Living in Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie, Texas located in the very center of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, was selected as one of the Best Cities in Texas by Money Magazine in 2008. It was also chosen by WalletHub from the 150 largest cities in the United States as the second most "retirement- and wallet-friendly" city!  Conveniently located near D/FW International Airport, it is linked by major thoroughfares to the great attractions of both Dallas and Fort Worth.  At the same time, it offers relaxation, family fun, friendly neighbors, and a smart place to live and do business.  With a population of just over 180,000, Grand Prairie is the 15th largest city in Texas and is in the top 150 nationwide.  Generally speaking, our residents are 30-something, dual income homeowners.  In Grand Prairie, families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers who come to our city for the same reasons the natives don't leave -- location and hometown atmosphere!

What Do We Do For FUN??

There's not enough time to do it all!  With more than 5,000 acres of parks and a Parks, Arts and Recreation Department that has earned the highest national award presented by the National Parks and Recreation Association, you can be sure the city itself will provide plenty of opportunity for family fun! 

Let's begin with Joe Pool Lake, which adjoins the city at its southern edge. Whether you enjoy fishing, camping, water skiing, or boating, this is a great place to immerse yourself in nature within a short drive of your home!  The city manages both Loyd Park and Lynn Creek State Park on the lake, where you will find facilities for both group and individual recreation.  Lynn Creek Park also has fully furnished and air-conditioned lakeside cabins for rent, for those who prefer a more "comfortable" style of camping.  Lynn Creek Park is also home to the Oasis Restaurant, a family-friendly waterfront restaurant located next to the Lynn Creek Marina, and is home to the annual Christmas light extravaganza, Prairie Lights.   Cedar Hill State Park, operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is located on the other site of the lake, with its entrance off F.M. 1382, and contains a second marina.

But it doesn't end with the lake!  The city's Parks, Arts and Recreation Department stays busy with all kind of other recreation and entertainment opportunities. Three community centers across the city provide activities and classes for Grand Prairie's residents and children.  For active seniors (50+), there is The Summit, a $23 million dollar, 60,000 square foot facility with state-of-the-art fitness areas, gym, indoor infinity edge pool, theater, a walking path around the lagoon, locker rooms with sauna and more!   And if you're not yet 50? -- then just hold on for the opening of The Epic in 2017!  This project is designed to serve every Grand Prairie citizen, with a major recreation/life changing center, indoor water park, amphitheater, library, trails, all-inclusive playground, and lake based recreation amenities.  The Epic will join The Summit in Central Park, which already features five lakes, an impressive boardwalk, and a world-class Public Safety building.  

Among the numerous other opportunities provided by the city are: The Kirby Creek Natatorium, a year-round heated pool that is part of the Parks and Recreation aquatics program;  The Ruthe Jackson Center, a beautiful special events center for meetings, luncheons, weddings or receptions of all sizes;  A seasonal Farmers Market downtown featuring fresh fruits and vegetables as well as special events seasonally from March through December; a three-acre Central Bark dog park with three separate exercise areas; and the historic Uptown Theater, restored to its 1950's glory to serve as a home for local productions as well as regional and national touring concerts and performances. The annual Prairie Lights festival, with over 4 million lights along a two mile path, draws visitors to Grand Prairie from across the state from Thanksgiving to New Years Eve.

Special entertainment can be found at Verizon Theatre, a 6350-seat live performance hall hosting sell-out crowds to popular national concerts, shows and events. located in far north Grand Prairie. Just north of Verizon Theater you will find Lone Star Park, the Class 1 Thoroughbred horse racing track with its seven-level, glass-enclosed Grandstand that features Simulcast and live racing along with gourmet dining!  And to the south is Quick Trip Park, home of the Grand Prairie AirHogs, a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball that plays 50 home games in Grand Prairie each year. In the same area is the city-funded first-class competitive skate park for in-line skating, biking and skateboarding, Alliance Skate Park.  Nearby you will find Ripley's Believe It or Not! and Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax, with four unique and entertaining attractions in one building.  The Grand Prairie YMCA on South Carrier Parkway offers health and wellness activities, youth sports, swimming classes, and fitness clubs and programs.   

Interested in Golf?  Take a look at top ranked Tangle Ridge Golf Course, with its Champion Bermuda greens set in rolling hills and a natural landscape reminiscent of the Texas Hill Country.  This award-winning course has been recognized by newspapers and magazines around the country, and is considered the #16 course in the state of Texas.  Another winner is the city's own Prairie Lakes Golf Course, with 27 holes and including Texas' largest practice area. The course winds along Mountain Creek Lake's shore, with picturesque views and fantastic conditions.  Prairie Lakes is also the home of the legendary Eddlemon's Award-Winning Bar-b-Que. And how about Disc Golf?  Grand Prairie is home to  an 18-hole course at Turner Park and  a 9-hole course at Mountain Creek.

Shopping opportunities in Grand Prairie include numerous national department, home improvement, and specialty shops.  In addition, our local merchants will welcome you with Texas hospitality! Downtown on Main Street, Barbara's Cake and Cookie Boutique brings an award-winning reputation to our city, along with some amazing dessert specialties!  Just down the street, The Brass Bean serves delicious sandwiches, soups, gourmet coffees and desserts to its loyal fans. See Deb's Baskets & Stuff for purchase or delivery of flowers and gifts. If you need experienced advice or plants for your landscape, contact Pat's Plants on Carrier Parkway.  

Some other unique shopping opportunities are yours at Grand Prairie Premium Outlets on I-20 with its 110 stores.  Asia Times Square and Hong Kong Market is a destination in itself, with a wide range of food and merchandise from Asian and Far East countries.  Don't miss their Flower Festival every Lunar New Year!  And at Trader's Village on Mayfield Road, you can browse and shop with more than 3500 vendors selling their wares every Saturday and Sunday, year round -- more than 3.5 million visitors a year visit the 161-acre site, which also offers rides, arcade games and a wide variety of foods. 

For more opportunities, take a look at our Area Information page!

For more information about Grand Prairie, contact the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce at 972-264-1558 or the Grand Prairie Tourist Information Center at 1-800-288-8386. You can learn more about city services for your specific home address by going to the city's My Neighborhood web page.  Or give us a call, and we'll answer any questions you may have!

Buddy White
Buddy White