White Rock Lake and Park
Travelers can embrace nature at White Rock Lake and Park, which is located about 10 miles north of downtown Dallas. Bird-watching, fishing, biking, rollerblading and picnicking by the lake are just a few of the activities people can enjoy. Active visitors and locals love to sail on the lake, as well as rent stand-up paddleboards and kayaks from a nearby rental company, White Rock Paddle Co. Keep in mind that swimming in the lake is prohibited. But with local attractions nearby like the White Rock Lake Museum, Bath House Cultural Center and Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, and amenities like a picnic area, dog park and pavilions for rent, you can find entertainment rain or shine.
Visitors often report wildlife sightings, such as different kinds of birds throughout the year. Families note that it's a dog-friendly park as well, with plenty of space for kids and pets to run around. And many recommend visiting at off-peak times, like in the afternoon and evening, to enjoy fewer crowds and take in the colorful sunset. Active travelers also say it a great spot to run, hike or bike.
White Rock Lake and Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. Because of the park's size (it spans more than 1,000 acres and has more than 9 miles of trails), visitors caution that if you're planning a rendezvous with friends you should agree on a central meeting point ahead of time. Driving is the most direct route and there are several parking lots on-site; the No. 60 bus or the DART's Blue line light rail from downtown Dallas are two public transit options. Visit the park's website for more information.
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