5 Natural Swimming Areas and Beaches Near Dallas


Sheryl Crow once sang, “IIIIIIIII wanna soak up the sun!”, and I bet your family does too! Summertime is here and it’s time to find the best ways to cool off. Here are five natural swimming areas and beaches to check out with the family. (Check out this great list of pools and splash pads too!) 

Natural Swimming Areas and Beaches Near Dallas

Little Elm

The Beach at Little Elm Park
701 W. Eldorado Parkway, Little Elm

The kids and I had a great time at this little natural swimming area and beach with friends. We went on a Wednesday and it was not crowded at all. The water is protected from boat traffic so the kids could play without worry, however, there are no lifeguards on duty. The sandy beach is great for hours of entertainment so make sure to bring your sand toys! 

Little Elm Beach

Cost: Free to the public

Hours are Monday-Friday,  7am-9pm


Whoa Zone
3000 Meadowmere Lane, Grapevine

Whoa Zone is an awesome, floating, inflatable obstacle course on Lake Grapevine. Book online in hour increments for your “splash time”. You must be at least 7 years old and 45” in height to enter and they do provide life jackets. 

Cost: Starts at $20 for a single splash on weekdays and goes up

Operating hours are weekdays, 12:00pm-6:30pm and weekends, 11:00am-6:30pm. 

Grand Prairie

Lynn Creek Park
5700 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie

Lynn Creek Park offers white sandy beaches and cool water to play in as well as beach volleyball and a nearby park. Bring a picnic lunch, or try out the nearby restaurant, The Oasis Restaurant. 

Cost: Check with the park directly

Operating hours are 6am until 10pm

Fort Worth

Burgers Lake
1200 Meandering Rd, Fort Worth

Burgers Lake is a spring-fed lake on a 30-acre park with hours of fun for the family. We went on a weekday and the wait was almost nothing. Get there when they open and pull right up to a picnic table to eat lunch later in the day. They have areas for younger kids clearly marked and then diving boards for the older kids. 

Cost: $15 a person

Hours are everyday, 9am-7pm, through September

2 hours outside of Dallas

Unks Lake Swimming Hole
2479 Elenburg Rd, Perrin

This natural swimming area focuses on family fun, as stated by the owner this week when we spoke about their property.  They have certified Red Cross Lifeguards and a Hunt Brothers pizza parlor with much more.

Cost: Adults are $6, 12 and under $5 and 2 and under are free.

Operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-7pm.

Enjoy these natural swimming areas in Dallas!




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