Whether you’re looking for places to BBQ or paddleboard rental stands, these spots offer more than just a place to dip your toes in. You definitely don’t want to be without this list when the heat gets up into triple digits.
I found this lake on a late July day when my friends and I were desperate enough to start thinking about purchasing a kiddie pool. Luckily, we found this swimming spot in Grand Prairie and didn’t have to fight over who got to lay their whole body down in the inflatable pool. Instead, we swam our hearts out in a small inlet just a short distance from a snack stand and a sand volleyball court. There was plenty of room here to spread out.
The great thing about most of the lakes around DFW is that they usually have a bunch of different fun activities around, not just water ones. When you get tired out from the beach area at this lake north of Denton, there’s tons of paved and unpaved trails where you can hike or bike. When the temperatures rise, there’s nothing better than the refreshing breeze from an easygoing bike ride after you’re done swimming.
Not going to lie, I discovered this Grapevine gem when I was researching local cliff-diving. That never happened, but along the way I found an awesome local hiking trail and a great place for swimming. Because of the little cliffs that led me to find this place, there’s a few sweet little coves that are perfect for swimming (and avoiding some of that frequent boat traffic on most lakes). I recommend camping in The Vineyards Campgrounds for access to the best spot.
Does velvety sand bewteen your toes, snack stands, and a shoreline make a beach? So, there’s no true coast in the DFW area, but if you’re looking for a “beach” you can find them at some of these lakes, including this one! There’s a couple of great spots around this massive lake, all of them perfect for pretending you’re at the edge of the ocean — but without the shark attacks!
Remember being scared of the high diving board when you were a kid? Well, head here for your redemption! Besides numerous water slides, the main attraction for this local Fort Worth lake is showing off your diving skills. They’ve basically converted this lake into an all-ages water playground. Just remember not to belly-flop.
6. EPIC WATERS
Okay, so maybe you’re into a little less nature but still want that adventure feel? Epic Waters has a lazy river and a newly-opened wave pool, perfect for those of us who like a little chlorine with our swimming. Of course, they also have numerous water slides and even an indoor FlowRider! It’s all the fun of outdoor water sports rolled into one water park. Side note: If you see an older tanned gent surfing, that’s my dad!