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10 great Fun Things to Do Outside Around Dallas

When the weather is not too cold or too hot (it’s hard to know which way it can go here in North Texas!), looking for fun things to do outside is a must, especially if you’re spending the Summer at home and can use an outdoor activity to get the kids out of the backyard, the house and get outdoors in Plano.

While you may not realize it, we do have some great ideas for outdoor activities, not least exploring your nearest state park, taking in an outdoor concert, and making memories with fun adventures, maybe including an outdoor scavenger hunt.

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Kids will love Kayaking and Paddle Boarding at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve

Right on our doorstep, a quiet, peaceful sanctuary – you could be kayaking on the lake with your family. The pond at Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve is open for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding from dawn to dusk.

You can use your watercraft (canoe, kayak, stand-up paddle board) or rent for $10 per hour or take a class. Check hours directly with Plano Parks and Recreation.

Arbor Hills Park Plano

You can also run or bike at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve and take long walks, spotting the wildlife that surrounds us or skimming rocks in the creek.

Try out Go Ape Plano in Oak Point Nature Preserve while you are there!

To add to your Outdoor Activities Bucket List, Go Ape Plano is a purpose-built set of obstacle courses in the tree tops, which you can navigate safely with your harness and with full training from your guide.

It’s likely one of the most adventurous things and exciting things you can do outside in Plano, Texas, and North of Dallas.

Go Ape in Plano

For even more adventures, their zipline is a cool addition. For fun and excitement outside with friends, combine it with a picnic and a hike around the Nature Preserve too.

Beyond your Backyard: Hike or Bike the City of Plano Parks and Trails

Take your pick from the 70 miles of trails dotted around Plano, many of them have some great nature-spotting areas and are great for Hiking and Biking or a leisurely walk for kids and families.

You’ll notice many of our local parks for outdoor fun with playgrounds too.

City of Plano Parks and Trails
Credit: City of Plano

More: You can also try any of these local Outdoor Playgrounds and 21 of the Best Shaded Parks Near Me

All the Fun Things at Limestone Quarry Park, Frisco

This local park combines a Playground and a Basketball court with a nice walking path for exercise, this park also has a hidden gem. There is a creek (be careful of the snakes) you can paddle in, with knee-deep, clear water which is warm during the Spring and Summer months.

It’s also a great place to skim rocks. 

fun things to do outside

Explore Fun Outdoor Activities at the Heard Museum and Preserve, McKinney

They have a choice of fun trails with large-scale Dinosaurs for the kids to climb and for photo opportunities.

You do need to pay to get in so although they have outdoor trails, they are not free to access. It’s a fun way to combine the museum itself (indoors) with nature activities and fulfill your child’s outdoor bucket list by mingling with the life-size dinosaurs.

Heard Museum Dinosaurs in McKinney TX

Spend a half day at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELEA)

A great place for bird spotting and hiking. Kids will enjoy the great outdoors, the Geocaching Adventure Trail, and Kayaking or Canoeing when the water conditions are right.

Daily entries are a flat cost per vehicle (credit only at this time). Annual passes can be purchased online

More: To find the closest Beach to us in North Texas: 45 lakes and beaches to try!

Head to the Coppell Nature Park for more Fun Things to do Outside

This 66-acre park is located within Wagon Wheel Park on the west side of Coppell. The Nature Park is a natural habitat for hawks, coyotes, bobcats, and other animals which you can visit from Sunrise to Sunset daily.

More than 130 different species of birds migrate through the park each year and numerous types of native vegetation may be found within the Park.

There are over five miles of trails to explore and Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Other pets, bicycles, and strollers are not allowed within the Nature Park as they will disrupt the ecological balance of the park.

Great fun for Little Kids at Hope Park, Frisco

Hope Park has a great layout for all ages and experiences and a very unique playground to try. Awesome kid’s play areas and fun things to do outside, including a splash pad and spacious picnic areas with covered pavilions.

You’ll get wide open green spaces and a lake for fishing and hiking trails too!

Hope Park Frisco
Photo Credit: Leathers and Associates

Bring home your haul from a local Fruit Picking Farm

There are some within a short distance, like Pecan Creek Strawberry Farm in Pilot Point, TX. Some are a little further, but most are within a 1-2 hour drive. It’s high on our bucket list of fun things to do outside.

We do recommend calling ahead to ensure they are open and have fruit available to pick.

Fruit picking North Texas

Go South into Dallas and visit the Cedar Ridge Preserve

One of the few remaining wild natural areas in Dallas County.

You’ll visit 600 acres of preserved wilderness and explore nine miles of hiking trails, butterfly gardens native-plant nurseries, as well as wild mammals, birds, and reptiles.

Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic area while taking in the great scenery and nature of the outdoors: one of our favorite fun things to do outside.

Try one of our great Scavenger Hunts (or buy the bundle!)

To travel a little further, we have 15 Outdoor Spots to explore close to DFW for you to choose from

We have you covered for fun things to do outside.


  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)

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