Best Of Sports & Recreation
Best Place to Work Out
White Rock YMCA
For days when it's too hot to finish your whole workout at White Rock Lake, the newly renovated YMCA White Rock facility nearby offers a much more comfortable alternative. Sure, there's the standard selection of aerobic equipment and weights available here, just like at any other gym, but the White...
Best Hiking Trail
North Shore Trail at Lake Grapevine
The steep terrain around Lake Grapevine is popular with mountain bikers, but its rocky curves make it an equally challenging spot for hikers and joggers (just watch for the cyclists). The trail runs for 10 miles on the north side of the lake (30 miles northwest of Dallas), where you...
Best Bowling Alley
Bowlounge was borne of an old bowling center in East Texas. But some dandy folks bought it, took it apart, shipped it to the Dallas Design District and put it back together as a super-groovy vintage bowling alley. With 12 regulation-length maple-and-pine lanes, Brunswick pin-setters and vintage automatic scoring, it's...
Best Dog Park
Meadows Foundation Dog Park
The Meadows Foundation Dog Park, also nicknamed the Swiss Avenue dog park, is tucked among stately houses, some a century old. Clean, lush and green, with grass that dogs love to roll around in, the park is quiet and the regulars (both canine and human) use it as an outdoor...
Best Social Bike Ride
The Bicycle Brewery Tour
Led by cyclist/activist Jonathan Braddick, this occasional ride is a laid-back tour of local breweries, attracting all levels of riders with its leisurely pace. Braddick starts the Dallas ride at the Continental Bridge. The one in Fort Worth starts at T&P Station, reachable by public transpo. Even in chilly February,...
Best Running Trail for People Who Already Have Hot Bods
Face it, the Katy Trail is where one-percenters go to test their Fitbits and show off their low BMIs. Get in the way of one of these taut specimens and you will be yelled at for workout interference. Dotted with pricey brunch joints and loomed over by Turtle Creek luxury...
Best Trail for Serious Running
White Rock Lake
For long, quiet, meditative runs, where you get lost in your tunes and lose track of what mile you're on, hit the White Rock Lake trails. Our manmade body of water in East Dallas is ringed by a meandering 9.3-mile trail that winds through woods, over bridges and a dam...
Best Sports Columnist
Bob Sturm is one of the best sportswriters in The Dallas Morning News' stable but he's really a radio guy, co-hosting (with Dan McDowell) the noontime BaD show on The Ticket/1310AM. His well-researched columns about the Cowboys, and posts on his daily Sturminator blog, which draw on his encyclopedic knowledge...
Best Fun Run
Go Oak Cliff 1.1 Beer Run
Go Oak Cliff's 1.1 Beer Run is the perfect precursor to the Bishop Arts-staged Brew Riot. For a registration fee, you get to run through Bishop Arts, plus you're granted three beers and early admission to the home-brewing competition. For completing the run, you also get a cheeky 1.1 car...
Best Sporting Goods Store
Whole Earth Provision Co.
There are other sports besides baseball, football and basketball. If you participate in outdoors-y non-team sports such as camping, fishing and hiking, Whole Earth Provision will get you outfitted. They've got a huge variety of hammocks, guidebooks and sleeping bags (single and double), and an enormous collection of flip-flops and...
Was it ever going to be anyone else? Champion golfer and native Texan Jordan Alexander Spieth won the 2015 Masters, the 2015 U.S. Open and came within a shot of making a playoff at the 2015 British Open. Had he won at St. Andrews, Spieth would've become the first golfer...
Best Free Workout
Klyde Warren Park's Free Yoga
If you're looking to get in shape on the cheap, your workout schedule is available at klydewarrenpark.org. The downtown deck park offers a workout class every single day, from zumba to boot camp, but the best class on the docket takes place at 10 a.m. Saturdays. Hosted by the Dallas...
Best Yoga Studio
Fans of Sunstone Yoga love their signature "Fire" class, sort of like Bikram except the room is kept at a slightly less heatstroke-inducing 98.6 degrees, but Sunstone's menu of classes has expanded. At locations all over town, this chain of yoga studios offers multiple styles and some daily non-yoga classes...
Klyde Warren Park
Straddling a freeway, this downtown oasis has become a grassy magnet for workers needing a break, high-rise dwellers craving a look at ground-level life, museum-goers, ATTPAC visitors, lovers, mommies with baby strollers and power walkers. With artsy lighting, well-kept landscaping and a steady stream of pedestrians and bench-sitters, the Klyde...
Best Place to Take Your Dog
Dog Day Afternoon at Lee Harvey's
When you visit Lee Harvey's on a Sunday afternoon, you'll likely fumble with the gates, only to have to push your way through a small pack of friendly dogs on your way to the bar. If you're not a dog lover, this might sound miserable, but when you watch your...
Best Way to Train for the Zombie Apocalypse
Trinity Strand Trail
Maintaining the proper workout motivation can be challenging. The skinny bods on the Katy Trail can set off one's shame spiral in a big way. White Rock trails are a battle for turf among walkers, runners and cyclists. Now there's a new road to conquer. After years of delay, the...
Best Running Store
Several dozen millennia ago, when most of humanity was still chasing prey across the African savanna, there was no running gear to speak of. That all changed when running transitioned from survival skill to healthful avocation and people realized the beauty of foot coverings that provide arch support and those...
Three days before Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline, the Rangers were dead. Deader than dead. They were five games below .500 and eight games behind the American League West-leading Houston Astros. But in the succeeding six weeks, the team went out and got the best pitcher available on...
Best Intramural League
A couple of points: One, GO Kickball's list of rules fills nine pages, unlike the grade-school game you remember in which the only rule was "aim for the head." Two, among those rules is a strict ban on booze. No alcohol allowed at all. (Also different from school days. It...
Best Bike Trail
Santa Fe Trail
With apologies to the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association and the fine work they do maintaining more than a dozen off-road bike trails in the area, we're skinny-wheel, city-traveling cyclists here. We prefer our paths to be fast, relatively smooth and reachable by pedaling from our front doors. Relatively lightly used...
Best Gun Range
Eagle Gun Range
A few years back, Eagle Gun Range set up a Christmas promotion offering shooters free photos with Santa, who would be "bringing his favorite toys to share in the Christmas photos — his AR-15 and other firearms of choice." This was two days before the Sandy Hook school shooting. (They...