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Dallas City Guide

Relaxing & Unwinding in Dallas

©2006 Dallas Convention and Visitor's Bureau Explore Dallas' urban oasis -- White Rock Lake -- during your visit.

The Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth metro area is a beehive of corporate activity, but all that wheelin' and dealin' calls for some serious relaxation options now and then.

For some, that takes the form of a lazy stroll with some Uptown window-shopping. For others, it means a jog around White Rock Lake, considered the city's urban oasis, or, for the less energetic, an afternoon of bird-watching or sailing on the lake waters. Regardless of weather conditions, the atmosphere is oh-so relaxing at Dallas's top-of-the-line spas, where pampering treatments re-energize tired bodies.


Insider's Guide:

The Best of Relaxing & Unwinding in Dallas

White Rock Lake (8200 Garland Rd) is a focal point for East Dallas, a place to enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon relaxing in whatever form you see fit: playing with your dog at the Dog Park, fishing for bass or crappie, or just enjoying the 9.5 miles of shoreline.

Near Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Grapevine Lake (110 Fairway Dr) is tops for windsurfing and sailing, as well as fishing for largemouth bass.

There's no shortage of spas in the area; top hotels like the Mobil Four-Star Crescent Court (400 Crescent Court) and Irving's Mobil Four-Star Four Seasons at Las Colinas (4150 North MacArthur Blvd, Irving) are top choices for locals and visitors alike. NorthPark Center's Estee Lauder (8687 N Central Expressway) rejuvenates with plenty of facials and other beauty treatments as does the mall's Spa Nordstrom, well-known for its aromatherapy treatments.

Peaceful garden walks also rank as top relaxation options in the metro area. The Dallas Arboretum Gardens (8525 Garland Rd) is considered one of the nation's best with acres of formal displays and views of White Rock Lake.

The expansive Fort Worth Botanic Gardens (3220 Botanic Garden Blvd) is a tranquil retreat, so stroll among the koi-filled ponds of the Japanese Garden. And if an 18-hole stroll is your idea of relaxation, you'll find several good options in the region, including Dallas Cowboys Golf Club (1600 Fairway Dr), the course of America's Team.

Learn about the many organized tour options in Dallas on the next page.