Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Attractions

Grand Prairie has its own wide range of entertainment and recreational options, but part of its great appeal for residents is access to two world class cities -- Dallas and Fort Worth.  Each is filled with outstanding opportunities for culture, education, and fun!  Check out some of these options:

Fans of Professional Sports will find more than enough activities to meet their interests  in thisarea!  Start with the Dallas Cowboys (NFL) and the Texas Rangers (MLB), both of whom play "next door" in Arlington -- and don't forget there are guided tours of the spectacular AT&T Stadium!  The Dallas Stars (NHL), the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), and FC Dallas (MLS) all make their homes in Dallas. Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth hosts NASCAR and IndyCar races. The Mesquite ProRodeo, just down the road is an outstanding professional rodeo series that provide authentic Texas competition!  Dallas is also the home of the Texas Outlaws indoor soccer team, a competitive youth soccer program which develops young players to prepare for college scholarships and to play for U.S. National teams.

Theme Parks??  -- Yes!  Getting to Six Flags over Texas from Grand Prairie is about as simple as stepping across a county line -- it sits right on the border between Grand Prairie and Arlington, at Highway 360 and I-30. And right across the highway to the north is Hurricane Harbor, a premiere water park you won't forget!   

Onstage Performances are available across the Metroplex, including music and dance performances, theatrical productions, and national touring company schedules.  Some of the venues you'll want to check out in Dallas are : The Meyerson Symphony Center,  the Dallas Theater Center, the House of Blues, the Music Hall at Fair Park (home to the Dallas Summer Musicals), and the Winspear Opera House.  Also take a look at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for outstanding concerts.

In Fort Worth, don't miss:  the elegant Bass Performance Hall (also home to the Van Cliburn Piano Competitions), Casa Manana, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera, and the Texas Ballet Theater..  In Grand Prairie and Arlington, check the schedules for the Verizon Theater and the Arlington Music Hall.  Arlington also provides free concerts at Levitt Pavilion in two annual series.  Local community theaters also abound in the surrounding communities.  We're especially proud of the Grand Prairie Arts Council, which provides year-round performing and graphic arts productions at the Uptown Theater and throughout the community.  Be sure to check out their audition schedule if you're a performer at heart, and to enroll your kids in the wonderful summer programs they provide!

Educational Opportunities and Museums are all around!  Looking for some authentic Texas culture?  Just head for the Stockyards in Fort Worth, "where the West begins."   While there, visit the Sid Richardson Museum, featuring Western art and works by Remington and Russell. (You can also take a walking tour of the Stockyards, and watch the Fort Worth Herd Trail Drive.)  In the Arts District, the Amon Carter Museum also features Western art, along with one of the best collections of 19th and early 20th century American art in the country.  The nearby Kimbell Museum is renowned for its top quality permanent collection and its blockbuster special exhibits, as well as its building designed by Louis I. Kahn.  In the same area is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, a must-see with 53,000 square feet of gallery space!   The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, long a favorite for its children's programming, Omni theater and planetarium, has been renovated and updated to include much more! Watch for their special exhibits, which has recently included an interactive version of the popular "Mythbusters" TV show.  You may also want to visit the nearby National Cowgirls Museum and Hall of Fame, honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts.  The Fort Worth Zoo houses 556 species in a beautiful facility, including representatives of all four Great Apes species (the only zoo in the country to do so).  It is an international leader in Asian elephant conservation.  Free public tours are available at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in north Fort Worth, one of two places in the nation where currency is printed. Two floors of interactive exhibits and an informative film add to the experience.  The MoneyFactory gift shop has some great souvenirs, but don't bother to ask if they give out samples!

Dallas, of course, has its own list of fine museums to appreciate!  The Dallas Museum of Art downtown has the largest contemporary art collection of any general museum in the country.  Across the street, you'll find the Crow Collection of Asian Art  and the Nasher Sculpture Center, a world class facility with the world's best private collection of modern sculpture.   On the SMU Campus is the largest Spanish art collection outside of Spain at the Meadows Museum.   One of the newest additions to the Dallas museum scene is the state-of-the-art  Perot Museum of Nature and Science, with five floors of interactive and hands-on living science lessons in eleven permanent exhibit halls. This extraordinary facility is one of a kind!  Also relatively new to the city if the George W. Bush Presidential Library, which documents the life and career of the former President and promotes understanding of history, the Presidency, and important issues of public policy. The Dallas World Aquarium located in the West End area of downtown, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state, and goes far beyond the usual definition of "aquarium!" Its multi-level, tropical setting allows a clear understanding of its goals for conservation of endangered species throughout the world, and provides educational opportunities for all ages.  Alongside Dealey Plaza at the entrance to downtown is the Sixth Floor Museum, dedicated to the study of the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. To see an accurate representation of Dallas from 1840-1910, visit Heritage Village, just south of downtown at I-30. There, Old City Park is filled with at least three dozen historic buildings over 13 acres. If you are  an aviation buff, you won't want to miss the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field, associated with the Smithsonian and with models and full size planes exploring the history of flight from its beginnings to the present.  East of downtown you'll find Fair Park, which houses the State Fair Music Hall and is home every fall to the great State Fair of Texas -- not to be missed!  Not far from Fair Park to the north is the exquisite Dallas Arboretum, the site of year-round special presentations that will take your breath away!  In any season, an outing to the Arboretum is sure to give you both pleasure and relaxation!  The Dallas Zoo offers numerous special programs, such as Backstage Safari, Photographic Safari Workshops, and night-time (even overnight!) adventures.

Secondary Education Opportunities are also plentiful in our area.  If you're looking for a private four-year college with undergraduate or a master's degree program, look at Southern Methodist University or Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, or Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth. For state supported four-year colleges, see The University of Texas at Arlington and (just up the road in Denton) The University of North Texas. The Dallas County Community College District and Tarrant County College offer associate degrees at numerous campuses across the two counties.

Buddy White
Buddy White