Free Things to Do in Grapevine Texas

It’s Saturday afternoon and you are one of the many weekend visitors to Grapevine, Texas.  A quick check of your wallet and you realize you blew through a little too much cash the night before at the Glass Cactus.  So you think to yourself, what can I do in Grapevine for free today?

Good news.  We are here to help.  Here’s our list of the best things to do in Grapevine for FREE.

1.  Window shop in downtown Grapevine

The old time charm of downtown is worth a stroll and and you can check out historical landmarks along the way.

2.  Lake Grapevine parks and trails

Grapevine is fortunate to have numerous lake parks and trails (most of which are free) to visit each and every day.  We highly recommend Oak Grove Park or Murrell Park (if you don’t mind the drive to Flower Mound.

Grapevine Texas3.  Botanical Gardens

Absolutely one of our favorite free places to visit is the Botanical Gardens in Grapevine.  There are ponds, trails, plenty of flowers to view, and room to just hang out and relax.

4.  Grapevine Mills Mall

Why not take a walk around the mall if you are looking for something free to do?  Did you know it is a 1-mile walk to make it all the way around the inside of Grapevine Mills?

5.  Robot Gunfighters (Coming Soon)

The robot gunfighter show will be held twice a day on top of the new Convention and Visitors Bureau building once it opens.  We heard several months ago the grand opening would be in March of 2012.  If it opens next week, this will be one of the quietest openings in history.  Our guess is the lack of hoopla actually means the opening might be delayed.  Note: this is a complete guess here (an educated guess, but nonetheless).

6.  New Convention and Visitors Bureau Building and Museum (Coming Soon)

See the note in #5 above.  The new building was scheduled to hold a grand opening on March 1st, 2012.  It will be a sight to be seen whenever it opens.

Fall In Love With Somewhere In Time At The Palace Theatre

Grapevine, TexasAnother fun event on Valentine’s night.  Here’s more from the press release:

Imagine traveling through time to find a woman you’ve fallen in love with in a photo from the 1920s. On the opening night of his first play, a woman approaches young writer Richard Collier, hands him a pocket watch and says “Come back to me.” The woman, a famous actress from the 1920s named Elise McKenna, dies later that same evening. Eight years later, he sees a photograph of the same woman in The Grand Hotel, and he begins to investigate time travel in an effort to meet the woman of his dreams.  What will happen to the two young lovers? Will her manager’s interference cause them to abandon their love for each other? Bring your sweetheart and find out all the romantic twists and turns in the 1980 film, Somewhere in Time, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, at the Palace Theatre in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer, Somewhere in Time sets the perfect Valentine’s Day mood for you and your special someone.  Bring in a same day receipt from any Grapevine restaurant to receive a free small popcorn.

Details of Somewhere in Time:

WHAT:    Somewhere in Time

WHEN:    Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.  Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Palace Theatre, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine, Texas

TICKETS: $5 per person DETAILS: Rated: PG Drama/Romance/Fantasy

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit or call 817-410-3100.

Paradise Pond in Grapevine

Paradise Pond is a cool indoor kids area full of climbing walls, bounce houses, dress up rooms, and tons of other fun play areas.  Be warned that you might hear some fussing when you leave because your kids are not going to want to leave.

Paradise Pond costs only $1 per person (child or adult) and is targeted towards kids ages 2 through 6th grade.  It is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 am to 11 am.  They are open sometimes on Mondays, but you should check the Paradise Pond website for full details.

The fun things to do at Paradise Pond include:

– Grocery store

– Basketball toss

– Legos

– Trains

– Cars

– Magnets

– Dress-up room

– Small climbing wall

– Oversized bounce house

– Two-story play area  with slide

Everyone is required to sign a liability waiver upon entering (although you do not have to sign every time you visit, only the first time).

No strollers are allowed inside due to safety codes.

No food, drink, or candy is allowed inside at anytime.

Paradise Pond is a good affordable way to take your kids out for some morning fun.  You can also rent Paradise Pond for birthdays for $150.  Sounds like a great deal!

Located at:

First Baptist Grapevine

 301 E. Texas Street, Grapevine, TX, 76051


Top 5 Unusual Things To Do In Grapevine Texas

We recently compiled a list of the Top 5 Things To Do In Grapevine, Texas.  Since we felt like that was really only covering a small portion of Grapevine, we thought we’d come up with a list of things that are a little off the beaten path.

