1515 N. I-35 East
Desoto, TX 75115
Phone: (972) 224-9100
Fax: (972) 228-8238
Ellis Davis Field House is a multi-purpose venue for events, located inside the Jesse Owens Memorial Complex at Dallas. Ellis Davis Field holds school graduation ceremonies and other events along with sports programs like basketball. Located at South Polk Street, the venue serves as a paradise for basketball lovers, what with upbeat facilities and spectacular performances.
Maintained by the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association, this park is conveniently located near I-20 and Highway 67. Hosting approximately 6 miles of bike trails, Boulder Park offers the perfect ride for everyone. There are sections for beginners and others for advanced riders. Most of the trails have been created for bike use, but there is a soft-surface hiking trail for nature lovers. Here you'll find open sections, wooded areas, rocks and water. This is truly fun for the entire family.
The beauty of Texas' nature can be experienced first-hand with a hike through this 630-acre (146-hectare) preserve. With guided and self-guided tours available along the ten miles of wooded trails, outdoor enthusiasts can wander up to the Escarpment Nature Preserve, the highest point in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Along the way you can view ponds, wildflowers and a butterfly garden before arriving at vistas and an observation tower. The trails vary in difficulty. All are natural terrain paved with rock, mulch, or dirt. They are designed for foot traffic only, and bikes or roller blades are not allowed. Hikes can last anywhere from 15 minutes to three hours, depending upon the trail selected. A snack bar, gift shop, and amphitheater are also located on the grounds.
Dogwood Canyon contains some of the rarest ecological features in Texas. This 250-acre (101-hectare) stretch of land provides hours of outdoor fun for everyone in the family. Keep an eye out for various species of birds, amphibians, and other wildlife. Located just 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Dallas, a trip here is easy and worthwhile.
This 6,000 acre (2428 hectare) stretch of land features forest, wetlands, ponds, and grassland. It's considered an urban park, as it's located in the outskirts of Dallas. Here, you can hike to the Trinity River, admire the wildlife and plants, or just take a leisurely walk to get away from the city for a while.
Located south of the Metroplex in Grand Prairie, Joe Pool Lake is 7,700 acres of water surrounded by three parks with facilities for fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing. Excellent campgrounds and several areas for picnicking are also available. Lynn Creek Marina offers boat and ski rentals, a fishing pier, a restaurant, and a club. In addition, Lynn Creek Park ensures a fun family adventure with boat ramps, beaches, volleyball courts and a miniature golf course.
The Texas Buckeye Trail is located 4 short miles from Dallas, making it a great location for a day-long escape from the city. Pack some snacks and water, and get ready to admire the variety of flora and fauna that can be found in the area. Take one of the paths to the Trinity River, and you'll forget that you're so close to a major city!
Located along the shores of Joe Pool Lake, this popular 1,800-acre state park offers a variety of outdoor activities. There are 355 campsites, perfect for family fun. While you are here, enjoy fishing opportunities and then grill your catch on one of the park grills. Miles and miles of trails for biking and hiking, as well as boat ramps, a marina, playgrounds, a swimming beach and even a volleyball court ensure you will always have something to do here. Showers and restrooms are also available.
The northwest portion of this well-equipped park belongs to the playground. It keeps kids busy having fun. Features include swings, spiral and side-by-side slides, a bridge, monkey bars plus an inverted arch climber. Facing the playground you will find a beautiful, two-sided concrete mural painted by a former Rochester Park resident. It strikingly depicts the park's past and present. Wood chip ground cover is used for safety. The new equipment does not include infant swings. Besides the full playground, your kids will love the on-site baseball diamond and basketball court. There is no admission charge, and picnic sites are available.
Looking for a way to turn Dallas into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of The Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Dallas. Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of the downtown historic district and takes you on a well designed course among historic monuments, past great artwork and the along the site of national tragedy. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and uses the local transit system at one point in the game. Using a smart phone as the "guide" allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for some great Texas BBQ or enjoy a nice cold tea…and why not? It's your schedule. Offered at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget.
Dallas' Central Public Library's namesake is J. Erik Jonsson, a civic leader who worked for Texas Instruments. In honor of his heritage, the library has a handcrafted scale model of an eighth-century Viking ship, the Drakkar, in permanent exhibit on the second floor Children's Center. The library's copy of the Declaration of Independence may be viewed in the Declaration of Independence Room on the seventh floor. While there you should check out the First Folio, the authentic first printing (in 1623) of William Shakespeare's plays. If your visit is more literary in nature, roomy aisles and shelves hold a tremendous collection worthy of a large city's main library. The wooden library tables and chairs create a comfortable atmosphere in which to study or read for enjoyment.
Stretching across more than 20,000 acres of pristine north Texas prairie, the Lyndon B. Johnson National Grassland is a treasure trove of outdoor adventure. Containing 75 miles of multi-use trails, campgrounds, picnic spots, hunting areas and waterways in which to fish, the wealth of activities in this wide open space is nothing short of impressive. Watch for abundant fauna around the park's 30 acre lake, including white tail deer, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, quails and more.