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Spring Fling: Where in Dallas to Enjoy the Outdoors

The Katy Trail, ‘‘patio-ing’’ and the Bishop Arts District: These are DFW rites of spring

DFW has a short "spring window." Each year, we eagerly anticipate that magical time between when the ice storms stop and the 114-degree days begin. When that moment hits, watch out—we flock to patios, gardens, trails and other outdoor destinations like we're allergic to the indoors. This is right about the time that festivals start sprouting up, and we've got a preview of the first batch you should check out in this month's print edition. If all that fresh air and blue sky has you feeling a bit discombobulated, recharge during Spa Week (April 21-27). The Where® Dallas team tried out a few of the special $50 services, because we're very invested in your well-being. And because we also like spas. Come to think of it, we really like patios, gardens and trails, too. Excuse me, but I think there's a patio somewhere calling my name ...


The place to exercise outside is Katy Trail. It's 3.5 miles of beautifully landscaped trail between Oak Lawn and Uptown, following the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad. You'll see joggers, bikers, inline skaters and plenty of happy pups making their way along the path, which swings by the popular Katy Trail Ice House—in case you need to (de)hydrate.


The Buzz Bike in Dallas
The Buzz Bike is a, ahem, memorable way to tour Dallas (Courtesy The Buzz Bike)

There's a concept in Dallas called "patio-ing," and we're pretty serious about doing it before the weather turns scorching. The Buzz Bike is like a traveling patio, as you and 15 of your friends pedal around Uptown, Downtown and more while knocking back the drink of your choice. It's a truly unique way to tour the town, and a notch up from your typical happy hour.


Emporium Pies in Bishops Arts in Dallas
The porch at Emporium Pies is especially charming (Courtesy Emporium Pies)

The Bishop Arts District is a charming, walkable pocket of shops, galleries, bars and restaurants in North Oak Cliff. The vibe is so welcoming that you can easily spend an entire evening browsing the unique boutiques before stopping off for a delectable meal at Bolsa, Eno's Pizza Tavern or Oddfellows. Be sure to enjoy a made-from-scratch slice on the porch at Emporium Pies.