Dallas is a must see city of the American Southwest. Known for its unique history and culture, Dallas attracts visitors from all over the world. Dallas gardens and public parks can be enjoyed by everyone.
The Dallas Arboretum
The Dallas Arboretum is made up sixty-six acres of outdoor gardens and displays. These include trees, shrubs, plants and flowers. They are showcased on White Rock Lake and change with the seasons. Year-round educational programs for adults and children are offered to the public. Visitors to the Dallas Arboretum Gardens also have a chance to take in outdoor concerts, art and seasonal festivals. Dining and a high tea are offered at two restaurants on the grounds of the gardens as well.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve
The Oak Cliff Nature Preserve of Dallas County is a garden open on a year-round basis. Oak Cliff Preserve is made up of trails, open fields and lushly wooded areas. In particular, this park in Dallas is known for its spectacular array of spring wildflowers. Hikers can explore eight miles of trails and loops. These trails cross both creeks and open areas and are open to the public.
Texas Discovery Gardens
The Texas Discovery Gardens were the first public gardens to be certified 100% organic. These gardens conserve water and are maintained naturally to further the cause of environmental ecology. Discovery Gardens in Dallas also offer many varied collections of native and international plant species. Visitors can tour ten distinct areas including gardens themed for scent, heirloom plants and shade plants. Young people will also want to experience the wildlife pond and the butterfly habitat.
The Dallas Zoo
The Dallas Zoo is filled with sights and interactive activities for the entire family. This vast zoological park is spread out over 106 acres for learning, fun and exploration. The Dallas Zoo has something for everyone! This park is noted for its wildlife exhibits and exotic animal displays. A visit to the Dallas Zoo also involves the visitor in its park outreach to achieve animal conservation and the protection of endangered species all over the planet.
The Trinity River Audubon Center
The Trinity River Audubon Center is located in the Great Trinity Forest, just a short drive from downtown Dallas. These extensive gardens have over four miles of nature trails, and this forest is the largest hardwood forest in the United States. Vast trails allow visitors explore this incredible environment of trees, grasslands and wetlands. Nature viewing of plant and animal species are supplemented by exhibits and children’s interactive activities. Trinity River Audubon Center also offers many special programs such as early morning “birding.” In addition, this garden is open and free to the public every third Thursday of the month from 9am – 9pm.
Dallas gardens and parks are among some of the most beautiful in the country. Be sure to include these magnificent botanical gardens, zoological parks and natural preserves on your next visit to Dallas, Texas. You’ll see for yourself why “Everything is bigger in Texas” – and perhaps, more beautiful as well.