Outdoor Recreation in Arlington

If you love the great outdoors, Arlington does not disappoint. Whether you prefer some healthy competition or playing the role of an active spectator, Arlington has what you’re looking for to make your visit action packed.

Tee Time

You’ll find some of the best golf courses in North Texas in Arlington. No matter your level of expertise, spend a day at the Golf Center of Arlington honing your skills. Set up shop at the driving range, where you can take advantage of the Toptracer system. Delivering the same technology professionals use to enhance their technique, Toptracer allows guests to reap the same benefits. Families can enjoy a rousing round of mini golf on one of the two 18-hole courses, and you’ll have a great time navigating the traps, including seven waterfalls. Golf lessons for all ages are also available. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced golfer, the pros at the Golf Center of Arlington will make sure you have a strong foundation to build your skills and increase the quality of your game.

The Tierra Verde Golf Club, located in the rolling hills of southwest Arlington, should definitely be on your list of things to do outdoors in Arlington. As the first golf course in Texas and the first municipal course in the world to be certified as an Audubon Signature Sanctuary, the seclusion and natural beauty of the course is unparalleled. Each hole has five sets of tees and a variety of features like sand bunkers, water hazards, and fairways lined by stately trees. You can take a lesson taught by PGA/LPGA professionals and apprentices, and then round out your day with lunch or dinner at their full-service restaurant, the Ventana Grille.

Combine your love of baseball and golf at the Texas Rangers Golf Club, the only golf course in the world officially branded with Major League Baseball. Located just 3 miles away from Globe Life Park where the Texas Rangers play, fans can continue their exploration of all things Rangers with a visit to the themed 18-hole course. With $24 million dedicated to renovations, the course spans 7,000 yards with challenging water and sand bunker hazards. There’s also a state-of-the-art clubhouse with a full-service restaurant, bar, pro shop, and events spaces on the way.

The Thrill of it All

Do you live for an adrenaline rush? Does the thought of a relaxing vacation bore you to tears? If you said yes to these questions, you need to get over to TexPlex Park. No matter what your preferred adventure is, TexPlex Park has everything you’re looking for to get your blood pumping.

If you love off-roading, you can bring your own utility terrain vehicle (UTV) or motorcross bike and get dirty on 300 acres of open space. The course is full of exciting elements like rock crawling, jumps, and a variety of challenging twists and turns. If you prefer to be the passenger, but still love a good thrill, you can ride along with a professional UTV driver in a race-ready, four-wheel-drive UTV. The best part? You can control how your driver navigates the course. 

If you prefer your risk-taking on the water, TexPlex lets you ride along in a 425 HP jet sprint boat while a professional driver tests the limits of speed. Or, you can gather a larger group of up to 11, plus a driver, and reserve a spin boat that can turn 270 degrees in a split second. The excitement is endless at TexPlex Park!

A Day on the Lake

Just 20 minutes from the city center, Lake Arlington is an outdoor oasis. Here, you can clear your mind with a day at the lake fishing, enjoying water sports, and reveling in the beauty of nature.

Hit the lake by canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and set off on the Lake Arlington Paddling Trail where you can gently float along the edge of the lake, taking in the local wildlife and ecology. There are also boat launches for you to take your personal watercraft out onto the lake. Whether you hook up your water skis and feel the breeze in your hair as you glide over the glistening lake or plant yourself in a serene spot for fishing, it’s sure to be a fulfilling day of fun.

When it’s time to eat, head over to Richard Simpson Park, located on the lake’s shoreline, and grab a spot at one of the picnic stations to grill up a feast, perhaps with some freshly caught fish.

This is just a sampling of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation in Arlington. Browse the listings below to discover even more golf courses, parks, pools, and athletic centers where you can stretch your legs and get a vacation workout in.