Nestled between Dallas and Fort Worth, Grand Prairie is an easy drive no matter what direction you’re coming from and worth a visit for the city’s unique attractions and charm. Sure, this small town may be overlooked, but after my family’s recent visit, I can tell you that I was amazed at all the kid-friendly experiences. Follow along for a weekend itinerary of entertainment, sports and family fun, or VisitGrandPrairieTX.com to make your own!
Day 1: Take Me out to the Ball Game
On any even given day of the week in the summertime, take in America’s favorite pastime and catch Texas Airhogs baseball. When we arrived at Airhogs Stadium, we immediately went to the huge wall that was emblazoned with the Texas Air Hogs logo to capture some selfies for a picture-perfect memory. What we love about this place is their focus on families. Kids can take a break and run out their energy at the playground park filled with fun climbing structures or even partake in their own game of baseball.
No baseball game is complete without a stop at a concession stand. The lines move fairly quickly, and that’s one thing a family like ours can appreciate when we go to a game. It was a classic dining experience complete with hot dogs, fries and of course, yummy cotton candy. You won’t go hungry here because there’s plenty to choose from including peanuts, burgers and pizza. For the seventh inning stretch, head to Rita’s Italian Ice stand on the first base side and cool off with flavors like cherry and lime.
Once you get to your seat, relax and enjoy the view. The intimate stadium makes you feel like you’ve become a part of the game. Look out for the Air Hogs Mascot , Scout who’s super interactive with the crowds. Pro tip: Don’t forget to come dressed in the Air Hogs team colors— red, black and white. You will for sure fit in with the fans and locals here.
Day 2: Off to the Races!
A visit to Grand Prairie isn’t complete without seeing the horse races at Lone Star Park. For the affordable general admission price of just five dollars, this deal gives you the most bang for your buck and offers an unforgettable experience.
My kids’ favorite part was getting up close with the animals near the Winner’s Circle where the jockeys parade the horses. Pro tip: head to the air-conditioned Grandstand to watch the races. In the heat of Texas summer, this is hands down the best place to enjoy the race. If you want to stand closer to the racing action, head to the fences to watch the horses sprint right before your eyes.
In between the races, we couldn’t resist going to the food court to try the crowds’ favorite, the Triple Crown Nachos. Its name does not disappoint; this was the biggest nacho plate we’ve ever seen. If you’re on a budget, you’re welcome to bring a picnic blanket and a cooler of snacks to the races. I recommend setting up near Bar & Book and the Courtyard of Champions where live music is energizing and entertaining.
Of course, you’ll find many more family-friendly attractions here in Grand Prairie. From Ripley’s Believe It Or Not to quality concerts at Verizon Theatre and the Farmers Market each Saturday, there’s plenty to do on for your next staycation or getaway getaway. We can’t wait to go back and experience more of them. Share your Grand Prairie weekend with #DFWWeekend and #GoGrandGP.