1.  Austin Ranch
Visit one of the oldest working dude ranches in Texas.  Here you will enjoy riding horses through 90 shaded acres surrounding a 10-acre lake.  As they say on their website, you can kick back with a real Texas trail ride at Austin Ranch.  Austin Ranch Website

2.  Summit Climbing Gym
Get a group together and head over to Summit Climbing Gym for some indoor rock climbing.  This is a great way to exercise, build strength, or take part in team building activities.  Summit Climbing Gym does have 1 day passes available and sometimes have free events to give those wanna be rock climbers a reason to come try it out.  You should definitely call and make reservations if you want to go. Check out the website for more information. Summit Rock Gym Website

3.  Duck Rider Tours  Now Closed

4.  Xdrenaline Zone Paintball Now Closed

5.  Love and War in Texas
Here you will enjoy the great taste of Texas food, a cold drink, and possibly some great live country music.  This is a great Texas restaurant and bar just outside of Grapevine Mills Mall.  Love and War in Texas Website

Please call all ahead to any of these great places before visiting.  Most of these activities do not keep regular hours so it is best to get reservations before going.

Have fun!

Top 5 Things You Must Do In Grapevine

Whether you live in Grapevine or are just stopping by for a visit, here are five things you must do.

1. Main Street and Historic Downtown
Hanging out on Main Street is definitely one of our favorite things to do. Whether you want to shop at many of the diverse boutiques, enjoy wine from one of the tasting rooms, or eat at some of the best dining establishments in Grapevine, historic downtown is the place for you.  For more on shopping Downtown Grapevine click here.

 And if that is not enough, you can take in a bit of Grapevine history as you walk around the heart of the city.  The Grapevine Historical Museum is housed in and old railroad train car on the south end of Main Street at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad depot.

2. Grapevine Wine Trail
If you like to taste wines, this Wine Trail will give you a sample of each of the 8 wineries or tasting rooms in the City of Grapevine.  On the trail you will enjoy food samplings and three wine tastings at each winery.  You will also get to see why each winery and tasting room in Grapevine has its own unique characteristics.  For the wine lover, this is a must do in Grapevine. If you need more information on the wineries in Grapevine click here.

3. Grapevine Vintage Railroad
You will ride in authentic Victorian style coaches like people did in the Old West.  The ride will take you from downtown Grapevine to the historic Stockyards in Fort Worth.  You will then have time to check out Cow Town in all of its nostalgic glory before taking a return trip on the train back to where you started.  This train ride is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the afternoon. For more information on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad click here.

4. Grapevine Mills Mall
With over 180 stores to shop in, this indoor outlet mall boast over 1.6 million square feet of shopping space.  In addition to the many shops, there is a 30 screen movie theater, indoor skate park, and plenty of places to stop and grab a bite to eat.  Just click here for a list of stores in Grapevine Mills.

For more information on shopping at Grapevine Mills Mall click here.

5. Lake Grapevine
Lake Grapevine is one of the most popular lakes in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.  You could spend a day at one of the many parks surrounding the lake or exploring the numerous walking and biking trails in and around the parks. 

If you want to spend a night or weekend on the lake, the Vineyards Campgrounds have several cabins for rent that are about 20 yards from the shoreline.

Maybe you want to spend a day on the lake, Just For Fun has a number of boats and jet skis for rent.


We know that listing just the top 5 Things To Do is really only scratching the surface.  We did not even get to mention the hotels/resorts, amazing golf courses, and all the rest of the fun that Grapevine, Texas has to offer, but this is sure to get you off to a good start!

Palace Theatre 2010 Spring Calendar

The Palace Theatre is a classic movie theater in the Downtown Historic District of Grapevine, Texas.  It is a unique experience watching live entertainment or checking out a classic movie in this historic theater.  Here is a list of the Spring 2010 Events at the Palace Theatre:




First Friday Film Series – All shows start at 7:30 pm

February 5, 2010 – Love Story
Starring: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal & Tommy Lee Jones
A 1970 romantic drama.

March 5, 2010 – The Magnificent Seven
Starring: Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach & Steve McQueen
Classic Western.

April 2, 2010 – Victor/Victoria
Starring: Julie Andrews, James Gardner, Robert Preston

May 7, 2010 – The Graduate
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman & Kathrine Ross
Classic tale of Mrs. Robinson.

June 4, 2010 – Talk To Her
Starring: Javier Camara, Dario Grandinetti & Rosario Flores

July 2, 2010 – Fantasia
Starring: Mickey Mouse

August 6, 2010 – A Space Odyssey
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood & William Sylvester

Live Entertainment – All shows start at 7:30 pm

March 12, 2010 – Hot Club of Cowtown
Hot Jazz and Western Swing.

April 9, 2010 – Trace Bundy
Guitar Virtuoso.

April 30, 2010 – Joseph Vincelli
Jazz Music.

June 11, 2010 – Edith’s Follies IV
Local stars of Grapevine’s Runway Theatre perform and old fashioned variety show.

Please visit for more information on any of the above shows.

 Or Call 817-410-3100


Grapevine Opry – All shows start at 7:30 pm

Every Saturday and the fourth Friday of each month, enjoy a variety of live music shows performed by professional musicians, singers and dancers.

Most perfomances are 2 and 1/2 hours and include a 20-minute intermission.

Please visit for more information.