Approximately 25 miles northeast of historical Fort Worth, Texas lies the city of Grapevine. Both North Texas cities have annual 4th of July celebrations and enjoying a family day trip that includes both is easy and affordable by taking a train trip aboard the famous Tarantula Train.
Grapevine To Stockyards Train Run
Train riders can catch the 1 PM departure from Grapevine to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Riders will enjoy a patriotic celebration and receive a complimentary novelty American flag. The round trip package is well worth the cost of $27 for adults and $12 for children. Seniors enjoy a discounted rate of $25 per ticket. Or if you prefer a one way trip to the Stockyards, tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children. Either way, the train makes a scenic trip along the Trinity River. Children particularly enjoy riding in the open cars while pedestrians and vehicle riders wave and toot their horns.
Billy Bob’s and Willie Nelson’s Picnic 4th of July
When you arrive at the Stockyards there’s much to see and do. The Fort Worth Stockyards is well-known for its fabulous shopping and mouth-watering Texas barbeque. Having lunch at The World’s Largest Honky Tonk, Billy Bob’s is a must. With Billy Bob’s delicious food, live music and a huge gift shop it’s sure to please all members of the family. If you’ve purchased the one way train package and decide to stay in Fort Worth until dark, you just might plan on attending Willie Nelson’s Picnic 4th of July for great food, fun and fireworks.
Visiting the Stockyards rodeo
For rodeo fans there’s The Stockyards Championship Rodeo’s 4th of July Bull Riding & Wild West Show which begins at 3pm and has something for everyone. Tickets are $10 for children and $15 for adults. Box seats are available for $20 per person. Be sure to ask about their military discount.
Cowtown Cattlepen Maze
While site-seeing at the stockyards be sure to visit the world famous Cowtown Cattlepen Maze. Admission is just $5. It’s a unique form of entertainment which all family members will enjoy. With over 5,400 square feet of frequently changed pathways, made to resemble old west cattlepens, the maze will surely be a challenge. The large observation deck (which is free) gives viewers a chance to check out the maze before entering. Standing on the upper deck provides the opportunity to watch and photograph family and friends while they find their way through the labyrinth. The observation deck also provides a fantastic view of the entire Stockyards, including the Tarantula Train, and the daily Fort Worth Herd Longhorn Cattle Drives. The maze was featured in The Amazing Race, season 5.
Heading back to Grapevine for the fireworks spectacular
If you’ve opted for the Tarantula Train’s round trip, after a day of fun, shopping, site-seeing and good eating at the Fort Worth Stockyards you’ll again board the train headed back to Grapevine at 6:30 PM and arrive at 8:00 PM, just in time to enjoy fireworks over beautiful Lake Grapevine. At 9:30 PM, you can find your spot and settle in for the spectacular fireworks which can be viewed from any lakeside location as well as several other spots throughout Grapevine. Admission is free.