Things to Do

Your Dallas Park & Recreation Department is full of fun, exciting and educational parks, facilities and attractions.  Whether you are looking for an afternoon activity for your family or a full day of fun with out of town guests, you are sure to find what you are looking for here.

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Featured Event

and the

Event Calendar

 for additional things to do.


  1. Bachman Lake

    A perfect location for family gatherings, a 5k run or to watch the planes take off and land at Love Field Airport.

  2. Bahama Beach Water Park

    Bahama Beach is the perfect place to cool off and the best family waterpark value in the metroplex.

  3. Cedar Ridge Preserve

    At an elevation of 755 feet, Cedar Ridge Preserve (formerly the Dallas Nature Center) is a slice of the hill country just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas.

  4. Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

    The Children's Aquarium has been designed with kids in mind. With eye-level, interactive zones and exhibits, everyone can enjoy and learn something new about our aquatic friends from around the world.

  5. Dallas Arboretum

    One of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in Dallas features 66-acres of spectacular display gardens that showcase incredible seasonal flowers, ornamental shrubs, trees and plant collections in a serene setting on White Rock Lake.

  6. Dallas Zoo

    With 106 acres to explore, thousands of animals to visit, and a huge variety of family activities, the Dallas Zoo is enormously entertaining!

  7. Downtown Parks

    Downtown parks offer residents and visitors a "breath of fresh air" and vibrant community spaces in the heart of the city.

  8. Elm Fork Shooting Sports

    This top-rated complex is comprised of a rifle, pistol, shotgun, and archery ranges. This 467-acre facility has catered to shooting sports enthusiasts since the mid-1960's.

  1. Fair Park

    One of the most visited attractions in Texas, you can fill a day with activities at Fair Park.

  2. Historic Sites

    Dallas parks have a rich history of local and national significance that has shaped the character of the city and its communities.

  3. Southern Skates Roller Rink

    Plan your next event or celebration at the city-owned and operated roller skating facility.

  4. Texas Discovery Gardens

    Located in Dallas' historic Fair Park, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round organically maintained urban oasis filled with natural wonders.

  5. Trinity River Audubon Center

    This model of green construction invites visitors of all ages to explore miles of trails; learn about local birds and wildlife and participate in a wide range of special events and programs.

  6. White Rock Lake

    This 1,015 acre lake located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Dallas is one of the most heavily used parks in the Dallas Park system and the location of many special events and runs. It is one of the best places to experience natural areas and wildlife in an urban setting.

  7. Golf

    With six 18-hole courses and four driving ranges to choose from, there's no need to leave the city limits for some great golf.