Head into the open air and the Dallas sunshine, and you will find more green space than you can possibly cover in a single trip. The Dallas Park System is one of the largest municipal schemes in the US, claiming, as of May 2017, 381 parks covering more than 23,242 acres.
The Dallas Arboretum uses up 66 acres, and is well worth your time. Landscaped artistry is everywhere, including flowers, shrubs, trees and sculpted arrangements. The arboretum is perched on White Rock Lake, a serene 1,015-acre body of water that is the perfect scene for a walk, jog, or just for static relaxation. Bachman Lake is another popular tranquillity spot that attracts families, joggers and aviation enthusiasts, who gather to watch planes take off and land at nearby Love Field Airport.
Dallas Zoo can be found about 5km south of the city centre, in Marsalis Park. It is Texas’ oldest and largest zoo, with some 8,000 animals on show. The complex also puts on events such as animal feedings and safaris, and features a special area devoted to children.