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Dragon Park Might Just Be Dallas’ Best Kept Secret

A sign within Dragon Park says No Trespassers.

It’s private property. We didn’t know that. Buzzfeed told us differently.

Ah, Buzzfeed. Maybe, I should just stick to taking online quizzes and finding out which Disney villain matches my zodiac sign.

Mother Gothel, by the way.

We’ve parked on the side of the road by a residential mansion. Beside the house is a fairy tale pocket, a lush group of overgrown shrubs, covering cobbled stone.

This is Dragon Park and it might just be Dallas’ best kept secret.

What You’ll Find In Dragon Park

Walking through Dragon Park takes all of two illicit minutes. Savoring the forbidden fruit takes longer.

Things To Do In Dragon Park:

  • Snap A Picture By The Cast Iron Gazebo: Dotted by a string of lights, the cast-iron gazebo is easily the highlight of Dragon Park. We snap a picture or two, at the entrance, before wandering down the cobbled stone.
  • Walk On The Path: We circle a small walking path. It isn’t long but strolling down the trail, trying to name the fantasy creatures, is oddly romantic.
  • Find All The Statues: From dragons to griffins, Dragon Park’s statues are beautifully detailed and well hidden amongst overgrown trees and grass.

About Dragon Park

“Anshula, isn’t this private property?” you ask. “Should we even be here?”

When I researched Dragon Park, nothing told me this space was off-limits. There’s even a TripAdvisor page (and unofficial Facebook Page) dedicated to this spot.

But all the signs are pointing us away. The imposing winged statues guarding the steps. The caution cones stacked in the back. The “enter at your own risk” board.

It’s a ruse, an eccentric slice of magic, created by Mark Mahan, the owner of the salon across the street from the park.

So yes, we’re not going to feel like we’re supposed to be there. That’s the idea.

Tucked away in the Oak Lawn district, near the MADI Museum and upscale Mansion Bar, Dragon Park is a quiet respite from the ever-so busy Dallas vibes. 

Part of the park’s beauty is the lack of visitors. Only those compelled to stop by will.

The carefully planned, constantly meditative state of Dragon Park is a time warp. More than a one-stop selfie shot location, Dragon Park is an otherworldly experience.

And we couldn’t be happier to be here and drink in all the magic.

Address: 3520 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX 75219

Read More: Best Secret Spots In Dallas

Did you enjoy this post on Dragon Park? Do you have a favorite secret spot in your hometown? Let me know in the comment below! As always, I love hearing from you. 

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18 Comments

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    [email protected]
    December 4, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    ooooh i luv luv it, i will be in Dallas this summer and will go find it. I winder why the salon owner felt compelled to add that sign??? I’m glad you find the info to share with us 🙂

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM

      Yes, girl! I think the sign is because this is supposed to be a locals-only place (kind-of, sort-of)…whoops! But I’m all about spilling the tea…. xx – Anshula

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    Bold Fellow
    December 4, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Now after I’ve read your post, I’m wondering if I will ever have an opportunity to get to Dallas and see this stunning park. I like your description about the park – it’s definitely helpful and inspiring. 🙂

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:03 PM

      Dallas is one of my favorite places on the planet (TOTALLY biased cause I live here…). I hope you get a chance to visit soon! xx – Anshula

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    Lusine
    December 4, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    An interesting description of the place. Thanks for sharing

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:03 PM

      Thanks, Lusine! xx – Anshula

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    Shweta koul
    December 4, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Amazing article with amazing pictures, must visit place after reading your beautiful article.

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:04 PM

      Oh, thank you so much (insert a hundred blushes)! I’m glad you enjoyed the article. xx – Anshula

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    evisit
    December 4, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    very informative and nice article to go through. the lines are awesome, keep up. the way of writing is appreciated highly. keep it up..

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:04 PM

      Thank you! Glad you liked my writing! xx – Anshula

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    Rhian Westbury
    December 5, 2018 at 2:00 AM

    This looks so cool and the statues look really nice. It must have been worrying not knowing whether you were allowed to be there or not x

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:05 PM

      To be honest, I thought I was living on the wild side for a bit….LOL (joke was on me). xx – Anshula

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    Emilio Marcos Sierra
    December 5, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Wow Dallas looks awesome! I’ve never been to America but it is really high up on my list! Love your pictures as well, will definitely visit this park if I ever get the chance to visit Dallas.

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:06 PM

      Oh, America is beautiful (not just because I blog a lot of traveling here….) – Dallas, especially though. I hope you get a chance to visit! xx – Anshula

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    MuneebShahxad
    December 5, 2018 at 12:32 PM

    Wow looks amazing, hope to visit America, you post are great.

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:06 PM

      Thanks for the comment! I hope you get a chance to visit too! xx – Anshula

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    Jennifer Prince
    December 5, 2018 at 1:20 PM

    Sounds like a great place to visit. I think it would be fun to head there and go on a statue hunt. What a great spot!

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      anshula.varma
      December 10, 2018 at 1:06 PM

      Yes! Especially with that Game of Thrones fantasy vibe going on… xx – Anshula

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