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My family and I recently got back from one of our favorite Texas cities, Grand Prairie! Grand Prairie is located in between Dallas and Fort Worth and has been voted one of the best cities in the state of Texas. After our trip, it is not hard to see why many people love this beautiful place! Everywhere you turn there is something new and exciting to do, and none of the family is ever left out! This city is especially appealing to families like myself, with smaller children. So if you’re thinking of visiting, check out some of our suggestions on what to do, where to eat, and where to stay before you start planning!
What to do?
Epic Waters Indoor Water Park: Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is an incredible 80,000 square foot indoor/outdoor waterpark with a cool retractable roof. Parking is 100% free, and tickets for the park are available online as well as at the door. Since the park is an indoor water park, there are need for rainchecks! The retractable roof will simply close so guests can continue their day as planned. If lightning is within 5 miles of the waterpark, the slide tower and the outside Wave Pool will close and be evacuated while all other attractions will remain open. *Full review of the park HERE!*
Farmer’s Market: Farmers Market at Market Square in downtown Grand Prairie is open on Saturdays from late March through mid-December and features locally grown fruits and vegetables, plants, tamales, baked goods, salsas, dips, relishes, eggs, honey, chips, soaps, candles and more. Market Square is located at 120 W. Main St. on the corners of NW 2nd and W. Main streets in downtown, Grand Prairie. There is no fee for entry, and most booths accept cash and major credit cards.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Grand Prairie features fun-filled family attractions which include Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Louis Tussuad’s Palace of Wax , The Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze, Ripley’s Impossible Laser Race, and a 7D Moving Theater. For a 5-way combo of all attractions, guests can expect to pay $36.99 per adult, and $31.99 per child. Single tickets are also available for purchase online or at the door.
Lone Star Park: Lone Star Park is a Class I horse racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP and is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot Bar & Book venue is open to the public 363 days a year with free admission. Tickets to Lone Star Park start at $3.00-$5.00 for general admission, and go up to $105 5th & 6th level penthouse suites.
Grand Prairie Premium Outlets: Grand Prairie Premium Outlets features a collection of the finest brands for you, your family and your home. Featuring more than 100 stores such as Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Store, Coach, Lacoste, J.Crew, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Kate Spade New York, Tommy Hilfiger, True Religion and more. Grand Prairie Premium Outlets is located at the corner of I20 West and State Highway 360 South.
Where to eat?
Breakfast/Brunch: Good Day Cafe and Theo’s Grill & Bar
Lunch/Dinner: Firehouse Gastro Park, Mixed Up Burgers, Roma’s Italian Bistro, The Oasis on Joe Pool Lake, and Tuscany’s Pasta & Pizza
Where to stay?
On our most recent trip, we stayed at Hyatt Place which was perfectly in the center of everything we had planned. It was about 10 minutes from the Farmer’s Market, 15 minutes from Epic Indoor Water Park, and 20 minutes from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! For a group of five, their room with two double beds and a sofa sleeper were perfect! The beds were perfect for each parent to bunk with one child, and the teen in our group bunked on the sofa sleeper. It was very spacious overall. Our room had a 42″ HDTV, bathroom vanities, and complimentary amenities. They also offered “Odds & Ends” which supplies must-have items you can buy, borrow or enjoy for free. The entire hotel had free Wi-Fi and access to the outdoor swimming pool. The pool was gated off, and perfect for hotel guests to enjoy privately. Although we did not bring any animals, Hyatt Place is also pet-friendly and allows up to two dogs weighing less than 75 lbs combined. There is an additional $50 fee for bringing pets, however it is a nice addition for families who prefer to travel with their fur-babies. The staff at Hyatt Place were extremely friendly, and were able to answer all of our questions and requests promptly and without issues. We loved it so much that this will likely be where we stay on our future trips.
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