12 Family Fun Things To Do in Cedar Hill

This quiet community on the shores of Joe Pool Lake offers so much to the nature enthusiast, with amazing hiking trails, DFW’s only state park, fishing, and disc golf!  There is also great shopping, dining kids activities and so much more!  

 

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1.  Cedar Hill Roller Rink

One summer, we went with some friends to a different skating rink each week, in an attempt to find the BEST!  Well, most of them had something that was better than another one, but our overall favorite was Cedar Hill Roller Rink.  It’s been there since 1956, and it’s got it’s share of wear and tear, but what we LOVE about it is that it’s small, and perfect during the day for younger kids.  They play lots of games, too.  The owner, Super Dave, is personable and willing to help with anything!  We went recently, and my six year old didn’t want to skate, he wanted to watch the Lego movie, which had just been released that day on dvd!  Super Dave let him and his friends watch it on the tv in the snack bar, while the older kids skated!

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2.  Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

This Audubon Park is open 6 day a week for hiking and nature exploration.  Consisting of a West Loop Trail and a 1-mile stroller and wheelchair accessible hiking trail on the bottom of the canyon, there is also a nature center, summer camps, classes, guided hikes and a nature play area!

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3.  Hillside Village Spray Park

With over 70 merchants at this open air shopping mall, you can enjoy a little shopping then take the kids to play in the fun and FREE splash pad!

4.  White Rhino Coffee Shop

The original White Rhino Coffee Shop, you can grab a cup of coffee and enjoy sitting out under the lights on their patio!  It’s a perfect way to end a summer day!

5.  Joe Pool Lake 

All of the lake access and lakefront in Cedar Hill is primarily located in Cedar Hill State Park!  There are lake front campsites, a swim beach, fishing and much more!

6.  Ellen’s Amusement Park

Kids will love the miniature golf, go carts, arcade games, paintball and more at this fun park!

7. Calabria Nature Preserve  

Nature and bike trails are being planned for this special area, while keeping it as natural as possible!

8.  Downtown Cedar Hill

Let the fast pace world slow down a minute as you visit the cute Downtown Area in Cedar Hill.  Grab something to eat at Babe’s Chicken House or a slice of pizza from Sam’s Pizza and Pasta, one of our favorites!  You’ll also enjoy the fun boutique shopping!  Here’s something I love about Cedar Hill, residents can check out BIKES from the Cedar Hill Public Library!

9.  Cedar Mountain Nature Preserve

Currently closed due to construction, the CM Nature Preserve offers 2 hiking trails through this unique geological area where blackland prarie meets limestone escarpment 700 feet above sea level at one of the highest points in Dallas County.

10.  Cedar Hill Bike Trails

In addition to the DORBA Mountain Bike Trail in Cedar Hill State Park, there are numerous other bike trails in Cedar Hill more suited for casual bike rides!  B & B Bicycles is shop in town with great resources on the best places to ride, as well as planned weekly rides.

11. Lester Lorch Park and Disc Golf Course

This nature preserve has two 18-hole disc golf courses, with elevation changes, a pond and dense vegetation to make it very challenging.

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12.  Cedar Hill State Park

One of our favorite state parks, Cedar Hill State Park offers camping, boating, a marina, hiking trails, swim beach, kayak rentals, historic Penn Farm, amazing mountain bike trails, FREE fishing while in the park and much, much more!!  There are weekly programs such as Butter Churning with Lucinda, where participants can learn to churn butter and hear stories of life on Penn Farm.

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