We know you’ll love Dallas as much as we do. With delightful weather, a packed sports and arts calendar, historic venues and gourmet restaurants, it’s no wonder Dallas-Fort Worth was recently rated the #3 travel destination is the U.S. – behind only New York and Los Angeles. The metro draws more than 150,000 visitors every day, with one out of 20 area jobs supported by tourism.
Dallas also boasts one of the most beautifully designed downtown areas in the South. Modern glass skyscrapers contrast the elegant historic architecture of buildings like our Magnolia Hotel Dallas Downtown, a 29-story Beaux Arts structure in the heart of the city.
Whether you’re staying in Dallas for business or pleasure, it’s worth spending an afternoon checking out the iconic scenery and lush greenery that Dallas is known for. Here are five of our favorite parks and downtown landmarks worth seeing.
Just 6.4 miles from downtown, Dallas’ arboretum is a 66-acre paradise located on the shores of White Rock Lake. In addition to 19 award-winning gardens, the site includes test gardens for horticultural research and a life sciences laboratory. Look for camellias, maples, fragrant roses and crepe myrtles blooming along the various paths.
It’s only a 15-minute walk from your boutique hotel to this downtown gem, which operates more like a venue than a city park. There’s a putting green, chess board, ping pong tables and even a croquet field. Catch a concert or thumb through a book in the reading room, then head to Savor – the park’s gourmet gastropub – for a bite.
- Dallas City Hall
The fifth iteration of Dallas’ political hub, the iconic City Hall pyramid was built in 1978. Despite public contention over its unusual aesthetics, the concrete structure was hailed as one of Curbed’s 10 Most Beautiful City Halls in June 2017. Why? Likely because the top-heavy triangle was designed by I.M. Pei, the modern architect behind the Louvre’s infamous glass pyramid. Take the 4-block walk from Magnolia Dallas Downtown to City Hall and judge for yourself.
- Lakeside Park
About 4 miles north of Magnolia Hotel Downtown Dallas is Lakeside Park, a 14-acre urban oasis along Turtle Creek in the suburb of Highland Park. This is one of Dallas’ most picturesque areas, containing winding streets, stone bridges and New England style cottage homes. Inside the park, you’ll find quaint benches overlooking the creek and dam, and a whimsical family of teddy bear statues.
No visit to Dallas would be complete without seeing the area around the Trinity River, home to the largest urban hardwood forest in America and bird migration trails for over 60 species of birds. It’s a literal oasis in the concrete jungle. The area features five miles of hiking trails through wetland, forest and prairie ecosystems, plus a butterfly garden and air-conditioned exhibit hall. Tip: July and August are $1 admission months at the Audubon Center, so take advantage of summer specials.
Dallas is set to become even more visually appealing thanks to a recent $50M donation to help develop the land around Trinity River into a 10,000-acre nature district that will include pedestrian trails and overpasses, restaurants, shops and sports fields. An equestrian facility, golf course and the Audubon Center have already been developed on 1,000 acres of the allotted land since the project’s inception in the early 2000s. Entrances to the redeveloped park will be located just 10 minutes from Magnolia Dallas Downtown.