Grapevine, Texas is a popular getaway destination in North Texas. Dallas-Fort
Worth International Airport is in Grapevine.
Before all the towns and cities of the D/FW Metroplex melted
together as one huge metropolitan area, towns like Grapevine were surrounded by
agricultural land. General Richard Montgomery Gana, of the Confederacy, had a farm
on the Grapevine Prairie that is now D/FW Airport.
At last count the population of Grapevine was 48,583. The town was
originally called Cross Timbers, due to the stands of Cross Timbers that still
exist in the area. By the 1850s the towns name was changed, named after a creek
where wild Mustang grapes grew. Now, a century and a half later, Grapevine is
home to a half dozen wineries, which host tasting rooms in Grapevine's Main
Street Historic District.
In September, Grapevine hosts Grapefest, which is one of the largest wine
festivals in America. Grapevine is also home to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers
Association, located in the Grapevine Heritage Center & Historical Museum, a
3 acre site that also features a blacksmith shop, farmers market, heritage
garden and the Cotton Belt Railroad Depot, restored to its 1901 glory. In the
Depot you'll also find the Grapevine Historical Museum and the Grapevine
Convention and Visitors Information Center.
You can ride the Tarantula
Train, which is a restored steam-powered train, from
Cotton Belt Depot to the Fort Worth Stockyards and back. In Grapevine the train
is turned around on the 1927 Santa Fe Railroad turntable.
Near the Cotton Belt Depot, on Main Street is the, built in 1939 Palace Theater.
The old movie palace is now Grapevine Opry, a 500 seat theater for country music
stars like Willie Nelson.
You will find a lot of places to shop inside Grapevine
There is also a Gameworks, a huge Dr Pepper Starcenter Ice Rink and a 30 screen
A Bass Pro Shop is considered to be
part of the Grapevine Mills
complex, but in its own building. There are many stand alone restaurants and
stores in the Grapevine Mills complex, including several hotels.
Grapevine has a lot of parkland along
Lake Grapevine. There are
trails, both paved and not, plus many miles of mountain bike trails with the
most popular accessed at its southern terminus at Rockledge Park, entered on the
north end of Lake Grapevine Dam. Horseshoe Trails is another good mountain
biking trail. There are several marinas and campgrounds on Lake Grapevine.
Grapevine wineries include Cross Timbers
Winery, Delaney Winery &
Homestead Winery & Tasting Room, La Bodega Winery & Tasting Room, La
Buena Vida Vineyards and Su Vino
WHERE TO STAY IN GRAPEVINE
Visitors to Grapevine have 18 lodging choices, including Gaylord
Texan and Great Wolf
Lodge, where you'll find the largest indoor waterpark in
WHERE TO EAT IN GRAPEVINE
You'll find plenty of places to eat in Grapevine, with over 200 restaurants.