Top 10 Things to do in Red Oak, United States

November 25, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Red Oak is a city in Ellis County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 10,769 at the 2010 census, up from 4,301 at the 2000 census. The North Central Texas Council of Governments projects that number to grow to 63,329 by the year 2030, as it is on the verge of explosive suburban growth. Red Oak was the exterior location for filming True Stories, directed by David Byrne of Talking Heads and released in 1986.
Restaurants in Red Oak

1. Reindeer Manor

410 Houston School Rd, Red Oak, TX 75154-2418 +1 972-514-7287
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4 based on 6 reviews

Reindeer Manor

Reviewed By dagmara56 - Dallas, Texas

We are haunted house aficienados, having gone to Screams, Thrillvania, and others in the area. I wanted to go because I had read the sad history of Reindeer Manor, and since we've seen just about every other venue, we decided to try to this one. I don't remember how I found out about it, because I don't recall seeing any ads about it.

The drive on the road is creepy, and there is only a lighted arrow blinking off the side road, you assume its Reindeer Manor. There is an even creepier drive down a gravel road and then you park and wait in line under a shelter for the tractor ride to the venue.
WARNING: REINDEER MANOR DOES NOT ACCEPT CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS BUT IS CASH ONLY

There are three houses, we went to all three. Reindeer Manor is quite deceiving, its much larger than what it appears to be on the outside. The actors can, and do touch you. Groups of 6 enter the house and stay together, you will all be bonded by the end. I've never been so scared in my entire life; they seem to have found a way to include every frightening phobia or idea into a single haunted house and make it seem cohesive and interesting.

13th street morgue was good, but after Reindeer Manor, couldn't quite compare to that standard. The Dungeon of Doom was okay, but again, Reindeer Manor set a very high bar.

Frankly, I vote this venue number 1, I loved it.

2. Ellis County Courthouse

101 W Main St, Waxahachie, TX 75165-0405 +1 972-825-5000
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Ellis County Courthouse

Reviewed By cityslickerindasouth - Dallas, Texas

One of the pretties courthouses in Texas, this place is easy to check out and just a beautiful piece of eye candy that was created. Sulphur Springs has a mini version of this courthouse. You can walk around a lot of the inside of this building as well. The carvings on the exterior are fabulous. It makes a nice focal point for the downtown.

3. Cold War Air Museum

850 Ferris Rd, Lancaster, TX 75146-5506 +1 972-218-9700
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3.5 based on 2 reviews

Cold War Air Museum

Reviewed By AF_Hiker - Silverdale, Washington

This free museum has a few different aircraft from the cold war era. There are also a few civilian aircraft here. I thought the Russian helicopter, as well as the Bulgarian helicopter, were both cool to see. The volunteer showed me around and told me about the aircraft. It may be worthwhile if you are in the area, but call ahead. They are usually only open on Saturdays.

4. 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!

5. Shadowcreek Ranch

315 Patrick Pike Rd, Ferris, TX 75125-8512 +1 972-225-5414
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Shadowcreek Ranch

Reviewed By tickhicks - Dallas, Texas

Take a trip back in time - remember your youth.If you are familiar with the TV series "Walker Texas Ranger", some of the scenes from that show were filmed there.

6. Ellis County Museum

201 S College St, Waxahachie, TX 75165-3711 +1 972-937-0681
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Ellis County Museum

Museum that displays a beautiful collection of silk and ivory fans, ivory pitchers, and other items from various time periods.

Reviewed By coveys2017 - Wisconsin

We were impressed with the amount of local history we were able to learn while visiting the museum. It was well worth our stop. The staff were knowledgeable, friendly, and very informative.. We were able to see most of the museum in about 60-90 minutes.

7. 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!

8. Joe Pool Lake

FM 1382 and Interstate 20, Cedar Hill, TX 75106 +1 972-299-2227
Excellent
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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.

9. Brickyard Golf Course

605 N Interstate Highway 45, Ferris, TX 75125-1826
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2.5 based on 2 reviews

Carved from an old brickyard, this 18-hole golf course features elevated trees, hill-lined fairways and large Tif Eagle greens.

Reviewed By Mommarox2015 - Dallas, Texas

This course has a lot of personality. Each hole is unique and challenging. Unfortunately it is not that polished for the money we paid. It was $40 and was word about half of that due to rough that was more weeds than anything. It just had a very unkept feel to it. The staff was friendly and the facility is decent. The golf carts are spunky which they need to be because this is a very hilly course. I really wish it was better maintained because it really is a fun layout but it is not in the category of $40 rounds.

10. Dove's Nest Gifts

105 W Jefferson St, Waxahachie, TX 75165-3723 +1 972-938-3683
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Dove's Nest Gifts

This is an upscale antique shop offering many items at good prices.

Reviewed By Debbie M - Red Oak, Texas

Everything on the menu is divine! Chicken apricot salad is a favorite. Booths are full of awesome gifts, jewelry and personal items. A must when in Waxahachee!

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