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Grand Prairie Tourism and Recreation


At Joe Pool Lake, more than one million visitors a year play, ski, fish, boat, picnic and camp. Traders Village, a massive “flea market,” attracts over three million visitors a year to bargain-hunt and power-shop. The Palace of Wax and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! annually draws 500,000 people to see realistic wax replicas of the rich, famous and historically significant, and countless oddities collected by cartoonist Robert Ripley. Another 1.2 million visit Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I thoroughbred racetrack that hosted the 2004 Breeders Cup. NOKIA Theatre at Grand Prairie thrills audiences with concerts, Broadway shows and more! GPX Skate Park offers ramps, verts and rails for extreme skaters and bikers. For kids, infants through teens, the Splash Factory cools you off in fun sprays and dancing water fountains.

Next door, roller coasters thrill riders at Six Flags Over Texas, and the Texas Rangers hit home runs at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. Across the way, the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos capture your attention. Down the street, the Fort Worth Stockyards step back in time to cattle drives and cowboys. Just north, the Dallas Cowboys wow fans. Fans cheer the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars in the American Airlines Center. All around the Metroplex, you will find world-class museums, internationally regarded orchestras, theaters, shopping and dining that combine to offer a full, rewarding life.

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Visit the Teri Jackson Tourist Center, 2170 N. Belt Line Road, for local and statewide information on attractions and hotels or call 972-263-9588.

Grand Prairie residents enjoy 54 parks, a senior center, a community center, four recreation centers, four public swimming pools (including one indoor pool), 26 baseball diamonds, five tennis courts, the popular Splash Factory for kids, the GPX skate park (host of the 2001-2002 ESPN X-Trials) and 20-soccer fields (18 lighted).

With a quarter-cent sales tax devoted to park improvements, a $125 million, 20-year Parks Master Plan will improve every park in Grand Prairie and add valuable new parkland on an ongoing basis.

In south Grand Prairie, Joe Pool Lake is set among rolling hills. Fishing, boating, swimming and skiing are popular there. The lake’s Lynn Creek Park features boat ramps, picnic sites, beaches, volleyball, restrooms and loads of natural beauty.


Loyd Park offers wooded campsites, trails, showers and restrooms, as well as new cabins for rent! Lynn Creek Marina features boat slips, rentals, boat ramps and fishing supplies. Adjacent to the marina, the Oasis (a floating restaurant) overlooks the waters of the lake and serves up delicious fare and beverages.

In addition to several private golf courses and a semi-private country club, the city’s two public golf courses, Tangle Ridge and Prairie Lakes, offer great golf at a great price. The Ruthe Jackson Center, a conference center with state-of-the-art technology and world-class decor, opened in 2003. It is a building for fun events or business gatherings.

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