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Things to Do
First-Stop Information Center. The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau (ECVB) located at 002 E. Ennis Avenue should be your first stop if you're new to our town. Our tourism staff will be happy to inform you of what's happening this month in Ennis. The ECVB may be contacted at 972-87VISIT (972.878.4748).
From parks and lakes to a nationally recognized professional motor sports venue and a regionally recognized multi-purpose sports complex, Ennis offers an abundance of recreation and leisure opportunities for Bluebonnet City residents and visitors alike. Listed below are some of our biggest attractions:
The Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum. Don't miss this fascinating collection of train memorabilia and historic photo displays! The Museum is located at 105 NE Main Street, directly behind the ECVB. You may contact the Museum directly by calling 972.875.1901.
The Texas Motorplex. Drawing annual crowds in excess of over 500,000 fans, the Texas Motorplex is one of the finest racetracks in the nation. Races and other events are held almost every weekend from February to November.
Rev up your stay in Ennis by visiting such large events as the Super Chevy Show in May and the NHRA AAA Texas Fall Nationals in October. The Texas Motorplex is home of an incredible record speed of 333.95 mph! Call 972.878.2641 for additional information regarding the many exciting auto racing events at the Texas Motorplex.
85 Speedway. Saturday nights are always fast-paced with plenty of excitement when the 85 Speedway's dirt track car racing events get into high gear! From mid-March through October, experience the thrills and spills of the UMP modifieds, hot stock, street stock, and figure 8/bomber. The track is conveniently located to the Southeast of Ennis on Highway 85, just 5.2 miles East of I-45 (Take I-45 Exit # 249). For specific information regarding schedules and the many events, phone the 85 Speedway: 972.875.8500.
Historic District Antique and Craft Shops. Stroll along brick streets and turn of the century street lights as you shop for unique gifts and collectibles in the historic downtown distrct.
The Annual National Polka Festival. Every Memorial Day Weekend, our large Czechoslovakian population hosts the National Polka Festival with a parade, colorful costumes, street dancing, mouthwatering Czech food, desserts, and over 13 traditional Polka bands.
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. Come find out why Ennis is known as "The Official Bluebonnet City and Trail of Texas." Each Spring, the Ennis Garden Club details the best wildflower viewing areas for eager photographers of the Texas State flower.
The month of April in Ennis is colorful indeed. Come and join us as we spring into Spring at the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails festival, proudly hosted by the Ennis Garden Club.
The Ennis Public Library. Over 40,000 holdings are found in this modern facility which contains a state of the art audio-visual learning center with distance learning capabilities. This high tech center is available for rental on a reservations-in-advance basis. A notable Regional History wing for genealogical studies is a must see! Contact the Ennis Public Library for specific information regarding available materials and Learning Center reservations by calling 972-875-5360.
Lake Bardwell. With over 3,500 surface acres, Lake Bardwell is of one of the largest attractions in Ellis county with annual attendance exceeding 150,000. The sparkling body of water offers skiing, fishing, swimming, boating and more to be done at your leisure. Camp, picnic, or host a special gathering on the 1,800 acres surrounding the lake. Highview Marina rents paddle boats and offers fishing space in a covered pavilion (view Lake Bardwell Map).
Ennis Area Parks. For families who want to spend time together enjoying leisurely stroll, feeding the ducks, eating a picnic lunch, or just watching the clouds breeze by, Ennis offers 18 beautiful City of Ennis parks covering over 177.63 acres of land that can more than satisfy one's outdoor needs. In addition to the City of Ennis parks, there are 5 parks strategically located on the grounds of Lake Bardwell. These parks are maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Lake Bardwell parks cover more than 1,800 acres and include 17 picnic areas and six boat ramps with more than 125 electric sites. User fees and annual passes can be obtained by calling 972.875.5711 (view Lake Bardwell Parks Map).
Tennis. The Lion Tennis Center, one of the finest public accessible tennis facilities in the State is owned and operated by the Ennis Independent School District, features 9 championship quality tennis courts (4 indoors), snack bar, and pro shop. Contact the Lion Tennis Center for additional information regarding facility use, programs, and events at 972.875.9144.
Bluebonnet Park. This 47 acre park was opened May 1996. This facility includes 8 lighted ball fields, 6 soccer fields, 10 acres of dedicated recreational open space, a 2 acre fishing lake, and a 7-tenths mile walking path. This magnificent facility is available for softball, baseball and soccer tournaments and attracts teams from all across the State of Texas. For reservations or schedules contact the Ennis Parks & Recreation Department at 972.878.1234 ext.2248. Color brochures are available upon request
Lions Park. This 18.58 acre park opened May 27, 2005. The park includes a 2 acre fishing lake, group picnic pavilion, picnic shelters, 1/2 mile walking path and playground.
Ennis Veterans Memorial Park. This 19.13 acre park was opened August 16, 2011. The park includes 9 soccer/football fields, a concession/restroom facility, picnic tables, a 1/4 mile walking path, a playground and a moving tribute to veterans.
Arts & Entertainment
The Ennis Arts Commission provides a variety of year-round cultural events and educational programs for our residents of the City of Ennis and for our visitors as well.
These activities not only enhance and enrich the overall quality of life for our residents and visitors, but they serve to broaden our knowledge and appreciation of the arts and culture, and they provide wonderful entertainment for the entire family as well.
For your convenience, a tentative schedule of the upcoming cultural events, educational programs, and the professional artists who will be featured during the next year will be presented below.