Five Fun Things to Do in RockwallPublished: November 08, 2011
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If you ever catch someone saying that life in Rockwall is boring, you probably have plenty of responses. But, just in case you come up short because you were so stunned by the very idea that boredom could happen here, here are five tips to help that person beat the blahs.
1. Walk a Dog
Dogs get bored too. If your canine companion is getting destructive around the house or jumps all over you when you come home, chances are he/she is not getting enough exercise. A daily 20-minute walk around the neighborhood could be all that's needed to calm even the most hyper pooch. In the process, you could end up meeting neighbors you didn't know you had. You might even have so much fun doing it that you completely miss the fact that you're getting exercise too.
If being surrounded by unbridled canine joy is your cup of tea, walk your buddy on over to the Dog Park at Harry Myers. On any nice sunny weekend you are sure to meet new friends of the two- and four-legged kind.
Don't have a dog? Not to worry. The Rockwall Animal Adoption Center welcomes volunteers to come and play with the animals waiting for new homes. Taking an animal out for a walk or a game of catch in the play yard gets them out of their cramped kennel and helps socialize them to make them more adoptable. Who knows? You just may end up with a new family member in the process. Give them a call at 972-771-7750 to schedule an orientation.
2. Explore a Park
You don't need to have kids, or even be one, to enjoy some of the best playgrounds in the state. Did you know you can see and interact with a working model of a mountain ecosystem right here in one of our neighborhood parks? Or immerse yourself in a surround-sound outdoor video game that will give you a full cardio workout before you know what happened? These attractions and more are waiting to be discovered in our Rockwall Parks.
Play a game of disc golf at the nationally acclaimed course at Harry Myers Park. Watch sailing regattas while strolling the boardwalk at the Harbor. Play ball at Tuttle Field. Climb a rock wall at Shores Park.
Be sure to visit the first of many profiles of our beautiful parks. Featured here is Emerald Bay Park.
3. Ride a Bike
Did you think riding a bike in Rockwall meant risking getting run off the road by oversized SUVs hurrying to and from the store? Guess again. Our town is host to over 20 miles of dedicated bike paths, and the Squabble Creek Mountain Bike Trail is a destination for off-road cyclists from all over the Dallas Metroplex. Dust off that Schwinn and get your cardio on while exploring places you won't see from behind the wheel. You can find the entrance to this great resource in the parking lot at 2201 North Lakeshore Drive, across from Grace Hartman School.
4. Help a Kid
Because we live in such a beautiful town, it can be easy to forget there are kids who don't have the best life has to offer. Whether from economic hardship, family abuse, or drugs, the reality is that these children need our help. One place they find it is at the Boys and Girls Club of Rockwall County. Thanks to Director Misti Potter and her crew, kids at risk have a safe place to go for recreation, educational assistance and character development. Volunteers for all their programs are appreciated. Currently there is a strong need for homework help after school in math and English skills. If you have the time and energy to devote to this wonderful organization, please call 972-722-2462, and give their website a visit.
5. Take a Picture
Got a camera? Of course you do! If you've spent any time on this site, you'll know that photo opportunities abound in our neck of the woods. The lakes, the parks, the historical buildings, sunsets, sunrises, kids, events - all offer the potential to bring out the artist in anyone with a camera and the willingness to just stop, point and shoot. A look at the work of local photo artists Jack Palmer and Claudia Holt will tell you that all you need to do is open your eyes and imagine what can be.
So do your friend a favor and pass along this list. If they're still bored, then they probably don't live in Rockwall County.
by Bob Lewis
Posted Tuesday, November 08, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment,Living,Kids,Outdoors,Pets