Part of the Southlake town development and spanning 3.4 acres, McPherson Park is one of our favorites because of its lake and running loop trail. Additionally, a Hilton Hotel sits on the park, making it a great option for a nearby Southlake hotel with a view!
If you’re feeling sporty, head to the Bicentennial Park—one of the city’s largest parks. Here you’ll find baseball fields, basketball courts, concession stands, fishing ponds, an inline hockey court, tennis courts, a playground and running trails.
For a more tranquil park experience, check out Liberty Garden, a beautifully manicured park with fountains and pavilions, that is also a popular wedding destination.
Most impressively though is the 500-acre Bob Jone Nature Center! The park is known for its Cross Timbers ecosystem, “a swath of trees and prairie land stretching from present-day Kansas and Oklahoma to just north of Waco along the Brazos River.” What makes the ecosystem unique is its combination of forests, prairies, scrubs, wild flowers and more!
There are several ways to explore Bob Jones Nature Center including two trails, a spring lecture series, summer camps, an annual photography contest, a gardening program and even a Monarch butterfly festival happening in the fall. Simply put, the Bob Jones Nature Center is a very cool escape into the outdoors, right in Southlake’s backyard!
During daylight savings, the reserve is open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and is free to visit. Free parking is available in the front and side of the main Bob Jones Nature Center building. Summer camps for children ages 3-14 will begin the second weekend of June and run through the summer. Additionally, you can enjoy Camera Club on June 6 and August 1. Head to the center’s calendar to see the full lineup of events!
Featured Image of McPherson Park, Courtesy: City of Southlake