Located in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth, you’ll find the Fort Worth Water Gardens. Immerse yourself in the calming nature of the gardens as waterfalls surround you. You can even walk down into the waterfalls, making it the perfect place to unplug and enjoy an urban oasis. Whether you have five minutes or five hours, it is easy to get lost in your thoughts at this architectural feat!
Just five miles from the center of Downtown Dallas lies White Rock Lake. This gem has over 1,000 acres of lush city parks, walking and biking trails, all surrounding a stunning lake. Enjoy activities on the water, have a picnic, visit the expansive dog park (including a swimming nook), or partake in bird-watching as White Rock Lake is home to several species that you won’t find in other parts of the city.
This Dallas favorite offers a non-outdoorsy unplugged destination. The Wild Detectives is a bookstore, restaurant and coffee/boozy bar all rolled into one! With its low-lights and moody vibe (and the fact that it’s located inside a former home), its ability to provide comfort as soon as you walk through the doors is unmatched. It’s the perfect place to warm up with a cup of coffee while discovering new authors, or to enjoy a cocktail in the (literal) backyard!
Expanding over 800 acres, this Plano oasis is the perfect place to become one with nature and even enjoy a hike in an otherwise relatively flat area of Texas. Here, you’ll find both concrete trails and soft surface trails to enjoy. The paths are also dog friendly, so bring Fido along with you to explore!
Step back in time (that means put your cell phone down!) and enjoy a ride on a 1920’s Victorian coach as you ride Grapevine’s Vintage Railroad! With excursions to the Fort Worth Stockyards, the Trinity River or just a quick hour tour of Grapevine, this unique experience is fun for all ages. They even offer seasonal and specialty excursions, so be sure to check out their special events before booking a ride!
For most, Southlake is a shopping destination. While it’s no doubt that Southlake Town Square is a shoppers paradise, Southlake also is home to the gorgeous Bob Jones Nature Center! Just eleven years ago, the Bob Jones Nature Center opened, and nature-lovers have been enjoying the educational center and 20+ miles of hiking trails ever since. Sounds like the perfect place to become one with nature to me!
A great option for anybody who wants to unplug is indulging in a gondola ride! No, you don’t have to go all the way to Venice to experience this fun activity, you just have to head over to Irving where experienced gondoliers will weave you through the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn. While regular gondola rides are available, specialty cruises are an option as well, including dinner, dessert and even breakfast rides!
A unique coffee shop with good vibes and a commitment to community, the Perc Coffeehouse is a great spot to unplug. Here, you’ll find several couches and cozy nooks to sit in and relax. You can even enjoy live music several times a week, all in the heart of Old Town Lewisville. Don’t miss their rooftop patio that overlooks Wayne Ferguson Plaza!
9. DEEP ELLUM
With a recent initiative led by 42 Real Estate Owner, Scott Rohrman, Deep Ellum has become an arts focused community and the influx in local artists’ murals prove it. Cruise around and enjoy dozens of local shops and restaurants, all while gazing at one-of-a-kind murals. The murals have become so popular, in fact, The Dallas Morning News compiled a walking tour that anybody can use for a fun day of exploring!
Did you know that Denton is considered the Horse Country of North Texas? With the largest concentration of horse farms not only in Texas but in the United States, it is easy to see why! Denton’s Horse Country Tours include Behind The Scenes, scenic drives and (of course) horseback riding. Unplugging and enjoying these regal animals in their gorgeous farm environment is a can’t miss! The tours only happen 12 times a year (and sell out fast!), but don’t worry — If you missed your chance to go on a Horse Country Tour this year, you can still go horseback riding at several locations around DFW.