The 10 Best Things to Do in Cedar Hill, United States

August 8, 2017 Velvet Mowry

Cedar Hill is a city in Dallas and Ellis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is located approximately 16 miles (26 km) southwest of downtown Dallas and is situated along the eastern shore of Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park. The population was 45,028 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Cedar Hill

1. Cedar Hill State Park

1570 W Fm 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104-4306 +1 972-291-3900
Excellent
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4 based on 135 reviews

Cedar Hill State Park

A beautiful, well- equipped park located near downtown Dallas; especially great for fishing.

Reviewed By lmclillly - Dallas, Texas

Cedar Hill State Park has some lovely camping spots. Good luck getting them though if you're just an average occasional camper. And good luck getting a straight consistent answer out of anyone at the state or local office either! They literally tell you something completely different for every person you speak with. The state park system is a screwed up mess. They really need to roll out the technology for reservations that allows you to pick a spot in advance and pay everything online. It's 2017 people. Get with it.

We had a Saturday-Monday reservation and it was recommended that I extend to Friday-Monday in order to check in to a preferred spot and pay my fees, so a camper rental could be dropped with no payment due. Well, they apparently can't do that online (even though the state office said they could) so they supervisor recommended I come down in person on a Friday morning. OK, that's a pain, but its'a special weekend - so I'll do it. I arrived on site on Friday at 11 to be told- What? No way. You can't. We're completely sold out & You REALLY need to come on Thursday for a weekend camp spot. WHAT? I need to come on Thursday for a Saturday camp spot? Oh and NO, even though you're here in person and a supervisor told me I could, there is no way to pay your fees before you start your reservation.

So, I was told to just send the camper rental company to check in for me and they could call me to pay the fees when they arrived. NOPE again. They won't take the fee payment over the phone either. Oh, and by the way they're still sold out- no spot for my rental camper. My camper rental person insisted SMARTLY on cruising the park to find an open spot (people leave before check out all the time) and she found one. Luckily she was nice enough to also pay my fees. So- all set. Finally, after at least an hour on the phone plus presenting myself in person and talking to four different people who said completely different things- ALL of which turned out to be wrong. SO annoying.

The camp spots themselves are nicely equipped and surprisingly well planned to have some nice privacy. So, that was nice.

They also have one more thing though- ANTS. LOTS of ants. OMG the ANTS. Bring bug spray. And Sevin dust if you can get it. It's a little late to find that out when you arrive. Especially since the marina, whose store might have sold you live bait or supplies like ant spray or ice is now permanently closed.

HIGHLIGHTS for those who want to skip to the end: They're a confused and disorganized office if you need anything other than the normal 2PM check in and you don't care at all about your spot. They have an ant infestation. The marina is closed. So are many of the trails. The camp spots are nice though. And the lake is nice too.

2. Windmill Hill Nature Preserve

1400 N Duncanville Rd, DeSoto, TX
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5 based on 4 reviews

Windmill Hill Nature Preserve

Reviewed By dirtbagextreme - Wilmer, Texas

My six children and I have always enjoyed this little gem. It's not the largest space, but it can surprise you once you get going off the main trails.

Great for short hikes, mountain biking, or just walking the dog. Lots of well-maintained trails and small areas to stop and rest if needed. I believe the Boy Scouts take care or the area, trails, and maps......they do a great job at it!

Pretty clean all around and there are trash cans right where you tend to need them. It has 2 good parking lots that I know of and an entrance or two from adjacent neighborhoods.

If it has been wet out you may wander into murky & muddy areas on some of the outer trails or need the Wintergreen entrance side trails.


Fun spot for a small adventure!

3. Elmer W. Oliver Park

1650 Matlock Rd, Mansfield, TX 76063-3823
Excellent
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Elmer W. Oliver Park

Reviewed By Paula H - Fort Worth, Texas

Gorgeous setting. Truly a "nature" park - no brightly colored playground, only trails, wildflowers, a pond or two and a treehouse lookout. Discreet plaques give you just enough information about what's on the trails around you, larger maps help you find your way. Perfect place to spend an afternoon.

