By Lauren Kimmel

With the many lakes both inside and surrounding the DFW area, there is a surprisingly limited amount of lake access and activities. Located just south of I-30 on the east side of Lake Ray Hubbard, the Harbor at Rockwall bucks the trend. Being built in 2003, the Harbor at Rockwall provides a number of activities, shopping, dining, entertainment and getaway options…and its 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Whether you have a family, or are just looking for a place to getaway with a lot of options, the Harbor at Rockwall is the perfect location.

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Harbor at Rockwall Boardwalk
2074 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, Texas
Open all the time
Free Admission

If you’re not in the mood for dining or shopping and just want a beautiful place to walk around, the Harbor at Rockwall Boardwalk is a great FREE lakeside adventure. Not only is there a long boardwalk with benches, fountains, and a lighthouse, but the boardwalk is also home to a number of summer events. In July, the Harbor Boardwalk will be home to the Freedom Fest Firework Show and The Harbor Boat Show, along with a summer concert series. So if you just want to get away from the hubbub of city life and enjoy a peaceful day at the Lake, pack a picnic and some comfortable shoes and head to the Harbor at Rockwall Boardwalk.

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Hilton Hotel at Rockwall Harbor
2055 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, Texas
Open all the time
(214) 771-3700

Sometimes all it takes to relax is a hotel room, leisurely pool, and a beautiful view. However, the cost of getting to a place like this can almost make the hotel stay not worth it. If you’re a Dallas resident, you can have all of the benefits of a relaxing resort vacation without taking out a second mortgage to get there. The Hilton Bella Harbor Lakefront Hotel is an elegant, Mediterranean style hotel located in the Harbor at Rockwall, 20 minutes from downtown Dallas. Whether it’s booking a wedding, hosting a conference, or just getting away for a few nights, the Hilton Bella Harbor has it all. This hotel is a true Dallas-area gem.

Concert at the Harbor
The Harbor Ampitheater
2074 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, Texas
Every Thursday night through August 18, 7:30 pm
Free Admission

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Nothing quite says summer like listening to great live music next to a serene Texas lake. All summer long at the Harbor at Rockwall, you can come and enjoy free live music, the great outdoors, and the cool breeze coming off of Lake Ray Hubbard. With bands ranging in styles from Oldies to Classic Rock to Country, there is sure to be some type of music that appeals to you. Since it starts at 7:30 every Thursday night, its still not too late to bring the family.

Cinemark 12 Rockwall
2125 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, Texas
(972) 771 – 6652

While you’re enjoying the wonderful shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Harbor at Rockwall, don’t miss any number of cinematic blockbusters at the Cinemark 12. With 10 digital theaters and 2 RealD 3D theater, this Cinemark is a great place to enjoy all kinds of movies. The greatest part is that there are a lot of options to save money with the Early Bird pricing. You can take the whole family to a movie Saturday morning for $5! It doesn’t get much better than that!

Restaurants and Shopping

The Harbor at Rockwall
2074 Summer Lee Drive, Rockwall, Texas

The best part about the shopping and dining at The Harbor at Rockwall (besides the great ambiance) is the variety. As far as dining is concerned, you can enjoy a nice sit down meal at places like Luna de Noche or Gloria’s, enjoy a casual burger at Paradise Burgers, or get a delicious dessert from Cold Stone Creamery or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. If you’re a shopper, there are a number of unique stores like Genuine Jake, En Fuego, and Zeus to keep you busy. With the nearby Cinemark and boardwalk, the restaurants and shops at the Harbor at Rockwall are perfect compliments.

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Lauren Kimmel is the Co-Founder of Dallas Moms Blog, a great resource for moms looking to connect to other moms, learn and laugh about motherhood, and discover all that Dallas has to offer. She is a wife to a musician and a mother to a bouncing baby boy.