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Make The Most of Your Summer at White Rock Lake

Make The Most of Your Summer at White Rock Lake

Even though Dallas is a modern, urban city, we’re still lucky enough to have an actual oasis in East Dallas. White Rock Lake is much bigger than you might think at 1,254 acres, and the possibilities for a good time in the area are just as plentiful. Spending an afternoon in Lakewood and the otherWhit neighborhoods surrounding the lake is a great way to experience a side of Dallas that you’ve never seen before.

Whether you’re ready to get physical on the trails or to do a little relaxing, the White Rock Lake area has activities for everyone. Head to these four White Rock Lake destinations to enjoy the area the way the locals do.

1. Bike or hike the trails: There are plenty of places to do cardio in Dallas, but none more scenic than White Rock Lake. On any afternoon in the summer, you can find dozens of people getting their bike on. The trail circling White Rock Lake is over nine miles long, so there’s plenty of room to stretch your legs. If you’re training for a marathon, this trail connects to the Santa Fe Trail, which has plenty of room for distance runners.

2. Go kayaking: You may not be able to swim at White Rock Lake, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy the water. White Rock Paddle Co. offers inexpensive kayak, canoe, and paddleboat rentals for exploring the lake. On select Thursdays in the summer, you can paddle across the lake over to the Dallas Arboretum to enjoy the Cool Thursdays concert series. Even better, you can bring your own snacks and wine to create one of the most romantic date night options in the city.

3. Try something different: All that physical activity will really work up the appetite, and there are plenty of great dining options in Lakewood. Head down Garland Road for a really unique experience at Hypnotic Donuts. The creative dough-slingers here create donuts like you’ve never seen before. Try The Evil Elvis, a yeast-risen donut topped with banana, peanut butter, honey, and bacon. If you’re feeling a little nostalgic, Keller’s has their trademark greasy fare just up the street.

4. Shop local: The Dallas Farmer’s Market isn’t as good as it used to be, and that’s resulted in a number of neighborhood markets popping up across the city. White Rock Local Market, hosted at Green Spot on Buckner Ave and Lakeside Baptist Church on Garland Road, has plenty of local produce, baked goods, and other goodies to peruse. Antiques collectors will love perusing the wares at Curiosities, a top-notch vintage shop nearby.

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