Welcome to the Neighborhood
With a population of about 120,000, a thriving art and music scene, plenty of local restaurants and family-friendly events throughout the year, Little D has the amenities of a big city—and a quirkiness that’s legendary. (Pay a visit to the Chairy Orchard on Churchill Drive for Denton encapsulated.)
The Lake Cities of Corinth and Lake Dallas have the best of both worlds: plenty of surrounding countryside—make that lakeside—for fresh air and outdoor recreation, as well as easy access to Denton for family entertainment. But the towns boast a few family activities of their own, including a combined July Fourth celebration with a parade, live music and fireworks, and tree-lighting ceremonies at Christmas.
Argyle, a small town with agrarian roots, is growing thanks to master-planned developments like Harvest and Country Lakes. Residents love the rolling hills, highly regarded schools, successful athletics programs and quirky (if limited) dining scene—not to mention the tight-knit, family-oriented atmosphere. Case in point: the opportunity to have coffee with the mayor, Donald Moser, the first Saturday of every month at Argyle Town Hall.
● ARGYLE ISD
800 Eagle Drive, Argyle, 940/464-7241; argyleisd.com
Elementary schools: 1
Intermediate schools: 2
Middle schools: 1
High schools: 1
● DENTON ISD
1307 N. Locust St., Denton, 940/369-0000; dentonisd.org
Elementary schools: 23
Middle schools: 8
High schools: 6
● LAKE DALLAS ISD
104 Swisher Road, Lake Dallas, 940/497-4039; ldisd.net
Elementary schools: 3
Middle schools: 1
High schools: 1
● BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
Strickland Middle School, 1994-96 (Denton ISD)
DENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
● EMILY FOWLER CENTRAL LIBRARY
Open daily; open to 9pm Tuesday and Thursday
502 Oakland St., Denton
● NORTH BRANCH LIBRARY
Open daily; open to 9pm Monday–Wednesday
3020 N. Locust St., Denton
● SOUTH BRANCH LIBRARY
Open daily; open to 9pm Monday and Wednesday
3228 Teasley Lane, Denton
LAKE DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Open Tuesday–Saturday, with story time for all ages on Wednesday from 11:15am–noon.
302 S. Shady Shores Road, Lake Dallas, 940/497-3566; lakedallas.com
Health & Fitness 101
● CIVIC CENTER POOL
Practice your balance traversing the water walk (floating steps and a climbing net suspended overhead) at this outdoor pool behind Denton Civic Center and adjacent to Quakertown Park.
515 N. Bell Ave, Denton, 940/349-8279; cityofdenton.com
● DENIA REC CENTER
1001 Parvin St., Denton, 940/349-8285; dentonparks.com
● MLK JR. REC CENTER
1300 Wilson St., Denton, 940/349-8575; dentonparks.com
● NORTH LAKES REC CENTER
2001 W. Windsor Drive, Denton, 940/349-8287; dentonparks.com
● ARGYLE COMMUNITY PARK
Thanks to a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the ribbon was cut in May on new park amenities, including a playground, basketball court and sand volleyball pit.
135 Crawford Road, Argyle; argyletx.com
● CLEAR CREEK NATURAL HERITAGE CENTER
Hike the trails at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center to discover almost 3,000 acres of natural beauty with the kids.
3310 Collins Road, Denton, 940/349-7275; cityofdenton.com
● COMMUNITY GARDEN AT BOWLING GREEN PARK
Stop by the Denton Civic Center to reserve your family’s gardening plot, available first come, first served and for only $20 for the year. A shaded playground is only steps away from the garden.
2200 Bowling Green St., Denton, 940/349-7275; cityofdenton.com
● CORINTH COMMUNITY PARK TRAILS
In addition to paved trails that wind around the sports fields, this spacious park has a network of soft-surface trails through the woods, with a picnic pavilion and a fishing pond nearby. Find a trail map on the city website.
3700 Corinth Parkway, Corinth; cityofcorinth.com
● DENTON CHILDREN’S GARDEN
On Thursday mornings March–June, learn about gardening during children’s programs led by the Denton County Master Gardeners Association. Located at Fairoaks, a senior independent living community, residents and children can experience the garden together.
