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Teddy Bear Park Dallas Travel Guide

Teddy Bear Park Dallas StatuesTeddy Bear Park is the prologue to one of Dallas’ prettiest spots. 

Lakeside Park is a fairytale story – a tale punctuated by galleries of trees, lily pads, and trails that wind through Turtle Creek. It’s a slow-moving fable, narrated through seasons.

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Teddy Bear Park Address

The official address of Teddy Bear Park is 4585-4657 Lakeside Dr, Dallas, TX 75205 (alternatively you can type in Teddy Bear Statues in Lakeside Park on Google Maps to get here).

Park street side and step onto a grassy stretch of green. Teddy Bear Park is located on a curve of Exall Lake, just past a spit of a bridge straddling a calm riparian bank and a free-flowing waterfall.

Within seconds, you’ll see a family of doe-eyed teddy bears living peacefully in a dirt lot curtained by high-cut hedges.

Travel Tip: Before you enter the bridge, walk left onto a connecting trail. The best waterfall vantage point is at the crook of the guardrails.

This is Teddy Bear Park. And it’s just as cute as it sounds.

History Of Teddy Bear Park Dallas

Year-end in North Texas usually feels like a lipstick touch of spring.

But in 1995, DFW faced an unusually cold Christmas. The temperature, in the mid-30s, neared a classic winter chill. There was no rain, no sleet, no snow.

On December 25th, the Harlon Crow family melted a dreary morning with a cheery donation – whimsical teddy bear statues in Highland Park. Crow is a son of Dallas. He has a smile that always seems mischevious. He’s a philanthropist and eccentric real estate developer, who took after his father, Trammell Crow, the same Crow who laid a nest of Asian art (The Crow Collection) in downtown.

The bears have been a centerpiece ever since.

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What To Expect At Teddy Bear Park

In the evening, Teddy Bear Park feels like the start of a children’s novel.

As the sun sinks in the distance, Turtle Creek turns to pages colored pink and orange.

The 8 foot tall Mama Bear, bow intact, stares at a blush sky. Although a footpath gently meanders behind her, she looks ahead, bright-eyed.

Teddy Bear Park Dallas PostcardAs we spread out our mini picnic blanket, we’re joined by three cubs. One cub presses onto Mama Bear’s foot, another rests its paws on a clean-cut slice of bark, and the third smiles softly as it slides down a slope.

Teddy Bear Park, for the most part, is still a Dallas secret. It’s usually quiet, hidden behind thick, leaf-studded branches. It sits at the edge of Gatsby homes and lux 20th-century architecture.

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It’s in the center of rich greenery that steals our eyes – rolling banks, sharp unreal hues.

As we walk back, we pass Exall Lake again. It’s softly lit. And the landscape is hazily reflected on the water.

In the distance, we see Mama Bear and wave goodbye. Somedays, I wonder if she just might wave back.

Did you enjoy this travel guide to Teddy Bear Park in Dallas? Have you ever been to Teddy Bear Park in Dallas? Let me know in the comments below!

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11 Comments

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    phoebe lawr
    June 10, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    I had no idea this place existed. I love discovering little hidden gems. Thanks for the info!

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      anshula.varma
      June 17, 2019 at 5:20 PM

      Thanks, dear! I think Dallas locals try to keep this place a secret (whoops 😂) xx – Anshula

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    Johnson
    June 11, 2019 at 2:28 AM

    Great article as usual, Anshula
    Would really love to visit this place.

    • Reply
      anshula.varma
      June 17, 2019 at 5:20 PM

      Thanks Johnson! Hope you get a chance to! xx – Anshula

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    Johnson
    June 11, 2019 at 2:30 AM

    Great article as usual,
    Would really love to check out this park.

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    it's Carmen
    June 11, 2019 at 11:55 AM

    What the heck – this place is so adorable! I only went to El Paso so I’ll have to visit Dallas!!

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      anshula.varma
      June 17, 2019 at 5:21 PM

      It’s the cutest!! I haven’t been to El Paso yet (*fingers crossed I can stick it into my travel plans this year*)! xx – Anshula

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    Alexandra Wrigley
    June 11, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    This place looks so tranquil and beautiful. I’ve been to America a few times but not Texas. I will add this to my list when I visit Texas. Such a cute idea building statues of teddies. The world needs more of this please!

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      anshula.varma
      June 17, 2019 at 5:22 PM

      Thanks dear! I agree – the world would be a much happier place if there were giant teddy bears everywhere. It’s hard NOT to smile 😂xx – Anshula

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    Praju
    June 11, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Wow! This is fascinating! Great article.

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      anshula.varma
      June 17, 2019 at 5:23 PM

      Thank you! Teddy Bear Park is one of my favorite spots in Dallas! xx – Anshula

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