Space, especially green space, is becoming increasingly scarce in the DFW Metroplex. Fortunately, Midlothian officials have completed EnVISION 2025, the new Strategic Plan, and are constantly striving to improve the quality and quantity of the city’s parks and trails. With over 100 acres in parks and recreational facilities already available within the city, Midlothian is able to offer many opportunities for sports and enjoyment of the area’s abundant natural beauty. On evenings and weekends, Midlothian’s parks come alive with children laughing and playing on playgrounds, and the athletic fields are teaming with community athletic clubs playing baseball, soccer, basketball, football or tennis.
The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce also offers several festivals and attractions throughout the year. The Chamber sponsors the Annual Spring Fling, Business Expo, Easter Egg Hunt, Golf Tournament, Annual Auction, Fall Festival and Holiday Light-Up Parade.
Other annual events in Midlothian include the Annual Mid-Way Regional Airport Pancake Breakfast Fly-In in June. The Lions’ Club and the airport staff provide the family with a feast of pancakes, as well as a feast for the eyes as over 50 planes fly in. The event includes military and civilian vintage aircraft, vehicles on display by Midlothian Classic Wheels, discovery flights and plane rides, remote-controlled fliers and more. The annual July 4th fireworks show sponsored by Citizens National Bank shouldn’t be missed and is definitely one of the best in the area. The Gryphon Toy Run, a motorcycle run that starts in downtown Midlothian and goes to Sokol Hall on Highway 34 in Ennis, has been an annual event for close to 25 years. This holiday event has been listed as one of the top 10 runs in the nation by Easy Rider Magazine and is ranked one of the top three in Texas.
The Midlothian Conference Center is host to many events as well, such as the Festival of Flowers in the spring, the Annual Quilt Show in the summer and the Festival of Trees during the holidays. Visits can be made to the Conference Center, even if there is not a special event, simply to view the many pieces of art by professional and amateur artists of Ellis County in the gallery. Some of the works are for sale; others are simply displayed for all to enjoy.
For those looking for a local retreat, Camp Hoblitzelle is the right place. Owned and operated by the Salvation Army, Camp Hoblitzelle’s location and facilities make it the perfect place for spiritual retreats, training conferences, youth rallies, marriage enrichment retreats and team-building events. Horseback riding, a private lake, sports complex and Olympic size pool, along with many other amenities, make this the perfect setting to plan your organization’s event.If you want to spend the day at the lake, you need only travel a few minutes to Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park, which offers fishing, boating, camping and water sports, as well as hiking and mountain biking. Two million annual visitors make this state park the second most visited recreation area in the state.
For those seeking metropolitan entertainment and recreation, Dallas, the Mid Cities and Fort Worth are all less than 30 minutes away from Midlothian. The Mort Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Bass Brothers’ Concert Hall in Fort Worth or American Airlines Center all offer a variety of venues for your entertainment pleasure. In fact, there are unlimited entertainment and recreational opportunities in the surrounding DFW area ranging from atriums to zoos.
Midlothian has scores of fun things to do. In its 52-square miles, you’ll find friendly people and an outstanding quality of life with many social, entertainment and recreational possibilities. Here you really have the best of both worlds – small community living with a metropolitan lifestyle.