On average, Dallas-Fort Worth locals enjoy about 230 days of sunshine annually. Because residents enjoy relatively comfortable weather year-round, popular pastimes include outings to parks to soak in the sun, playing on playgrounds, and enjoying a picnic. Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding suburbs boast a number of parks for kids that provide fun and excitement for people of all ages.
Klyde Warren Park
Located in downtown Dallas, Klyde Warren Park utilizes urban structures to create a green escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Spanning more than five acres and built over the recessed deck of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, this park is perfect for children and adults alike. The park’s board of directors, emphasizing community, organizes and hosts a variety of events from book signings to outdoor yoga classes. With a designated play area for kids and a small botanical garden, Klyde Warren Park offers plenty of outdoor space to explore and play.
Located in the suburb of Allen, Celebration Park offers a huge playground, along with baseball diamonds, basketball court, trails, barbecue grills, and more. It also has a “sprayground” — a play area with water elements — for children up to 12 years old. Built in 2003, this park for kids and adults is more than 100 acres in size. The park is only a short drive from the suburbs of Plano, Frisco, and McKinney.
For those wishing to swim and escape the heat throughout the spring and summer, Fort Worth’s Burger’s Lake offers a spring-fed swimming area with two sandy beaches on 30 acres. Burger’s Lake also offers hundreds of picnic tables and charcoal grills for patrons looking to enjoy an outdoor summer meal. Open Mother’s Day through Labor Day, this park provides certified lifeguards and a number of unique swimming activities including slides, diving boards, and a 25-foot trapeze. Admission is $5 for children under seven years old and $12 for visitors ages seven and older.
Located in the suburb of Grapevine on the lake, Meadowmere Park offers a beach with a roped swimming area, hiking trails, and a brightly colored playground for children that overlooks Lake Grapevine. This park is also ideal for activities such as bird-watching and kite-flying, so it draws a variety of residents on sunny days. Visitors also have options to rent paddle boats and kayaks to better explore the lake. The park’s website offers a map of the park and its amenities, so you can plan your trip.
The Metroplex is full of free public parks for kids, as well as parks with nominal fees for admission. No matter where you live in the area, parents and caregivers have a number of options for green spaces to relax or play.