Oak Lawn is intertwined in what is generally considered the suburbs of the City of Dallas. Highland Park is to the north and Uptown to the south and east. Coming up on the west, you can follow the Dallas Market Center, Children’s Medical, and Parkland Hospital to the western edges. It is an oddly shaped neighborhood that is home to a metro section with popular weekend clubs and a suburban feel within the residential sections.
Dallas boasts some pretty mild weather in the fall, winter, and spring. A rogue ice storm can blow in that will shut the city down. In the summer, it is the heat with temperatures easily climbing into the 90s or higher that may present some issues. You can dodge the weather at some of Oak Lawn's dog-friendly outdoor patios. Parigi on Oak Lawn, Gloria’s Latin Cuisine on Lemmon, and La Madeleine Country French Café on Lemmon are a few spots to try.
A mixture of metro and suburbs make up Oak Lawn with the Dallas North Tollway splitting the neighborhood. It is a pretty flat walking experience for you and your furry friend. Expect sidewalks and lots of automotive traffic. Traffic is very heavy in this area, so it would be wise to think about visibility for both you and your pup. Reflective vests and gear can really help drivers to see you. Always follow pedestrian traffic laws and cross streets only in designated crossing zones.
Old growth trees shade the neighborhood’s more residential areas with a nice mix of artificial and natural turf. There are a good number of apartments and duplexes in the neighborhood, coupled with larger, more expansive homes in and around Turtle Creek. This is not a powerhouse of a walking experience for you and your pup with a lot of hill climbing, but rather a combination of walking experiences depending on where you want to go.
Dallas is nicknamed the 'concrete city,' but it never fails to deliver the green in unexpected places. Oak Lawn, positioned right in downtown, has good amount of green spaces thanks to its proximity to Turtle Creek. Turtle Creek runs down the east side of the neighborhood with some nice places enjoy with your dog. The Turtle Creek Parkway is a 23.7-acre park that hosts walking trails, benches, and a nature observation platform. Believe it or not, you will find small wildlife making their homes here, so keep your pup on a leash and be aware if you have a pup that enjoys a fun chase!
Moving further down south, you can find Reverchon Park, a 41.3-acre community park that hosts plenty of amenities along with walking trails for you and your pup to enjoy. This park is a “destination park” for a lot of families in the community, so expect high pedestrian traffic on the weekends.