Grapevine, Texas: the gateway city you need to know

Experience the sights, sounds, flavours and culture of Texas in Grapevine. 

Grapevine has a small-town feel with big-city energy. Considered the epicentre of Texas wine culture, Grapevine hosts award-winning wine and craft brew festivals throughout the year. Grapevine is also known as the Christmas Capital of Texas®, holding more than 1400 festive events during the season, trimming the town with larger-than-life decorations and hosting a Christmas market. Regardless of the season, Grapevine is a buzzing hub of restaurants, cafes, winery tasting rooms, parks and unique experiences. Grapevine’s Historic District affords visitors a taste of ‘Vintage Texas’ that wins the hearts of all who visit. 

Hayride at Nash Farm
Historic Nash Farm at Christmas

Where is Grapevine, Texas? 

Conveniently located in northeast Tarrant County between Dallas and Fort Worth, Grapevine is just 16km from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport making it the ultimate gateway city for trips and holidays in North Texas. 

How to get to Grapevine, Texas

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is the second-busiest airport in the United States, offering non-stop services to more than 200 cities and 50 international destinations. Australians can enjoy direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport with Qantas and American Airlines. This airport is known for its very fast customs systems, too.

Upon arrival, transfer to Grapevine proper is quick and easy. By car, the drive from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is just 10 minutes, or the journey can be completed in 10 minutes onboard the TEXRail commuter rail that departs from Terminal B. 

Do you need a car to visit Grapevine, Texas? 

Grapevine is a wonderfully walkable city, however, the complimentary Grapevine Visitors Shuttle is a convenient way to get to every hot spot the city offers with three routes servicing all points of interest. 

Women walking across the street
Main Street, Grapevine

Festivals and events in Grapevine, Texas

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the people, flavours and culture of Texas than by checking out one of the many festivals and events held in Grapevine each year. Wine connoisseurs should time their visit to coincide with GrapeFest®, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, held in September. Craft brew lovers are best visiting during May to enjoy Main Street Fest, a family-friendly event in Historic Downtown Grapevine with live music, food, performances and KidZone. 

Spring Into Nash and Nash Farm Fall Round-Up are seasonal agricultural festivals hosted by Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm in April and October respectively. Attendees can expect to encounter interactive displays of 19th-century skills and trades, farm animals, photo ops and other wholesome activities. 

Man wine tasting at GrapeFest
Wine tasting at GrapeFest®

Wine tasting in Grapevine, Texas

The famous Urban Wine Trail is found in Grapevine and some of the best local makers worth sampling are Bingham Family Vineyards, Bull Lion Winery, Cross Timbers Winery, Grape Vine Springs Winery, Landon Winery, Messina Hof Winery and Sloan & Williams Winery. 

Cross Timbers Winery
Cross Timbers Winery

Where to eat in Grapevine, Texas 

Myriad top-notch cafes, restaurants and bars line the streets of Grapevine. Main Street Bistro & Bakery serves up hearty hot breakfasts and delicious pastries. The family-owned Tolbert’s Restaurant has been in business for almost five decades and is a local institution, we recommend trying the Texas red-style chili and chicken fried steak. Try the buffet, burgers and sandwiches at Willhoite’s Restaurant, or Tex-Mex at Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano, considered the margarita capital of Texas.

Travellers, families and friends looking for a casual eatery with plenty of options should visit Harvest Hall. Spread across 20,000 square feet, Harvest Hall is a food and entertainment destination perched at the crossroads of Main Street and Dallas Road. Expect to find 10 different kitchens, coffee stands, cocktails, live music, comedy and DJs. 

The best places to shop in Grapevine, Texas 

The Historic District in Grapevine is filled with boutiques owned and operated by locals. From treasures and collectibles to souvenirs and clothing, there’s a delightful store to suit every style of shopper. Browse for new threads at Ooh La La Boutique, Roses on the Vine, Texas General Store, Grapevine’s Market on Main and Cadillac Cowgirl.

The best things to do in Grapevine, Texas

Brush up on local history
Step back in time and learn about the region’s enthralling past at the Grapevine Historical Museum.

Enjoy the great outdoors
Lake Grapevine is a beautiful natural attraction where locals and visitors can camp, hike, bike, fish or enjoy water sports. The young and young-at-heart can get the adrenaline pumping at the WhoaZone Grapevine inflatable obstacle course, and those seeking moments of peace can opt for a cruise of the lake. 

A view of Gaylord Texan Resort from Lake Grapevine
A view of Gaylord Texan Resort from Lake Grapevine

Ride the railroad
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad is a place where history and hospitality meet to produce an authentic and memorable heritage experience. Climb aboard the train and enjoy the authentic 1920s coaches (with all the mod-cons!) while chugging your way through one of the three routes, Cotton Belt Route that takes you to the Historic Stockyards, Grapevine Bear Creek Short Line or Trinity River Train Excursion. 

Grapevine Vintage Railroad
Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Hit up the creative scene 
Engage with Grapevine’s thriving art scene by visiting one of the many galleries and artist studios sprinkled throughout the region. Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Fine Art Gallery has live demonstrations, and Holder Dane is a multi-disciplinary gallery and studio with pottery classes and workshops. Catch a Broadway-style show or classic film at the Palace Arts Center, which includes the Historic Palace Theatre.

Man holding hot glass
Vetro Glassblowing Studio and Fine Art Gallery

Investigate immersive art while you shop
Contemporary art is more exciting when it’s interactive. Meow Wolf’s The Real Unreal is a brand new, mind-bending immersive and interactive art experience found at Grapevine Mills shopping mall.  Featuring a massive collaboration between Texas and Santa Fe-based artists, Meow Wolf Grapevine expands into a new era of art and storytelling. It’s the fourth unique permanent art installation in the Meow Wolf universe, following Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Denver.

Exhibition detail of Meow Wolf Grapevine’s 'The Real Unreal'. Photo by Kate Russell, Courtesy of Meow Wolf
Exhibition detail of Meow Wolf Grapevine’s ‘The Real Unreal’. Photo by Kate Russell, Courtesy of Meow Wolf

Tee off
Those itching to hit the green while on holiday should make some time to tee off at Cowboy Golf Club (the only NFL-themed golf course in the world) or Grapevine Golf Course, then cool down with a beverage or two at Outlaw Cider Company. 

Indulge in luxury 
Live the good life by spending a night or two at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Centre. Set on the shore of Lake Grapevine, this resort has beautiful rooms, four-and-a-half acres of airy, indoor garden atriums, four award-winning restaurants, bars, the world-class Relâche Spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness centre. Better yet, the resort is home to the Paradise Springs Water Park.

The atrium of Gaylord Texan Resort
The atrium of Gaylord Texan Resort
To learn more about Grapevine, Texas visit the Grapevine website to find more hotels, restaurants and attractions.

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