1950 Lattimore St., Denton, 940/349-2892; dcmga.com
● DENTON COMMUNITY MARKET
April–November, every Saturday from 9am–1pm. Fresh produce and artisan market in downtown Denton. Kids’ entertainment, such as art activities, face painting, balloon twisting and obstacles courses, vary by the week.
317 W. Mulberry St., Denton, 940/268-4326; dentonmarket.org
● DENTON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
From June–September, open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7am to sellout (around 1pm). Saturdays only April–May and October–November.
420 W. Sycamore St., Denton, 817/946-0008; dentonfarmersmarket.com
● INTEGRITY PARK
Liberty Christian School’s athletic complex has sports fields and room to run.
9119 U.S. Highway 377, Argyle, 940/464-7177; libertychristian.com
● MEADOWVIEW PARK
Make it a full-afternoon affair at this park equipped with a basketball court, shaded play area, trails and grills.
1723 Meadowview Drive, Corinth; cityofcorinth.com
● LAKE DALLAS CITY PARK
This centrally located park has it all: a large playground with equipment for all ages, tennis and basketball courts, a horseshoe pit, even a butterfly garden—plus benches, picnic tables and restrooms so you can easily spend hours.
Shady Shores Road at Hundley Drive, Lake Dallas; lakedallas.com
● LAKE DALLAS COMMUNITY PARK
Tucked behind the Lake Dallas Public Library is this small park with easy access, a play structure and tree-shaded picnic tables.
302 S. Shady Shores Road, Lake Dallas; lakedallas.com
● MULHOLLAND PARK
Take Instagram-worthy photos at the quintessential gazebo before hitting the shaded
3206 Mulholland Drive, Corinth; cityofcorinth.com
● ANGELINA’S MEXICAN CUISINE
Kiddos have the option of quesadillas, burritos and all-American classics while parents can choose the carne asada plate or a hearty chimichanga—perhaps with a margarita on the side.
1400 N. Corinth St., Corinth, 940/321-1133; angelinastexas.com
● BEATITUDES TEA ROOM
Reserve afternoon tea for you and your girlfriends, or book a tea party (complete with fancy hat decorating) or cupcake-baking party for your kiddo.
211 Main St., Lake Dallas, 972/987-9637; beatitudesgifts.com
● BETH MARIE’S OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM & SODA FOUNTAIN
Visit the website for all the details on hosting your kids’ sweet birthday bash at this Denton staple, or stop by anytime for banana splits, ice cream sodas and an ever-changing menu of ice cream flavors served in homemade waffle cones.
117 W. Hickory St., Denton, 940/384-1818; bethmaries.com
● BUMBERSHOOT BARBECUE
Order at the vintage-style trailer (notice the airplane wing hanging above the ordering window) and take your meats to picnic tables shaded by umbrellas and oak trees. Lights are strung overhead, there’s a stage for concerts, and kids can borrow paint to make masterpieces on the white picket fence.
425 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle, 940/595-1782; bumbershootbbq.com
● DIX CONEY ISLAND
Make everybody happy with classics like chili cheese fries, burgers, subs, omelets and specialty tacos—this place just about has it all. The kids’ menu includes a mini breakfast and grilled cheese on Texas toast.
123 N. Elm St., Denton, 940/218-1735; dixconeyislandtx.com
● DON CAMILLO
This is the go-to spot to feast after soccer practice or a dance recital. Take a break from kitchen duty and let the kiddos fill up on pasta and pizza from the wood-burning oven.
1400 N. Corinth St., Corinth, 940/321-1100; doncamillo.us
● FARMHOUSE COFFEE & TREASURES
The kiddos can sip their hot chocolate with sprinkles (Kallie’s KoKo on the menu) while flipping through children’s books at this quaint turn-of-the-century farmhouse that anchors the Harvest residential community. Across the street is a playground with all kinds of climbing features for little kids and big kids alike.
1300 Homestead Way, Argyle, 940/231-6508; farmhousecoffeetx.com
● GNOME CONES
This whimsical garden gnome-themed snow cone shack serves ice treats (shaped like a gnome’s hat, of course) made with no artificial dyes, sweeteners or preservatives. Open noon–10pm daily during the summer.
