Here are some of the top SummerBlast highlights your family can enjoy all season long.
See Friday Night Fireworks Over Lake Grapevine: Blast off for fireworks fun every Friday night as the skies light up over Lake Grapevine. The Friday Night Fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. and last approximately 12 minutes. This weekly show can be viewed on the rooftop of the parking garage at Gaylord Texan Resort, featuring a DJ, music and plenty of viewing space as well as Oak Grove Park's soccer field parking lot and Rockledge Park. For even more fun, download the music that accompanies the show at www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Music. And don't miss the 33rd Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. This exciting extended fireworks show is set to patriotic music and is the perfect way to celebrate America's birthday. Friday Night Fireworks begin May 22.
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. Perfect for children 2 - 12 years of age, visitors will feel like they're walking through a storybook as they learn about science, art and history against the backdrop of the first American fairy tale. The exhibition is free and will be open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 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, see Gaylord Texan Resort take the Oz adventure to new heights. All summer long, hotel guests will be entertained with beautiful balloon displays in the hotel's enclosed glass-domed atrium and the opportunity to see Oz characters throughout the resort. Special Wizard of Oz activities will include the Aahz Kids Craft Corner, family movie nights at Lower Texan Station, Oohs & Oz Atrium Art Tour, the Last Treasure of Oz Scavenger Hunt and more. And don't miss your chance to enjoy Paradise Springs, Gaylord Texan Resort's 10-acre water park reserved for hotel guests. For more information, visit www.GaylordTexan.com. May 22 - September 7.
Splash Up Some Fun at Great Wolf Lodge: Experience even more water fun at Great Wolf Lodge's 80,000 square foot water park, the only indoor water park in North Texas. Enjoy the slides, rides, lazy river and more at this exciting family-friendly resort. Play MagiQuest or visit Scooops, the perfect spa for kids. With plenty of dining options to choose from, including the Loose Moose Cottage and the new Lodge Wood Fired Grill, there's something for everyone.
Sip the Fruit of the Vine This Summertime: Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the wineries along Grapevine's Urban Wine Trail. Enjoy the beautiful summer days or romantic summer nights as you discover the different varietals along with the ambiance of the unique wineries. This summer, 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 May 22 - September 7. And while you're strolling along the Urban Wine Trail, don't miss your chance to enjoy world-class art, spectacular shopping and distinctive dining along Grapevine's Historic Main Street.
Build Up Some Water Fun at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center: Geared towards children ages three to 10, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center's Pirate Beach features 30 interactive gadgets pumping and spraying thousands of gallons of water. Structured after a shipwrecked pirate vessel, Pirate Beach's central feature is a playground where kids can navigate through water jets and fountains, squirt cannons and splash down water slides. Looming at the top of the 20-foot-tall mast is a 50-gallon bucket poised to dump water on guests every few minutes. Throughout Pirate Beach, guests will also encounter 12 interactive LEGO® themed models and a soft play area that include pirates, cannons, treasure chests, palm trees and sand castles. Located at Grapevine Mills.
Explore the Mysterious World of the Rainforest Adventure: Experience SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium's all-new Rainforest Adventure that takes guests to the lush environment of the world's rainforests to encounter brand new species to SEA LIFE, including crocodiles, piranha, anaconda and more. The five-gallery display replaces the freshwater lakes exhibit and spotlights a variety of animals native to exotic locations from around the world. Unique features include a piranha walk-through tunnel, a domed pop-up tank in the middle of the anaconda cave, and redesigned touch tanks with fish and invertebrates. Located at Grapevine Mills. Opens July 2015.
Capture the Great Train Robbers on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad: Travel back in time on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. These 1920s Victorian-style coaches will transport riders of all ages on this celebrated railroad every Friday, Saturday and Sunday all summer long. And beginning Saturday, May23 through Labor Day weekend, don't miss the Great Train Robberies on Saturdays and Sundays, as your little deputies can help capture the notorious outlaws that stop the train. The Grapevine to the Stockyards train departs Grapevine at 1 p.m. with an expected return of 5:45 p.m. Round trip tickets are $16 for touring class and $26 for first class. Families will also enjoy the Friday Fun Trains. These one-hour excursions depart the Cotton Belt Depot at 10 a.m. and return at 11 a.m. Tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults. 705 S. Main St.
Save Big at Grapevine Mills: Shop til you drop at the 1.7 million square feet of shopping fun known as Grapevine Mills! With more than 180 store to explore, you'll find favorites such as Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Michael Kors, Abercrombie & Fitch Outlet, Coach, Vera Bradley, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic Outlet, Bed Bath and Beyond, Forever 21, Francesca's, Puma, Luggage Factory, O'Neill, NIKE Factory Store, and coming soon Converse and The Limited Outlet. Also at Grapevine Mills, enjoy the AMC Grapevine Mills 30 Dine-In Theatres, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and Rainforest Café. Pick up your free coupon book at Guest Services, worth hundreds of dollars in savings. Enjoy sizzling summer savings during the Grapevine Mills 4th of July Super Sale Weekend July 3-5. Grapevine Mills is conveniently located off State Highway 121 and Grapevine Mills Parkway, just two miles north of DFW International Airport.
