Best in Nation Parks, Arts & Recreation
The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department was named best in the nation* for its 5,000+ acres of parkland, 58 parks, trail systems, community partnerships, hundreds of special events, unique programming for all ages, ¼ cent sales tax for park improvements, and development at EpicCentral.
*(Grand Prairie was awarded the National Recreation and Park Association’s prestigious Gold Medal in 2017 in the Class II division for cities of population between 150,001 and 400,000.)
EpicCentral is a 172-acre park site located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex off the George W. Bush Tollway (Highway 161). A true reflection of innovation and community investment, EpicCentral is home to Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, The Summit recreation and life center for adults ages 50+, and future home of The Epic “reimagined American recreation center” for all ages and Playgrand Adventures all-inclusive playground. Amenities include five lakes, a grand lawn, boardwalk, and pad sites for future retail opportunities.
Joe Pool Lake is set among the rolling hills of south Grand Prairie. Fishing, boating, swimming and skiing are popular here. The lake’s Lynn Creek Park features boat ramps, picnic sites, beaches, volleyball, a playground, restrooms and loads of natural beauty. The lake parks offer visitors a grand experience with clean beaches, shaded trails and ideal camping. Loyd Park offers cabins, wooded camp sites, trails, showers and restrooms. On the north shore, just off Lake Ridge Parkway, Lynn Creek Marina features boat slips, rentals, boat ramps and fishing supplies for the angler. Adjacent to the marina, the Oasis – a floating restaurant – overlooks the waters of the lake and serves up delicious fare and beverages.
Cedar Hill State Park, just east of south Grand Prairie, offers wooded campsites in the Dallas-Fort Worth hill country. Among park facilities are lighted fishing jetties and boat access to Joe Pool Lake.
In addition to private golf courses and a country club, the city's two public top-ranked golf courses offer outstanding golf at a great price. The city’s Tangle Ridge Golf Course features bentgrass greens in a Hill Country atmosphere, and Prairie Lakes Golf Course offers one of the best golf values in the area with the largest practice putting green in Texas.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is a Class 1 track features a European-style paddock and live racing on dirt and grass surfaces. The Grandstand is a seven-level, glass-enclosed, climate-controlled building with penthouse suites, terraced track-side dining room, box seats and outdoor seating. Or watch Simulcast horse racing from around the country at the Bar & Book. Plus, come to watch your favorite team on our huge HD projectors and TVs in the sports bar.
Texas AirHogs is Grand Prairie's very own minor league baseball team. Located between Lone Star Park and Verizon Theatre, AirHogs Ballpark features a 17,000 square-foot Wide World of Parks Kids Zone, restaurant/sports bar, cigar bar and swimming pool. It seats 5,500 and offers 13 luxury suites.
Other professional sports teams in the region include the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball, the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the FC Burn of Major League Soccer. All have home games within 5 to 25 minutes of Grand Prairie.
NCAA-event schools include Southern Methodist University in Dallas and Texas Christian University in and Forth Worth.
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie is a 6,350-seat live performance hall that hosts sell-out crowds to popular concerts, shows and events.
Uptown Theater is a historic downtown landmark that has been restored to its 1950’s glory and serves as home for local productions by Grand Prairie Arts Council as well as regional and national touring acts including concerts, dance and theatrical performances.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! and The Palace of Wax offers five of the most unique and entertaining attractions in one building.
Nearby are Six Flags over Texas in Arlington and zoos, art museums, symphonies and ballet in Dallas and Fort Worth.