Attractions in Ennis

Picture yourself gunning your water craft around the lake and then watching pro race car drivers pass 300 miles per hour on a super track. Or starting your day browsing fresh locally grown produce before admiring fields of beautiful blooming bluebonnets. These experiences all await in Ennis, a charming town located a few miles south of Dallas. Plan your trip here by checking out the following list of attractions in Ennis.

85 Speedway
The oldest racing facility in Ellis County, 85 Speedway hosts dirt-track races from March through October, with special events after that. Car classes include IMCA (International Motor Contest Association) Modified and Sportmod, Texas Wing Modified, factory stocks, cruisers, and more.
3118 FM85
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 875-8500

Bardwell Lake
More than half a million revelers chasing fun in the sun find it at this 3,500-acre lake each year. Camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, and water skiing are some of the most popular activities. The lake is also said to be the best-kept secret when it comes to fishing in Texas, offering excellent opportunities for white and hybrid bass, catfish, and crappie.
4000 Observation Drive
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 875-5711

Bluebonnet Trails
Ennis is the home of the “Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas,” which amounts to 40 drivable miles of gazing at the captivating state flower. The best viewing varies somewhat due to the year’s weather, but a typical route takes you north from downtown to the towns of Palmer, Bristol, and Crisp. Stop by the visitors bureau for a trail map.
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 878-4748

Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau
Southern hospitality is the stock in trade at the visitors bureau, where helpful staff will illuminate the best ways to spend your time in Ennis. Pick up your Bluebonnet Trails map, some bluebonnet seeds, and other souvenirs here before you start your adventure. Open Monday through Friday.
2 East Ennis Avenue
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 878-4748

Ennis Farmers Market
From April Fool’s Day to Halloween, the Ennis Farmer’s Market is the place to find fresh produce, delicious baked goods, and locally made arts and crafts. With music, kids’ activities, and other entertainment, the market elevates shopping to a whole new level. Downtown
Ennis, TX 75119

Ennis Public Theatre
Experience the magic of live theater at the Ennis Public Theatre, a local performing arts group that produces a new show every other month. Located in a new venue in historic downtown Ennis, the theater provides top-class entertainment by talented local actors. Show tickets are available on the theater’s website.
113 Dallas Street
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 878-7529

Galaxy Drive-In Theatre
There are only a handful of places left in Texas to catch a drive-in movie, and Ennis’ Galaxy Theatre is one of them. Tune in your radio to the appropriate station and hear the action as loud or as quiet as you want, from the comfort of your own car. Best of all, cheap concession prices and a double feature for your ticket make it one of the best value entertainment options in the entire city. Movies run every night of the week across seven screens.
5301 I-45
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 875-5505

High View Park
Enjoy the best Bardwell Lake has to offer from this park on its western shore. Set up a picnic or host a big gathering at the pavilion, camp at one of the nearly 40 sites, take a dip at the swimming beach, or set out for a relaxing boat ride or rewarding fishing trip from the full-service marina. The entrance station is open daily.
262 High View Marina Road
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 875-5711

Kolache Depot Bakery
Czech heritage runs deep in Ennis and one of the best ways to dive into the culture is to dig into their quintessential baked treat. Don’t let the Depot’s residence inside a Chevron station put you off. Inside you’ll find soft, fluffy, inexpensive kolaches in more than two dozen flavors, plus cinnamon rolls, breakfast “pockets,” and hot fare such as tacos, wings, and wraps.  
1103 East Ennis Avenue
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 875-8364

Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum
Railroads helped put many a Texas town on the map, and in Ennis’ case, that’s almost literally true. In fact, the town is named for the director of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad. Discover this part of Ennis’ history at the Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum, where you’ll learn about the town’s namesake and browse a collection of depot replicas, railroad memorabilia, vintage Czech dolls, and other historical artifacts.
105 NE Main Street
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 875-1901

Sugar Ridge Winery
The charming original location of this Texas vintner crafts sweet wines, such as the award-winning Gewürztraminer and the Ordnung, with grapes grown in Texas and New Mexico. Live music is common, and there’s a gift shop of wine accessories and food accompaniments.
353 Sugar Ridge Road
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 666-2888

Texas Motorplex
The National Hot Rod Association’s first-ever “super track,” the Motorplex hosts the fastest, most heart-pounding drag racing events in the state of Texas. These include the famous NHRA Fall Nationals in October, when pros and amateurs compete for upwards of $2 million in prize money. Fans can find refreshments at any of 10 concession stands, plus there’s a restaurant, Champions Club, and 28 luxury suites.
7500 US-287
Ennis, TX 75119
(972) 878-2641

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