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Things to Do in Rowlett, TX

Cut your teeth with fun adventures in this Texas town.

By Kevin Litwin on September 29, 2017

Courtesy of Brent Eckley under a CC 4.0 license.

Rowlett is a pretty city that rests on two peninsulas along Lake Ray Hubbard, and there is plenty to do throughout the year. Here are some suggestions:

Relax in Scenery

Lake Ray Hubbard has more than 30 miles of lovely shoreline, and one of the best places to kick back, relax and watch the sun set is Scenic Point Park. Picnicking with the family and participating in a number of water sports are among the many ways to enjoy Scenic Point.

Raise a Glass

In a Main Street building with a rustic 1920s atmosphere, Bankhead Brewing Company is an authentic brewpub that opened in 2016. A full menu is available to patrons along with 15 craft brews with names like Wheels Off (pale ale), Hootenanny (German bock), Giggle Water (Vienna lager), Doohickey (oatmeal stout) and Whoopee (Czech pilsner).

Take a Bow

Interested in acting? Amateur Community Theatre of Rowlett (ACTOR) presents 6-7 entertaining plays during the year and is always looking for new cast members of all ages. The plays are performed at Main Street Event Center, and two recent productions were The Middleton Zephyr and Of Moss and Men.

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Paddle Away

Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding are fun activities along Paddle Point Creek Trail located on Lake Ray Hubbard. The entrance to the trail is off Miller Road and the water is almost always calm, and wildlife like herons, egrets and eagles can often be seen. Paddlers can even experience history as they paddle to old Highway 66 Bridge, which is partially submerged.

Downtown Fun

Rowlett partners with local businesses and non-profit organizations to host a number of free events throughout the warm-weather months. A Summer Concert Series showcases some of the area’s best cover bands, while Movies at Pecan Park is staged every Friday night during September. Movies in 2017 included The Secret Life of Pets and Beauty and the Beast.

Celebrate Diversity

Come down to Rowlett Community Centre on Main Street in early October to help celebrate Diversity Day, a family event where residents can learn about the many different cultures that exist in the city. Activities include food tastings, a kid’s zone, concerts, dance performances and vendors selling ethnic items.

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Get Wet

Take the kids to Wet Zone Waterpark, which opens from mid-May to mid-August and features attractions like a large swimming pool, long slides, splash pad and wave zone. The park always schedules a Pooch Day for dogs on a final Sunday of the season.

Holiday Spirit

The city kicks off the holidays in early December at Pecan Grove Park with an annual Main Street Fest, which includes a tree-lighting ceremony along a beautiful Trail of Trees. Six days later, an annual Rowlett Holiday Parade attracts more than 50 floats that proceed along a long route on Main Street.

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