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Texas Getaway: Grapevine, Texas

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Jennifer Claerr By Jennifer Claerr on
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Grapevine, Texas is one of my favorite travel destinations. It's situated in the mid-cities between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. There are many parks dotted all around the lake. They include Meadowmere Park, Silverlake Park, Twin Coves Park and Marshall Park. We took the boys swimming last summer in Oak Grove Park. We had the opportunity to watch many sailboats, motor boats, and jet skis out on Grapevine Lake. My younger son even scored a chance to sit in a kayak.

There were many wildflowers growing in a field nearby. It was a beautiful day, cooler than usual for June with billowy clouds in the sky. When the boys had finished swimming, we dried them off and took them to old historic downtown Grapevine, which is filled with antique shops, cafes, restaurants, and historical points of interest. We took the boys to one of their favorite spots, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. The Tarantula train makes its home in Grapevine, and makes regular trips between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. During the summer it makes a great joyride, but there's no air conditioning, so be sure to pack plenty of cold drinks.

There is an old cabin in downtown Grapevine with historical markers and its rooms made up the way people lived back in the pioneer days. There are purple cone flowers and a vine-covered arch out in back. The Torian Log Cabin, made of hand hewn logs, was build along a creek near the pioneer community of Dove, Texas in the mid nineteenth century. The Torian family occupied the cabin until the 1940s. It was moved to its present location in 1976.

Downtown Grapevine features many beautiful and historical sculptures. One, by the train depot, features a man being welcomed home from the war by his sweetheart. Another, near the pioneer cabin, is titled "Walking to Texas". It honors the people who walked alongside their wagons on their way to make a better life for themselves here. The old prairie windmill sits in Liberty Park, in front of the cabin. There is also a gazebo nearby. The courthouse is another particular point of interest.

Grapevine is a spectacular place to visit. I highly recommend this Texas vacation destination, both for locals and those coming from out-of-town.