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Here’s What to Do in North Texas as the Weather Warms Up

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SMU chapter.

This week we partnered with our sister chapter, Her Campus UNT, to bring to you the best warm-weather activities in and around North Texas!


Eat what you love at Trinity Groves – Dallas, TX: Trinity Groves is a relatively new edition to Dallas and it’s basically an outdoor shopping center for restaurants! No matter what you’re craving on a sunny summer afternoon, they’ve got it! Bonus: right across the street from Trinity Grove is the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and an amazingly Instagram-able view of the Dallas skyline!

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Embrace the outdoors at The Rustic – Dallas, TX: Spend your summer nights at a picnic table or lawn chair at The Rustic. Enjoy delicious food, drinks and live music while the nights begin to warm up.

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Have a drink at the Katy Trail Ice House – Dallas, TX: What better way to spend the approaching sunny afternoons than sitting out on a patio enjoying a drink with your girls? Katy Trail Ice House offers great atmosphere, great drinks, and with the weather warming up a great afternoon hang.

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Enjoy a rooftop drink at HG Supply Co. – Dallas, TX: With summer nights come sunsets, nightlife and a good time. Watch the sunset with a view of downtown while enjoying some Moscow Mules on the roof of HG Supply, which features lots of seating, fireplaces, and tables big enough for all your girlfriends to sit, laugh and drink as you discuss summer plans.

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Look over the city at the GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower – Dallas, TX: The GeO-Deck is the perfect place to go to get a 360 degree view of Dallas! You can get drinks or have lunch inside, but when the weather is nice, you can pop outside on the deck and soak in all the sights from Dallas’ world famous Reunion Tower.

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Drive the Bluebonnet Trail in Hill Country – Ennis, TX: Ennis is home to miles of beautiful bluebonnets and bluebonnets have a special place in most Texans’ heart. We love to see them, we love to pose with them and if you’re willing to take a bit of a drive, Ennis the perfect place to do both.

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Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch – Pilot Point, TX: A warm summers day is great chance to live on the wild side. Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch is a small private animal reserve that offers 126 acres of educational fun for everyone. Sharkarosa is home to kangaroos, sloths, snakes and even zebras! As a visitor, you can camp or take private tours of the facility, go on a safari and a get a selfie!

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Relax at Lake Lewisville – Lewisville, TX: Everybody loves a little lake fun! Located in the middle of Dallas and Denton, Lake Lewisville, is the perfect fit for all your lake needs. Wanna boat? Head to Lake Lewisville! Wanna picnic? Head to Lake Lewisville! Wanna relax and soak up the sun? Head to Lake Lewisville!

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White Rock Lake – Dallas, TX: Ride bikes, rent kayaks, take your pup to the Dog Park, or BBQ around the lake while enjoying the summer heat. This is the closest Dallas has to a beach, so if anyone is staying in Dallas for the summer, this is the place to soak up the sun.

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Six Flags – Arlington TX: If you want to feel like a kid again and be overwhelmed with an adrenaline rush, make a day trip to some of the largest roller coaster rides in the United States. Perfect for a playful date idea or a day with your friends, you will leave the park with that post-adrenaline high.

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden – Dallas, TX: Located along White Rock Lake, this botanical garden is listed as one of the best in the United States. With grand tree overhangs, plant sculptures, and arrangements that scream ‘Texas Pride!’ this garden is a great place to visit when the weather is nice.

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Perot Museum – Dallas, TX: For those days where going outside in the Texas heat becomes a laughing matter, thank the creators of air conditioning and visit some of Dallas’ most iconic museums.

Other great museums include: George W. Bush Presidential Library (right on SMU’s campus!) and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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Kelly is a junior at the University of North Texas, studying interdisciplinary Studies and Spanish. When not blogging, she enjoys cooking, online shopping, pinteresting up a storm, and exploring both Denton and her hometown of Dallas. You can follow along with her adventures on Instagram or see what's she's pinning lately on Pinterest, she's @kellysredmond on both.
Karna is a Junior at Southern Methodist University studying Public Relations, Advertising, and English. She is the Social Media Director for Her Campus SMU, as well as a member of STUMO and Alpha Chi Omega. She is from Orange County, California and loves going to the beach and spending time with her younger sisters when visiting home. When she is not studying, Karna is usually exploring Dallas, listening to country music, or updating her blog, Simply Karna.
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