also a big castle-like observation tower that showcases the sights of the city. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve has three pavilions available for reservations for events or parties.
If you’re not willing to drive all the way to Galveston for a beach and are hoping for one near DFW, you’re in luck because there is an awesome one right in Little Elm, TX. Little Elm Beach offers various activities like swimming, wakeboarding at Hydrous, kayaking at DFW Surf, hiking trails, athletic fields for soccer, football, and sand volleyball. Plus, the sand is softer than you’ll find at any North Texas beach, and the view of the beach on Lake Lewisville is beautiful. Not to mention there are many great restaurant options nearby like Hula Hut or Tower’s Tap House. Come here to have a blast!
Rockledge Park has a lot of great activities, including kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, biking, and hiking trails. This park offers beautiful views of the sun setting on Grapevine Lake. Many visitors enjoy seeing the different types of birds and wildlife that the park attracts. This would be a great spot for your next cookout!
In this historic district of Fort Worth there are numerous things to do. Cattle Maze is a great place to bring the family for a fun Texas outdoor outing, where you can find your way out of a 5,400 square foot wooden fence maze pathway. There is also a second floor observation deck so that others can cheer on participants as they make their way out! Visit on Tuesdays for half-priced admission.
Trinity Forest Adventure Park is a 7-acre park created for adventure lovers. You can zipline, tree climb, hold your events here, participate in corporate team building challenges and more! This is a southeast Dallas secret you’ll want to remember! It is such a great place to bring the family for an outdoor summer activity.
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is stretched out on 600 acres of stunning scenic views. The rich wildlife, trees, greenery and wildflowers here resemble the Texas Hill Country. Plus, there are several trails that vary in distance and terrain. If you’re looking for something fun to do to get out of the big city, Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve is the perfect spot.