421 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle, 940/320-9439; gnomecones.co
● KIMZEY’S COFFEE
A trip to this local coffee shop feels
like a visit to Snow White’s house in the woods—with Tuesday morning story readings and free “babycinnos” for kids.
429 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle, 940/240-1001; kimzeys.com
● LAKESIDE CRAFT KITCHEN
Handcrafted cocktails and an elegant ambience for a special celebration—or just a rare date night. On a comfortable evening, grab a table on the patio for the best views of Unicorn Lake while you dine.
3550 Unicorn Lake Blvd., Denton, 940/383-3700; lakesidecraftkitchen.com
● LIBERATION COFFEE CO.
An outpost of the family-owned Coppell favorite just opened in Lake Dallas. You can even get your pick-me-up in macaron form—the espresso macaron is a shop specialty.
314 S. Shady Shores Drive, Lake Dallas, 940/324-8660; liberationcoffeecompany.com
● LOS AMIGOS
This hole-in-the-wall spot has a dual identity: It serves street-style tacos (and a salsa that’s addictive) for lunch and dinner, and typical American fare for breakfast—including mini pancakes for the kids.
247 Main St., Lake Dallas, 940/465-5130; losamigoslakedallas.com
● MELLOW MUSHROOM
This groovy, kid-approved joint serves customizable pizzas—with every topping from anchovies to tofu—calzones and larger-than-life cookies. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
271 E. Hickory St., Denton; 940/323-1100; mellowmushroom.com
● CT KIDS PLAY AREA
The small indoor space at Cross Timbers Church—with cushioned play equipment and a fort with a slide—is open to sock-footed littles on weekdays from noon–2pm. Ask about birthday parties.
1119 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle, 940/240-5100; crosstimberschurch.org/kids
● EUREKA 2 PLAYGROUND
The community of Denton came together to rebuild the original Eureka playground, which was also built by the community in 1994. Eureka 2 opened in 2016 and features cool, new play equipment like an accessible merry-go-round, endless swings and slides, an accessible zip line, a rock wall and more. We warn you—your kids may never want to leave.
501 Hobson Lane, Denton, 940/349-7275; eureka2playground.com
● LAKESIDE ADVENTURE RENTALS
Kayaks, paddleboats and paddleboards are now available for all ages to rent from Lakeside Adventure Rentals at Willow Grove Park (which also has a playground, picnic tables and campsites). Email email@example.com or call to reserve your equipment.
800 E. Hundley Drive, Lake Dallas, 940/230-8546; lakesideadventurerentals.webs.com
● PENNY’S PLAYTOWN
Kiddies can dress the part and play pretend in a mini police station, grocery store, gym and medical center (all indoors).
5800 Interstate 35 N., Suite 402, Denton; 940/222-5350; pennysplaytown.com
● SPRAYGROUND AT CARL GENE YOUNG SR. PARK
Denton’s new all-abilities aquatic play area, opened in May 2018, features a tall water-spinning flower with multilevel spray effects, translucent shadow-casting petals and flush-mount ground sprays designed to stimulate the senses.
327 S. Wood St., Denton, 940/349-7275; cityofdenton.com
● WATER WORKS PARK AND NATATORIUM
This water park has it all: a new wave pool, new concession options, four giant water slides, two toddler slides, a children’s play pool and a lazy river, plus cabanas for rent and sand volleyball.
2400 Long Road, Denton, 940/349-8800; dentonwaterworks.com
● ARGYLE M.O.M.S
Argyle Moms on Mondays (M.O.M.s) meet every week for everything from Bible study at the Argyle United Methodist Church to ladies-only nights out to family-friendly back-to-school parties. Contact the church to learn about more moms-only study groups and events.
9033 Fort Worth Drive, Argyle, 940/464-1333
Group meets twice a month (morning or evening) during the school year at Denton Bible Church, where child care is available while mamas enjoy fellowship. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2300 E. University Drive, Denton, 940/297-6700; dentonbible.org
● MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS (MOPS)
Meets at Thousand Hills Church every first and third Thursday at 9:30am and 6pm; free child care provided.
3201 Tower Ridge Drive, Corinth; thousandhillspeople.org/seasonspreschool