Grand Prairie went through several name changes before the Railway designation stuck. The name was taken from a map from the 1850s which labeled the area, “the grand prairie of Texas'. It was incorporated as a city in 1909 and according to the latest census, is the 15th largest in the state. It borders onto two large lakes and has ample green space in the city. Once a year, 3 million prairie lights along a 2 mile stretch are lit and attract many to the area. The city has a blend of new, high tech attractions and old, familiar ones.
1.Lone Star Park
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Lone Star Park is a Class 1 race track with a 36000 square foot simulcast sports bar and booking shop. Patrons can watch the races from the 280000 square foot grandstand or from the 1500 televisions positioned around the venue. The Thoroughbred Season runs from mid-April to mid-July from Thursdays to Saturdays. The Quarter Horse Season runs from mid-September to early November on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 6 pm. Out of season, rides, drives, concerts and weddings fill up the calendar. 800000 people visit the park each year. On the 3rd and 4th July each year, the park hosts the Lone Stars and Stripes Fireworks Celebration.
1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050, Phone: 972-263-7223
2.The Theatre at Grand Prairie
This concert hall was built in 2000 at the cost of $63 million. Since its inception, the Dallas artist Cabe Booth has been commissioned to paint the portraits of the lead performers. There are now over 300 of these 4 feet by 4 feet canvases, all signed by the performers. Some of them hang in the foyer. The theatre has indoor seating capacity for 6350 people, making it a viable venue for large conferences and music concerts. It has the technology to offer 3D digital theatre and has been called the Theatre of the Future. Fast food concession stands, suite holders menus and catering services provide food for the various patrons.
1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050, Phone: 972-854-5050
The Farmers' Market was established in 1974 in order to bring urban and rural communities together and to stimulate the local economy. Fresh produce, locally made art and crafts, and home made food and cake are sold there. The market is held indoors on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. A Wednesday market operates during July and August. The Food Court has 3 restaurants which are open all week, except for Sundays. Summer Street Markets and the Christmas Show are held annually.
10032-101 Ave., Grande Prairie, ABT8V 6X1, Phone: 780-814-8224
4.Green Meadows Petting Farm
This family-owned enterprise has several venues across the country. The Grand Prairie farm is a seasonal operation and is open in fall, from late September to the end of October. A range of activities, including wagon rides, milking cows, pig races and feeding animals are a treat for young children. Families, scouts, home schoolers and preschoolers can book field trips to see the 150+ animals at the farm. Birthday parties and other events can be arranged. The farm is open from 10 am to 3 pm daily and each visitor receives a pumpkin.
5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, 75052 Grand Prairie, Texas, Phone: 301-865-9203
5.Lynn Creek Park
This park, in the north west corner of Joe Pool Lake, is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm, from March to September. There are more than 100 picnic sites, many with barbecue grills, covering and parking. Clusters of picnic tables are set aside for group gatherings. The sandy beach is ideal for swimming and there are two boat lunches. A volleyball court and playground provide entertainment on land. Concession stands offer fast food. The entrance fee is per car and there is an additional fee for boat launches.
5610 Lake Ridge Pkwy., Grand Prairie, Texas 75052
6.Uptown Theatre Group
The Uptown Theatre was constructed in 1950 by the Silver brothers and their widowed sister. It had 1100 seats and ran first-run movies for 35c per adult. The theatre stayed in the family until the city bought it in 2005. It was restored and refurbished but still retains the 1950s ambiance. It is now a multi use performing arts theatre that hosts concerts, musicals, plays and theatre camps as well as an Arts Show and Tell. The annual Summer in the Arts Program targets young people and culminates in live performances and exhibits. The venue can also be booked for weddings and other private functions.
120 E Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050, Phone: 972-642-2787
7.Beto's Mexican Restaurant and Catering
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For several years, running this family-owned Mexican restaurant was not an attractive proposition but perseverance paid off. New premises were built and the owner's two sons joined him in his dream business. Beto's offers every conceivable Mexican dish on their vast menu. They also have daily specials, such as 'never ending enchiladas', and a happy hour menu. There are full meals on the catering menu and the venue can be hired for group functions. Beto's is closed on Tuesdays.
2530 W. Interstate 20, Grand Prairie TX 75052, Phone: 972-660-1289
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Don Juans 'romantic Mexican Restaurant' is the second oldest restaurant in Grand Prairie. It was established in 1966 when fast food was unheard of in the area and Mexican food was unknown. The 'roadside stop with a drive-through window' concept was imported from California. The current owners, Jim and John, worked at Don Juans when they were still at high school. Very little has changed since it opened, the decor is retro and some patrons have been eating there since it opened. Meat and beans still feature prominently on the menu.
325 E Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050, Phone: 972-262-5717
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