Dallas is slowly but surely inching out of yet another Texas summer. Goodbye to the terribly high temps and hello to pleasant weather that is perfect for a good ol’ fashioned picnic. And whether you have 30 minutes to squeeze one in on your lunch break or hours to kill sipping wine with a view, we are giving you the low down on the perfect place to set up that supreme spread outdoors this fall. Here are the best picnic spots in Dallas.
These Are the 12 Best Picnic Spots in Dallas
1. At&t Discovery District
This new downtown destination, which had its grand opening in June 2021, is the place to picnic if you work downtown. Take a moment to check out the food and drinks offered at the food hall and grab it to go take a seat on the lush lawn. Want to turn this picnic in to an evening out on the town? A variety of programming ranging from DJs to cheering on the Cowboys, and even family-friendly events, keep this area lively no matter what time you stop by.
308 S Akard Street; discoverydistrict.att.com
2. Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Gardens
If you are willing to pay the $17 entry fee, there is likely no lovelier venue for a leisurely lunch than this glamorous garden set up. This venue offers 66 acres of botanic bliss and picnic baskets with food and drinks are permitted anywhere on the grounds that do not serve food, however, we suggest a quiet area with views of White Rock Lake. Are you a lover of festive fall fun? The pumpkin village will send you in to a euphoric state pre or post meal.
8525 Garland Rd.; dallasarboretum.org
3. Flag Pole Hill Park
Known by many East Dallasites as the number one spot to go sledding when it snows, this large plot of green grass is always great for enjoying an outdoor dining situation. The areas of shaded grass, picnic tables, public restrooms, and even a grill make it seem like they had picnic pals in mind when planning the outdoor space. Bringing kids along? This Park has an inclusive playground designed for children with special needs.
8015 Doran Cir; dallasparks.org
4. Flippen Park
Located in the heart of Highland Park, this posh park is always ready for its close up thanks to the immaculate grounds crew that is constantly maintaining it. The fountain and reflecting pool manage to make anyone relax and take in the fresh air around them and you can often spot a proposal or a photo session going down in or around the gorgeous gazebo.
4421 N. Versailles Avenue; hptx.org/563/Flippen-Park
5. Griggs Park
Anyone who calls the State Thomas area of Uptown home is likely very familiar with this 8-acre park that is very popular with dog owners in the neighborhood. In addition to green space and a walking trail, there is a playground and even a basketball court. We recommend walking to the neighborhood Whole Foods, stocking up on goods, and splitting an al fresco feast with a friend at sunset.
2200 Hugo St; dallasparks.org
6. Klyde Warren Park
This 5.2-acre urban green space is literally built over a freeway, however, you’d never known it thanks to the lush landscaping and perfectly planned programming ranging from concerts to yoga and even outdoor movies. This Park is the place to frequent if you enjoy a good food truck as there is always a long list lining perimeter daily. From pizza to barbecue and everything in between, check out the schedule to ensure what you are craving is visiting that day.
Insider tip: Mi Cocina’s iconic Mambo Taxis will be available for purchase starting Fall 2021. Cheers!
2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy; klydewarrenpark.org
7. Lakeside Park
Another Highland Park gem, this romantic spot is always in pristine shape and packed to the brim with wildlife ranging from ducks, geese, turtles, fish and birds. Lovely lily pads even make the water look fancier than your run-of-the-mill creek. While you won’t find picnic tables, there are endless options for throwing down a blanket and enjoying the outdoors. Head across the bridge with your kiddos to discover teddy bear sculptures that are sure to shock and delight them. If nothing else, it’ll make for a great Instagram picture.
4601 Lakeside Dr.; hptx.org
8. Northpark Center
Most people probably wouldn’t think that a mall would be a stellar option for a pretty picnic, however, said people have not been to NorthPark Center. Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing place to shop in Texas, this shopping center boasts a variety of green spaces that make taking a retail therapy break for a little lunch outside an actual dream. Is anyone else suddenly dreaming of raiding Eataly and taking all the goods to the space directly outside of Louis Vuitton?
8687 N Central Expy.; northparkcenter.com
9. Reverchon Park
Want to work up an appetite before you eat? This 41-acre park near Oak Lawn gets our vote for an action-packed picnic due to its many amenities including baseball, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. Not into mixing sweat and chardonnay? The wandering walking trail can take you far enough away from the sport courts to feel completely cozy with nature in the heart of the city.
3505 Maple Ave.; dallasparks.org
10. Turtle Creek Park
You’ve got elegant Arlington Hall on one side of the road with its manicured lawns perfect for picnicking. On the other side, take a walk down the trails and find your special spot along the creek for cracking open an ice-cold beverage and enjoying a specialty sandwich. After all, Eatzi’s is just down the street.
3333 Turtle Creek Blvd.; dallasparks.org
11. White Rock Lake Parks
There are a variety of ways to enjoy this 1,015-acre lake located just five miles from downtown. The one thing all the areas have is common is the stunning view of the lake that seems to glisten whether it is cloudy, sunny, rainy or anything in between. Our favorite place to put down a blanket, read a good book and nosh on nibbles is anywhere near the boat house where land locked dreamers can catch a glimpse of spectacular sailboats drifting about as if we were far, far away from Dallas.
8300 E Lawther Dr.; dallasparks.org
12. Williams Park
Want to make this picnic a kid-friendly outing? This University Park destination gets our vote for being jam packed with activity. From the clean and expansive playground to the duck pond, kids will have fun frolicking about the grounds before or after lunch. And if you want to really make the little ones’ day, then check out the University Park fire station located directly across the street—the fire fighters are often open to showing off their trucks to tykes.
3800 University Blvd.; uptexas.org
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