Park Cities' Hidden Gems

Looking to branch out beyond the classic SMU hangouts? Check out these four hidden gems in the area.

1. Highland Park Library

This beautiful and historic library is the perfect place to study off-campus. Located at 4700 Drexel Drive, The Highland Park Harvey R. “Bum” Bright Library is open to all residents of Highland Park as well as visitors. Open since 1930, the library offers access to a large range of print books as well as free WiFi, online databases and more. The library is open Tuesday – Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and starting March 12 it will extend its hours to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit their website for information on upcoming events.

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2. Lakeside Park

Located at 4601 Lakeside Drive, Lakeside Park spans over 14 acres and is home to several Teddy Bear statues. A bridge across Turtle Creek Dam offers beautiful views and a number of walking paths are perfect for a sunny day. Especially with spring weather upon is, this park is the perfect place for a picnic with friends or an afternoon reading a book.

3. Lane Florist

Located just a few minutes’ walk from campus in Snider Plaza, Lane Florist is a true hidden gem. Open since 1947, this award-winning flower shop offers beautiful bouquets at a wide range of different price points as well as chocolates, gift baskets, and more within its antique doors. Stop by this local business to pick up a gift for someone special or a bouquet to brighten your dorm room. Lane Florist is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

4. Highland Park Village Theatre

While everyone in the Park Cities area is familiar with Highland Park Village, fewer have taken the chance to visit the shopping center’s unique movie theater. First opened in 1934 by Karl Hoblitzelle, the theater has been showing movies from different genres for more than 80 years. Additional amenities include free valet service, a lounge and bar, opportunities for private screenings and more. Showtime information can be found here.

cityMaggie Kelleher