4. International Museum of Cultures

411 E Highway 67, Duncanville, TX 75137-4156 +1 972-572-0462
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

International Museum of Cultures

Reviewed By 828TJA - Everett, Washington

It calls itself "a center for global awareness" and that sums it up well.

The small museum is divided into rooms, each with artifacts and information about one country, particularly those in Asia and the Pacific Ocean. Languages were a focus. We found it easy to spend more than an hour there.

The shop has some interesting items at appropriate prices.

The museum could be hard to find for those not familiar with Texas freeways. Most freeways have an access (frontage) road on each side. Get off US 67 at the Danieldale Road exit and drive south on the west side of the freeway. Look for it soon after the Wells Fargo bank.

5. Joe Pool Lake

FM 1382 and Interstate 20, Cedar Hill, TX 75106 +1 972-299-2227
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 42 reviews

Joe Pool Lake

Reviewed By cassyg99 - Argyle, Texas

This is a nice lake to take the boat out, or you can rent a pontoon and spend a few hours out on the lake. The fishing is pretty good and it is a good sized lake to cruise around. If you have younger kids, take them to the marina and bring a couple loaves of cheap bread. They will LOVE feeding bread to the fish! When you throw in a little piece all of a sudden there will be swarms of fish clambering to get the bread. If you haven't seen it before you will be surprised yourself. It will keep the little ones entertained for at least an hour if you bring enough bread.

6. Hawaiian Falls Mansfield

490 Heritage Pkwy S, Mansfield, TX 76063-9151 +1 817-853-0050
Excellent
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4.5 based on 116 reviews

Hawaiian Falls Mansfield

We are passionate about serving our guests and providing safe, clean fun in a family friendly environment. We serve by being humble, grateful and thoughtful.

Reviewed By Parispaigepayton - DeSoto, Texas

I have been a season pass holder for 3 years, and this one the favorite at one time,but this year has been very poor. I have notice a lot of lacking,cleanliness of the park ,bathrooms disgusting,food (nacho cheese cold) hots dogs not cooked, The lifeguards not very attentive (not all) but a very few. The last 3 visit have my decision that my family will go elsewhere. My last visit Friday July 28, 2017 Movie night, I went in the bathroom, 1st, a customer had her 2 boys standing in the seats (completing naked) 3 years maybe bathing the sink I left afterwards went back in to wash my hands sinks full of hair (disgusting) paper towels toilet paper everywhere. My last visit

7. Crescent Yoga Studio & Boutique

812 Alex Ln, (MidTowne), Midlothian, TX 76065-7547 +1 469-285-3559
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5 based on 4 reviews

Empowering a Healthy Lifestyle! Our goal is to help you on your path to better health and wellness. We offer a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere with a full schedule of various styles of yoga classes, specialized workshops, series, private sessions, yoga events & boutique. Come feel your stress & tension melt away!

Reviewed By Abbabah - Midlothian, Texas

Crescent Yoga Studio is calm, warm and welcoming. Dawn's classes are challenging and time flies when you are in the zone with her. If you are new to the area this is a great place to make friends and learn more about the area, just ask Dawn.

8. Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

100 W Abram St, Arlington, TX 76010-7101 +1 817-543-4307
Excellent
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5 based on 116 reviews

Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

Reviewed By V5005WObarbarac - Arlington

Yes, it is hot during the summer but there is usually a lovely breeze and the music is different and exciting. You will see bands that you might not even know about , yet have the opportunity to enjoy. And the food trucks give you another type of opportunity to taste different cuisines. Bring your lawn chairs and definitely a blanket or lawn covering, little bugs love this as well and remember this is Texas, the land of the free.

9. Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

2950 Interstate 20 Frontage Rd., Grand Prairie, TX +1 972-602-8383
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 175 reviews

Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Went to make an exchange with friends. We were in and out quickly. Staff was friendly @ Coach! Lots of parking.

10. Texas Helicopter Experience

150 E Danieldale Rd, DeSoto, TX 75115-2401
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5 based on 2 reviews

Texas Helicopter Experience

Reviewed By Victerine - Dallas, Texas

I look the sunset tour from this Desoto group and it was beautiful. The Dallas skyline is amazing all on its own, but was extra beautiful with the sunset and then the city buildings had their own different colored lights. If you want a really different way to see such a great city, this is it!

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