Ah, Labor Day—a day we labor not at all. We consider Labor Day to be a blessing from the schedule gods to help us ease back into the swing of a new schedule as summer ends and fall begins. For a full 24 hours, one gloriously sunny day in September is all yours to relax and play. Here are our six favorite activities to soak up the sun for one last hot hurrah:
The backyard barbecue is the classic choice for Labor Day. Give it a late-summer spin with the Gourmet Village’s Beer Can Chicken recipe, available at SampleHouse. Say goodbye to summer by cracking open a cold one and propping your feet up in your very own backyard as the grill sizzles away.
A Day at Sandbar Cantina
Sand volleyball in the middle Downtown Dallas may sound like a culture clash at first, but once your toes hit the warm sand and the cold drinks flow as you work on your serve, it will all makes sweet, sweet sense. With a fresh local menu, the tropically-themed bar and restaurant Sandbar is sure to be one of the busiest hot spots on Labor Day this year.
Mutts Canine Cantina
As long as the weather cooperates, get your furry four-legged friend out on the town for a little fun. Mutts Canine Cantina has everything to please their customers, both human and canine (sorry cats, we haven’t quite figured out how to entertain your kind yet). Pull up a picnic table and order a little something for yourself and your fluffy friend, and then play the day away in the sun.
Klyde Warren Park
Klyde Warren Park (have we started calling it KWP yet?) is still fairly new to the Dallas leisure scene, but it has already proven its worth in endless good times. If you’re looking for a place to take the whole family this Labor Day, stop by Klyde Warren Park to splash around at the children’s park, take a leisurely walk, grab some gourmet bites and sips at Savor or one of the many food trucks—or simply lounge on the pristine grass with a good book.
Dallas Farmers Market
If you’re looking to soak up a little Vitamin D and fresh air while crossing some chores off your list, head on over to the Dallas Farmers Market. It’s easy to get lost in the aisles and stacks of fresh, local produce and amazing selection of canned and handmade goods. Bring a wagon if you’re serious about scoring some amazing produce.
The Joule Pool
If there’s anything more classically relaxing on Labor Day than a backyard barbecue, it’s a day by the pool. Send summer off in style with a dip in one of the many gorgeous luxury pools around Dallas. We love this rooftop pool at the Joule Hotel on Main St. in the heart of the Business District. If you’re willing to splurge, find a sitter and book a romantic night away with your main squeeze. Wake up early and lounge at the pool all day—the staff will take good care of you. Come Tuesday morning, you’ll feel just a little fancier.