A fun little walk down a quaint little street. That is how I'd describe Downtown Grapevine, Texas.
It is an eclectic mix of women's apparel, artsy gift shops, wine bars, and more. Among the more interesting attractions: A theater that plays very old classic movies.
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Rating (5 Being the Best)3. Fun place to visit every so often. Not necessarily a kid/family place to visit.
OverviewA Quick Walk. A walk up and down Main St in the Downtown Grapevine Shopping area (without stopping in the stores) could take a person of average health 10-15 minutes. I'm using the area map (click here) to state the walk as being from the Train Station at Dallas Rd to 114 Business E Northwest Hwy and back.
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Shopping. My first timers impression of Historic Downtown Grapevine is that it was a shopping mall full of ladies apparel, wine stores, and gift shops. It was an entire of street of my wife saying "I'm not taking the kids in there!" LOL.
If you aren't with the kids, and you are looking for a ladies afternoon out, especially if you like wine, this could be a good place to go. If however you don't drink wine, aren't looking to buy ladies clothes... it wasn't such a hot spot for our particular tastes.
However, there were a few bright finds. A fun little holiday store called "Good Things For All Seasons". Where we found a fun little group of tongue-in-cheeck gift cards. Like this one that said: "I bet I enjoyed getting fat more than you enjoyed getting skinny."
Finally the Palace Theater shows older classic movies. Everything from Casa Blanca to Willie Wonka. That is something we'll be going back to as a family.
For those wondering, there are public restrooms which can be found just opposite the theater along the brick wall of a building.
So, although not a place the kids want to just jump up and down for, it was a fun walk, something we'll do again someday.
NOTE: This was a Non-Event day. Now grapevine is KNOWN for their events, which they have often. I suggest checking the website for details on upcoming events. This way you can either catch one, or avoid one, depending on your tastes and the event in question. Going when there are a lot of people there makes it hard to find parking or get around, but it does add to a certain vibe, and there are often freebie give a ways when the events are in town.
CostParking is free, at least on non-event days. You don't pay for anything unless you find something you want to buy. But that's kind of the point of a street like this. So unless you just wanted a pretty stroll, bring a few dollars to buy something fun.
KidsOther than the theater, which could be fun depending on the movie, and the historic cabin, which you can look inside of, but not go inside of, there isn't much to do for kids. That's true unless there is a kid based event. Christmas and Thomas the Train days are two exceptions I know of.
Tips to enjoy it better...Generally, go for a walk, see if there's a store that interests you, then decide if you want to make more trips back.
Final ThoughtsI'm sure this is a great place for the clientèle it was built for. This is just ONE man's opinion. Don't let that sway you either way. Have a see for yourself, and/or check others reviews before you decide.
Thanks for reading: Darrell
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