What? Klyde Warren Park
Type into any search bar, “best park in Dallas” and one will top almost every list: Klyde Warren Park. This 5.2-acre park, built over a section of Woodall Rodgers Freeway, is a beautifully maintained oasis for those looking for a little green space and a LOT of community activities between Uptown and Downtown Dallas.
As a current suburbanite, I was slightly intimidated to visit Klyde Warren Park with kids simply because parking in Dallas can get tricky. Do not let parking keep you from this lovely space! Metered street parking is often available, you can park at the Dallas Museum of Art ($12), or Valet ($15 or complimentary if you eat) at Savor Gastropub. I parked at the DMA and used our stroller as there is a short walk across a busy street from the parking garage to Klyde Warren. This amazing glider board is literally the best if you have an independent preschooler walking with you.
Although not huge, the park is beautiful and full of things to do. The Tuesday we visited was Music and Stories with KidWorks and Miss Kimberly, as well as Imagination Playground (huge blue blocks used to build whatever a little or big heart desires). Klyde Warren Park’s mission, “is to provide free programming and educational opportunities for the enrichment of visitors’ lives, to showcase the multitude of cultures and talents Dallas has to offer and to be a town square where citizens may congregate and create traditions.” I’d say, they definitely hit their goal!
After music, we walked around a bit, played in a few of the fountains and took a peek at the park area. We didn’t have too much time to play, but the playground looked impressive. The playground has one of two bathrooms located at the park, which is so convenient. As we left the playground area, quite a large amount of elementary students arrived to eat lunch and play. So take note, if you arrive around lunchtime on a school day, you might share the park space with a field trip or two. If you have a fur-baby, be sure to check out the dog park. It might be right up your alley!
Since it was lunch time, we decided to check out the food situation. If you like food, you are in for a treat! First off, the park has two on-site places to eat: Savor Gastropub for a sit-down meal and Relish, a walk up for quick fare. Looking for something a little different? Check out the food trucks that park along the perimeter. The lines really pick up at lunch time, so you know it must be delicious.
Looking for something to do with your kids before, during and after your visit? The park provides two great activity guides, one for families and one for educators. Need a quiet place to read in between meetings or activities? Check out the Dallas Morning News Reading and Game Space. This park truly has something for everyone.
Your Out and About Friend,
Indoor or outdoor: Outdoor
Age appropriate level(s): Everyone
Parking: Metered street when available, $12 at the Dallas Museum of Art, $15 Valet or complimentary if you dine at Savor
Cleanliness of park: Very clean
Seating: Lots of great places to sit and relax
Restroom: 2 available
Fenced in or open: Open
Safety Concerns: The park is completely open to surrounding downtown streets. Be mindful of traffic with little kiddos.
Other: When we visited, there was a security officer walking around. He did a fantastic job of monitoring the area and it made me feel safe.