Summerblast and Fireworks Show Kicks Off This Weekend

Grapevine, TexasSee your summer sparkle at Grapevine’s SummerBlast! From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Grapevine’s SummerBlast festivities include fireworks, water fun, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, fabulous outdoor activities, great new attractions and more. With a full lineup of amazing attractions, spectacular summer savings and fun for family and friends, Grapevine is your summer destination!

From Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday nights burst with fun at the SummerBlast Fireworks Show over Lake Grapevine starting at 9:30 p.m. Relax and enjoy this great Grapevine tradition with the entire family! Great viewing spots are located around Lake Grapevine and you can see the show from miles around. For even more fun, download the music that accompanies the show at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer (available May 25). And as a special treat for your taste buds, have dinner in Grapevine before the fireworks to celebrate summer. Many of Grapevine’s restaurants are offering “Hot Bites on Friday Nights” specials and coupons. Check out all the summer savings at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.

For water fun of a different sort, swim your way to Paradise Springs at the Gaylord Texan Resort. This 10-acre resort pool complex features a 42-foot zip-line, a 600-foot Lazy River with walk-in beach and two horseshoe hot pools. And guests at the Great Wolf Lodge will definitely feel the fun of the Great North Woods at the 80,000 square foot indoor water park, the largest indoor water park in Texas. There’s an outdoor complex as well. At both hotels, the water parks are reserved for hotel guests only, so there’s never a long wait to enjoy all the summer fun.

Make a splash this summer with a host of water activities throughout Grapevine. Enjoy boating, fishing and kayaking on Lake Grapevine! Enjoy the serenity of the 8,000 acre lake aboard a sailing or fishing charter. Head out to Silver Lake Marina to rent jet skis, pontoon boats and more. For fishing fans, stop off at Bass Pro Shops to get everything you need for a spectacular day on the lake including fishing licenses, gear and more. Paddleboats and kayaks can be rented at Meadowmere Park and guests at the Vineyards Campground can also rent kayaks, bicycles and paddleboats.

All aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad! From Memorial Day through Labor Day, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, experience a ride on this celebrated vintage railroad. On Saturdays and Sundays, you just might see some notorious outlaws and the deputies in search of them along the way. The train departs Grapevine at 1 p.m. for the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District and returns at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Bring your future architect or construction manager to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth for hours of summer fun. With more than 2 million bricks, a LEGO bricks version of the Metroplex and more, children and adults alike will surely enjoy this unique experience. Opening this summer is the exciting LEGO® City Forest Ranger Pursuit, for the adventurous visitor who wants to help capture the robbers who’ve stolen the golden bars.

Want to see an octopus up close and personal? Want to learn more about the life of a cephalopod? Swim on over to SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium to see the new Octopus Garden and to learn all about these unique sea creatures. In addition to Octopus Garden, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium features more than 30 spectacular displays of sea animals for visitors to enjoy. Children of all ages can experience life in the sea as you walk through the glass-enclosed ocean tank and the underwater tunnel. Make sure to ask about the behind the scenes tour!

Looking for some super summer shopping? Grab your girlfriends and come out to the Grapevine Market and Grapevine Farmer’s Market. Shoppers will delight at the eclectic jewelry, home décor and collectibles at the charming open-air Grapevine Market, now open on Thursdays and Saturdays through October 22 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Liberty Park. And foodie fans, head to the Farmer’s Market for the freshest in local produce and products. The Farmer’s Market is open now through October 22 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

And while you’re here, come see Grapevine’s Glockenspiel Clock Tower featuring two, larger-than-life, 9-foot tall Glockenspiel characters, known as the Would-Be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors. Approximately 75 feet above ground, these figures emerge from the Tower each day shortly before noon and 6 p.m. to attempt a lucrative train heist. Visitors gather each day to see this exciting look into Texas history. Just as glockenspiels in Europe are rooted in history, Grapevine’s Glockenspiel Clock Tower figures reflect the Western lore that many visitors from outside Texas find interesting and entertaining.