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Trourist Attractions of Dallas

White Rock Lake is the other significant water feature in Dallas after Trinity River and is a favoured tourist destination. It is a reservoir situated in east Dallas. The White Rock Lake was formed by damming White Rock Creek. Presently, White Rock creek widens into the lake before continuing south out of spillway and emptying into the Trinity River. The Lake covers one thousand two hundred and fifty four acres. The lake and park surrounding it, are popular destinations for boaters, rowers, joggers and bikers. The White Rock Lake Park features a fifteen kilometres trail for hiking, running and bicycling. Apart from the park, on the shores of lake are Bath House Cultural Center and Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. There are several fishing piers in the lake. Although sailing is permitted in the lake, swimming and motor boats are banned.

The well known Corinthian Sailing Club was chartered in nineteen hundred and thirty nine to promote the sport of sailing and sailboat racing in the Dallas area. The club focuses on racing with well attended Saturday and Sunday afternoon races. There are “fun” races conducted on Wednesday evenings. Club sponsored regattas are held year around and there are other several major annual regattas. There is another club, White Rock boat Club which was formed in nineteen hundred and sixty one as the brainchild of three members of the Corinthian Sailing Club and is still active on the lake. Many events are held at White Rock Lake including the White Rock Marathon.  You can sight catfish, sunfish, crappie, Carp, gar and bass and bluefish in the lake.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is another prominent attraction of Dallas. This sixty six acre botanical garden, where many come to have a peaceful respite, is situated on the south eastern shore of White Rock Lake. The arboretum consists of a series of gardens and fountains and offers a view of the lake and the downtown Dallas skyline. The majority of the grounds were once part of a forty four acre estate built for geophysicist Everette Lee DeGolyer and his wife. The Spanish style DeGolyer Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at the back of the DeGolyer Home is DeGolyer  Garden Cafe which overlooks White Rock lake, the tiered fountains and formal landscapes of “A Woman’s Garden”. An outdoor concert stage, picnic areas and set of kid size replicas of dwellings and other structures depicting prairie life in the “Texas Pioneer Adventure” are located in the grounds. Then there is the newly opened center named after Dallas developer Trammell Crow. The center consists of a gift shop, meeting room and a patio area overlooking White Rock Lake. From here, at night, one may view downtown Dallas with the skyscraper lights reflecting upon the water.

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