If you are looking for small town charm that is pure Texas, take a visit to Ennis. As the “Official Texas Bluebonnet City,” Ennis is a great place to road trip in the spring to snap family pictures and see Texas in its flowering glory.
Drive about an hour southeast of Fort Worth, and you’ll find plenty to eat, see, and do!
What to Do
Bardwell Lake // Camping, fishing, and picnicking are just a few of the recreational opportunities offered at Bardwell Lake.
Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival // Every April the city of Ennis holds a festival celebrating the state flower of Texas. There are more than 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails in the surrounding areas. The festival boasts musical acts, crafts, and local food vendors.
Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum // Learn about the history of Ennis, enjoy the railroad memorabilia, the dioramas, the depot replicas, china exhibit from the old rail lines, Czech dolls from the old country, and more.
Sugar Ridge Winery // Sugar Ridge offers wine tasting in a beautiful setting. The family friendly property boasts a private tasting room for private parties and events.
Texas Motorplex // The Texas Motorplex is considered one of the finest quarter-mile drag racing facilities in the nation. It hosts more than 90 racing events every year and holds the world speed record of 333.95!
Where to Eat
Alma Smokehouse BBQ // Come here for burgers, ribs, whole smoked chicken, as well as breakfast items.
Bella Italia // This quaint, family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant serves fresh pizza, pasta, and salad.
Bluebonnet City Grill // This homecooking restaurant is located just outside of downtown. It features daily lunch specials and BBQ plates.
Limerick’s Sandwich Junction // Located in downtown, Limerick’s boasts the best sandwiches in town.
Ruston Cattle Company // If you’re looking for BBQ, steaks, and fun, stop by Ruston Cattle Company. Try the Waygu beef belly burnt ends or the ribs.
Where to Stay
AirBnB // There are many options in the area on AirBnb, including a Victorian cottage and farmhouses with plenty of acreage.
English Merchant Inn // Drive about 15 miles west in downtown Waxahachie, and you will find this unique inn with British flair. It has an on-premise restaurant and bar and many lodging options.
Greenlee Acres // This property has koi ponds, a salt water swimming pool, hiking trails, stocked fishing lake, and more. You can stay in the main house or in a secluded cabin.
Kick ### Ranch // This vacation rental property has a pool, pond, and llamas. (Rentals are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19, but it is expected to start back up in spring 2022.)
Winding Ridge Bed and Breakfast // This inn is located along one of the bluebonnet trails on 22 acres, which includes plenty of animals — chickens, donkeys, and goats! The rooms are charming and spacious.
For more driving destination ideas, check out Fort Worth Moms “Guide to Road Trips from Fort Worth.”
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Sarah is a social media coordinator for Fort Worth Moms, as well as a writer. Read more articles by Sarah here! Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Sarah met her husband in college where they were both pursuing music degrees. After several fast-paced years in New York City, they settled in the Fort Worth area in 2013. Their greatest adventure began in early 2019 with the birth of their daughter Eleanor. Sarah currently works in the real estate industry. She enjoys practicing yoga, watching “bad” tv, perusing restaurant menus online, and pretending she can cook and host like the Barefoot Contessa.