There’s a reason why some people say, “Adventure awaits”—that’s precisely the feeling you get when you pass over Lake Ray Hubbard, with boaters below and the water lapping against the shores. Or maybe you’re enjoying the view from famous lakeside restaurants like TLC on the Lake or Flying Saucer. Lake Ray Hubbard redefines relaxation with boating, water-skiing, fishing, sailing or windsurfing—and, yes, even restaurant patios overlooking the water while you sip something refreshing.

For some, however, water fun means slides, wave pools and lazy rivers, and for that look no further than this family-favorite destination: Hawaiian Waters Garland. Whether floating down the Kona Kooler Lazy River, catching a “dive-in” movie in the early evening, or exploring the Keiki Kove fortress with its rope ladders, geysers, and thousand-gallon dump bucket, there’s something for every family member to enjoy at this 12-acre water park.

Another awaiting adventure lies in the trails and preserves of Spring Creek Forest Preserve, a hidden gem in Garland for outdoor recreation. With its ancient rock riverbeds, tall timbers, and trails galore, you are sure to find yourself surrounded by nature in an urban setting. Alternatively, the Duck Creek Greenbelt boasts a 5.7-mile paved trail along the beautiful banks of Duck Creek, providing a serene setting right in the heart of Garland. Moreover, an exceptional outdoors experience awaits you at Rowlett Creek Preserve. This area features 16 miles of multiuse trails, making it particularly inviting for off-road bikers.

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Would it surprise you that Garland is home to a 46,000-square-foot skate park? Well, it is! The Boneyard welcomes all who can tame the concrete to come roll. Not your scene? Maybe try one of Garland’s 60+ parks and greenbelts, including Audubon Park, which boast one of the best 18-hole disc golf courses around.

And of course (pun intended), a day of golfing can be challenging, exciting and fun. Whether you’re an avid golfer ready to play a round or a novice player looking to hit a bucket of balls, you’ll experience a day you won’t forget at Firewheel Golf Park. The Bridges Course, the crown jewel of Firewheel, is a championship-caliber course featuring bent grass greens; 419 Bermuda grass tees, fairways and roughs; and a 35-station practice range. The rolling terrain, large mature oak and pecan trees, well-positioned bunkers, large putting surfaces, and Rowlett and Spring Creeks winding throughout makes this course a must for the golf enthusiast.

Garland truly is meant for anyone. Garland prides itself in offering an array of live events offering a diverse music scene. A host of outdoor concerts begin in April with the Band Together on the Square series followed by the larger Sounds of Summer series in May and June. This year be sure to check out Big Art Day on April 1 showcasing unique Art Cars you don’t want to miss. For the latest in what to do in Garland, go to