Some of my fondest summer memories involve those days lounging by a local lake or camping (somewhat successfully) with friends. With so many alluring outdoor destinations across DFW, this summer is the perfect time to experience a new favorite outdoor activity. Prepare to run, dive and discover these five can’t-miss locales.
This Dallas lake is a local favorite for amazing sunsets, views of the city and adventures on the water. Although you can’t swim in the lake, you can rent kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards for a fun day soakin’ in the sun! Bringing Fido to town with you? Take them to play in the water at White Rock Lake Dog Park, where you’ll find great views of the lake and quick access to hiking and biking trails!
Looking for that perfect place to picnic? Visit Fort Worth’s Burger’s Lake and dine on one of the 300 picnic tables spotting the beach before you dive into the water. With six diving boards, a 20-foot slide and a trapeze, Burger’s Lake has everything you need for a super chill summer day! Admission is $15 per adult, and only $5 for children six and under.
DFW denizens have enjoyed the beautiful Joe Pool Lake at Lynn Creek Park for over 25 years, and now it’s your turn. Whether you enjoy fishing, barbecuing, boating or camping, you’ll find room for it all at this beautiful lake that puts the “grand” in Grand Prairie. Admission to the park is free for residents and $10 per visitor car.
Spanning over 8,000 acres and offering two marinas for boaters, Lake Grapevine is the place to explore the great outdoors whether you’re boating, water-skiing, wind surfing, fishing or camping. And beginning Memorial Day weekend, Grapevine’s annual SummerBlast kicks things off with a must-see, summer-long extravaganza with water parks, the stunning fireworks show on July 4th, special exhibits and more. Mark your calendar for one of Grapevine’s events every weekend through Labor Day! Prices vary based on event.
One of the largest lakes in North Texas, Lewisville Lake offers 29,000 acres of outdoor summer fun. Relax on the lake, dive in for a swim or discover one of the many beautiful parks surrounding this lush Lewisville locale. If you’re in the mood to set sail, you can join the Catamaran Charmonix II for a public sailing party experience unlike anything else you’ll find in North Texas! Admission to Lewisville Lake is $3 for residents and $10 per visitor car.
6. TEXAS POOL
Okay, it may not be a lake, but this Texas-sized and shaped pool is a 168,00-gallon oasis right in the middle of Plano, and they’re kicking off the summer season with a Memorial Day bash like no other. Celebrate summer and honor our heroes while enjoying delicious food, fun games and even a cannonball contest. Day passes are $30 for families and $10 for individuals. Various season pass options are available via the pool’s website.