Summer is a Blast in Grapevine
by Leigh Lyons, Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
Celebrate Grapevine’s 7th Annual SummerBlast Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day! Grapevine’s SummerBlast features summer fun including water parks, fireworks, exhibits, outdoor activities, shopping and more.
Here are a few of Grapevine’s SummerBlast highlights:
See Friday Night Fireworks Over Lake Grapevine: The Friday Night Fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. and lasts approximately 12 minutes. View the show on the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort featuring live music. Download the music at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Music. And don’t miss the 33rd Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza to celebrate America’s birthday.
Follow the Yellow Brick Road to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the Grapevine Tower Gallery: Follow the yellow brick road and step into the pages of an interactive exhibition open in Grapevine’s Tower Gallery, featuring the book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” by L. Frank Baum with the artwork of W.W. Denslow. Free. 636 S. Main St. Through August 21.
Meet Dorothy and All Her Friends at Gaylord Texan Resort’s SummerFest: If your little ones are fans of Dorothy and all her friends, be there when the Gaylord Texan Resort takes the Oz adventure to new heights. Enjoy Paradise Springs, Gaylord Texan Resort’s 10-acre water park reserved for hotel guests. May 22-September 7.
Splash Up Some Fun at Great Wolf Lodge: Experience more water fun at Great Wolf Lodge’s 80,000 square foot water park, featuring slides, rides, lazy river and more. Play MagiQuest or visit Scooops, the perfect spa for kids. Delicious dining options include the Loose Moose Cottage and the new Lodge Wood Fired Grill.
Sip the Fruit of the Vine This Summertime: Enjoy the wineries along Grapevine’s Urban Wine Trail. Purchase the Sip & Savor Passport, $50 per person, at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, 636 S. Main St. or at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com and receive three tastes at participating wineries through September 7.
Build Up Some Water Fun at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Pirate Beach features 30 interactive gadgets pumping and spraying thousands of gallons of water. Pirate Beach’s playground lets kids navigate water jets and fountains, squirt cannons, and splash down water slides. Located at Grapevine Mills.
Explore the Mysterious World of the Rainforest Adventure: Experience SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium’s all-new Rainforest Adventure, taking guests to the lush environment of the world’s rainforests where they encounter brand new species to SEA LIFE, including crocodiles, piranha, anaconda and more. Located at Grapevine Mills. Opens July 2015.
Capture the Great Train Robbers on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad: Hop aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Don’t miss the Great Train Robberies on Saturdays and Sundays. 705 S. Main St.
Sail Away on Lake Grapevine: Set sail on a variety of water fun activities at the 8,000-acre Lake Grapevine including sailing, jet skis, pontoon boats and more. Stop by Bass Pro Shops to get all your equipment, licenses and more for a day of fishing fun on Lake Grapevine.
Solve the Mystery at the Texas Star Dinner Theater: Greedy Granbury Green has been bumped off and Marshal Jim Courtright needs a crystal ball to figure out who done it. Maybe you can help the Marshal solve the crime. 816 S. Main Street.
Make it a Historic Summer at Grapevine’s Nash Farm: Summer events on Grapevine’s 19th-century farm include the First Friday Series, the Frugal Farm Wife series and a Farmhouse on the Grapevine Prairie. June 13, enjoy Dairy Day and learn where milk comes from, make hand cranked ice cream, and churn butter. 626 Ball St.
Find Flavorful Fun at the Grapevine Market and Grapevine Farmers Market: Make healthy choices at the Grapevine Farmers Market every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. behind the Town Square Gazebo. Check out the Grapevine Market, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. located in Liberty Park, across from City Hall.
Watch the Legendary Would-Be Train Robbers: See Grapevine’s Glockenspiel Clock Tower’s Would-Be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors, daily at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. as they attempt a lucrative train heist. 636 S. Main Street. Free.
For great savings on hotels or more information, call 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.