Welcome to the Neighborhood
Saddled for decades with a bad reputation, Oak Cliff is reasserting itself as the hip place to play and live in Dallas. On weekends, families enjoy patio dining and shopping at the many colorful storefronts in the walkable Bishop Arts District or get their nature fix at Kiest Park. (History junkies can cap off their visit to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dealey Plaza with a matinee movie at the Texas Theatre.) The kiddie Kandinskys in your family will get plenty of inspo from Oak Cliff’s bustling art scene, as the city’s top talents in design, music and street art are your neighbors. Area-wide renovations have led to historic houses becoming hot properties—from Tudors in Kessler Park to the stone cottages in the L.O. Daniel area—so be prepared to drop a pretty penny to live in the Cliff. It’s worth it for the bit of Texas history you’ll get to call home.
152 elementary schools; 40 middle schools; 42 high schools
Blue Ribbon Schools
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic School, 1987-88
George Peabody Elementary School, 2003; 2009
School of Business and Management, 2008; 2014
School of Health Professions, 2009; 2016
School of Science and Engineering, 2005; 2011
TAG Magnet School for the Talented & Gifted, 2003
Trinidad “Trini” Garza Early College High School at Mountain View College, 2015
William Hawley Atwell Law Academy, 1986-87
Dallas Public Library System
Open daily; Monday–Wednesday open till 8pm
2951 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, 214/670-7646
North Oak Cliff
Open daily; Tuesday–Thursday open till 8pm
302 W. 10th St., Dallas, 214/670-7555
Health & Fitness 101
Dallas Recreation Centers
Beckley Saner Recreation Center
114 W. Hobson Ave., Dallas, 214/670-7595
Eloise Lundy Recreation Center
1229 Reverend CBT Smith St., Dallas, 214/670-6781
Kidd Springs Recreation Center
711 W. Canty St., Dallas, 214/670-7535
Kiest Recreation Center
3081 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, 214/670-1918
Oak Cliff Family YMCA
Open Monday–Friday 6am–8pm, Saturday 7am–3pm.
6701 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, 214/330-6321; ymcadallas.org
Cox Farms Market
This farmers market is indoors—not a traditional outdoor market—and is family-owned with locally sourced produce. Open Monday–Saturday 8am–7pm and Sunday 9am–6pm.
778 Fort Worth Ave., Suite G-100, Dallas, 214/748-8851; coxfarmsmarket.com
Kiest Park is the go-to spot for Saturday outdoor family fun. Head to Fantasy Landing, a shaded, all-abilities playground, and bring lunch while you’re at it—picnic tables are located nearby.
3080 S. Hampton Road, Dallas; dallasparks.org
Bahama Beach Waterpark
Race your kids to bottom of a 300-foot racing slide, launch water balloons and enjoy more all-ages attractions at this city-run water park. Look online for a schedule of dive-in movie nights and special events.
1895 Campfire Circle, Dallas, 214/671-0820; bahamabeachdallas.com
Mocha Moms, INC. DFW South/Fort Worth
Meets the third Sunday of the month. Membership dues are $50 per year. Moms who are interested can attend two meetings for free before deciding to join. For membership inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rosemont Early Childhood PTA
The oldest early childhood PTA in Texas connects parents and caregivers in Oak Cliff through monthly meetings, play groups, family events, moms’ night out and more activities. Visit the website to join.