Oh yes! Dallas is known for its shopping and eating, but there are also a few natural gems around town. This is one we stumbled on by complete accident, but I think we will be back!!
My husband’s truck was in need of some maintenance and he found a Ford dealership in Grand Prairie that would help him out on a Saturday. They were going to need his truck for most of the day. So me being the planner that I am, I thought – why not take advantage of this situation and explore this area of town? I hopped online and started researching places to swim. The only downfall of Texas is the extreme heat and humidity this time of year. We almost have the summer blues because it is too hot to get out and explore.
Therefore – swimming was on my mind!
It didn’t take long for me to find Cedar Hill Lake, which I had known was down that way. What I didn’t know was the number of parks dotted around the edge of this large lake. Looking into each of them closely and knowing that I am taking my kids who are just under 2 years old and 3 and a half, I was looking for something to drive up to with easy access to water. And that is when I found…
LYNN CREEK PARK!!
I prepared like any organized mom would. I packed the box of cars and trucks for the boys to dig in the sand. I packed the cooler with lunch and enough drinks for all of us to cool down in the summer heat. I packed swim suits and floaties cause – D U H – swimming! And in the morning, we were off!! Just a quick 40 minute drive and we pulled up to the park entrance.
There is a $10 fee per car to enter the park, but that is a steal considering there really aren’t other options. Plus, they take credit cards, so no worries if you don’t have cash on you. We then followed the signs for S W I M M I N G and ended in a large parking lot with only a few other cars.
Collecting all of our summer fun and belongings, we walked over the hill and looked right out over the sand and into the water. We couldn’t have asked for more! They have pergolas on the sand that are first come first serve. Each slightly covered with their own picnic table. We snatched one up and settled in. It didn’t take long for the boys to start digging and after visiting grandparents at the beach earlier in the summer, they were ecstatic to build sand castles!
Once we built up a sweat in the Texas sun, we put the kids in their swimmies (what we call their floaties) and J U M P E D into the refreshing water. It is pretty shallow throughout the designated swimming area, which we were happy with considering our 2 young ones. However, it was plenty deep to be able to sink your shoulders in and cool off!
We tossed the kids up in the air until our arms started to fall off and all headed back in. Some lunch and more time playing with sand was all we needed to thoroughly wear everyone out. If that wasn’t enough, we could have played on the playground that was located just where the sand ended. This is a great benefit for our toddlers who get bored quickly. There was plenty to do and keep them occupied.
Once we were all worn out, we packed up the car and headed home. It was thoroughly rewarding when I looked over and back and found everyone passed out in the car!
I leave you with this….
Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A BEACH IN DALLAS, TEXAS?
Down by the bay!!