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These lesser known places in DFW area are a must visit: beach, treetop adventures, European experiences and more!

Neha B

Dallas Fort Worth area is full of fun places to see and fun things to do whether on a date night or with friends or with kids. Whether you love adventues, sports or site seeing this list has something for everyone!

1. Prairie Creek waterfalls: Address: 2400 W Prairie Creek Dr, Richardson, TX 75080

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I found this hidden gem of a place when I was looking for a scenic place for my maternity photoshoot! Every photographer in the area knows about the waterfalls. You will awe struck by its beauty as it makes a perfect photo backdrop! This place turns even prettier in the fall season as the trees covering the waterfalls change color.

If not for photohraphy, this place is very serene for a perfect date or a solo adventure. It has a beautiful trail and picnic tables making it a great spot to visit with kids.

2. Go Ape Treetop Adventure course: Address: Oak Point Park, Plano, Texas

Such a thrilling experience to explore woodland from treetops for adults and kids (above 5) alike! This park features over 8 miles of trails, kayaking, paddle boarding and ziplining. They are not the typical aerial or canopy tours, they have various levels with suspended obstacles, One of the ziplines fly you from treetop to the ground! Seriously the best for the adventurers is the Go Ape Monley Drop! Or try their Tarzan swings!

3. Little Elm beach: Address: 701 W Eldorado Pkwy, Little Elm, TX 75068

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This sandy beach is located at the shores of Lake Lewisville. It has 10 beach volleyball courts and a restaurant. They also have kayak, paddleboard and bike rentals. They filter and clean the sand daily. It is also a great picnic spot, build sand castles, bring your own food or ask for delivery from several local restaurants and much more!

4. Adriatica Village: Address: 6625 Mediterranean Dr, McKinney, TX 75070

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If you love European experience, this Croatian style village is a must visit! The architectural buildings add such European vibes. From dining, shopping, scenic views to family events, this place has something for everyone. If you just want to enjoy the beauty, you can make a small picnic there, enjoy the beautiful waters and the architecture and the famous Adriatica lighthouse! The Bella Donna Chapel has the most attractive location and makes for the perfect wedding venue.

5. Fort Worth Water Gardens: Address: 1502 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

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This beautiful oasis sits right near the downtown. It features three pools of water, one of which is architecturally magnificent! A quiet serene beauty to spend an evening. And also a perfect location to propose! Just saying'! The pool has concrete steps going down to the sunken pool and waterfall cascades down the through the steps into the pool. In the middle of the park is a mountain made from concrete slabs going up.

6. Winspear Opera House: Address: 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201

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This one of the best architectural beauties in DFW metroplex, the buildings are modern, and the pool outside makes for a stunning spot! You can hand around the place in the day or maybe catch a show if you're into it.

7. Mandalay Canal Walk: Address: 215 Mandalay Canal, Irving, TX 75039

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Another European experience in DFW metroplex, this place has a total Venice feel. It is a paved waterfront trail that sits in the middle of business buildings. It has a very old style architectural charm and the canal with a bridge across makes it a perfect spot for date night, photography or a family outing. It offers gondola rides just like Venice and they have different packages to choose from. You can choose to have dinner on the ride.

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