Sail Away on Lake Grapevine: Set sail on a variety of water fun activities at the 8,000 acre Lake Grapevine! Test your sailing skills with Black Watch Sailing Charters, Hummingbird Sailing, LLC., Lake Grapevine Cruises, Tranquil Sails or Waterway Adventures. Create your own water adventure with jet skis, pontoon boats and more at Silver Lake Marina, 2500 Fairway Dr. Stop by Bass Pro Shops to get all your equipment, licenses and more for a day of fishing fun on Lake Grapevine.
Cool Off With Hot Tunes from Main Street LIVE: This summer, enjoy some of the hottest local talent in North Texas at Main Street LIVE. From classic country to favorites from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and even a few 80s, this group of professional entertainers will have you dancing in the aisles all summer long. The summer show schedule includes Charlie Shearer and Shawnda Rains, May 30; The Party, June 6, 13 and 27; Country Songs of Summer, July 4, 11 and 18; Sounds of the 1950s, August 1, 8 and 15 and Country Music Legends, September 5. Palace Theatre,300 S. Main St.
Solve the Mystery at the Texas Star Dinner Theater: Greedy Granbury Green, the town's big shot banker, has been bumped off and Marshal Jim Courtright may need a crystal ball to figure out who's done it. Could it be Dusty Muddwater, the fastidiously clean and directionally challenged prospector with gold in his future? Or was it Tatyana, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Gypsies, who read more than Mr. Green's palms? Then there's Clarice Green, wife of the dearly departed, who may have taken her horse training skills a bit too far. Or maybe Mortimer Morton, the local undertaker, had an extra casket to fill. All predictions indicate chaos and laughter in the immediate future as you help the Marshal read the signs and solve the crime. Tickets are $59 per person, plus tax and include dinner and the show. 816 S. Main Street.
Make it a Historic Summer at Grapevine's Nash Farm: Experience life on the 19th century farm just like Grapevine's earliest settlers. Purchased by Thomas Jefferson Nash in 1859, Grapevine's Nash Farm brings history to life through a series of interpretive programs. First Fridays at the Farm highlights different aspects of farm life. Summer First Fridays events include June 5: Crops; July 3: Keeping Cool and August 7: Cotton. All First Fridays at the Farm events are 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. New for 2015 is the Frugal Farm Wife series, offering programs focusing on the domestic chores of a farm family. Summer dates for the Frugal Farm Wife series are July 17 and August 21 and sessions are from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. And don't miss Farmhouse on the Grapevine Prairie, which follows the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie." Summer session include Summer Time on June 27, Commerce and Trade on July 25 and Harvest on August 29. On June 13, enjoy Dairy Day at Nash Farm and learn where milk comes from, make hand cranked ice cream and churn butter. Wagon Rides will also be available for $1 per person. Admission for Dairy Day is free. The First Friday, Frugal Farm Wife and Farmhouse on the Grape Vine Prairie Program require a $3 per person participation fee. 626 Ball St.
Bike Away the Day at Lake Grapevine: Recapture the momentum of riding a bicycle along the more than 22 miles of paved and natural trails surrounding Lake Grapevine. Bicycles and other equipment can be rented at Grapevine Bike Center, 1106 W. Northwest Hwy., and Mad Duck Cyclery, 721 E. Northwest Hwy. Want a wheels-up adventure of a different sort? Try touring the trails around Lake Grapevine on a Segway PT x2, rented from Grapevine Segway. Contact Grapevine Segway at 817-631-3273.
Find Flavorful Fun at the Grapevine Market and Grapevine Farmers Market: Make healthy choices this summer with produce and locally-grown products at the Grapevine Farmers Market, held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, behind the Town Square Gazebo. Check out the Grapevine Market, Thursdays and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m, located in Liberty Park, across from City Hall, for unique gifts, accessories and more. Both are open through October 17.
Watch the Legendary Would-Be Train Robbers Nat Barrett and Willy Majors: This summer, discover Western lore right in the heart of Grapevine! While you're here, come see Grapevine's Glockenspiel Clock Tower featuring two, larger-than-life, 9-foot tall Glockenspiel characters, known as the Would-Be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors. Approximately 75 feet above ground, these figures emerge from the Tower at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily to attempt a lucrative train heist. Visitors gather each day to see this exciting look into just what might have happened on the Grape Vine Prairie. 636 S. Main Street. Free.
Cash In on Savings With A Variety of Grapevine Hotel Packages: With 20 hotels in Grapevine, you're sure to find the perfect place to stay during your Grapevine getaway. Many of Grapevine's hotels offer a variety of special packages. To find the perfect hotel option to complete your getaway, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Getaways.
For more information about Grapevine's 7th Annual SummerBlast, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summer.