Buildings were constructed at various stages since 1921 on community recreation land, which once included tennis courts and a cricket pitch. The Rydal Horticultural and Agricultural Society conduct shows on the first Saturday of February.
The entry gate includes a WWII memorial which is also heritage listed. The Bicentennial National Trail passes through Rydal. This 5,330 kilometre trail from Cooktown Queensland to Healesville Victoria is the longest marked, non-motorised trekking route in the world. The Rydal showground is a designated camping site for the Trail.