Outdoor places to go

Today is the first day of October, which means that the beautiful fall weather we are craving is just around the corner. Dallas offers a variety of options for those seeking a good time outdoors in the fall months. Check out these fun options before the air turns too cold this December.

State Fair of Texas: You have to stop by this classic Dallas scene at least once in your four years at SMU. The fair’s festivities include music entertainment, bike and car shows, fried food galore and many more. Make sure to visit the food stands this year for new fried items like milk and cookies, pumpkin spice Oreos and sweet tea. With all the fun things to do at the fair plus the new nice weather, who could resist this idea?

Visit the Katie Trail: This beautiful path stretches 3.5 miles from Airline Road to the American Airlines Center with several different entrances along the way. If you want to decompress and get some fresh air and exercise, grab your bike or a friend to walk with and visit the Katie Trail. The closest entrance to SMU is the beginning Airline entrance.

The Dallas Arboretum: This 66-acre garden is one of the most striking places to visit in Dallas this time of the year. Showcasing a special pumpkin exhibit and beautiful inflorescence, the Arboretum is the perfect place to go for a picnic with your friends or that special someone and enjoy the allure of nature. If you are looking for something a little more on the educational side, there are several classes regarding the environment for all ages there as well. Nature lovers, this one is for you!

Truck Yard: If you upperclassmen are looking for a different bar scene and to take advantage of the approaching chilly weather, then Truck Yard will satisfy your tastes. Truck Yard offers a range of draft and cocktail options in their main bar as well as their fun tree house bar. Food and eat-in truck beds can also be found in this eclectic 15,000 square foot spot. Located in the popular Lower Greenville area, Truck Yard is a convenient spot for a good time, a well-crafted drink and a refreshing fall breeze.

Top Golf: Now a favorite spot for Dallas residents, Top Golf is a great place for young groups to enjoy the outdoors, an informal golf driving range, a mini-golf course, food and a full bar. Planning a party? Wanting a guys’ night out? Top Golf would impress as your venue.

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