During our visit, we stayed at La Quinta Inn & Suites Dallas Grand Prairie South. The location was perfect because it was less than 15 minutes from all the major attractions, not to mention their complimentary breakfast was a divine way to start the day.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Having never visited Grand Prairie before, we decided to check out some of the area’s most popular attractions. At the top of our list? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! It’s not every day you get to meet some of the world’s most iconic celebrity figures (even if they are made out of wax). We took selfies with Jimmy Kimmel, Leonardo DiCaprio, The Avengers and tons of other famous folks. Ripley’s also has a 7D movie theater, laser race game, and my personal favorite, Ripley’s Enchanted Mirror Maze. Get ready for your eyes to deceive you!
EPIC WATERS INDOOR WATERPARK
Epic Waters was another awesome stop during our visit. Since my husband enjoys getting an adrenaline rush, he favored the Lasso Loop—the nation’s tallest indoor Aqualoop. I would much rather relax, so the Lazy River was right up my alley. Lastly, our toddler had a blast at Rascal’s Round-Up. They truly had families in mind when designing this facility! Not only did it have activities for both grownups and little ones, but also ample seating, free life jackets, family changing rooms, diaper changing stations, lockers, and much more. And the best part? It’s offered all year round since the park is indoors.
LONE STAR PARK
At the time of our visit, Lone Star Park didn’t have any live races scheduled, but we plan on going back when their Quarter Horse Races start on September 21st. Regardless, we enjoyed the beautiful grounds and architecture! While there, don’t forget to stop by the Grand Prairie Visitors Center, which is located right next to Lone Star Park. They can help you plan your time throughout the city, plus their little boutique shop offers some of the best souvenirs.
GRAND PRAIRIE PREMIUM OUTLETS
Speaking of shopping, if you want to shop ‘till you drop, you need to head straight to Grand Prairie Premium Outlets. They offer top name brands like Coach, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors. Need something for the kids? Try The Children’s Place, Gymboree, and Justice. Insider tip: Bring good walking shoes, because you will want to walk around and check out all the great stores!
WHERE TO EAT
Along with great attractions and shopping, Grand Prairie has great food! For breakfast or brunch, I suggest stopping by The Brass Bean. If you want something more on the go, walk across the street to Grand Prairie Market Square. Their Saturday Farmers Market is a great place for fresh morning fruit and offers a healthy start to your day.
For lunch or dinner, I suggest visiting Joe Pool Lake. They have the cutest floating restaurant known as The Oasis. We ordered ‘The Captains Platter’ and the fried shrimp was extremely tasty. If you happen to be there on a weekend night, ask to be seated outside because they have live music and a beautiful lake view. For something a little more casual, try the Asian food offered throughout Hong Kong Market.