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The 7 Best Outdoor Activities In Dallas

Once you’ve had your fill of the city’s superb food and drink scene and finished exploring its cultural hotspots, be sure to dive into some outdoor activities in Dallas.

There’s some brilliant things to do outside here, whether you’re into scenic day trips, thrill-seeking tours or family-friendly events. Take note of these seven unmissable activities that are popular with both locals and visitors alike.

Best Outdoor Activities In Dallas

1. Cedar Ridge Preserve

What exactly is it? The Cedar Ridge is a Nature Preserve that is rich in wildlife, with spectacular views of the hill country. It is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations and volunteers to help maintain its wildlife and natural beauty. It hosts many events throughout the year these include interactive art installations, performances, and exhibits.

How long does it take? Depending on how long you want to stay, there are nine miles of walking trails ranging from easy to difficult. The center also features butterfly gardens and picnic areas.

How much does it cost? They accept donations, no amount is too small or too large!

2. Kayak Instruction Inc

What exactly is it? Provides quality kayak instruction with an extensive fleet of kayaks of many different styles.  Whether you want to paddle flat water,  explore rapids, or simply surf, Kayak Instruction Inc has it all.

How long does it take? You can spend anything from 2 hours to a full day here.

How much does it cost? 1 Person Kayak- $25 for 2 hours and $38 for a day pass.

3. Official Paintball Games of Texas

What exactly is it? Official Paintball is a family-owned and operated outdoor paintball park located 30 minutes east of downtown Dallas. They own and operate off of 60 acres, and currently have 10 different playing fields.

How long does it take? A private party session (a group of 8 or more) lasts 4 hours.

How much does it cost? Private Group Reservation – $45 per person, Individual $43 with equipment, and $20 with own equipment.

4. Dallas Horse Back

What exactly is it? Guided horseback trail ride along Lake Grapevine. The ride includes instruction with the goal to increase your knowledge and skill as a rider. They recommend a group of four to six people maximum so that your experience with them will be a more enjoyable one!

How long does it take? 2 Hours.

How much does it cost? $90 per person.

5. Retrace the steps of Bonnie & Clyde

What exactly is it? Put yourself in the shoes of the notorious gangster couple Bonnie & Clyde and retrace their steps. Some notable points along the way- Clyde’s childhood home on Singleton Boulevard,  Hartgraves Café where Bonnie worked, and Clyde’s Grave at Western Heights Cemetery. There’s are just some of the many sites that can be visited.

How long does it take? It can be done in an afternoon, depending on how many spots you want to visit.

How much does it cost? Free.

6. Dallas Running Tours

What exactly is it? Tour Dallas while getting a workout! Dallas Running Tours is a proud member of RunningTours.net – A community not only of runners but friends all over the world.

How long does it take?  Depends on how fast you can run a mile, get your running shoes ready!

How much does it cost? The first 4 miles $35, each additional mile is $5.

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7. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

What exactly is it? The Arboretum has been listed among the top arboretums in the world. Located on the shores of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum’s 66 acres include a complete life science laboratory with endless potential for discovery.

How long does it take? It can be walked in about 3 hours, depending on how fast you walk or how long you spend in certain areas.

How much does it cost? An adult ticket is $17 and $12 for kids 12 and under.

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Siobhan McKenny