There’s a whole lot to enjoy about North Texas. The region is filled with the natural beauty of lakes and forests, while still offering the amenities of city life. You can explore amazing shopping, dining and entertainment options across the Dallas Metroplex, or experience top-notch recreation at area state parks.
Whether you prefer to dive into North Texas’ arts, cultural and historical offerings, or if you’re just looking for a spot to play some golf or relax with sunset views at day’s end … it’s all waiting for you here.
Based in Rockwall, Texas, in the county of the same name, United Country Real Estate | Rockwall Realty calls North Texas home. We love it here and we think you will, too. Let’s take a closer look at the region’s appeal for residents and visitors alike.
A lot of the area that makes up North Central Texas is also called the Prairies and Lakes Region, and fittingly, there’s no shortage of opportunities for outdoor recreation here.
Right in our backyard so to speak in Rockwall, Harry Myers Park and Phelps Lake Park are just two of many city parks offering a variety of facilities and ways to unwind and get some exercise. Over in Dallas, the 1,015-acre White Rock Lake is popular for special events as well as its bike trails, kayak rentals and birding areas.
In nearby Plano, the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is worth checking out for its 200 acres of beauty, where you can hike and get a great look of the city from an observation tower. There are also several other parks in Plano (check the additional links on the Arbor Hills page). But the top spot around is arguably Lake Ray Hubbard, a massive 22,000-acre lake known for fishing, water skiing, beaches, trails and more. It spans across four counties.
Sometimes, it’s worth travelling out a ways from the city for the best recreation available, and state parks are often where you’ll find it all. In Dallas and Ellis counties, Cedar Hill State Park has rugged limestone hills and prairies and lakeside campsites. In the adjacent Johnson County, Cleburne State Park is brimming with wildlife. Paddle or fish the lake, and enjoy the bluebonnet fields come spring.
A few counties to the east (Van Zandt) in Wills Point, Lake Tawakoni State Park along the Sabine River is an angler’s paradise, especially for high-fin blue catfish. Or head to two of the northernmost counties in Texas (Grayson and Fannin) to visit Eisenhower State Park and Bonham State Park. The former is on the shores of the popular Lake Texoma and has a full-service marina, while the latter is 261 acres of rolling prairies, woodlands and a lake.
Enjoying all that beauty and recreation in the great outdoors isn’t the only thing appealing about North Texas. There are plenty of other attractions to discover, including high-end shopping, entertainment venues, restaurants, professional sports and family fun activities.
Rockwall Harbor is the place to be for all kinds of retail outlets and eateries, all made even better by the incredible views of Lake Ray Hubbard. Also on the shores of this same lake is Sapphire Bay, a $1 billion development described as “a unique waterfront destination where business, leisure, and entertainment harmonize to create a magical experience.” Or head to the Bishop Arts District just minutes from downtown Dallas for a fun array of boutiques, restaurants, theaters and art galleries.
One way to help you figure out what you want to experience further is by starting with a sightseeing tour of Dallas. It just might inspire you to take in a Dallas Cowboys NFL or Dallas Mavericks NBA game. But maybe not before you check out the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It provides a comprehensive look at JFK’s life and accomplishments, as well as the events around his death, and is equally melancholy, educational and even inspiring.
For family fun, try UrbanAir Adventure Park in Rockwall or Texas Zoofari Park in Kaufman County. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is one of the best of its kind in the world, great for adults but it also has a neat garden area with kids activities.
There are also quite a few unique experiences you can have here in North Texas, starting with a place like the Southfork Ranch. Here you can purchase packages for tours, meals and even equestrian training. If you’re into agri-tourism, Blase Family Farm is a nice spot for pick-your-own blueberries and pumpkins. Lastly, if you’re curious what the world’s largest flea market looks like, you’ll find the answer in Canton (Van Zandt County).
Truly, there’s more to discover, explore and enjoy throughout the Dallas Metroplex and North Central Texas than we can mention here. Come on down and experience it all for yourself. You might even find the urge to settle down here for the long run!