Things to do in Grapevine, TX
As a regular feature on MyDFWMommy, we are going to put the spotlight on the suburbs of our great Metroplex! We’ll take one city and break down all it has to offer!
For this installment, we will talk about things to do in Grapevine, TX. Grapevine is home to several local wineries and in 2007, CNN Money rated it as one of “America’s Best Places to Live”. Here’s a summary of our must see places and activities that happen in this fun, family friendly town!
Main Street Days Festival~ In May, kick off your summer and enjoy great food, music, wine, and beer at the annual Main Street Days festival, which features the popular Pizza Piazza.
July 4 Fireworks~ Relax and enjoy this great Grapevine tradition with the entire family every Independence Day.
GrapeFest~ This is the largest wine festival in the Southwest, is held in September and features an incredible array of wine tastings, food pairings, and other entertainment including the traditional Vintner’s Auction and the Texas Wine Tribute Gala – a black-tie formal affair for gourmet food lovers and wine enthusiasts. GrapeFest attendees can also vote for their favorite Texas wines at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic.
Butterfly Flutterby~ In October, guests are invited to enjoy a one-day event observing the migration of Monarch butterflies as they migrate from Canada to Mexico, making their way through Grapevine.
Christmas Capital~ Every December, Grapevine is transformed into the Christmas Capital of Texas. Grapevine is the essence of Christmas decor, as the city is blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters, and more than 1,400 events, including the North Pole Express, ice sculptures, parades, Christmas wine trains, holiday-themed live musicals, and many more.
Parks & Museums
Grapevine Botanical Garden~ The Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park is a beautiful park with trails, streams, ponds, sitting areas and hundreds of varieties of plants for viewing. This garden really is a hidden gem in Grapevine that does not get the appreciation it deserves.
Grapevine Museums & Galleries~ Every month, the Grand and Tower Galleries host a variety of art, cultural, historical and educational exhibitions. The exhibitions offer a chance learn something new, to see something innovative or interesting and to be exposed to a wide variety of mediums and artists. Offering a mix of exhibits, one month we might display a traveling Smithsonian exhibition, the next month, a contemporary art show.
Oak Grove Park~ Oak Grove Park sits on 40-acres of land along the southern shores of Lake Grapevine. This is one of the largest parks on the lake holding a marina, restaurant, three boat ramps, running trails, and plenty of picnic and play areas.
Grapevine Historic Main Street District~ Public art, a historic train, boutique shopping, restaurants- historic Downtown Grapevine has it all. Anchored by Main Street, this walkable, preserved historic area is home to winery tasting rooms, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Palace Arts Center, the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, one-of-a-kind shops, live entertainment venues, restaurants and art galleries.
Unique Restaurants (found only in Grapevine)
Tommy Tamale~ Tommy Tamales isn’t an actual restaurant- it’s a small converted house that sells fantastic tamales, chips, salsa and related items to go. Check out the habanero, beef, chicken, buffalo and veggie tamales and more.
Farinas~ This is one of my personal favorites! Tons of local wines, great Italian food and live music on the weekends make this a great date night spot.
Meat U Anywhere BBQ~ This is fantastic Texas BBQ with sides that are just as good! Be sure to try the jalapeño bacon mac n’ cheese.
Buon Giorno~ You feel like you’ve entered an historic European coffee house and on the weekends, they often feature local musicians. They have a bookcase full of old board games and you can bring your own if you want. Buon Giorno specializes in espresso and French press coffee and theirs is off-the-chart good!