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9 Must-See Parks in Downtown Dallas to Unwind and Relax

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Hi Dallas! 

Downtown Dallas is known for its sky carpers and amazing buildings but did you know that there are also a lot of fun parks all over downtown Dallas?! 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect picnic spot, a new running trail, dog parks, fun playgrounds to take your kids to, food trucks, or just a place to enjoy the outdoors after a long day of work. We’ve compiled a list of the best parks in downtown Dallas for you! You’re going to love them and want to visit again, and again!

An oasis in the heart of Dallas.

Sneak away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life when you enter this peaceful space in downtown Dallas.  Thanks-Giving Square is a little oasis tucked away in the center of Dallas. There’s water flowing throughout the whole park which makes it very relaxing. If you’re looking for a place to relax after work to read a book, meet some friends, or somewhere to spend your lunch break in peace, this is the perfect park for you! 

Make sure to visit The Chapel of Thanksgiving, located at the back of the park. The stained glass windows on the inside create such a magical place. 

📍 Thanks-Giving Square | 1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas, Texas, 75201

You can find Pacific Plaza at the corner of N. Harwood Street and Pacific Avenue. The park features a huge pavilion with some seating below it, a big green space, fun swing sets, and so much more! If you’re looking for a place to take your kids to, have your dog run around at, or the perfect place to enjoy a weekend picnic, you’re going to love Pacific Plaza. The pavilion also looks great in pictures.

📍 Pacific Plaza | 401 N Harwood St, Dallas, Texas, 75215

Looking for some fun things to do in Dallas? Klyde Warren Park is the place-to-be! There’s always something going on. Klyde Warren Park has a huge green space, a playground, a dog park, water features, and lots of seating opportunities. Local food trucks will be in the park Monday through Friday from 11AM-3PM and Saturday and Sunday nights from 11AM-8PM. They have workout classes during the summer months, movie screenings, markets, concerts, and so much more. Best of all, it is all for free!

📍 Klyde Warren Park | 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Main Street Garden park is the perfect place to hang around and have fun! You can have a picnic or play games on the great lawn, let your toddler run around in the play area, take your dog to the dog park, cool off in the fountains, have a ping pong match or beat your friends and foosball, and look at the different art displays through the park. Sick of your home office? Move your office to the outdoors! The park is equipped with Wi-Fi and has lots of seating that also includes tables.

📍 Main Street Garden Park | 1902 Main St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

While this made not be your typical park, it has definitely has a big green space and lot’s of fun things to do! The AT&T Discovery District is one of the newest additions to downtown Dallas. The area features a beer garden, a food hall with 16+ restaurants and a bar, lots of outdoor seating, the Globe, which looks amazing when it lights up at night, and so much more! It’s so much fun!

📍 AT&T Discovery District | 308 S Akard St, Dallas, Texas, 75202

📷 Parks for Downtown Dallas | @ParksForDowntownDallas

West End Square Park opened to the public at the beginning of 2021 and has transformed into a beautiful neighborhood park in the West End Historic District. The park features a porch swing to relax on, an outdoor workroom with tables and charging stations located beneath a big canopy, art installations, a foosball table, and so much more! During the summer months, you can join free salsa classes every Tuesday organized by Downtown Dallas Inc. 

📍 West End Square | 607 Corbin St, Dallas, Texas, 75202

📷 Parks for Downtown Dallas | @ParksForDowntownDallas

Civic Garden Park is located right in the center of downtown Dallas. The park offers a big green space with lots of trees, flowers, and an interactive fountain. If you’re looking for a place to have a nice walk at, or somewhere to relax and sit in the shade, you’ll love Civic Garden Park.

📍 Civic Garden | 1014 Main St, Dallas, Texas, 75202

8. Pegasus Plaza

Pegasus Plaza is located at the corner of main and Akard, next to the Magnolia Hotel. The plaza takes its name from Pegasus, the iconic sign atop the adjacent Magnolia Hotel. While you won’t find much green space here, the park stand out with its calming water installations. Pegasus Plaza is home to concerts and other commuity events.

📍 Pegasus Plaza | 1500 Main St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Does a trip to downtown Dallas even count if you haven’t stopped by the Giant Eyeball? Located right outside the Joule hotel, the Giant Eyeball is the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram shot. The green space in front of the Eye is often used as a venue for special events. 

📍 Giant Eyeball | 1601 Main St, Dallas, Texas, 75201

Before you go

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If you’re looking for more events and things to do in Dallas check out the app or website.  There is something there for everyone! If you want to follow the Stuff to Do in Dallas team adventures be sure to follow us on Instagram, and Facebook!

Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa Umbrage

Vanessa is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Dallas City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Dallas area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinDallas on Instagram and Facebook.

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