Top 10 Outdoor Activities In And Near Dallas, Texas - Updated 2024

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As one of the fastest growing cities in the USA, this up-and-coming vacation destination has a plethora of fun activities for all ages. Escaping the stress and hubbub of other nearby cities, you can enjoy the best outdoor activities in Dallas, Texas. From family fun to bustling nightlife and burgeoning art and music scene, Dallas has something for everyone to enjoy. In fact, during your stay be sure to visit the Dallas Art District, which covers an astounding 68 acres (27.5 hectares) and watch a game at Dallas-Fort Worth, which is home to five major teams. History buffs can head to the Old Red Museum, which tracks the birth and development of this fantastic city. All of this and more awaits in Dallas. Book a stay at the best hotels and lofts for rent, and start packing your bags. Here’s the lowdown on the top outdoor activities in and near Dallas, Texas.

1. Practice mindfulness yoga in the park (from USD 10.0)

Free the mind, body, and soul from worries and stress when you join this yoga practice in Lake Cliff Park hosted by Wendi. The session will focus on mindfulness where your breaths will align with your movement, improving balance, strength, and flexibility. As your practice deepens, your mind will shut down external noise, leading to a blissful experience.

Whether you’re a long-time yogi or just looking for a new activity, this outdoor thing to do in Dallas welcomes you warmly with open arms. Namaste!

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Mindfulness Yoga in Lake Cliff Park

Duration: 1.5 hours

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2. Go on a pub crawl in a party bike (from USD 55.0)

Downtown Dallas isn’t the only place to have the best parties with your crew. This pub crawl in a party bike not only takes you around the hippest spots in the city center, but you will also get to see what all the buzz is about at Deep Ellum, a famed entertainment district notable for indie and blues shows.

Three of the trendiest pubs will welcome your party with VIP offers on drinks. You’re more than welcome to bring your own booze (best if shared, if you ask us). This tour accepts a maximum of 15 people, so grab all your friends and party on the streets of Dallas soon!

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Party Bike Pub Crawl in Deep Ellum and Downtown Dallas

Duration: 2 hours

283 reviews

3. Tour the historic sites on a Segway (from USD 79.0)

One of the more fun ways to explore the vibrant districts of Dallas is by riding a Segway! You and your crew are going to look cool doing it. This tour of historic landmarks and other significant sites will take approximately two hours.

Your expert leader will be narrating the most riveting stories as you stroll along Pioneer Plaza, John F. Kennedy Memorial, and the Arts District. If you want to explore more of the city in a short period of time, this is certainly a unique way to do it.

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Dallas Historic Sites 2-Hour Segway Tour

Duration: 2 hours

221 reviews

4. Saddle up and explore a Texas ranch (from USD 149.0)

Many of us had dreams as small children of being cowboys/girls, or at least riding ponies. It might be a bit later than planned, but now is your chance to turn your dream into a reality. You will visit a working Texas ranch, jump into the saddle, and make lifelong memories. This fun opportunity is suitable for absolute beginners, experienced riders, and everyone in between. As you enjoy a ride on your horse, which is chosen just for you, you can admire the surrounding countryside and learn about life on a ranch. As a memento, you’ll be able to have a few photographs from your special day out, too.

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Horseback Riding at Sunset

Duration: 2 hours

234 reviews

5. Walk in the woods with goats (from USD 40.0)

If you’re looking for a unique experience, look no further than goat walking. We’re used to seeing people walking their beloved pooches on leash, but goats? This was a first for us and something that is definitely on our bucket list. This 60-minute experience is a great family option, especially if you have smaller children. The experienced hosts raise goats for dairy farms, and in total has about 100, which all need extra exercise once in a while.

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Hike in woods with Goats

Duration: 1 hour

6. Discover hidden gems of the city through a scavenger hunt (from USD 20.0)

If you’re traveling in a group, we think that one of the most fun tours in the area is the scavenger tour. The standard tour has been given a unique twist by these friendly hosts. Not only will you explore the local landmarks and learn more about the history, but you’ll also have the opportunity to challenge your friends. We all love a friendly competition, right? Working in teams of two to five people, over three hours, you’ll have fun solving clues and challenges, all simply using your smartphone. This is a great option for families.

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Fort Worth Scavenger Hunt Adventure 3-Hour Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours

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7. Enjoy a private boat ride accompanied by gentle music and soft lights (from USD 95.0)

Caught yourself daydreaming about what it would be like to be a celebrity and cruise around on your own boat? Or, just us? Well, we were interested, and are delighted to have found this luxurious experience. Located just a few miles south of the city, you can explore, for one hour, the delights of the peaceful Lake Carolyn. Your boat can host up to eight people and it’s an ideal way to escape the hubbub of the city for a while. We think that an evening cruise is perfect because you’ll see the soft glimmer of the canal lights, it’s a very romantic setting. Team that with a friendly gondolier, and soft music for an ideal date.

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Lake Carolyn Boat Tour

Duration: 1 hour

8. Go on a sunrise/sunset running tour (from USD 22.0)

When you’re on a vacation, going for a run is a great way to meet the local people and explore the area. Luckily for you, the hosts of this fantastic tour have, literally, done all of the leg work for you and created a fantastic running route. On this 60-minute running tour, your hosts will show you the best and most beautiful sport in Fort Worth, over a five or six-mile (8-9 km) course. We think that one of the best times to join would be either the sunrise or sunset. The host is an experienced runner and can easily adjust the level and course to suit your own needs.

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Fort Worth Running Tour

Duration: 1 hour

1 review

9. Taste the best of Deep Ellum (from USD 89.0)

Discover the foodie paradise that is Deep Ellum once you sign up for this food walking tour. Guided by an expert, your stops include several locally owned eateries and artisanal and gourmet food stores. This three-hour gastronomical adventure is taken up a notch by all the murals and stories about this energetic neighborhood in Dallas.

Your group can opt for a happy hour stop, so we recommended that you come hungry and thirsty! It’s the perfect excursion to join if you’re visiting the city with friends.

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Deep Ellum Taste of Texas Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

42 reviews

10. Join an evening Cruizer tour (from USD 40.0)

Where are the night owls out there? If you’re one to enjoy a night stroll, why not make your Dallas trip more fun by signing up for this evening Cruizer tour? The city skyline lights up and the cooler temperature will allow you to enjoy your surroundings even more.

Some of your stopovers include the iconic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the vibrant City Hall (an excellent backdrop for selfies), and Trinity Overlook Park. For refreshments during your guided tour, check out the drinks menu at Chimalma Taco Bar Co. too!

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Dallas Downtown Cruizer Tour By Night

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

25 reviews

Make fun memories together and book your trip to Dallas

There is so much to see in and around Dallas that you’re guaranteed a perfect holiday. For something extra special, we recommend booking any one of these Dallas activities and tours outdoors. From boat trips to horse rides and everything in between, be sure to book early and make the most of your vacation this year.

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