Top 10 Free Things to do in Grapevine

Grapevine takes pride in offering an array of family-friendly activities. But did you know there are so many things to explore around town, that won't cost you a dime!? We collected a list of the Top 10 best things to do in Grapevine, that are completely free! Check it out and get to exploring!


Take a Look Back in Time at the Grapevine Historical Museums  

Grapevine is rich in history! Take a look back in time, through photos and artifacts, to learn more about what kinds of things and people were here before us. The museum’s layout takes visitors on a journey, highlighting the cultural and family life of early Grapevine residents' areas as agriculture, industry, family life, children, and more. Learn more about the museums here. 

Hours: Friday - Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Enjoy an Afternoon Stroll at the Botanical Garden at Heritage Park  

Our award-winning Botanical Gardens are a wonderful place to spend time with your family or take a peaceful stroll to unwind after a busy day. The gardens’ colors and ambiance change with every season so there is always something new to see and enjoy! Learn more about the Botanical Garden here.

Hours: ½ hour after sunrise to ½ hour before sunset.

 Landscape with trees and tulips at the Botanical Garden in Grapevine, TX.

Enjoy Live Music Along Downtown Main Street 

No matter if you favor jazz, blues, country-western, bluegrass, modern funk, or even hard-core classic rock, Grapevine offers something for every type of music buff. Whether you prefer acoustic music in a coffee shop-type setting or a wall-to-wall concert in a wild setting, you can see both local and national entertainment all around Grapevine. 

Band performing live on stage

Learn from the Farmhands at Nash Farm 

Grapevine’s agrarian traditions are preserved at Nash Farm, which includes the original 1869 farmhouse, historic barn, and other structures.  The farm raises heritage breed livestock including Gulf Coast Sheep, turkeys, and chickens! The farm also grows heirloom field crops and produce. The farm grounds, historic structures, and exhibits are open for self-guided tours during regular business hours.  

Hours: open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Girl petting sheep at Nash Farm

View our very own 9/11 Memorial  

The memorial, part of a group of 9/11 tributes, stands at the center of a giant compass carved into a granite plaza. Located near the flight path of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, it can be seen from the sky by passengers flying into or out of the airport, from the north. The 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial is dedicated to the 33 flight crew members that were lost and those that courageously continue to be the ever-vigilant professionals of the airline industry. Learn more about the memorial here.

Statues of the 9/11 memorial

Learn Texas History at the Torian Cabin Museum  

The Torian Cabin is constructed of hand-hewn logs and it was built along a creek at the edge of the Cross Timbers, near the pioneer community of Dove. It originally stood on a headright settled in 1845 by Francis Throop, a Peters Colonist from Missouri. The cabin was moved to its present site in 1976 and is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark! Learn more about the Torian Cabin Museum here. 

Torian Cabin on Main Street

Immerse Yourself in Various Works of Art at the Tower Gallery 

Housed in the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau headquarters building, the Grand and Tower Galleries are home to a variety of traveling exhibits throughout the year, many of which are free! Learn more about the Tower Gallery here.

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Exhibit on display at the Tower Gallery

Catch a Glimpse of the Would-Be Train Robbers  

At 75 feet high to be exact, Nat and Willy emerge from the Grapevine Glockenspiel on the corner of Main and Hudgins streets! You can see them each day at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. Their story is set in 1890 and both characters have come to Grapevine to rob the train of its $60,000! When they meet up in the saloon and discover they both have the same plan, a gunfight ensues.  What Nat and Willy learn, is that crime doesn’t pay... 

would be train robbers emerging from clock tower

Relax on Lake Grapevine  

With a sprawling 8,000 acres, Lake Grapevine is a center for boating, water-skiing, windsurfing, fishing, and camping. With a beautiful rolling shoreline and more than nine miles of wilderness trails, Lake Grapevine is one of the finest hiking and biking destinations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Learn more about Lake Grapevine here.

View of Lake Grapevine from a pavilion

Explore Grapevine on the Visitor Shuttle  

Get from one Grapevine door to the next, in style, by riding on the Grapevine Visitors Shuttle! Stops include Grapevine Main Station, Gaylord Texan, Grapevine Mills, Bass Pro Shops. Great Wolf Lodge and Target Shopping Center are per request.

For shuttle information, call 817-349-1491 

Hours: Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.  Sunday 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm 

grapevine visitors shuttle parked on main street

Categories: Family Fun, Outdoors