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Outdoor adventures: Landscape Painting

Painting. Outdoor Adventures. Trinity Metro Blog.

Summer is not canceled. Despite the growing concerns regarding COVID-19 spread, there are still many activities that you can enjoy while staying safe. In this three-part blog series, we’ll introduce you to some outdoor activities that you can enjoy this summer. 

Outdoor Landscape Painting

Add extra color to your summer days while you explore Fort Worth’s parks and trails. Gather your painting materials and give landscape painting a try. Painting is not only a great stress reliever, but it also stimulates creative growth and enhances problem-solving and motor skills. Plus, there are no age restrictions for painting. This activity is perfect for any member of the family to enjoy. “En Plein Air Painting” is the French expression for “in the open air.” This means that painters are required to leave their studios and experience painting outdoors. Here are some recommended materials and tips to make your experience better.

Recommended Materials

  • Sunscreen, water and snacks.
  • Pencils, colored pencils, pastels and/or markers.
  • Paints and brushes.
  • Sketchbook.
  • Canvas and/or art paper or board.

Outdoor Painting Tips

  • Pack light! You will need to spend some time exploring to find the perfect spot.
  • Enjoy the adventure. One of the most exciting aspects of En Pein Air painting is the journey to your painting spot. Make sure you enjoy the view.
  • Experiment with different materials. There are no limits to painting. Explore different canvas and materials.
  • To read more tips, click here.

Local Landscape Painting Spots

The City of Fort Worth has nearly 300 parks that cover more than 12,000 acres. Here are some spots that are perfect to do some En Plein Air Painting and how to use Trinity Metro transportation services to get there:

Riverside Park
501 Oakhurst Scenic Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76111

To get there, ride bus route 14 to Race and Sylvania.

Gateway Park
751 Beach Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111

To get there, ride bus route 14 to Beach and Gateway Park.

Quanah Parker Park
5401 Randol Mill Road, Fort Worth, TX 76103

To get there, ride bus route 21 to Boca Raton and Boca Agua.

Tillery Park
2200 Rockridge Terrace, Fort Worth, TX 76110

To get there, ride bus route 6 to 8th and Arlington.

Anderson-Campbell Park
4141 Ohio Garden Road, Fort Worth, TX, 76114

To get there, ride bus route 90 to Ohio Garden and Garden.

Rockwood Park
701 N University Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76114

To get there, ride bus route 46 to Jacksboro Highway and 18th.

Cobb Park
2700 Cobb Park Drive West, Fort Worth, TX 76105

To get there, ride bus route 24 to Berry and Canberra.

Kellis Park
4651 S Ridge Terrace, Fort Worth, TX 76133

To get there, ride bus route 25 to Wabash and Trail Lake.

Overton Park
3500 Overton Park Drive East, Fort Worth, TX 76109

To get there, ride bus route 25 to Hulen and Glenwood.

North Z Boaz Park
3200 Lackland Road, Fort Worth, TX 76116.

To get there, ride bus route 2 to Lackland and Garland.

Traveling from Dallas, Irving, Grapevine, or North Richland Hills? Most Trinity Metro bus routes connect with Trinity Metro TEXRail and Trinity Railway Express at Fort Worth Central Station. To check schedules and connections, click here.

Tips to Stay Safe Outdoors

Now more than ever it is important to take care of your health. Staying physically active is one of the best ways to stay healthy, plus it is a great way to relieve stress. You can still enjoy the outdoors at the same time that you follow the best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some tips to stay safe while exploring the outdoors:

  • Observe social distancing recommendations at all times and avoid gathering with people you don’t live with.


  • If feasible wear a face covering, especially if maintaining social distancing is difficult. Don’t forget that there are state and local face covering ordinances in place requiring people in the state of Texas to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when in an outdoor public space where maintaining six feet of social distancing from one another is not feasible. 
  • Visit parks that are close to your home. 
  • Check in advance with the park for any special rules or regulations that might be in place.
  • Don’t visit parks if you are feeling sick, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Don’t visit crowded parks.

If you are looking for more information on how to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors, click here to read the CDC guidelines for visiting parks and recreational facilities.