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Outdoor Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth

Break away from the brick-and-mortar environment of the city with these outdoor activities, which are located within or just outside the city limits of Dallas-Fort Worth. From wakeboarding and bird-watching to stand-up paddleboarding and zip-lining, you'll be surprised just how many outdoor adventures await in North Texas.

Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park

Go full-on Tarzan and Jane at Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park, a self-guided ropes tour with obstacles like cargo nets and balance beams. The arboreal playground consists of six courses ranging in difficulty and athletic ability, making it a soaring outdoor adventure for the whole family.

Lewisville Lake

With more than 230 miles of shoreline surrounded by a 9,000-acre natural habitat, Lake Lewisville accommodates a nearly endless array of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, paddling, hiking, birding, disc golf and more. Clubs and restaurants surrounding the lake accommodate hungry water-dwellers.

White Rock Lake

Visit White Rock Lake for fishing, hiking, biking, picnicking and people-watching. The East Dallas gem is also home to a dog park and the Bath House Cultural Center.

Cedar Ridge Preserve

Managed by the National Audubon Society's Dallas chapter, Cedar Ridge Preserve's 600-acre habitat is home to nine miles of dog-friendly hiking and biking trails, elevated views of Joe Pool Lake and a butterfly garden. 

Cowtown Wakepark

There's a few places to find wakeboarding and cable parks in DFW, but Cowtown's proximity to downtown Fort Worth makes it an easy commute for families and seasoned boarders to get their watersport fix. Beginners need not to worry, as the experienced instructors offer a "Learn to Ride" program for all ages. 

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Head toward Glen Rose to this wildlife preserve, and drive-in zoo that's home to more than 1,100 animals that roam free around the 1,800-acre habitat. Take the scenic drive tour to see rhinos, ostriches, cheetahs, gazelles and species native to the region up close.

Panther Island Pavilion

A waterfront concert venue and watersports hub rolled into one, this pavilion on Panther Island is the place to be when the weather heats up. Enjoy kayak, tube or stand up rentals, a tan-friendly beach area and a lineup of live music and festivals on the Trinity River.