Don’t miss out on Victorian locomotives and indoor water slides.

By Travel & Leisure
June 19, 2014
Trains and Water Parks in Grapevine, Texas
Credit: Courtesy of Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

This historic town of 50,000 got its start in 1843 and was named for the mustang grapes that were found in abundance throughout the area. A downtown Main Street is lined with shops and cafés, while walking paths connect public art works, parks, and gazebos. There are B&Bs and hotels in the area, though child-friendly resorts—with pools, waterslides, jungle gyms, and arts-and-crafts clubs—are sure to keep the kiddos busy. —Stirling Kelso

Public Arts Trail

Located between the Cotton Belt Depot and Northwest Highway, this pathway links nine bronze statues, including a 9/11 flight crew memorial, throughout the city. Pickup a map at the town’s visitors’ center.

Main St. Bread Company

Don’t miss the almond croissants and or tomato and basil soup at this charming downtown bakery.

Great Wolf Lodge, Texas

With an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark and activities such as story time and the arts and crafts-filled Cub Club, this resort caters taps into the hearts and minds of the kiddos. Check out the website for accommodation deals.

Gaylord Texan

This idyllic mini-city under a dome—complete with rivers, bridges, restaurants and shops—feels like something out of the Truman Show. Kids can jump into the lazy river or take cooking classes while parents head to wine and cheese parties or hit the dance floor at the Cactus Club.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Jump on board the Tarantual Train made up of two Victorian-style locomotives—one of which is the South’s oldest continuously operating steam engine—for a 21-mile trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards.