tWhen in Texas, you’ve got to think big. As in big fun. Grapevine is a charming little town situated between Dallas and Fort Worth and offers plenty to do.
From big themed parks to rustic rural charm, there’s something for every family. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Grapevine to keep your family entertained. Go big or go home, right?
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We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our very own Great Wolf Lodge located in Grapevine.
We’re a huge water park resort with over 50+ activities for kids and adults alike, so you might consider staying with us for your entire Grapevine trip! If not, you can always purchase a day pass online.
This particular location features the Howlin’ Tornado, a four-story slide called Coyote Cannon, and because it’s sunny Texas, there’s an outdoor activity pool as well!
No need to waste time researching hotels, either. Our Grapevine location features over 600 guest suites to choose from! Learn more about Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine.
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Once you've gotten a taste of Great Wolf Lodge, we suggest you check out the next destination on our list.
At SEALIFE your family can feed live stingrays and see thousands of sea creatures. They can also join the Sea Turtle Rescue Team through the all new Sea Turtle Rescue Center, where guests can experience the process of successfully rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sea turtles.
It’s a trip everyone will love, no matter their age. Tip: Book online for the best deals.
Ever wanted to step back in time? Look no further than the Grapevine Vintage Railroad!
This family-oriented attraction is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine. There, you'll be invited aboard an authentic 1920's Victorian coach. Take note of historical sites and other interesting places you'll pass along the way!
Check out the official site to keep up to date on special events happening throughout the year. Around Christmas, you'll find the North Pole Express -- an annual favorite presented by Great Wolf Lodge! The Jazz Wine Trains are also worth checking out.
One this adults-only railroad ride, you'll be able to sample eight selections of wine from Grapevine winery tasting rooms.
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If we're talking about Grapevine's historic downtown then we definitely need to talk about its more central, standout feature -- Main Street!
This area is not only incredibly walkable, but filled with things to do. Check out some of Grapevine's original boutiques, live entertainment venues, restaurants, art galleries and more.
Beautiful Lake Grapevine is your go-to place for boating (pontoon, canoe, and kayak rentals are available), waterskiing, windsurfing, fishing, hiking, biking, and camping.
If your kids need to burn off some energy, take a hike on the more than 19 miles of wilderness trails!
If you're planning on traveling with young kids, you'll want to fit this stop into the vacation. Peppa Pig World of Play is a new indoor play attraction for pre-school children and their families.
There are 14 different themed areas created from the hit animation series to help bring things to life.
Bear Creek Golf Club is among the Dallas-Fort Worth area's favorite classic golf courses.
Designed by the distinguished Ted Robinson and now proudly managed by Billy Casper Golf, Bear Creek is a great place to learn, practice and play golf.
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Located in Grapevine's historic downtown, this theater has been around since the 1940's! Here, you'll find feature performances, movies, visual arts and more.
Parties and receptions are also held at the location, so keep that in mind if you need a place to host a special occasion!.
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Inside the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Dallas Fort Worth, you’ll enjoy incredible driving adventures in an off-road LEGO vehicle, ride into the unknown on dragons, construct intricate buildings and vehicles, see the local area in astonishing miniature detail in LEGO® MINILAND®, experience an extra dimension of entertainment in the LEGO Studios 4D cinema and, most of all, discover the power of your own imagination!
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If you haven't booked your hotel yet, think about spending a night or two of vacation at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Celebrated for offering guests a "true taste of Texas," the hotel provides an amazing view of downtown Grapevine.
It also boasts four and a half acres of indoor gardens, indoor-outdoor pools, a spa and salon as well as 52-foot television at the Texas Station's barbecue joint!
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Looking for more things to do in Grapevine, Texas? Reserve ahead of time for this totally unique experience where your whole family can learn about glassblowing and make their own art.
All ages are welcome, but visitors must be 14 to assist in glassblowing.
Texas Motor Speedway has evolved into one of the key tracks on the NASCAR circuit. The one and a half mile tri-oval in Fort Worth is famous for the cowboy hats it gives to its winners.
Winners include: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards.
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Grapevine Botanical Gardens is a hidden gem that’s beautiful no matter the season -- plus it’s free, and open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year.
The park has walking trails, a butterfly sanctuary, koi ponds, and of course, hundreds of plants and flowers to delight your senses.
It’s a great place to take family photos, too, so go and check that holiday card photo off your to-do list!
Sample vintages from three of North Texas' most- acclaimed wineries, each with its own unique history and charm. Be shuttled across tasting rooms in climate-controlled comfort, while your tour guide recounts the history of wine-making in North Texas.
Also see Historic Grapevine Township, with its rich array of art galleries, shops and restaurants.
Just For Fun offers a variety of watercraft rentals including late model wave runners, ski boats and pontoon boats. Just for Fun also specializes in Party Barges for groups up to 100 people.
Perfect for any occasion.
This unique clock tower, located in The Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau Headquarters, might be your first stop. And if you happen to visit on any day at 10am, noon, 2pm, 4pm, or 6pm, you’ll spot two larger-than-life, 9-foot tall Glockenspiel characters.
Known as the Would-Be Train Robbers, they perform what might just be the perfect heist!
Home of the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks, plus host to concerts, special events and more. Get a list of upcoming events here!
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If you want to check out this popular winery, you'll have to head back into the city's downtown historic district.
Located inside the Wallis Hotel (which was originally built back in 1891), the urban winery features multiple tasting rooms with 40 different wines, tastings and premium flights.
Don't forget to take a photo with the "Sidewalk Judge" statue, who sits on the park bench outside, before you go!
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The largest outlet shopping destination in all of North Texas just so happens to be located right off the Grapevine Mills Pkwy. Here you'll find amazing deals across over 180 stores.
This outlet is also home to Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland, Peppa Pig World of Play and other amazing attractions.
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A free and fun family favorite, Nash Farm brings the past to life through its historic farmhouse, barn, and cemetery, plus ongoing seasonal hands-on activities presented by Nash Farm staff and volunteers.
Their lively presentation will help your family learn about farming as well as local sources of food and water. Check for special events before you go, pack a picnic, and enjoy!
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Have you ever wondered what life in a small town in Texas was like over 100 years ago? Map out some of the city's oldest standing buildings.
Take a tour of the Keeling House, originally built in 1888. Inside the building you'll see nostalgic items from Grapevine's police and fire departments alongside other sentimental artifacts from the city of Grapevine.
From there you can head over to the Grapevine Historical Museum, where you can explore the cultural and family life of early Grapevine residents.
Exhibits include a trip through Grand'as attic, restored wedding gowns, farm and dairy life and much more. Of all the destinations on our list, this is one you won't want to miss!
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Lewisville Lake is a Corps of Engineers reservoir popular for water sports and outdoor recreation featuring picnic areas, pavilions, and 24-hour fishing barges.
Marinas, boat rentals, launch ramps and angler's supplies are also available.
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Lewisville Lake is a Corps of Engineers reservoir popular for water sports and outdoor recreation featuring picnic areas, pavilions, and 24-hour Lone Star Park's Post Time Pavilion is open seven-days-per week, year-round, offering exciting simulcast horse racing action from across the country.
Town Square has established itself as an activity hub for the City of Southlake as well as its surrounding communities.
With so many places to shop, work and receive services, it was only natural that Town Square would evolve into a community-gathering place for events and entertainment.
Looking for more things to do in Grapevine? Be sure to look out for seasonal events like Grapefest (September), Main Street Fest (May) and more at Grapevine’s tourism site.
To learn more about the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, head to our official site. There, you can learn more about our indoor water park, adventure zone and all the other activities we offer on-site.
Check out our selection of themed rooms too. Sign up for our email list to learn about our best deals!