Best Activities and Attractions in Rockwall Texas

Located 25 miles east of Dallas, Rockwall is a small town with big-city surprises. It’s a vibrant and thriving community in Texas with a population of almost 50,000 and growing. In fact, it was recently named one of the best places to live in the state! Plus, it holds a special place in my heart because it’s where my husband proposed.

I originally started this as a post for things to do in Rockwall in one day, but considering there are a whole lot of attractions and family-friendly activities in Rockwall, I bet you can easily make a weekend out of this beautiful town.

Start your day with a delightful brunch at the Downtown Square, savor the flavors of local wines with a tasting session, and don’t miss the breathtaking views and endless entertainment at the Harbor, where the beauty of Rockwall truly shines.

For these experiences and more, explore our complete list below for a comprehensive guide to all the best things to do in Rockwall.


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Brunch in Rockwall & The Downtown Square

We started our day in the historic downtown area of Rockwall and got breakfast at Book Club Cafe. Their migas were my favorite and I’m usually picky about migas. Make sure to pair your breakfast with one of their signature lattes. I got a Benny-Bourbon & Vanilla latte. It was such a unique drink and a treat! To finish up breakfast, we got a blood orange mimosa. The great thing about Rockwall is they let you open carry in their downtown area, so after leaving the cafe, we spent our time browsing the local shops while sipping on mimosas.

Shop Local At Rockwall Farmers Market

On Saturdays from May to September, downtown also hosts the Rockwall Farmers Market in the historic square, which is full of fresh produce and homemade goods. Picture yourself wandering through a vibrant market filled with fresh, locally sourced goods. As you stroll along, you can spot a variety of vendors selling mouthwatering beef, freshly baked bread and pastries. There are also beautiful flowers and plants, colorful fruits and veggies, aromatic coffee, pure honey, and so much more.

Assorted pastries displayed on a checkered tablecloth

Enjoy A Wine Tasting

After browsing through cute boutiques, we stopped at the San Martiño Winery & Vineyards for a fun little wine tasting. The staff is friendly, and for $20 per person, you can try 5 different wines. Make sure to check out their website for special events!

A person holding a wine glass

Relax at the Spa

Belfiore Salon & Day Spa offers the ultimate relaxing getaway! With its different spa packages, you can get a lovely massage or pedicure or take a full girl’s day retreat. Belfiore goes out of its way to ensure its guests receive an incredible experience and is the best spa in Rockwall.

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Visit the Harbor Rockwall

After our stop, we headed to Rockwall’s main attraction: The Harbor. Seriously! How is this body of water so close to Dallas?! We enjoyed the froyo at Twisty Treats (this place had the most froyo toppings I’ve ever seen), walked around to view the fountains, and enjoyed a great meal at Gloria’s.

Right near the docks is a railing that holds a group of locks. It’s like the lock bridge in Paris, filled with locks of love. Chief and I got our own lock and sealed it there for whenever we go back and visit.

Two padlocks hanging on a rope near a serene body of water

The boardwalk is one of the main highlights of this place. It offers picturesque views of Lake Ray Hubbard that take your breath away. The architecture is stunning, with string lights hanging over the promenade, fountains, flowers, picnic areas, and a sparkling blue lake dotted with boats. The picturesque lighthouse adds to the charm and beauty of the place, making it an ideal spot for a romantic date or a fun family outing.

The Harbor is also home to a splash pad for kids and KidMania playground, where they can explore an expansive play area with slides, climbing structures, and swings. Plenty of green spaces attract you to picnic, play games, or relax with your loved ones.

We ended our day by setting sail on a 1.5-hour cruise with Sail With Scott. Sitting on this gorgeous boat with my husband, reflecting on our day, and watching the sunset as the waves rolled by was so nice. It’s BYOB, so we brought a picnic basket of wine and cheese. It was the picture-perfect way to have a date!

Catch A Show

If you are in Rockwall during the summer, it is worth checking out what Rockwall Summer Musicals has playing. Last time we were there, we went to see Into the Woods, one of my favorite musicals, for its dark humor twist on fairy tales. You’ll be surprised to see some Dallas professional singers and actors trekking to Rockwall to be part of such an amazing team and list of productions.

Actors in the Rockwall Summer Musical event

Get a Glimpse of Prohibition Era At Speak Rockwall

Speak is an extraordinary speakeasy in Rockwall that takes you back to prohibition days. The ambiance is perfect, with hidden doors and secret passcodes that give you a taste of the mystery and excitement of that era.

Yet with an atmosphere that feels like a place frozen in time, speak is a playful fusion of a modern diner with a speakeasy influence. It is complete with live music performances, free spirits, and culinary delights that will leave you speechless. The menu features a range of chef-inspired seasonal delicacies that are as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the palate. From delectable appetizers to savory soups and salads, and from mouth-watering steaks to fresh seafood, they’ve got something to satisfy every craving.

Indulge in Books and Food Pairing at Fable and Fire Bookshop

Fable and Fire, a bookshop bistro in historic downtown Rockwall, opened with an out-of-the-box vision of a space that sparks creativity through books and delicious food. With an expertly curated selection of books, vintage vinyl, and a mouth-watering menu of food and drinks complemented by coffees, teas, and cocktails, Fable and Fire is the perfect place to visit with friends, where you can uncover and share new stories in their garden, cocktail lounge, or art-filled dining room.

Want to dive into a book while enjoying some “me” time? Their well-curated and creative space has you covered.

Satiate Your Adrenaline Rush At Extreme Sports Dallas – Kiteboarding

Extreme Sports Dallas is located right on Lake Ray Hubbard,, offering kiteboarding lessons and gear to those seeking adrenaline-pumping activities.  Founded in 2012, Extreme Sports Dallas is all about providing personalized, one-to-one sports instruction, support, and top-of-the-line gear to beginner and intermediate kiteboarders and rock climbers in the area. Thanks to their incredibly effective lessons and high-quality equipment, they’ve quickly earned a reputation as the largest local kiteboarding provider in the area for the right reason.