What to do and see in Duncanville, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 11, 2017 Nobuko Falco

Duncanville is a city in southern Dallas County, Texas, in the United States. Duncanville's population was 38,524 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Best Southwest area, which includes Duncanville, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Lancaster.
Restaurants in Duncanville

1. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

2301 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201-2497 +1 214-670-3600
Excellent
81%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 621 reviews

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Symphony center in Dallas.

Reviewed By jbwhitehouse - Dallas, Texas

Once a year SMU Meadows Symphony performs at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The performance is a fundraiser, though actual ticket prices are inexpensive for excellent seats. After spotlighting an honoree, the Meadows Symphony led by the amazing and wonderful conductor Paul Philipps performed two Samuel Barber pieces and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1. A beautiful evening in a beautiful setting. The acoustics are excellent for the audience, but I understand that they are not as good for the musicians themselves. Normal performance Tickets and Will Call are on the lower level. Tickets for this SMU performance are through SMU symphony ticket office.
As an aside, the SMU performing arts program is exceptional. All other symphony, dance, opera, and theatre performances are on the SMU campus during the academic year. I am in no way affiliated with SMU, but I do go to their performances; they are professional and very inexpensive.

2. Cedar Hill State Park

1570 W Fm 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104-4306 +1 972-291-3900
Excellent
30%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

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.

3. Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

601 E Palace Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050-2322 +1 972-263-2391
Excellent
34%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 305 reviews

Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

Experience our unique attractions including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, a state-of-the-art 7D Moving Theater, our mind-bending Mirror Maze, our challenging LaseRace, our sweet Candy Factory, and meet the stars at Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax

Reviewed By eaduddell - Moore, Oklahoma

First off, this place is expensive! I was not happy about spending $75 for my family to come to another Ripleys museum. We have been to other locations in other states. With that being said, we actually had a lot of fun! Our favorite was...MoreWe appreciate your review Eaduddell! We are sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with our prices! We hope that you come back to see our facility someday as it is ever changing and exciting!

4. Windmill Hill Nature Preserve

1400 N Duncanville Rd, DeSoto, TX
Excellent
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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. International Museum of Cultures

411 E Highway 67, Duncanville, TX 75137-4156 +1 972-572-0462
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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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.

6. Joe Pool Lake

FM 1382 and Interstate 20, Cedar Hill, TX 75106 +1 972-299-2227
Excellent
26%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

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.

7. Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

2950 Interstate 20 Frontage Rd., Grand Prairie, TX +1 972-602-8383
Excellent
41%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

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.

8. Texas Helicopter Experience

150 E Danieldale Rd, DeSoto, TX 75115-2401
Excellent
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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!

9. Duncanville Community Theatre

106 S Main St, Duncanville, TX 75116-4704 +1 972-780-5707
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Duncanville Community Theatre

Founded in 1988, DCT offers quality live theatre for "Best Southwest" Dallas county. Producing six shows annually, DCT also provides theatre education classes and workshops to children and adults.

Reviewed By David K - Dallas, Texas

People can overlook the enjoyment of community theater because of the moniker "community." DCT puts on both classic and contemporary live stage shows and should be given a visit. An intimate venue with about 75 seats allows the theater goer to have a close up and enjoyable evening. Prices are reasonable for an evening of entertainment. It is 15 miles from the center of downtown Dallas and is a great value.

10. Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill

1206 W Fm 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104-1244 +1 469-526-1980
Excellent
45%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center at Cedar Hill

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center (DCAC) is part of National Audubon Society (NAS) whose mission is to protect bird species and other wildlife and their habitat. This conservation organization has been educating and protecting birds since 1905. DCAC opened in 2011, protecting 220 acres and provides opportunities to connect to nature through it's 2 miles of hiking trails, a children's Nature Play area, indoor and outdoor bird viewing areas and hosts a variety of programming including classes, school programs, Scout badges, citizen science, festivals and volunteer opportunities. Amenities include picnic tables, restrooms, water fountains, and Nature Store.

Reviewed By Ruth Amy S

This is a wonderful nature center to visit, alone or with your friends or family. It's beautiful all year round, mostly shaded trails. the center is amazing with great displays and I love the architecture. A great place to get in a walk, a picnic and enjoy the outdoors.

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