First settled in 1863, the town was built on a parcel of land owned by settler Dechman. In 1876, Dechman traded the prairie portion of his property to T&P Railroad in a move to ensure that the rail stopped in the town. The Railroad named this stop “Grand Prairie,” and eventually the town adopted the name as well to minimize confusion. Today, this small suburban town is known for hosting X Game trials, a popular skateboarding competition, and the Prairie Lights, a seasonal 2-mile-long display with more than 3 million lights. Grand Prairie is also home to the world’s largest flea market and one of the top disc-golf courses in Texas.
The closest large town is Arlington, about seven miles to the west. Downtown Dallas is 14 miles to the east. Fort Worth, its “sister” city, is 22 miles to the west.
The Great Outdoors
In this part of Texas, a true escape from urban life will be difficult without long drives. However, an upside to the nearby small suburban parks like Lone Star Park, Fish Creek, and Link Park, which are overseen and maintained by Grand Prairie, all offer short and easy walking trails that are wheelchair- and bicycle-friendly and are nestled in pockets of wilderness.
Drive your Grand Prairie camper trailer rental to the nearby Cedar Hill State Park and enjoy outdoor activities on 1800 acres. Though a small park, there’s plenty of things to see and do here. Cedar Hill hugs the coast of the Joe Pool Lake, a popular fishing destination. Fishermen can catch fish like largemouth black bass, crappie, and catfish from either the banks or on a boat. Other people come for birdwatching, also. 500 species of birds make their home in this park. The nearby Cedar Hill Preserve, managed by Audubon Dallas, also is an excellent birdwatching park. Spot birds like yellow-crowned night heron, egrets, hawks, eagles, and the lucky ones might espy a rare Black-capped Vireo. There are several miles of hiking and biking trails, as well, and self-guided tours of the historic agriculture center.
Larger parks within 100-miles radius include Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose and Whitney Lake State Park in Whitney. Dinosaur Valley boasts 20 miles of trails and activities like dinosaur-tracks hunting, horseback riding, star-watching, kayaking on the Paluxy River, and wildlife-watching.
When you rent an RV in Grand Prairie, you’ll need someplace to call your home base for a few days. Nearby Traders Village RV Park may fit the bill. It offers amenities like laundry, a recreation area, a convenience store/gas station, dog park, free WiFi and cable, and pool.
A few miles farther away, the Treetops RV Resort in Arlington may be a suitable alternative. Shaded by mature oak trees, the spacious park features full hookups, two laundry facilities and bathhouses, and a pool. It also offers military discounts.
Cedar Hill, a small state park, offers 350 RV sites with water and electric, 150 provide full hookups for your RV and several lots are ADA- accessible. During your visit, enjoy hiking, swimming, enjoying time sitting by the lake, fishing, or go geocache.
Exploring the City
Due to its proximity to Dallas and Ft. Worth, attractions and activities in this region are endless. Park your Grand Prairie luxury motorhome rental and visit destination like the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, which features a gallery of the mysterious and weird, Louis Tussaud's Palace of Wax, a “7D” Moving Theater, a “Laserace” in which you must navigate a web of lasers before the clock runs out, and a mirror maze.
Epic Waters Indoor Park is an incredible 80,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark with a retractable roof. Dubbed a “cruise ship on land,’ there are eleven waterslides, pools, lazy rivers, and a water play area. An outdoor wave pool will be sure to excite, as well. Learn how to boogie-board, too! Note: there are height and weight restrictions for some water slides.
Traders Village, the self-titled the world’s largest flea market, has thousands of dealers, a Ferris wheel and a small amusement park, and hundreds of food vendors.
The state-of-art Theater at Grand Prairie is one of the most advanced indoors-performance spaces in the USA. It features spacious seating, VIP suites with private entrances, and since its opening, the facility has hosted everything from the Eagles, Alicia Keys, Michael Buble, George Lopez, and Justin Bieber. Check its online calendar for upcoming performers and events.
Golfing is a popular activity in Texas, and Grand Prairie is no exception. Tangle Ridge, for example, is considered one of the top 50 courses in the USA, and they offer clinics and private lessons. Riverside Golf Club is situated along the banks of the Trinity River, which is a quiet picturesque setting. The course, designed by Roger Packard, will appeal to both beginners and experienced golfers. Prairie Lakes Golf Course, in addition to 27 holes, has a large practice area featuring 8 target greens with a fairway.
Fritz Park Petting Farm, operated by the city of Irving, is open only two months of the. Its aim is to educate visitors about farm life, farming, and farm animals, and includes hands-on contact with an assortment of animals from sheep and goats to chickens, horses, ducks and rabbits. Call to check which two months the farm is open.
Dallas Zoo in the southwestern suburbs of Dallas offers a number of exhibits that feature a variety of exotic wildlife like giraffes, lions, hippos, and penguins.
The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center near Dinosaur Valley features over 1,000 wildlife in a 1,800-acre park. Instead of touring different, small enclosures, as you would at a typical zoo, you’ll drive through the park in your vehicle and observe these animals in a more natural setting.
Both Six Flags over Texas and Hurricane Harbor are close by, and they’re popular destinations for visitors to the area. Both parks feature rides ranging from pulse-pounding thrilling rides and slides to gentler options for young children. The Hurricane Harbor is a water park; dress accordingly! Note: Both parks are closed during the winter and in spring and fall months, are open only on weekends. There are RV parking lots that can accommodate your Grand Prairie camper rental, however, space can be limited, particularly on summer weekends.
If it's a taste of the warm Texas sunshine you are seeking, consider a camper rental in Grand Prairie. Enjoy a multitude of attractions, taste the local cuisine, watch a sunset, and take in the jaw-dropping landscape. Rent an RV in Grand Prairie, TX and go explore The Lone Star State!